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  • Diversity

    Graduate education is key to the attainment of a satisfying career, better pay, and the development of new ideas and innovative research. Unfortunately, not all sectors of our society participate in graduate education at a level that is representative of the general population. Therefore, we must strive to increase participation in graduate education by underrepresented groups.

    UCF’s vision of fostering diversity and inclusiveness is shared by all members of the university community. The College of Graduate Studies strives to provide academic diversity by bringing national and international leaders to campus with the goal of familiarizing students and the community with a wide range of views and issues. UCF achieves cultural diversity by using its multi-campus facilities to serve a diverse population of traditional and nontraditional students from various races, cultures, and nationalities. We strive to promote a campus environment that understands and embraces multiculturalism and diversity. We have a strong commitment to the importance of achieving diversity in our research and educational programs.

    The UCF Experience

    "The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men”--John F. Kennedy.

    Universities are institutions where people realize their human potentialities, using their talents and energies to further themselves and their societies; many of today's leaders are educated in graduate and postbaccalaureate programs and it is essential to the leadership of our nation that we attract and educate a diverse graduate student body.

    --Patricia Bishop, former Vice Provost and Dean, College of Graduate Studies

    College of Graduate Studies Diversity Statement

    The University of Central Florida College of Graduate Studies supports UCF’s vision of fostering diversity and inclusiveness and strives to increase participation in graduate education by underrepresented groups. We are committed to creating a campus environment that understands and embraces multiculturalism and recognize the importance of having a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff associated with our research and educational programs. We are also devoted to promoting academic diversity and will continue to create new programs that diversify our offerings and serve our community.

    Student Associations

    Student, faculty, and staff diversity is a key, integral factor in graduate education. Listed below are multicultural and diversity associations and resources that are available to you.

    UCF Sponsored Programs

    African American Student Union
    pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~aasu1969 
    The African American Student Union develops and implements programming to address the African-American student population.

    Asian Student Association
    www.asaucf.org/
    This organization promotes cultural awareness and diversity at UCF.

    Black Graduate Student Association
    Serves as a catalyst in providing retention, support, and training for minority students currently pursuing a graduate degree as well as those interested in pursuing a graduate degree.
    bgsa_ucf@yahoo.com.

    Caribbean Student Union
    pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~csasite/ 
    The Association provides orientation services and various social programming to Caribbean students at UCF, as well as offering memberships to all students regardless of ethnic background.

    Hispanic American Student Association
    pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~hasa/
    The Association provides leadership forums, socials, community service opportunities and other cultural events for Hispanic students at UCF.

    Minority Programs in the College of Education
    education.ucf.edu/mpie/
    The association provides funding and academic support to minorities enrolled in the College of Education.

    Multicultural Academic Support Services
    www.mass.sdes.ucf.edu
    They sponsor multicultural clubs within the university and offer a variety of social events targeting minority students.

    Office of Diversity Initiatives
    www.diversity.ucf.edu
    The Office provides professional development trainings and diversity workshops for students, staff, and faculty.

    Around Central Florida

    Central Florida International Chamber of Commerce
    www.centralchamber.org/
    This organization provides networking opportunities for area businesses.

    Hispanic American Professional and Business Women Association
    www.hapbwa.org
    The Association offers professional development and business opportunities to Hispanic women.

    Hispanic Business Initiative Fund
    www.hbifflorida.org
    The Initiative provides free, bilingual technical assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business in Florida.

    Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando
    www.hispanicchamber.net
    The Chamber provides the following services: business networking, business exposure and recognition, and business development opportunities.

    Latino Leadership, Inc.
    www.latino-leadership.org/
    The association provides computer education, credit counseling, and political forums for Hispanics in the central Florida area.

    National Association of Hispanic Nurses
    www.thehispanicnurses.org
    The Association provides a forum for nurses to analyze and evaluate the health care needs of the Hispanic community.

    National Society of Hispanic MBAs
    www.nshmba.org/orlando
    The Society fosters Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development services.

    Office of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
    www.prfaa.com/prfaa_intern.asp
    The Office provides business and internship opportunities, along with a list of other Hispanic resources.

    Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce
    www.caribbeantradecenter.com/
    Orlando area: (407) 644-2049

    Black Business Investment Fund of Central Florida
    www.bbif.com/
    (407) 649-4780
    An African American nonprofit specializing in the development and promotion of business enterprises through education, training, loans, investments, and community development activities.

    African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida
    www.blackcommerce.org/
    The Chamber offers training and seminar opportunities for the professional and economic development of African Americans in the Orlando area.

    Jamaican American Association of Central Florida
    jamaicanamericanassoc.com
    The Association provides social events and assistance to the Jamaican community in central Florida.

    National Black MBA Association
    www.nbmbaa.org/
    The Association provides networking events and trainings on professional development. 


 

 
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