Core Commitments

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

USF values diversity with inclusion and excellence with equity as elements of our values. These values are embedded in each of the strategic areas of focus in recognition that the success of each requires meaningful engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Beyond its presence in our academic endeavors, these values must also be embedded in our organizational infrastructure and should further drive not just who we attract and who we hire and retain, but also how we develop relationships and in which ways we invest in the success and advancement of diverse populations in our broader communities.

At USF, diversity exists along numerous axes, including gender identity, race and ethnicity, country of origin, socioeconomic status, age, religion, politics, sexual identity, veteran status, and disability, among many other considerations. With our core values in mind, racism, sexual violence, discrimination, and other acts of intolerance are rejected and treated with accountability to create a safe and welcoming environment where students, faculty, and staff can flourish professionally and academically. Our success to date indicates that we have a strong foundation upon which to build a model that is based on equity rather than diversity alone.

We endeavor to develop sustainable initiatives, policies, and programs to engage and amplify the voices of diverse students, faculty, and staff to ensure that all members feel a sense of belonging, connectedness, are represented in leadership, and have an opportunity to succeed. Closer attention to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse students, faculty, and staff, as well as increased utilization of diverse suppliers, are key aspects of the intentional efforts necessary to sustain these values. Our vision moving forward is to proactively pursue inclusive excellence to enrich our campus communities and as a key aspect of our engagement with the broader region.