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GatorLEADER Program

​Purpose and Goals

The GatorLEADER Program is a workshop-based Diversity Leadership curriculum for students and staff leading to an official certificate of completion. More than ever, employers of all kinds are recognizing the value of diversity and the importance of inclusive practices in the workplace. The GatorLEADER Program offers UHD students an in-house, professionally-designed and delivered certification opportunity that will make them even more competitive on the job market. UHD staff who complete the program will be valuable advocates in their units for inclusive practices that leverage our diversity for maximum benefit to the campus community.

Students and staff are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to develop diversity leadership skills, while at the same time earning an in-house certification attesting to completion of the required curriculum.


"Courses" in the GatorLEADER Program consist of workshops lasting two hours each divided into core workshops, all of which are required, and elective workshops, two of which participants must choose, Participants will close out the program by writing a reflective capstone paper.

The core workshops are:

  • Diversity 101 - An introduction to diversity, its value and benefits, its challenges and opportunities, with a view to making the most of the opportunities it presents.
  • Inclusive Language - Language has the power both to exclude and to include. How do we use language as part of a strategy of inclusive excellence? How do we encourage the use of inclusive language in the face of resistance based on perceptions of so-called political correctness?
  • Power and Privilege - An introduction to and exploration of the dynamics of power and privilege. How do we "check" our privilege? How can those who have privilege use it to the benefit of those who lack privilege? How can privilege be used to work toward greater social justice, and why is this in fact an ethical imperative?
  • LGBTQ Awareness - An introduction to the diversity inherent in sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. This workshop will also explore issues of concern to and challenges faced by LGBTQ people, as well as the impacts of homophobia and heterosexism in society as a whole.
  • Unconscious Bias - There is no escaping it: we are all infected with unconscious bias. It is a product both of human nature and of socialization. What is it? How does it work? How does it do harm? And what can we do about it?

The elective workshops are:

  • DreamZone Ally Training - This is a training workshop to prepare a cadre of students, staff, and faculty who are committed to making our Dreamers, DACA, immigrant, and perceived-immigrant students welcome on our campus. This training will introduce participants to the variety of current immigrant statuses, and provide the latest update on important developments in state and federal law of concern to our immigrant population. There will also be discussion of ways to provide support for our students, including information on resources, listening skills, and on-campus advocacy.
  • Gator Ally Training - Formerly the UHD Safe Zone Program, the Gator Ally Program trains a cadre of students, staff, and faculty who wish to become effective LGBTQ Allies and who share a desire to make our campus a safe and welcoming place for all, especially the LGBTQ members of our campus community.
  • Diversity 201 - A continuation and extension of Diversity 101, Diversity 201 examines diversity—both its challenges and opportunities—in greater detail, with a focus on how inclusive practices unlock the full transformative potential of diversity.
  • Cross-Cultural Communication - Workplaces today increasingly require cultural competence, including effective cross-cultural communication awareness and skills; the workplace of tomorrow will demand such skills to an even higher degree. This workshop offers a brief survey of cross-cultural communication pitfalls and effective strategies for avoiding them, and introduces key cross-cultural communication skills to build a foundation for further skill development.
  • Microaggressions - Often subtle, unintentional, and meant to be compliments, microaggressions can nevertheless cut like thousands of tiny knives. They range from innocent to ignorant to borderline-passive-aggression. What accounts for these annoying slights? Where do they come from? And what are some effective ways to combat them?

Please direct any questions to Dr. John Hudson, Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, S370. He can be contacted by email at

Last updated 7/7/2021 5:35 AM