Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are an essential part of the foundation of Florida Atlantic University. From its earliest days, this university has provided access to and proudly served students from many different backgrounds. Today, FAU is one of the most culturally diverse institutions in the nation and is known as a place where every student has the opportunity to succeed. We recognize that diversity is not limited to race, culture or national origin. Diversity refers to the many ways that we self-identify, as well as our lived experiences, beliefs and perspectives. With these guiding principles, FAU remains committed to providing a safe, inclusive and equitable environment for students, faculty, staff and our entire community.
Programs, Fellowships and Services
The Urban Male Initiative (UMI) is designed to facilitate the retention, scholarship, graduation and leadership of historically underrepresented men of color. This is accomplished through a research-based curriculum that is grounded in the Critical Race and Resiliency Theories. Program components include the UMI Apprentice for freshman and sophomores; UMI Scholars for juniors; UMI Graduates for seniors; and the Professional and Peer Mentoring Program. Participants also receive academic support and wrap-around services, as well as financial incentives. The UMI Motto is “Empowering, Redefining, and Becoming Men of Content and Character.”
FUTUROS Success Program Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education, and Advocacy
The FUTUROS Success Program aims to connect Hispanic/Latinx students to support services, resources and programs that prepare them for academic success and future careers. Components of the program include a day-long retreat, lunch and learn series, financial literacy and career workshops, and a discussion forum focused on identities, personal growth, and social issues that impact the community.
The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) strives to raise awareness of the issues women face in leadership, facilitate skill development, and provide networking opportunities for students, staff and faculty. The institute aims to foster discussion on civic engagement and the power of women’s voices. Whether participants are using their voice to shape the politics of our country or to fully participate in the classroom, we want to provide them with skills to overcome the gendered barriers that so often silence people.
The Military & Veterans Student Success Center serves as an advocate for military and veteran students, and eligible dependents. It provides resources and holistic support that enhances the academic, professional and personal success of our students. Specific advisors are identified to work with and support veteran students. In addition, they help streamline processes in order to ease the student’s transition from military to college life.
The Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship Program is designed to encourage minority students to pursue graduate degrees in areas in which they are historically underrepresented at Florida Atlantic University. These areas include, but are not limited to, engineering, mathematics, computer science, economics and psychology.
Florida Atlantic University offers a fellowship to graduate students who increase the diversity of the student body in their chosen field of study. Applicants must demonstrate how they contribute to increasing diversity and, if applicable, any impediments or disadvantages they have overcome to pursue an advanced degree. During the reporting period, the University had a total of 19 graduate college fellowships.
The following initiatives provide access to low-income students, who also may be members of underrepresented populations:
Upward Bound is a part of Florida Atlantic University’s Pre-College Programs. Upward Bound is a federally funded program through the United States Department of Education under the National TRIO programs. The program is a partnership between FAU and the Broward County School Board. Upward Bound provides academic support, exposure to cultural events and college tours, as well as ACT/SAT test preparation to its high school student participants. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families or from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. Upward Bound seeks to increase grade point average and standardized test scores, and position students for success as they enter and graduate college.
Reaching Individual Success and Empowerment (RISE) is a research-informed strategy for low-income, first-generation students based on the Schlossberg’s Transition Theory. The main objective of RISE is to help students effectively cope with transition through intentional engagement and high-impact programs. In addition, the RISE Program incentivizes students with a bookstore stipend. RISE is structured into five pillars and is designed to be intrusive. Each participant is assigned a RISE mentor who monitors program requirements and academic progress. The five pillars are cultural competence development, leadership and civic engagement, mentoring, career readiness and academic support.
Scholarships & Financial Aid Programs
Theodore R. Johnson, a former UPS executive, established a charitable trust fund to provide scholarships to students with disabilities who are attending one of Florida’s 11 public universities. Mr. Johnson had a hearing impairment and understood the difficulties a person with a disability must overcome. He wanted to use his money to make sure students with disabilities have the chance to be the best they can. The scholarship is competitively awarded to currently enrolled undergraduate students in good standing or accepted incoming students.
FAU President John Kelly and his wife, Carolyn Kelly, together with Boca Raton philanthropists Aubrey and Sally Strul created the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program with the goal of providing educational access and equity to first-generation students, regardless of their socioeconomic status. The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program provides academically talented first-generation, low-income students with financial resources, academic support, and mentorship to help them graduate debt-free in four years or less. Admitted scholars follow an established plan, known as the 17-Point Pathway, to help prepare them for a meaningful college experience and successful life beyond graduation.
The Diversity Enhancement Scholarship is provided to students transferring from a Florida community college or state college to FAU. Awards may be based solely on merit, financial need with an acceptable GPA, or a combination of need and merit. Scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters. Renewals for up to six semesters are possible, with appropriate academic progress.
The DAR Indian Scholarship is for members of the Seminole or Miccosukee Indian Tribes living in Florida. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship.
