Programs and Events

As Reported in the 2020 Annual Equity Report

The Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education, and Advocacy

The Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education, and Advocacy (IDEAs) offers an array of programs and events that promote inclusion, diversity and social justice. The center highlights the experiences of traditionally marginalized groups through intentional interactions aimed at fostering awareness and cultivating new perspectives. By offering quality programs and educational opportunities to all students, we create a campus climate that values differences and promotes equity. The center contains the following offices:

  • Office of Hispanic/Latinx Initiatives and FUTUROS Success Program
  • Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives and Allyship
  • Office of Diversity Education and Advocacy
  • Office of First-Generation Student Success

There was a total of 105 programs and events, which engaged 4,205 students, faculty and staff.

Human Relations and Diversity Training (ADL Campus of DifferenceTM)

  • Explore personal and cultural identity
  • Recognize the language of stereotyping and its impact on interactions with others
  • Explore the dynamics of power and privilege connected to group-identities
  • Examine and challenge bias, prejudice and discrimination in self and others
  • Create an inclusive campus community that values and respects diversity

Twelve sessions were held with a total of 310 participants.

Specialized Diversity Training

Specialized Diversity Trainings are available to students and range from 45 minutes to three hours. All specialized trainings are interactive in nature and provide students an opportunity to explore and learn about an array of topics including, but not limited to: privilege, inclusive language, intersections of race and gender, personal biases, and discrimination. Seven sessions were held with a total of 172 participants.*

*Does not include classroom presentations.

Queer Coffee Hours

An opportunity for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff and students, and allies, to explore and discuss topics related to identity and inclusion, as well as resources available to serve the LGBTQ+ community. Nine sessions were held with a total of 134 participants.

Safe Zone Ally Training

Safe Zone Ally Training is designed to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally (LGBTQA) communities. Thirteen sessions were held with a total of 160 participants.

Bodega Central Series

The Bodega Central Series is a discussion platform uniting the voices and experiences of our Hispanic/Latinx faculty, staff and students. Thirteen sessions were held with a total of 215 participants.

PRIDE Resource Center

The PRIDE Resource Center strives to provide resources related to LGBTQ issues by providing information to members of the FAU community seeking to understand the experiences of LGBTQ students. Additionally, the center seeks to encourage a supportive campus environment for LGBTQ students by developing student, faculty and staff allies through professional development and educational programs.

Reaching Individual Success and Empowerment Program (RISE)

Reaching Individual Success and Empowerment (RISE) connects and engages first-generation students through academic support, cultural competence training, leadership development, career readiness programs, and intentional engagement opportunities designed specifically for first-generation students. Each student is assigned a RISE advisor who helps ensure the student stays on track and receives the academic support they need to persist. As part of the program, students are eligible to participate in the Book Loan Program.

The Book Loan Program assists FAU students on a temporary basis who are financially unable to purchase books. Books are issued on a first come, first serve basis and are dependent upon availability. Students who participated in this program had to be registered as a degree-seeking student, registered in the class for which the book was required, and received financial assistance through the FAU Office of Financial Aid. There were a total of 310 participants with 360 books provided, totaling $31,698.08 in book cost.

Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program

The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars program was created by FAU President John Kelly and First Lady Carolyn Kelly, and Boca Raton philanthropists Aubrey and Sally Strul, to provide financial resources and support to first-generation, low-income undergraduate students. The program was launched with a gift of $1 million from the Struls. Every scholar follows an established path from acceptance to graduation, to ensure they graduate in four years debt free.

The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program requires the scholars to attend FAU’s New Student Orientation followed by a separate Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program orientation. Each scholar is mentored by faculty or staff, and graduate students help prepare scholars to conquer the challenges they face while deciding or embarking on a major or career at FAU. The scholars are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per academic year while completing specific courses covering learning strategies and human development, how to prepare a resume, and goal setting for internships and job placement. There were 25 Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars during the reporting period.

The Office of First-Generation Student Success

The Office of First-Generation Student Success is designed with the student in mind. The goal is to connect students to resources available at FAU that better support and assist in their development as a student beyond average expectations. We achieve this by guiding students through advising, career services, and other vital student accessibility.

The office serves as a referral hub to the various services that exist to inspire and assist first-generation students, including academic support, advising, financial assistance and scholarships, mentorship, and the “First and Proud” registered student organization.

Urban Male Initiative

The Urban Male Initiative (UMI) at FAU was established to facilitate the retention, scholarship, graduation, and leadership of historically underrepresented men of color. The vision of the UMI is to create a community of urban male students who are academically driven, self- and socially aware, and motivated to make a difference within themselves, as well as their campus and global communities. This will be accomplished through a curriculum that is culturally sensitive and grounded in current research and effective practices for urban males; and programming that is interactive, inclusive and focuses on mentorship, peer accountability, academic and social-based events; all while developing a strong sense of purpose, self-identity, and community. There were 313 UMI participants during the reporting period.

Women and Gender Equity Resource Center (WGERC)

  • Total number of events hosted: 76
  • Total number of events co-sponsored: 3
  • Total student participants: 1,732
  • Total gender Hoot participation: 1,157
  • Total Wellness on Wheels participation: 86
  • WGERC Logged Visitation: 2,716
  • Emergency Gender Equity Resources Distributed: 1,109

Women’s Leadership Institute:

  • Student participants: 153
  • Faculty participants: 2
  • Staff participants: 29

Interpersonal Violence Prevention

  • Total Events Hosted: 80
  • Total Number of Events Co-sponsored: 9
  • Total Event Participation: 3,231
  • Campus Clarity: 9,838
  • Total Wellness on Wheels participation: 38

Intersectional Events:

  • Total Events Hosted: 3
  • Total Number of Events Co-Sponsored: 2
  • Total Event Participation: 359