Introduction

Are you experiencing difficulty working with or inspiring students from underrepresented groups? Are you running up against barriers in your efforts to assist students? It’s often difficult to serve all students all the time.

Through ASPIRE, the CWC provides a variety of opportunities for the campus community to reflect and discuss many issues relevant to diversity at UF. ASPIRE provides consultations, outreaches, and presentations to help approach these topics.

About Consultations

ASPIRE provides faculty and staff consultations with experts who have a strong history in diversity and multiculturalism and can give advice and insight to nurture the success of students from underrepresented groups.

Consultations can involve team-building activities, assessment of current organizational structure, and training on communication across racial and cultural differences. We can work with you to create a unique consultation that fits the needs of your organization.

Please contact us if your organization, department, or student group would like to request our services or get more information.

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Upcoming Presentations

No presentations scheduled at this time.

Past Presentations

Below are some examples of our previous presentations, organized by topic, since ASPIRE began in 2002.

  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” – Featuring Dr. Beverly Tatum’s book.
  • “Recovering from Racism: Redefining What it Means to be White”
  • “50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education”
  • “The Mis-Education of the Negro” – Featuring Dr. Carter Woodson’s book.
  • “Moving Past the Margins: Creating successful strategies for Black males on campus” – Presenting the Black Male Development Initiative (BMDI).
  • “He had a Dream… What is Yours?” – Addressing Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and its current relevance in our society.
  • “Demystifying Malcolm X”
  • “Racial Stereotyping and Responses to Terrorism”
  • “Racial Stereotyping – Responding to Fear”
  • “Free, White and (over) 21: Being White in a Multicultural World”
  • “Constructing Race and Ethnicity in the 21st Century”
  • “How did I Learn about Culture and Race?” – Sharing your personal experiences and memories of moments where you become aware of similarities and differences among people.
  • “ABC: American-Born… and Confused?”
  • “The Invisible Asian: Where are the Asians in Diversity?”
  • “100 Years of Race Talk: Is It Enough?”
  • “Intimacy and Diversity: Can They Really Mix?”
  • “Do you Understand Me? Exploring Interracial Roommate Communication Styles”
  • “Living in a Mixed Race Relationships”
  • “Coming Out as an Interracial Couple to Friends, Family and Society”
  • “Understanding Inter-racial Dating on College Campuses”
  • “Living and Loving in the Melting Pot: Interracial Dating in the US”
  • “Non-verbal Communication” – A discussion on cultural differences in communication styles.
  • “Enhancing Intercultural Communication”
  • “Popcorn and Caramel Don’t Fight: Using Differences to Create Synergy, not Conflict diversity-based conflict resolution, prevention, and transformation.”
  • “Campus-wide Intercultural Communication Education and Training Needs Assessment”
  • “Thanks, Gracias, Xie Xie, Toda, Danke: Expressing Thanks from a Multicultural Perspective”
  • “Matters of the Heart: Understanding the Language of Love across Cultures”
  • “Strangers in a Strange Land” – Exploring the challenges faced by international students.
  • “Why Come to UF?” – A discussion with the international student leaders about why they came to UF.
  • “Foreigners in the land of ‘opportunity’: Working with international students from the staff’s point of view”
  • “Mentoring and Supervising International Students” – A conversation with international students.
  • “International student advising: What does research at the UF say about this?”
  • “Honey, I’m home!: The Reality of Long-term Same Sex Relationships”
  • “Transgender Issues in the Workplace”
  • “Misperceptions” – A discussion on the campus and community climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender individuals.
  • “To Be or Not To Be… Out in the Workplace?”
  • “Being OUT on Campus”
  • “Unintentional Classism: Challenges to Understanding Social Class”
  • “Behind the Scenes on Poverty: What’s Not Talked About in a Cultural Landscape”
  • “What is this thing called class? The African American family experience”
  • “Take Charge Men and Power-Hungry Women: A Double Standard in Perceptions of Authority” – Exploring gender, communication and power.
  • “Media, Violence, and Masculinity” – A discussion facilitated by segments of the video “Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity”
  • ”Understanding Power and Privilege”
  • “Feminine and Masculine Roles in Cultural Context: Convergent and Divergent Forces” – A discussion of fluidity vs rigidity of gender roles across cultures
  • “Women of the World” – Celebrating Unity and Diversity
  • “In Honor of Women’s History Month – A Celebration of Women’s Voices”
  • “Post-Katrina recovery: Personal reflections and what’s needed now?”
  • “What is the Right Thing? Multicultural Responsibility” – Examining a scene from Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing”.
  • “Accepting the Power to Create Change in the World” – “Mountains Beyond Mountains” taken as a basis for a discussion to explore how we all can take steps to change the world.
  • “Global Connections: Reaching Out in Southern Africa” – Presentation of a recent outreach trip to southern Africa.
  • “Interplast: A humanitarian Cure to a Global Issue – To Viet Nam and Back” – A conversation with a therapist who returned to her native country, Viet Nam, with Interplast in order to help in an effort to build local capacity and create long-term, sustainable medical care through her work as a translator.
  • “Multicultural Expressions of Spirituality”
  • “Holidays, Celebrations, and Traditions in Islam”
  • “Multiculturalism and Spirituality”
  • “Multiple Meanings of Halloween, Day of the Dead and All Saints Day Holidays”
  • “When Faiths Collide: Recent Events in Gainesville (and the World)”
  • “Easy “A’s” and Getting Their Way: Debunking the Myths and Misconceptions of the Student-Athlete”
  • “Bridging Two Communities Cultivating an Understanding of the Academic and Athletic Environments and the Impact on Student-Athletes”
  • “Managing parenthood on campus”
  • “The Motherhood, Career and Multiple-Role Balancing Act”
  • “The Motherhood Three-Ring Circus: Balancing on the Tightrope While Juggling Multiple Roles”
  • “Powerful Images: Diversity in the Media”
  • “The Challenges and Rewards of Covering Diversity in the Media: A Conversation with Student Journalists”
  • “Diversity Includes Disability”
  • “Is the Americans with Disabilities Act Working?”
  • “On Being Disabled at an Able-bodied University”
  • “Swimming Upstream to Turn the Tide” – A discussion of media images which promote eating disorders.
  • “Body Image as it Relates to Race, Ethnicity and Gender”
  • “Fit or Thin: Body Image among Gay Men”
  • “Mapping Your Life Journey: A Cultural Exploration”
  • “Celebrating Diversity is a Multifaceted Experience” – Exploring the landscape of UF People Awareness Week.
  • “Diversity within Diversity: Expanding our Views of Multiculturalism” – Exploring the many forms diversity can take within groups.
  • “To Eat or Not to Eat: An Exploration of Food and Culture”
  • “Hair and Identity”
  • “Family Mosaics – a discussion about diversity in families”
  • “Music as the Conductor of the Culture”
  • “Let Your Voice Be Heard! – A Poetry Jam for Cultural Expression. Share your culture through the art of poetry!”
  • “Sticks and Stones may Break my Bones, but Words DO Hurt Me” – a discussion on language and it’s power
  • “Being a Veteran on Campus” – with a panel of faculty, staff, and students
  • “What You Resist Persists! Mindfulness Meditation: The power of letting everything happen to you – right here, right now.”
  • “Come Walk in My Shoes” – A discussion of video clips that were filmed on the issues experienced by the UF minority college students.
  • “From Brady Bunch to South Park Kids: Diversity in the Gaps” – Exploring the richness to be found in personal history across the generations.
  • “Creating a Vision for the New Year”
  • “Chakra Health”


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