Resources for Graduate Students

Multicultural and Diversity Affairs is dedicated to serving all including our diverse graduate student population. These are some of the ways MCDA works to provide community, resources, and education to graduate students:

Space to Build Community: Our community-specific offices, Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs, Black Affairs, and Hispanic-Latino Affairs, LGBTQ Affairs; are open to graduate students to utilize as social and/or study spaces. Graduate student organizations may also reserve them free of charge to host programs, socials, and events. Contact each office’s front desk to reserve their spaces.

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN AFFAIRS: 352-294-7852
BLACK AFFAIRS: 352-294-7854
HISPANIC-LATINO AFFAIRS: 352-294-7857
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND QUEER AFFAIRS (LGBTQ): 352-294-7851

Internships and Practicum Opportunities: MCDA has internship and practicum opportunities for graduate students interested in gaining experience around issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. Examples of positions in MCDA include: Coordinator of first year student success initiatives such as PODEMOS and PAACT, intern for the Gatorship Social Justice Retreat, practicum student for the University Minority Mentor Program, and summer intern for Multicultural and Diversity Affairs.

Opportunities will be listed below as they become available.
Become a Mentor: Pursue mentorship opportunities through first-year immersion programs sponsored by the different offices in MCDA such as HLA’s LEAP program and Black Affairs’ PAACT program.
For more information on PODEMOS or to complete an application to become a mentor, contact PODEMOS Coordinator, Karina A. Vado, at kvado1224@ufl.edu
For more information on PAACT and how to become a PAACT Peer Leader, Please contact PAACT Coordinators. Their contact information can be here:

Graduate Assistantships: MCDA offers graduate students a chance to become graduate assistants at one of our four community-specific offices. Please contact our area directors to inquire about assistantship availability.
Their contact information can be found here.


Additional Campus Resources and Student Organizations:

The Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives: The Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives (OGDI) is a function of the Graduate School dedicated to recruitment and retention of underrepresented graduate students. This includes increasing the number of UF graduate students from underrepresented ethnic/racial populations, low-income or first-generation college students, as well as advancing and promoting professional development for all graduate students at the University of Florida.

Visit their website for more Information:
http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/offices/division-of-graduate-student-affairs-dgsa/graduate-diversity-initiatives-ogdi/

Graduate Student Organizations:
Black Graduate Student Organization
Black Law Students Association
Latino/ Hispanic Organization of Graduate Students (LOGRAS)
OutGrad : For LGBTQ graduate students
OutLaw : For LGBTQ Law students
QTPOC Collective: Run by undergraduate students, but graduate students are welcome. This is an organization by and for queer people of color
HealthQueer Alliance: For LGBTQ health science students