Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Looking for a contact person who can provide assistance with diversity and inclusion resources in your department? How about a speaker who can lead a workshop or seminar for your staff? We have provided contacts here specific to the health science colleges. You can find a broader array of resources across campus here on the website of the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer.


Health science diversity liaisons


Diversity resources in the Health Science Center

Student advocacy and inclusion

Academics for Black Lives

The College of Dentistry’s Office of Student Advocacy and Inclusion has developed a comprehensive resource guide with Academics for Black Lives. Through these materials, you can explore how you might promote black wellness given your roles and environmental contexts.

Academics for Black Lives

Inclusion Diversity Equity Access (I.D.E.A)

Offices and centers

Name Intended Audience Department College Contact Website
Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (CPET) All N/A Medicine Mary Jo Koroly Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (CPET)
Minority Cancer Research and Training Center (MiCART) Graduate UF Cancer Center Pharmacy Folakemi Odedina Minority Cancer Research and Training Center (MiCART)
Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives Graduate Graduate School N/A Erin Rice OGDI

Programs and events

name details Intended Audience Department College Contact Deadline Website
Annual Diversity Graduate Research Symposium 1 day conference to highlight graduate research completed by diversity students at UF. Free Registration. Students will get the opportunity to present posters or be chosen for oral presentations. All Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences Diversity Committee; Black Graduate Student Organization Medicine N/A N/A N/A
Diversity Series N/A All N/A Dentistry N/A Spring N/A
EMBRACE Program Students selected for the EMBRACE program will complete a hands-on research, quality improvement, leadership project or educational module under the guidance of a faculty mentor. In addition, EMBRACE students will be expected to participate in monthly mentoring, seminars and other activities throughout the program. Graduate N/A Nursing Jeann-Marie Stacciarini, PhD N/A EMBRACE Program
Faculty Retreat Professional development, communication, growth. Faculty N/A Dentistry N/A N/A N/A
Gator Vet Camp Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders. 1 week camp to learn about the veterinary medical profession. High School Community Engagement & Diversity Outreach Veterinary Medicine gatorvet@cpet.ufl.edu 4/15/2020 Gator Vet Camp
Diversity Week A celebratory week designed to honor the values of diversity and inclusion in the UF College of Medicine. All N/A Medicine Amy Blue, PhD Spring Diversity Week
Implicit Bias Workshop A workshop that will focus on training individuals on how to recognize and address implicit bias and the role it plays in healthcare and health education. All Student Advocacy and Inclusion Dentistry Patricia Xirau-Probert, PhD 6/13/2020 Implicit Bias Workshop
MARC GatorSTAR Program The new MARC GatorSTAR Program suppors undergraduate students who are underrepresented minorities and want to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical or behavioral science-related disciplines. Undergraduate Biology Liberal Arts and Sciences David Julian Spring MARC GatorSTAR Program
Mentor Academy The Mentor Academy promotes the development of the next generation of the next generation of clinical and translational scientists through a culture of support for mentoring and training in optimizing mentoring relationships for mentors and mentees at all levels of career development. Faculty UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) N/A Roger Fillingim, PhD N/A Mentoring Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Scholars (MINDS)
Mentoring Institute for Neuroscience Diversity Scholars (MINDS) The University of Florida has created MINDS to address the need for increased minority representation in the science and engineering professorate. This program is a comprehensive, stepwise process that encourages and prepares exceptional minority students to become a party of academia. Faculty N/A Medicine Gonzalo Torres N/A Mentor Academy

