Student Advocacy & Inclusion


To nurture a humanistic environment honoring the values of integrity, honesty, respect, fairness, cooperation and professionalism.

The College of Dentistry strives to cultivate a humanistic environment, defined by the College, as a culture that values each individual, their beliefs and perspectives, fostering a welcoming, respectful and healthy environment for all students, employees, patients, and visitors.

UFCD is a proud recipient of the 2015 Higher Education Excellence (HEED) Award.

UFCD is a proud recipient of the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.

UFCD is a proud recipient of the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.


To create a student body and community of scholars that reflects the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of Florida and the United States.

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. The University of Florida 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 socio-economic 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.



Patricia Xirau-Probert, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Student Advocacy & Inclusion

Office: D3-12