June 4, 2021
The council was created in January with the goal of sharing information across units, increasing faculty and staff awareness around IDEA issues, coordinating with the university on IDEA initiatives, and advising the college leadership on IDEA-related opportunities and emerging issues.
With representatives across each of the departments, the council chairperson and campus diversity liaison is Rachel J.C. Fu, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, and director of the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute.
The council created a report (.pdf) outlining its accomplishments and plans for the upcoming school year at the end of the year meeting this past May.
Report highlights include:
The council is working to expand access for professional development and training for staff and working with graduate feeder programs at historically Black colleges and universities in Florida.
“I want to congratulate the council members for a successful year,” said Michael Reid, dean. “I’m grateful to Dr. Fu for her leadership of the council and to each of the representatives for approaching the work in a way that’s relevant and unique to their disciplines.
“I look forward to following the activities of the council and each department as they unfold.”
Leonardo Ferreira, Ph.D., associate professor in APK, has concluded his service on the council. Linda Nguyen, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor in APK, will serve as the APK representative moving forward.
“We look forward to continuing the great work into the fall,” said Fu. She encouraged those interested in IDEA to reach out to their respective council members for ways to get involved.