Prepare to take flight as a UNF Osprey by participating in the QUEST Program. Think about it. Pilots rarely take their first solo flight without proper training and a chance to practice. So why should students? For many students, college is taking the first plunge into adulting, and even common things we do daily can suddenly seem daunting and unfamiliar. As such, the QUEST Program provides the same opportunity for students to test their wings before embarking on their first flight as an Osprey.
What is QUEST?
QUEST is a year-long experience supporting, guiding and connecting students from diverse backgrounds through intentional programs and activities that enhance students’ holistic collegiate experience.
As a member of the QUEST Program, you will:
- Get acclimated to the University by familiarizing yourself with resources available on campus and in the surrounding community
- Develop a sense of community and build a campus support student that includes diverse students, staff, and faculty who share similar interests, goals, and talents
- Learn proven strategies for engaging in dialogue across differences
- Attend programs and events geared toward holistically developing student leaders
- Meet new people and establish lifelong friendships
- Find your place in the "Nest" where you can be your authentic self and express your intersectional identities
Program space is limited. All interested students are encouraged to apply once they have confirmed their decision to attend UNF.
In order to qualify to participate in the QUEST program, students must:
- Be formally admitted to the University of North Florida (UNF) for summer B or fall semester as an incoming college freshman
- Identify as a student of color or other historically under-represented group,
- Be willing to commit to continued participation in the QUEST Program for a full academic year
- Submit all required applications* (QUEST LLC participants will submit 2 applications – the main application for the QUEST Program and the application for living-learning communities through UNF Housing and Residence Life)
What can I expect as a participant in the QUEST Program?
- Get priority status in submitting their application to the Connections Mentoring Program through the Intercultural Center for Peace
- Attend special VIP QUEST mixers with executive-level community partners and campus administrators
- Participate in diversity and inclusion workshops, specifically designed to hone your skills in problem-solving, effective communication and conceptual understanding -- desired qualifications for many employers
- Take a special section of the First Year Seminar, which provides a unique opportunity to take a “crash course in self”, as you learn more about your own complex identities
- Receive individualized attention from DDI Staff in helping them navigate personal, social, and academic experiences
- Earn a $500.00 scholarship ($250.00 per semester)
QUEST First Flight Academy
QUEST First Flight Academy is an intensive 3 or 5-day enrichment program scheduled the week prior to the start of the fall semester. The program takes place Sunday-Friday of that week.
This one-week introductory orientation to the University will assist students in:
- Familiarizing themselves with the QUEST Program and the Department of Diversity Initiatives
- Getting connected with their new QUEST peers
- Identifying resources and services essential to success in the first few weeks of school
There are limited costs associated with participating in QUEST First Flight Academy. Daily meals are not provided; participants will be responsible for the cost of their own breakfast, lunch and dinner. We host an opening breakfast and a closing lunch reception.
All QUEST: First Flight LLC participants will execute a separate housing contract through Housing and Residential Life.
More information will be provided to QUEST: First Flight LLC participants by Housing and Residence Life.
QUEST: First Flight LLC
A limited number of students will have the opportunity to live together on the 3rd floor of Osprey Landing, as part of a new living-learning community specifically for QUEST Program participants. In order to opt into the QUEST LLC, you must apply through the UNF Housing and Residence Life Living-Learning Communities webpage.
If you plan to reside on campus, you must apply for the QUEST LLC.
Apply to QUEST
QUEST 2020 Application
Contact Brandi Winfrey, Associate Director, Department of Diversity Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 620-2842.
Hear from other QUEST Participants
My QUEST experience [was] unforgettable! As a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines, my ultimate fear was whether my upbringing would be a barrier for me. The QUEST program encouraged me to be my authentic self. My personal QUEST experience was all about intercultural understanding and finding the commonalities of underrepresented communities here at UNF. I was able to break out of my shell and was able to be more confident in the "nest" after participating in the various team-building activities. I would love to go back and have the experience again!
Flynn, QUEST 2019