The Office for Accessibility and Gender Equity
At the Office for Accessibility and Gender Equity, we are committed to ensuring equal access to University programs and activities as well as our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion based on the protected classes of disability and sex, inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Our office provides a number of equity-related activities; these include facilitating accommodations, providing consultation, education, and training workshops; and helping to ensure the university responds appropriately, effectively, and equitably to issues of sexual-based misconduct or relationship violence. We also lead institutional efforts regarding; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title IX of the Education Amendments.
Our Diversity Statement
We commit to courageous action, doing our best to cultivate an inclusive environment for ourselves, our office, the University of Florida, and higher education.
We commit to opening our eyes and ears to the good, the bad, and the ugly, and to taking steps to champion the good and change the bad and ugly circumstances that hold us all back.
We commit to moving beyond lip service, making sure that we “walk the talk” when it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
We commit to making room for controversy and conflict, with the knowledge that it is only when these moments of friction occur that we can transform and transcend together.
We commit to inviting new perspectives by seeking the insight of a diversity of voices, which always adds value.
We commit to telling the truth, even when it hurts, to challenge bias, remove barriers, and make meaningful progress.
Most of all, we commit to the continuous pursuit of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging with the goal of creating a better workplace and society for all.
– Adapted from Commitment Statement published in Diversity Beyond Lip Service by La’Wana Harris