Student Advocacy & Inclusion

Our office was created to nurture a humanistic environment honoring the values of integrity, honesty, respect, fairness, cooperation and professionalism.

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Our Vision

To cultivate a rich, diverse student body and community of scholars in which all can thrive and feel they belong.

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With our society changing inexorably and embracing cultural diversity, no challenge exists or has greater importance in higher education and dental education than the challenge of integrating students and faculty from diverse cultural and ethnic minority groups. The presence of these students and faculty enriches the university community, offers opportunity for robust academic dialogue, contributes to better teaching and research, and ultimately leads to improved quality of patient care for our state. UF defines diversity as broad diversity, which means all aspects of individuals that contribute to a robust academic environment including experience, perspectives, disciplines, geographic background, talent, family socioeconomic background, disability, ethnicity, race, gender and other characteristics.

The university and its components benefit from the richness of relationships with a multicultural student body, faculty, and staff who can learn from one another. Such diversity empowers and inspires respect and understanding within the UF College of Dentistry family.

Excellence in Diversity | 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award Recipient

UFCD is proud to be an eight-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED Award. In 2015 UFCD was a recipient of the HEED Award, and has received the Health Professions HEED Award every year since its inception.

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Samaiya Jackson

Samaiya Jackson

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access (IDEA)

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Antidiscrimination Statement

The University of Florida and the University of Florida College of Dentistry are firmly committed to fostering an environment free from discrimination. The college values human dignity, racial, ethnic and cultural diversity, and equality of opportunity.


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We are committed to intervening against anti-Black racism in academia and, in turn, enhancing the safety and wellness of our Black students, staff, faculty, residents, alumni and our community members. There has been a lot to absorb over the last several months with events unfolding across the nation related to racism and social injustice. Many in our college feel the impact firsthand in both large and small ways. We encourage you to take time to explore how you might promote Black wellness given your roles and environmental contexts. We face an immense, entrenched challenge, but each one of us has the power to affect change; to listen, and learn. The time to act is now.

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Student-Led Diversity Initiatives

In addition to efforts led by faculty and staff, many events and programs at the College of Dentistry are led by students, whether they be Class Diversity Chairs, members of the Black Student Advisory Group (BSAG), or just interested in diversifying our college and creating an environment in which all members of our community feel welcome.

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