University of Florida Advancement ·

Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment

University of Florida Advancement is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment thus creating a sense of belonging for every individual’s unique perspective related to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and more.

  • We embrace all as part of an inclusive community that welcomes new ideas, individuals, and perspectives that further our values of respect, belonging, dignity and compassion.
  • We pledge to perpetuate meaningful, sustainable change addressing issues such as systemic racism and bias of diverse populations in order to make our community whole.

Our shared commitment to promoting communication and collaboration across our community underscores the notion that diverse perspectives are key to challenging, learning, understanding and unlocking our highest potential while serving our highest mission to advance the University of Florida.

Helping Advancement Nurture Diversity (H.A.N.D.)

H.A.N.D. is Advancement’s diversity and inclusion initiative. As part of the initiative, we welcome guest speakers each quarter to learn best practices in supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in our daily lives. We encourage colleagues to engage in conversations to share experiences, thoughts, reflections, and ideas on the topic.

Vision An inclusive culture within UF Advancement where all are valued and feel safe to express their unique characteristics and identities.
Mission To create and foster a culturally inclusive environment, among our diverse population of alumni, friends, and employees, where diversity of thought and expression is valued, respected, appreciated, and celebrated.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Joint Taskforce Statement We embrace all people as part of an inclusive community that seeks out and welcomes diverse ideas, individuals, and perspectives that further our values of respect, belonging, dignity and compassion. We reiterate these values by recognizing the systemic racism and bias of diverse populations that are prevalent in society.
 
UF Advancement is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Our shared commitment to promoting communication and collaboration across our community underscores the notion that diverse perspectives are key to understanding and unlocking our highest potential while serving our highest mission. Our pursuit of this mission requires intentional actions (or efforts) and a perpetual drive to include and listen to those with backgrounds different from our own, to learn from perspectives that challenge us to think differently. We recommit ourselves to perpetuating sustainable change that makes our community whole.
Guiding Principles
  1. Be the change – collaborate with stakeholders to educate others.
  2. Recognize individuals as a person first.
  3. Acknowledge that all people are capable of meaningful contribution regardless of background.
  4. Value experience and thoughts of all people.
  5. Educate that strength comes from diversity.
Advisory Committee
Ashley Rodriguez
Executive Director of Advancement – University Initiatives
Audrey Geoffroy
Executive Director – Data Services
Brian Danforth
Assistant Vice President – Development
Michelle Wagner
Associate Director of Development – University Initiatives
Heather Ashley
Senior Director of Reunion & Programs – Alumni Relations and Annual Giving
Joseph Szwanke
Assistant Director of Donor Relations – Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Kimberly Zelaya
Assistant Director of Development, University Initiatives
Lacie Klann
Director of Development – College of Medicine
Meg Hendryx
Assistant Vice President – Development
Melissa Long
Executive Director – Talent Management
Naomi Myerson
Payroll and Compensation Administrator - Talent Management
Norman Portillo
Senior Director of Development & Alumni Affairs – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Sonya Allen
Associate Director of Talent Acquisition - Talent Management

Please visit the staff directory to contact advisory committee members

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