The Diversity Awareness and Affirmation Committee (DAAC) is a student organization developed by the students of the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida.
(A) Foster an environment of support for students of diverse cultural backgrounds and others interested in issues of multiculturalism and diversity.
(B) Provide students opportunities to work with professionals who study diversity.
(C) Promote departmental discourse of multiculturalism and diversity through workshops, forums, presentations, trainings, and outreach programs.
(D) Facilitate communication between students and faculty concerning issues of multiculturalism and diversity.
(E) Promote cultural awareness among students and faculty through university/local/national events associated with diversity. There are currently a number of active graduate student members in DAAC, representing diversity in race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic backgrounds, and gender and sexual orientations.
Dr. Carolyn M. Tucker, a Distinguished Alumni Professor of Psychology and Community Health and Family Medicine, serves as the committee’s faculty adviser. In this role, Dr. Tucker continuously offers a considerable amount of support to the funding and implementation of programs held by DAAC.
In recent years, DAAC has successfully implemented a number of programs aimed at promoting diversity awareness. For example, in the past two years, we have held mentoring luncheons for women graduate students and faculty in order to provide an opportunity for women to network with each other and to discuss issues related to workplace environment and climate. Additionally, DAAC has implemented a film discussion series, where students have been invited to join each other for a film viewing representing a particular topic related to diversity, and then to engage in a post-film discussion. This film series has allowed students the opportunity to connect with each other, to engage on those issues of most interest to them, and to increase discussion related to diversity issues more broadly.
DAAC events are open to all graduate students in the psychology department. In addition, DAAC actively works with department administration to provide feedback regarding diversity initiatives, and to encourage further diversity-related programming. As a result, DAAC has garnered much support from recent department chairs who have actively and enthusiastically supported DAAC initiatives and events. Therefore, DAAC has been able to take an active role within the psychology department to make changes and to provide additional support and resources to psychology graduate student enrolled at the University of Florida.
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