Internships, assistantships, fellowships and awards

Name details Intended Audience Department College Contact Deadline Website
Board of Education Summer Fellowship 6 week summer program designed to orient incoming students to UF. $3,500 stipend for moving costs and 4 paid credits of in-state tuition. Graduate Graduate School, Office of Diversity Initiatives N/A ogdi@aa.ufl.edu 5/1/2020 Board of Education Summer Fellowship
Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship STEM programs, former LSAMP student, provides stipend for 2 years Graduate Graduate School N/A ogdi@aa.ufl.edu 1/15/2019 Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship
Delores Auzenne Dissertation Award $15,000 plus 5 credit hours for tuition to complete dissertation Graduate Graduate School N/A ogdi@aa.ufl.edu 4/20/2020 Delores Azulene Dissertation Award
FAMU Feeder Program 5 fellowships/year for FAMU students Graduate Graduate School N/A ogdi@aa.ufl.edu 4/20/2020 FAMU Feeder Program
McKnight Doctoral Fellowship 5-year fellowship Graduate Graduate School N/A ogdi@aa.ufl.edu 1/15/2020 McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
McNair Graduate Assistantship Program 5-year fellowship Graduate Graduate School N/A ogdi@aa.ufl.edu 4/29/2020 McNair Graduate Assistantship Program
Summer Neuroscience Internship Program (SNIP) Students receive $400 per week. Professional development requirements include: weekly neuroscience seminar, graduate school application/admission prep, poster session. Undergraduate Graduate Program in Biomedical Science; Neuroscience Department Medicine Sara Burke, PhD 3/15/2020 Summer Neuroscience Internship Program (SNIP)
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) – ASPET The ASPET SURF Program is designed to give students a research experience that focuses on Pharmacology & Therapeutics and includes both drug discovery and biological therapies. Undergraduate/Research Pharmacology and Therapeutics Medicine Ellen Esparolini 2/13/2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) – ASPET
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) The Summer Undergraduate Research at Florida (SURF) program is a ten-week, on-campus, research-intensive program that pairs undergraduate students with a faculty advisor and a senior-level Ph.D. student mentor. Undergraduate/Research N/A Pharmacy summerresearch@cop.ufl.edu 1/24/2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
UF/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project Doctoral students at UF gain teaching experience at SF college, $15k stipend Graduate Graduate School N/A ogdi@aa.ufl.edu 5/15/2020 UF/Santa Fe College Faculty Development Project

Additional resources

Name details Intended Audience Department College Contact Deadline Website
Ally-Gator Ally-Gators is the first Gay-Straight Alliance at any dental school in the state of Florida. We will lead the way in promoting LGBTQ+ related medical and dental education along with public health and mental health awareness outlets. Graduate N/A Dentistry N/A N/A Ally-Gator
Diversity Faculty Listserv N/A Faculty N/A Medicine N/A N/A N/A
Diversity Graduate Student Listserv A means of communication for underrepresented minority students Graduate N/A Medicine N/A N/A N/A
Diversity and Cultural Competence Council (DC3) This council was established to help UF clinical research professionals become competent communicators and actors in the intersectional areas of diversity and culture. With the clinical research professional and community member in mind, this council seeks to develop opportunities in raising awareness of distinct needs for diversity and inclusion, while identifying and disseminating best-practice information in the UF clinical research community. Research UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UF CTSI) N/A Robert Kolb N/A UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UF CTSI)
International Mentoring Association (IMA) The International Mentoring Association (IMA) is a non-profit (501(c)(3)) association of mentoring professionals in the education, business, and government sectors. The IMA offers the most current information in the constantly evolving field of mentoring best practices in an organized, accessible, and easy-to-use format. Faculty N/A N/A Roger Fillingim, PhD N/A The International Mentoring Association (IMA)

Faculty information

Amy Blue, PhD

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Associate Vice President for Interprofessional Education
Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Clinical Professor, Department of Environmental and Global Health
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Dr. Blue, PhD is the College Diversity Liaison for the College of Public Health and Health Professions and chair of the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  With a PhD in anthropology, she has expertise in cultural perspectives, particularly cultural sensitivity in health care and has developed learning resources related to culture and health.  Her current work in interprofessional education links teamwork with diversity and inclusion, including development of curricula and presentations at national meetings.  Dr. Blue is a TeamSTEPPS master trainer.  She is involved with the UF Health Science Center’s Summer Health Professions Program (SHPEP) as the lead for interprofessional education and the Public Health Pathway.  Her training related to diversity and inclusion includes completion of workshops focused on everyday/implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and from the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), UF Undocupeers, and Crucial Conversations. 


Jeanne-Marie R. Stacciarini, RN, PhD, FAAN

Assistant Dean for Diversity Inclusion and Global Affairs
College of Nursing

Dr. Stacciarini is the College Diversity Liaison for the College of Nursing, University of Florida. Dr. Stacciarini is a psychiatric nurse scientist and her research focuses on identifying approaches to address social determinants of mental health in underserved and minority populations. Over the last decade, she has been actively supporting, collaborating and mentoring minority health researchers. Dr. Stacciarini has collaborated with faculty from the U.S., Mexico and Brazil on studies to understand gender, race and health disparities. She has published and presented research in English, Portuguese, and Spanish to promote global scholarly advancement in nursing.

She coordinates the EMBRACE program, which provides research and leadership opportunities for Underrepresented Minority students (URMs) in nursing. Dr. Stacciarini is recognized as an outstanding advisor and mentor, an international educator and a transformational leader, diligently working with and for URMs. 

