College of Health and Human Performance

2020-2021 Recap of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Events and News

August 13, 2021

At HHP, we strive to enrich lives, influence healthy living and enhance human performance of diverse populations worldwide. The college hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year including many with a focus on inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA). 

December 14, 2020

HHP Dean’s IDEA Council forms
[Read the founding document]

January 1, 2021

Council members appointed
Inaugural members:

  • Chair & UF Diversity Liaison Representative, Dr. Rachel J.C. Fu [Since Jan. 1, 2021]
  • APK — Leo Ferreira [to May 15, 2021] Linda Nguyen [since August 16, 2021]
  • HEB — Sadie Sanders [to May 15, 2021] Meredith Berry [Since August 16, 2021]
  • SPM — Dr. Christine Wegner [Since Jan. 1, 2021]
  • THEM — Daniel Rogers [Since Jan 1., 2021]
Feb. 15, 2021

Dance and Drum with THEM: Celebrating Black History Month
[Watch video]

Aboubacar Camara [from left] and Aboubacar Soumah [from right] are from Guinea, West Africa. Kenneth Metzker [middle] was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the United States. They work together in the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida. They are playing the Balafon [by Camara], Djembe [by Soumah] and DunDuns [by Kenneth] instruments traditionally from West Africa. The music and rhythms are also traditional folk music from West Africa.

March 1, 2021

EFTI TALK: From Gainesville to the Whitehouse — Celebrations Through Events
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The Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute and Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management, and HHP Dean’s IDEA Council, hosted a conversation with Chynna Clayton, director of travel and event operations for Michelle Obama at the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama, on March 1, 2021.

March 8, 2021

Celebrating women in HHP
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Throughout Women's History Month in March 2021, we highlighted profiles featuring inspiring women leading the way and helping advance the way we live, work and play.  These profiles are brought to you in partnership with the HHP Graduate Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) and Dean's IDEA Council.

March 15, 2021

EFTI TALK: Inculsion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) is the Road to Excellence
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The Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute and Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management, and HHP Dean’s IDEA Council, hosted a conversation with leaders on inclusion, diversity, equity and access on March 15, 2021.

March 23, 2021

A message to the HHP community

Read the letter from Dean Michael Reid, Ph.D., and Rachel J.C. Fu, Ph.D., Chair of the Dean's IDEA Council, to the HHP community.

April 14, 2021

Wasdin Speaker Series: Interview with David Fizdale, Professional Basketball Coach

Watch the interview with David Fizdale (two-time NBA Coach) and Steve Stowe (VP Miami Heat Fund) joined by host Nathan Whitaker (#1 NYT Bestselling Author, Coach, and Speaker) on the topic of coaching at the Intersection of Culture, Race & Influence.

May 26, 2021

IDEA Council brainstorming and strategic planning

June 4, 2021

2021 Dean's IDEA Council end-of-year update
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The council created a report outlining its accomplishments and plans for the upcoming school year at the end of the year meeting this past May. Full report HERE.

Report highlights include...

  • The Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK) created a departmental IDEA committee made up of faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows. The committee is launching a three-year plan to promote and enhance future IDEA plans.
  • The Department of Health Education and Behavior is working on a health equity framework, updating course offerings around health equity, women’s health and priority populations, and enriching the learning environment. The department is involved in a number of collaborations around immigrant health, a proposal to the NIH to increase workplace diversity and developing a course focused on LGBTQ+ populations.
  • The Department of Sport Management developed an Anti-racist Learning Community through a series of sessions with researchers with plans to expand and continue into the fall. They also hosted a series of events around athlete activism, women in athlete development, and coaching around culture, race and influence.
  • The Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management hosted a series of events for the community around event planning and leadership. The events tapped a series of inspiring alumni and industry experts with recordings made available to the greater community.
June 30, 2021

Wasdin Speaker Series: Interview with Joakim Noah, Former Professional Basketball Player and Florida Gator

Watch the interview with Joakim Noah, former basketball player, and Florida Gator, and Steve Stowe, VP of the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund, on the topic of athletes at the intersection of culture, race, and influence by host Nathan Whitaker, a number one New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker.

July, 2021

Dean Reid initiates Equity Advisor proposal for HHP

July 13, 2021

Dean Reid appoints four Equity Advisors

Past Events

Athletes & Activism Forum 

Girls With Nerve Summer Camp

National Biomechanics Day

Transparency: Physiology, Wellness and Beyond in the Trans Community

Wasdin Town Hall

Women in Athlete Development Symposium and Networking event (WiAD)


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