Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The greatest strength of the University of Florida Honors Program is our community. Bound together by curiosity and compassion, our purpose is to create lifelong connections among and for students from around the world, while encouraging each to maximize their potential, experiences and horizons.

This work cannot be done without recognizing and celebrating the diversity of our community, including culture, disability identity, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. We believe that diversity is non-negotiable and essential for the benefit of all. Through the unique experiences and perspectives of others, we are better positioned to gain understanding, empathy and appreciation for human experiences outside our own and progress in our shared mission to build a better world.

In this effort, it is essential that all members of the UF Honors community feel safe and supported. We condemn all expressions of hate and do not tolerate racism, violence or discrimination on any level.

By nature, the Honors Program’s three pillars of opportunity, community and challenge support the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work we seek to foster and improve. Honors courses and campus resources around social issues are a starting point for engagement opportunities. Our community includes scholars from around the world. We accept the challenge of recognizing DEI failures and opportunities within our own program and within society through organizations like Honors First Gen because we believe in a diverse, equitable and inclusive future for all.

Learn more about diversity at the University of Florida.

Do you have suggestions for how UF Honors can improve? Contact Honors Program Interim Director Dr. Melissa Johnson at mjohnson@honors.ufl.edu.

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