In 2019, Leon L. Haley Jr., M.D., MHSA, dean of the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, appointed me as the college’s first associate dean for inclusion and equity and Ann-Marie Knight as the first vice president for community engagement and chief diversity officer for UF Health Jacksonville. Additional groups on inclusion, diversity, equity and access — ideals collectively referred to as IDEA — were established on campus. These include the UF Health Science Center IDEA Advisory Council and the IDEA Champions Committee, which features representation from various departments that aim to carry out the enterprise’s IDEA strategic priorities.
These measures are essential to creating a climate that aligns with our mission to heal, to comfort, to educate and to discover through quality health care, medical education, innovation and research. The goal is to cultivate an environment and culture where everyone has a strong sense of belonging and can be successful. Our inclusion, diversity, equity and access efforts are also connected with other UF colleges and business units via the university’s campus diversity liaisons. They are led by Antonio Farias, who was named UF’s first chief diversity officer in 2018.
The following graphic explains our organization’s IDEA vision, mission and strategic priorities.