Celebrating Women in HHP

Throughout Women's History Month, we will highlight profiles featuring inspiring women from the College of Health & Human Performance. These profiles are brought to you in partnership with the HHP Graduate Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA).

The first profile features Abigail Schmitt, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. Dr. Schmitt earned her Ph.D. at the College of Health & Human Performance in 2020.

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Ensuring the Summer Thrive

As part of the effort of the Children’s Trust of Alachua County to seek community input for its Strategic Funding Plan, The Trust Board authorized a summer needs assessment conducted by the Youth Development Research-Practice Partnership in the College of Health and Human Performance. Christine Wegner, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Sport Management, was the principal investigator on the research team.

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Paying it Forward: Inspiring Middle School Students to be Unstoppable

A former linebacker for the Florida Gators who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sport management is now a passionate educator and middle school math teacher in his hometown of Belle Glade, Florida. Hygens Succes reinvests in the community that shaped him because his journey as a first-generation college student was supported by the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship (MFOS). 

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Robert Leeman Joins Steering Committee for Greater Gainesville Chapter of Equality Florida

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Robert Leeman, Ph.D., is the Mary F. Lane Endowed Professor in the Department of Health Education & Behavior. His research interests are in relationships between various difficulties with self-control and addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol use, though he also has also conducted research on opioid misuse, tobacco use and gambling. He develops and tests new interventions to reduce substance use and prevent HIV.

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New Dean's Council Focuses on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)

"Inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) are values embraced by the entire HHP community," said Dean Michael Reid in an email to college faculty and staff in December. "Implementation of these values is a responsibility shared by us all. Accordingly, efforts to increase IDEA are being distributed more broadly in 2021. Separate initiatives will be driven by each of the departments as well as the college administration."

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Celebrating First-Gen Gators

Join HHP and UF in celebrating our first-generation Gators in advance of the National First-Generation College Celebration held annually on Nov. 8. At UF, first-gen students make up 11 percent of the student body. Learn more about resources for our trailblazing, first-gen Gators.

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Dr. Ruth Alexander Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Today we celebrate Dr. Ruth Alexander, retired emeritus professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences and former chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women, on receiving the 2020 Nike Lifetime Achievement Award. Ahead of Title IX, Dr. Alexander obtained the approval and processes to establish the “Lady Gator Athletics” program. Before this, no opportunities existed for women to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

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Athletes and Activism: Past, Present and Future

Explore elite athletes’ engagement of social justice causes, including history, effectiveness, impact on careers and recent increases in activity around racial injustice. The five-part series begins Wednesday, August 19.

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JOSLYN AHLGREN ON LGBTQ+ SUPPORT AND ALLYSHIP

Joslyn Ahlgren, PhD, master lecturer in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, shares recommendations on how to support the #LGBTQ+ community.

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HHP AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Read the letter from Dean Michael Reid to the HHP community.

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HHP Resources on inclusion, diversity, equity and access

Thank you to the many members of the HHP community who attended our recent town hall focused on the tragic killings of George Floyd, David McAtee, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others from the African American community.⁣

Learn more about ways you can support the work of inclusion, diversity, equity and access webpage and stay tuned for future events.⁣


COVID-19 Tips: Steve Young and Michelle Smith on Athlete Development for High School Students

Steve Young, graduate student in sport management, talks with Michelle Smith, assistant dean for inclusion, about athlete development for high school students during the coronavirus pandemic.

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PhD Candidate Nioud Gebru Recognized with Wellspring Foundation Award

Since 2018, the college has awarded a student with the Wellspring Foundation Student Award to recognize a current student who has made substantial and outstanding contributions toward fostering diversity, inclusion and intercultural engagement both on campus and in the Gainesville community. The Wellspring Foundation has a goal of bringing young peole of diverse backgrounds together to learn from one another and understand worlds beyond their own.

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Women in Athlete Development Symposium goes virtual

Organizers of the two-day symposium featuring nationally respected women leaders, experts, practitioners and researchers in the field of athlete development moved the event online. More than 80 professionals and students from the U.S. and abroad participated along with 16 speakers and special guests who shared valuable industry knowledge and insight.

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Unstoppable Minds: Sport Management’s Mariel White

Hear how Mariel White, a student in sport management, was diagnosed with Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA)—formerly known as Churg Strauss syndrome as a sophomore—and how it left her paralyzed from the waist down.

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TRANSGENDER PHYSIOLOGY AND WELLNESS Event

On Monday, April 15, 2019, HHP hosted “Transparency: Physiology, Wellness and Beyond in the Trans Community.” The event featured student presentations on physiological changes during the medical transition process. Presenters from Dr. Joslyn Ahlgren’s human physiology class responded to questions posed by faculty judges and members of the community. Attendees had the opportunity to learn new information shared by LGBTQ advocates and take this knowledge forward into professional careers and other opportunities.

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HHP CELEBRATES NATIONAL BIOMECHANICS DAY

In collaboration with Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, HHP welcomed elementary school students for an immersive biomechanics experience featuring 10 labs and four departments.

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Middle School Summer Camp “Girls With Nerve” Empowers the Pursuit of Neuroscience

UF Researchers Daniel Ferris, Ph.D., and Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., teamed up to bring more than 20 middle school students to campus this summer for a free, week-long summer camp aimed at empowering girls to explore neuroscience.

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UF AND ESPN’S THE UNDEFEATED HOST TOWN HALL ON RACE, SPORTS AND THE MEDIA

On Nov. 12, ESPN’s The Undefeated and University of Florida hosted the 2019 Wasdin Town Hall on sport, social justice and the media with 17 sports professionals and speakers. The event was a collaborative effort between the College of Health and Human Performance, the College of Journalism and Communications and the Levin College of Law.

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Celebrating International Educators and Scholars

Read about HHP international student scholars who have been recognized for their academic accomplishments and contributions to the UF and Gainesville community.

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Advancing How We Play: Reaching Out to Community Youth Through Tennis

The Gators in Motion program uses tennis to promote character development, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles among youth from low-income neighborhoods in the Gainesville area.

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First Female NFL Coach Jen Welter Talks with HHP

HHP welcomed Dr. Jen Welter, the first female football coach in the NFL, as the 2018 D.K. Stanley Lecture speaker on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. 

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