This scholarship is provided to undergraduate students with special consideration for first-generation students who are members of an underrepresented group. Preference will be given to African Americans, then to Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and Caribbean Americans. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship.
The Diversity Enhancement Scholarship for Transfers (DEST) is a competitive program for qualified minority (American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) transfer students. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic merit, and other select criteria. Students must be Florida residents, degree seeking, enrolled full time, and adhere to the application guidelines in order to qualify for full consideration. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship.
The Grace Fait Asian Women Education Assistance Endowment is awarded with preference given to a female of Asian descent. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, be in good standing at FAU, and must have demonstrated financial need. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship.
The Harriet C. Boettcher scholarship is given to a deserving student with demonstrated financial need. Preference given to students of Asian heritage. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship.
The June Frick and Gwen Moye Scholarship was established with preference given to female students studying in disciplines where they are traditionally under-represented. Students must be junior or senior status, full time, and in good academic standing. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship. Awards are renewable so long as the criteria are met. Please see the Scholarship Resource Center (Office of Student Financial Aid, SU80, Room 233) for further details. Application is currently under revision.
The Konbit Kreyol Lambert and Romain Haitian Service Scholarship was created in the memory of the late Ms. Lambert and Ms. Romain. Preference will be given to students of Haitian decent and/or active in Konbit Kreyol. Student must be living in the United States, either as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program; and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher. The student must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits per semester and must have demonstrated financial need. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship.
The Stewart and Wendy Martin Scholarship is to support scholarships for students at the University who are active military or military veterans, or who are first-time college attendees. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship
The Harriet C. Boettcher U.S. Military Endowed Scholarship fund was established to help support an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours. First preference will be given to U.S. military veterans having served active duty or the child of an active duty member of the U.S. military. Second preference will be given to a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship.
The FAU Business and Professional Women's Scholarship House (BPWSH) was established to provide campus housing for women with strong academic promise and substantial outside financial assistance in order to attend FAU. The BPWSH is a cooperative living/learning facility where 16 women share leadership experience and develop life skills and community responsibilities.
The increasing diversity of our society reminds us that all of America’s citizens must have access to opportunity for higher education if our nation is to sustain and advance itself as a global, competitive democracy in the new millennium. The future of our nation’s economy, democracy, and quality of life is dependent upon the preparation of a diverse cadre of leaders who will help build a stronger society. These potential leaders, drawn from groups that have traditionally and historically been denied access to higher education, must receive the support needed to negotiate the pathway to completing a college education. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. Click the title for application and more information.
Students from Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Puerto Rico, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, ineligible as of 05/24/16) may be eligible to receive Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) scholarships at FAU.
For more than 50 years, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (MFJC) has been promoting the global regeneration of Jewish culture by supporting, developing and connecting the next generation of scholars and leaders in Jewish communities around the world. The purpose of the Foundation’s Doctoral Scholarship Program is to help train qualified individuals for careers in Jewish scholarship and research.
UNCF manages various scholarship programs and each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. To apply for a UNCF scholarship, you must apply through the online application process. It is recommended that applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as many of the UNCF scholarships require that the scholarship recipient apply for Federal Student Aid.
Human Relations and Diversity Training
The following initiatives are designed to provide human relations and diversity training to foster awareness and support of underrepresented populations:
In 2015, President John Kelly identified diversity as a platform of the University’s 10-year strategic plan, seeking to identify and promote opportunities to diversify students, faculty and staff. The Diversity Council identifies, promotes and builds institutional cross-cultural competencies, and provides additional opportunities for University community members to enhance and diversify professional and personal world-views, enriching their intellect, knowledge and understanding of their own culture, global culture, and historic trends, including economic and political movements.
Campus of DifferenceTM Diversity Training
The Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education and Advocacy offers a half-day workshop for FAU students to explore personal and cultural identity, and recognize the language of stereotyping and its impact on interactions with others. The intention of the discussion is to create an inclusive campus community that values and respects diversity.
The Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education and Advocacy offers this half-day workshop to educate students, staff and faculty on issues related to the LGBTQ+ community and foster allies throughout our campuses. The goal of Safe Zone is to create a safe and inclusive campus environment for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
A day-long interactive symposium that provides faculty and staff an opportunity for robust dialogue and intuitive reflection around current topics focused on enhancing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive campus community. Topics include: Unconscious Bias, Social Justice Education, Teaching Strategies for Diverse Populations, Trans-studies, Service Dogs versus Emotional Support Animals, and more.
A one-day experience that aims to broaden participants’ cultural fluency while also promoting informed and effective social justice advocacy. WeLead is open and free to all FAU students and includes keynote speakers, several break-out sessions and opportunities to interact with peers, faculty and staff. Topics include: Unconscious Bias, Effective Allyship, From Advocacy to Activism, Global Perspectives, White Privilege and more.