Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI)
The Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) advises the University of North Florida's President on issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion.
CODI proactively engages the UNF community to embrace and accept diversity and inclusion as an institutional core value. CODI also cultivates a shared commitment to diverse and inclusive perspectives and a culturally competent and inclusive university environment that values and respects the human differences, dignity and well-being of every community member.
UNF stands in unity and solidarity with all members of our community, regardless of genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, range of abilities, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or veteran status. We are proud of the diversity in our students, faculty and staff.
Message from the President to the Osprey Community Regarding Racial Injustice (June 1, 2020)
Dear Osprey Community,
David M. Szymanski
I am writing you this letter with a heavy heart, and
to share with you my deep pain, sorrow, and outrage at the senseless murder
of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Floyd’s unjust death has
become a symbol of the persistent discrimination and violence perpetrated
against black people and other communities of color in our country. This
continued injustice against underrepresented communities needs to stop now!
At the University of North Florida, we
wholeheartedly reject hate in all its forms. We must all rise above hate
and find meaningful ways to address the systemic racism that threatens the
very fabric of our society. At UNF, we remain extremely committed to
providing a safe and inclusive environment on our campus, and welcoming all
of our students, faculty, and staff regardless of race, ethnicity, faith,
national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation or gender identity.
For our students, faculty, and staff of color,
please know that your Osprey family is here to support you. We recognize
the impact of racial trauma and acknowledge the pain, anger, sadness,
frustrations, fear and other emotions you must be experiencing during this
difficult time. We stand in solidarity with you against systemic oppression
and will actively seek ways to create inclusive environments where all
people are valued, respected, and free from fear and harm.
For our students, faculty and staff not of color,
please self-reflect, educate yourself about your biases, whether they are
conscious or subconscious, and use your knowledge to help make a positive
During this difficult time, we encourage all members
of the UNF community to seek support and take time for self-care. For more
information on UNF’s many diversity initiatives, support services, and resources,
please visit both our Department of Diversity Initiatives and Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.
Finally, I encourage all of our Ospreys to lend
support, advocacy, and love to the marginalized members of our wonderful
community. As Ospreys, we always rise above hate.
The spring and summer semesters have taken us on a new and unexpected journey unlike anything we have ever
experienced. As Ospreys, we have rallied together to support one another and
adjust to a new normal in a short period of time. The University cares about the
well-being of every member of our campus community and is actively working to
ensure the needs of our most vulnerable members are met during this difficult
One of the things that
makes us 'Uniquely UNF' is our commitment to cultivating an inclusive and
supportive campus community for every member of our Osprey family. This ideal
transcends the physical boundaries of campus. Even though many of us are now
fulfilling the mission of the university from afar, it is important to us that
every Osprey continues to feel valued and affirmed.
During this time of
uncertainty, it is disheartening that across the nation, there have been
increased reports of discrimination against people of Asian descent. It is our
hope no member of our Osprey family has experienced any form of
directly-related discrimination. As stated in the UNF Statement of Unity, we strongly condemn
acts of hate and bigotry as antithetical to university values. Members of the
campus community are encouraged to use language that upholds university
standards and to avoid using targeted phrases or terms that promote bias,
prejudice or discrimination. If you have witnessed or experienced actions or
behavior you perceive do not align with this recommendation, you can report it
using the Bias Incident Online Reporting Form.
CODI recognizes this is
a difficult time, but UNF is a spirited and caring community. Together, we will
persevere and become a more unified Osprey family. Our thoughts are with each
of you, your loved ones and our community.
Below are some of the supportive services and
resources provided by the University. If there is incomplete, incorrect or
missing information listed below, please email CODI@unf.edu or call 904-210-5906 and let
us know how we can address it.
- The University's
Covid-19 website details all of the communication from the
University regarding the pandemic.
- Victim Advocacy Program provides 24-hour
support services to students, staff, and faculty who have experiences any form
of harassment, threats or violence.
- Student Health Services continues to
serve the health needs of our student community by offering telehealth
consultations, office appointments, and COVID-19 resources and education.
- The Counseling
Center has transitioned to remote phone and/or video call
appointments and is available to provide phone support 24-hours a day / 7-days
- The Disability Resource
Center continues to assist students remotely with accommodation
concerns, testing barriers, and assistive technology.
- The Dean of
Students Office is providing ongoing services and support for
students experiencing unstable housing situations.