Dr. Stacciarini has received several awards for raising cultural awareness in teaching, fostering civility in the workplace, advocating for diversity, inclusion and equity and for developing research with hard-to-reach and underrepresented populations. Some of her awards are: the UF Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, UF Inclusive and Excellence Diversity Award, the Southern Nursing Research Society Award for Research in Minority Health, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Research Excellence and a Fulbright Fellowship Award. Dr. Stacciarini is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.


Patricia Xirau Probert, Ph.D., LMHC

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Assistant Dean for Student Advocacy and Inclusion
Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science
UF College of Dentistry

Dr. Probert is the College Diversity Liaison for the College of Dentistry. Dr. Probert offers counseling and consultations with students, residents, staff and faculty. She works closely with members of the college to support program and curriculum development, strategic planning, community outreach, and other initiatives to enrich student success. She actively develops and supports diversity efforts in the college, and in the Health Science Center. Her work with disadvantaged and underrepresented students has been recognized by receipt of the University of Florida’s Superior Accomplishment award for Diversity and Inclusion. She was also elected into the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, as an honorary member, in recognition of her impact on the culture of the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry. She is the Primary Investigator for a Robert Wood Johnson grant. The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a six-week, residential pipeline experience for pre-health students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Dr. Probert was appointed Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Diversity and Inclusion Director on January 11, 2019. Dr. Probert leads the CTSI Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, which serves to promote diversity and inclusion within the Health Science Center community. Dr. Probert is trained as an educator in Implicit Bias and Crucial Conversations, and provides workshops for the UF community.


Talline R. Martins, PhD

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Director, Graduate Professional Development

Dr. Martins is involved in developing and implementing professional and career development programming for graduate students. Examples include workshops on various topics including leadership, communication, professionalism, and many others. These efforts range from single seminars or workshops to semester-long programs. She is also engaged in recruitment and retention efforts, particularly of underrepresented minority graduate students.

She coordinates the MARC GatorSTAR and SF2UF Bridges programs, which focus on providing extensive research experience for URM undergraduate students. The SF2UF is a Bridge to Baccalaureate program, and it focuses on providing opportunities for students at Santa Fe College to conduct research at the University of Florida under the guidance of a faculty mentor, with the aim to increase transfer and completion rates. The MARC GatorSTAR program focuses on providing similar opportunities to students at UF. Both programs have a large professional development component, where students learn about how to present posters, research graduate programs, and how to submit successful applications. Both programs are under the direction of Dr. David Julian.


Pamela R. Patton, PA-C, MSP, DFAAPA

William M. Hall Associate Professor
Director of Admissions
School of Physician Assistant Studies
UF College of Medicine

Ms. Patton is the Diversity Liaison for the College of Medicine School of Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to her faculty appointment with the PA school in 2014, the bulk of her 40-year career was spent in the Department of Surgery where she was clinically active in abdominal transplant surgery and served as Clinical Director of Kidney Transplantation.  Currently, she wears multiple hats at UF while remaining clinically active one afternoon a week caring for a diverse population of poorly insured patients at a federally designated rural health clinic. On UF’s Health Science campus she is particularly proud of what UF’s annual residential Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) has been able to accomplish. Now in its fourth season, the University of Florida is one of (12) institutions in the U.S. to have been awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, which provides SHPEP funding for career development and academic enrichment of annual cohorts of (80) underrepresented minority and/or economically disadvantaged pre-health students. As a member of the original lead team, Patton assisted with SHPEP grant writing, program design and implementation.  She regularly contributes as recruitment lead, which she finds dovetails meaningfully with PA Admissions outreach and minority mentoring efforts she initiated on historically black colleges and diverse campuses in Florida and Georgia, just several years ago. Lessons have been learned and doors opened on the UF campus and beyond as a result of the strong collaborative spirit shared amongst our Health Science colleges.


Richard Segal, PhD

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Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy
Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
UF College of Pharmacy

Dr. Segal is the Diversity Liaison for the College of Pharmacy. He is also a professor and associate dean for faculty affairs, where he has oversight for diversity and inclusion and professional development.  His research program is in the area of outcomes research, disease management and professional communications and he has served as PI or co-PI on numerous intervention studies intended to shape patient and provider behavior toward evidence-based practice.  More recently, Segal and his research team have investigated the role of several psychosocial variables in underrepresented populations including Blacks and Hispanics and the instruments they developed are widely used by researchers in examining constructs such as temporal orientation in African American health-related behaviors.  Much of his recent work has focused on creating innovative practice models integrating Community Health Workers (CHWs) into the medicines use process.  His research program informs his teaching in the professional and graduate programs, where he leads a course on patient-centered care in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.