Diversity Statement

Diversity Statement

In support of UF’s ongoing efforts to support diversity, FINS emphasizes the need to better include populations who have thus far been underrepresented in AI initiatives. 

FINS acknowledges the lack of diversity in the AI workforce and strives to provide more equitable access to applied AI techniques and skills to the diverse population of UF students toward the end of career development.  FINS will emphasize the need at UF and in the nation for greater accountability for matters of diversity, equality, and inclusion in AI development and deployment. To this end, FINS will collaborate with the Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC) to increase the quantity and quality of African American, Hispanic and Native Americans working in AI to the end of national security. Currently, the IEC partners with twenty-one Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). This collaboration will provide access to IEC driven research in order to emphasize diversity and will create a direct pipeline for IEC institutions to partner with UF and FINS.

[More information about the IEC is available at https://www.iec.org/ ].                          

Further we are aligned with the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) in asserting that: “It is integral to success in all of our endeavors.”

We are committed to non-discrimination with respect to all areas of human differences, including but not limited to national and ethnic origin, race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, beliefs and opinions, religion and faiths, culture, socio-economic background, level of physical or mental ability, and veteran’s status. This commitment applies in all areas–to students, faculty, and staff and intends to reflect the University’s belief that educational and employment decisions and access to University activities should be based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications.

In addition, we are committed to individual and group empowerment, inclusion, and the elimination of discrimination. We aspire to educate students to become future leaders capable of creating diverse and inclusive work cultures wherever their careers may take them.

At the University of Florida, Inclusive Excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do.

Daily actions toward Inclusive Excellence are the responsibility of every one of us.

ABCs of fostering Inclusive Excellence at UF:

  • Advocate for everyone’s success.
  • Be an ally to others as you partner with your colleagues on DEI work.
  • Celebrate your successes!

For more information and/or to get involved in diversity matters on campus, visit UF’s:

Office of Chief Diversity Officer

Center for Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (CIME)

Advancement Office,  Helping Advancement Nurture Diversity (HAND) Initiative