- The UNF Foundation and
Student Government have partnered to create the UNF Student Emergency Relief Fund, which will
provide immediate financial assistance to currently enrolled students most in
Government's Lend-A-Wing pantry is providing "to
go" meals for students experiencing food insecurity.
- Closure of physical
campus buildings may have resulted in some members of the campus community
needing technological resources to fulfill their academic or professional
responsibilities. There are options available for students, faculty and staff
who may need additional support.
- CIRT is providing laptops, tablets, webcams,
etc, to faculty who need them to teach remotely. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 620-3927 or to request equipment.
- ITS is providing information about equipment
loans and Internet access for students on their Working Remotely page.
- Comcast and Spectrum are offering free Internet
access to new households in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
- Virtual Lab provides access to UNF licensed
software applications including SPSS, SAS, and Minitab from off campus. More
information available on the VLAB page .
- Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for
impacted students, faculty and staff, so that they can continue their work
remotely. Please follow the instructions below to enable access to the Adobe
Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.
- Visit https://creativecloud.adobe.com and use
your UNF email to sign in.
- At the UNF login screen enter your N number and
- Use Duo for two-factor authentication
- From the Creative Cloud website, browse for and
download your desired app. Click Apps on the top of the page to view all apps
- For more information on how to download or
install apps, see Download and Install Creative Cloud apps
Continuity website provides provide faculty with strategies and
resources to assist in the transition of face-to-face courses to online
- The Center for Instruction and Research
Technology (CIRT) will monitor and respond to email@example.com and
voicemail (904-620-3927) daily (8 am - 5pm) to support faculty preparing for
remote instruction. Questions and requests will receive an initial response and
routing to staff for follow-up via email, phone, or Zoom.
- The Carpenter Library is available to answer
your questions via chat, text, and email. Visit their COVID-19
Information page for details
- Disability Resource
- All DRC staff are working remotely during this
time. If you need assistance with accommodation concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual staff members are also available at their university email address
during this time. DRC staff are listed on the DRC web site.
- Testing: Students should contact the DRC if they
have disability-related barriers to completing an exam within Canvas or have
accommodation-related requests (email@example.com). The DRC will not facilitate
or proctor exams while we work in a distance learning format. Professors should
contact CIRT for assistance with providing (accommodated) extended time on
exams in Canvas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The DRC's Clockwork exam portal has been temporarily suspended for exam
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students: Professors are
encouraged to make their recorded lectures or audio recordings accessible by
either auto-captioning through Canvas Studios, prerecording lectures to be
captions by CIRT or requesting interpreters for real-time (virtual) class
meetings. For assistance with this, please contact Debra Lenahen (email@example.com)
or Carly Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Semester Accommodations Renewal: Students will
continue to request accommodations through Clockwork via MyWings -> Student
Tools -> Clockwork.
- How to complete registration with the DRC: At
this time, there will not be in-person DRC registration appointments. As an
alternative, our department will be conducting remote registrations. Please
continue to submit your disability documentation via Clockwork (MyWings ->
Student Tools -> Clockwork).
- Guidelines for documentation and forms are on
the Disability Resource Center website. Once a student has submitted their
documentation and completed their Online Intake, they will receive an email
inviting them to make a virtual registration appointment. India Hamilton will
be the point of contact for all registration questions and can be reached
- Assistive Technology: Please contact Andy
Sullivan email@example.com if
you require course texts in an alternate format or require Assistive Technology
resources. Information on how to utilize common assistive software is available
- Human Resources and
departments across the University are identifying opportunities for OPS/Student
(including Federal Work Study) employees to work remotely if appropriate given
their job functions and with supervisory approval.
- Human Resources has
employee FAQs, information about working remotely, expanded FMLA and
reemployment assistance on this website.
- Osprey Life and
Productions is holding virtual events online and through social media including
virtual trivia, virtual Twisted Tuesday craft nights, movie watch parties, and
- Recreation and Wellness is offering
podcasts, virtual classes, and at-home workout routines.
The Commission on Diversity and Inclusion is interested in acknowledging and honoring exemplary efforts and awards for those who promote, foster and demonstrate understanding and appreciation for advancing and celebrating diversity and inclusion. Any recommendation will be considered, from the UNF community or otherwise. If you have a recommendation you would like to see included on this website, please submit by Email