Student Advocacy & Inclusion

Our office was created 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.

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. 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 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.


HEED award logoInsight Into Diversity HEED Award Recipient: 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

UFCD is proud to be a four-time consecutive 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 from 2016-18, the Health Professions HEED Award since its inception.

ContactDr. Patty Probert

Patricia Xirau-Probert, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Student Advocacy & Inclusion

Office: D3-12


Anthony Licari

Anthony Licari

Coordinator of Student Affairs

Office: D4-33



Jerell Blackburn

Program Assistant II for Student Advocacy & Inclusion

Office: D4-32