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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
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University of South Florida
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Christian Wells
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

The Diversity Network is a structure that supports comprehensive institutional diversity and equal opportunity programs and initiatives under the auspices of the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office (DEO) and the Office of the Provost.

The Diversity Network strengthens the diversity infrastructure to facilitate meeting USF’s strategic goals related to diversity and equal opportunity, as well as provide technical assistance and support to University professionals engaged in diversity and equal opportunity initiatives.

The benefits of the Diversity Network are:
• Improve linkages between, and among diversity/equal opportunity programs University wide
• Maximize communication and dialogue about diversity/equal opportunity programs and initiatives university wide
• Enhance diversity/equal opportunity programs and initiatives as a result of increased collaboration, dissemination and consolidation of activities
• Serve as ongoing focus group on diversity/equal opportunity issues for the university community
• Increase awareness of diversity/equal opportunity resources university wide
• Develop leaders in diversity/equal opportunity

Members of the committee, including affiliations :

Ted Williams, Ph.D. - Associate Vice President
Patsy Feliciano - Interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Kirk Rascoe, J.D. - Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance
Wilson "Bill" Havens - Diversity and Equal Opportunity Coordinator/Investigator
Luz Jaramillo, M.B.A. - Affirmative Action Coordinator
Raquel Peverini -ADA Coordinator
Rhonda Ferrell-Pierce - Senior Administrative Assistant
Chai Greene - Secretary
Janet Cullen - Website Administrator

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity office?:

A brief description of the diversity office:

The Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office (DEO) provides effective leadership to ensure that diversity and equal opportunity are a thriving part of the fabric of the University of South Florida. The DEO Office is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating, a comprehensive institutional diversity program and university-wide multi-faceted inclusion and diversity initiatives to support the University’s commitment to diversity, inclusiveness and equal opportunity.

The number of people employed in the diversity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity office is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity coordinator?:

Diversity coordinator’s name:
Dr. Ted Williams

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Associate Vice President of the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

Responsible for the development, administration, and coordination of a University-wide system that will leverage and sustain diversity at USF.

Provides leadership towards USF's goal to enhance its transformation into a higher education institution that embraces and values diversity.

Primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with USF policies guaranteeing equal opportunity, access, and equity.

Oversee the development of a comprehensive system change that will ensure that diversity and equal opportunity become an integral part and a key component in the success of USF.

Primarily responsible for the development and administration of a comprehensive range of educational programs that will raise awareness about diversity and equal opportunity and will promote development of skills that will enhance the ability of faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and interact productively in a diverse community.

Assumes a major advisory role to the President, the Provost, Vice Presidents and Deans. Also, represents the interests of the University in interactions with the local community and with State and Federal regulatory bodies.

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity coordinator is available:

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