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University of Central Florida Office of Diversity and Inclusion Records

Identifier: UA09A

Scope and Contents

Series I: Documents, 1977-2018 contains programs, plans, reports, itineraries, posters, awards, newspaper clippings, and event activities.

Series II: Media, 1994-2003 contains VHS and CD’s related to events hosted by ODI. This includes recorded lectures, debates, panels, gatherings, and stock images.

Series III: Posters, 1996-2018 contains posters related to events hosted by ODI. This includes posters from the annual Diversity Week.

Series IV: Memorabilia, 2014-2017 & undated contains items created by and given out at events hosted by ODI. This includes magnets, pens, pencils, stickers and so much more.


  • Created: 1977-2018
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1992-2013



The entire collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

According to The UCF Report June 2, 1995 issue, the Office of Diversity Initiatives (ODI) was established by then President Hitt in 1994. ODI was the result of Hitt's goal to make UCF more inclusive. The origins of this goal stems in 1992, when the December 1st Orlando Sentinel issue reported that Hitt named Valarie King Director of Minority Student Services. As director, she appraised services accessible to minority students and searched for ways to improve those services. King's appointment as director would later complement her role as chairwomen of the Diversity Task Force. Both The Central Florida Future, February 9, 1993 issue and The UCF Report from 1995 featured articles that explained how the task force was created by Hitt to study the diversity and attitudes on campus between 1992-1994. The task force concluded an office should be created to deal with the changing landscape of UCF. As a result of her contributions, Valarie King became the founding director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives.

Since 1994, ODI has been an intricate part of the UCF community through their use of unique programs, events, and workshops. The most notable of these events hosted by ODI is the annual Diversity Week, which is usually held in early to mid-October. On November 17, 1993, The Central Florida Future reported about the first Diversity Week, which was presented by the Diversity Task Force. Both President Hitt and Valarie King wanted Diversity Week to help faculty explain human diversity issues to better the classroom setting. Each year ODI selects a theme which is celebrated throughout the week in activities coordinated by the office. Themes include the 1996's theme of "Diversity: A Transforming Power" to 2017's theme of "Transform and Inspire Inclusion."

Other programs include the Nguzo Saba Celebration, the Summer Faculty Development Conference (formerly named the Faculty Domestic Diversity Summer Institute 2000-2006), the National Conference on Leadership Diversity, the Leadership Empowerment Program (formerly named Leadership Enhancement Program 1996-2015), the Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity (SEED), the MOSAIC Legacy Program, and Women's History Month.

In 2014, after 20 years of being called the Office of Diversity Initiatives, the office was renamed the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The years that followed showcased ODI's new strategies and mission of making UCF a model for diversity and inclusion practice, policies and culture. ODI has done this by taking part in campaigns, which include Be Yourself, Together and Respect UCF. The campaigns help facilitate their goal to help the UCF community be more inclusive by actively having students share their input and being engaged.


5 boxes (3.33 Linear Feet)


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) strives to build an inclusive culture for all students, faculty and staff by promoting diversity and inclusion practices and policies. This collection of records contains documents and media relating to ODI's beginning, programs, and goals.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in four series. Series I contains documents relating to ODI's goal of inclusion and is arranged chronologically. Series II contains media relating to events hosted by ODI and is arranged chronologically. Series III contains posters relating to events hosted by ODI and is arranged by subject then chronologically. Series IV contains memorabilia relating to events and programs both hosted and supported by ODI.

Method of Acquisition

Barbara Thompson transferred these materials to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collection and University Archives in 2013 (CFU2013_31) and in 2017 (CFU2017_40). Victoria Weston transferred additional materials in 2017 (CFU2017_14). Katie Pomp transferred additional materials in 2018 (CFU2018_16).

Accruals and Additions

Collection Identifier: CFU2013_31; Additions: CFU2017_14; CFU2017_40; CFU2018_16

Related Materials

For more information on university archives, please see our website. Further information about the Faculty Domestic Diversity Summer Institute may be found in the University of Central Florida Brown, Black & White Collection. Additionally, Office of Diversity and Inclusion publications have been catalogued, which include Office of Diversity Initiatives Annual Report with the catalog record found here; Diversity Task Force Progress Report with the catalog record found here; Seminar "Managing Social and Cultural Differences in an Educational Setting" with the catalog record found here; Bias-Free Communication Guide with the catalog record found here; The President's Commission on the Status of Racial & Ethnic Minorities: Executive Summary with the catalog record found here; and UCF InPrint with the catalog record found here; Women at UCF: Status 2000: The President's Commission on the Status of Women here; Inclusive communication guide here; Dispelling myths: educational strategies for varying abilities here; Framework for Educational and Training Initiatives here; Strategic Plan: Charting the Course here. For further information regarding the University of Central Florida's Office of Diversity and Inclusion please consult their [url=]website.[/url]

Processing Information

Collection processed by and finding aid prepared by Kryslynn Collazo in 2017 and 2018. Staples and paperclips were removed from documents and replaced with plastic clips. All materials were placed into acid free folders and in an acid free box. Posters were placed into flat folders. Only three versions of publications were kept and all additional copies were recycled. Additional items related to ODI were located in backlog unprocessed materials and were added to the collection in 2018 along with items received in 2018. The acquisition method field and the subjects were updated by Kryslynn Collazo in 2018, resulting in edition 2.


University of Central Florida Office of Diversity and Inclusion Records
Kryslynn Collazo
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF University Archives Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576