In April 2015, the Washington Post published an article identifying how higher education institutions in the state of Florida are handling shrinking black enrollment. Though the majority of the article focused on enrollment, other issues of campus climate were presented.
As a proactive response, former Vice President for Student Affairs Dave Kratzer commissioned a task force to explore, assess, and provide recommendations that lead to positive, sustainable changes toward the campus climate for Black/African American students at the University of Florida.
Led by Vee Byrd, director of Black Affairs, and William Atkins, assistant director of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, the task force included students, faculty and staff from across the university. Through extensive quantitative and qualitative research, the task force sought to identify opportunities that will better meet the needs of black students and create a more inclusive campus community.
The task force’s report and recommendations were submitted on June 2016 to President Fuchs and are currently under review.
I would like to thank the Black Student Affairs Task Force for their tireless work and research on this important matter. UF is committed to supporting all students, and this report is a first step toward ensuring every student has a positive college experience.
Division of Student Affairs