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  • 6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
  • 2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
  • > 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic

COHPA Diversity Committee Activities


The mission of the College of Health and Public Affairs' Diversity Committee is to promote awareness of diverse cultures, backgrounds and life experiences among the college's students, faculty, staff and alumni. The committee encourages and supports professional collaboration among the college's diverse academic programs to promote diversity.


The Diversity Committee seeks to create an environment that fosters an appreciation of the values, skills, challenges and abilities of all people. Such an environment enriches the college's academic community and prepares its members to participate more fully in a diverse society.

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The Diversity Committee has a commitment and respect for diversity and inclusion, as well as for representation of people across all aspects of social identity. Committee members believe in the value of diversity to strengthen our work and our communities. Our commonalities unite us and our differences enrich us.


2015-16 Activities

2015 Diversity Luncheon FlyerDIVERSITY WEEK 2016:

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., HPA I - Atrium
Diversity Luncheon
Theme: Religion and World Views

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 - Open to COHPA faculty members,
staff members and students wearing designated wristbands

12:30 to 1 p.m. - Open to all students

Sponsored by the COHPA Diversity Committee

2014-15 Activities

Reshawna Chapple Brown Bag CroppedBrown-Bag Luncheon: Black Deaf Women in College
Presented by Assistant Professor Reshawna Chapple, School of Social Work

Karen Morrison VisitDiversity Committee Welcomes Karen Morrison
The COHPA Diversity Committee welcomed Karen Morrison, UCF's new chief diversity officer, to attend its meeting on Nov. 19, 2014, in HPA I. An informative discussion about the committee's activities and Morrison's objectives followed.
View more photos (Photos by Abi Bell)

Brown-Bag Luncheon: Racial Descrimination and the Death Penalty

Presented by Professor Robert Bohm, Department of Criminal Justice


1:30 to 3:30 p.m., HPA I - 110
Ageism and the Diversity of Age
Presentation and panel discussion
Sponsored by the School of Social Work, Aging Studies Certificate and Minor Program and LIFE@UCF

2014 Diversity Luncheon Poster11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., HPA I - Atrium
Many Cultures, One Nation
Diversity Week luncheon
Sponsored by the COHPA Diversity Committee
View poster (thumbnail right) (Design by Maricel Soto)
View photos (Photos by Abi Bell)

2013-14 Activities


3 to 5 p.m., Anthem College, 3710 Maguire Blvd., Orlando
A Discussion on Health Disparities Featuring Assistant Professor Latarsha Chisholm
Learn more at  http://bit.ly/192AVss.
To register, visit http://cfphd.org/events?eventId=738601&EventViewMode=EventDetails.

COHPA-Quest -poster -FLATTENED-2_web10/23/13

1 to 3 p.m., HPA  I - Atrium
Culture Quest - A Celebration of Diversity
The COHPA Diversity Committee is pleased to present "Culture Quest" as part of UCF's Diversity Week 2013 celebrations. Sample foods and learn about different cultures from around the world. Open to COHPA staff and faculty members. Students wearing designated wristbands may attend. A limited number of wristbands will be available from department and school offices.
View poster (thumbnail right) (Design by Kim MacLennan)
View photos (Photos by Abi Bell)

2012-13 Activities

1 to 2 p.m., HPA II - 247
Disparities in Women's Health Care Roundtable Discussion
Jenna Tosh, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando and a doctoral student in public affairs, and Latarsha Chisholm, assistant professor of health services administration, spoke about health care disparities and their implications for women's health at a roundtable discussion.     Tosh's PowerPoint     Chisholm's PowerPoint

Health Disparities Round Table
(Photo by Abi Bell)  



   2012 Diversity Week Luncheon  
   (Poster design by Kim MacLennan) 
Diversity Luncehon 2012 Photo

See all "A Taste of Europe" Photos

(Photos by Abi Bell) 

Previous Activities

2011 Diversity Week in COHPA (Flyer)
"Around the Nation" Luncheon (Photos)

Global Nosh and Go (Poster)

College Celebrates Diversity Around the World (Article)

College Hosts Annual Diversity Luncheon (Article)

The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
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