Executive Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs

Published: April 3rd, 2017

Category: Memos

Dr. David Parrott, Vice President for Student Affairs

After a national search, I am pleased to announce Mr. Will Atkins has been selected as Executive Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, effective immediately.

The Executive Director oversees the department of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs including Black Affairs, Hispanic-Latino Affairs, Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer Affairs, and Intercultural Engagement. Multicultural and Diversity Affairs supports and empowers underserved communities and leads the Division of Student Affairs’ inclusion efforts to accomplish the University of Florida’s diversity goals, by educating, empowering, and mobilizing students, campus stakeholders and community partners towards creating an inclusive, affirming and just campus community.

In his time as interim Executive Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, Mr. Atkins has established a proven track record of exemplary professionalism, leadership and relationship building skills. Most recently, he co-lead the Black Student Affairs Task Force, launched an intercultural dialogue series and organized the Town Hall with President Kent Fuchs.

Mr. Atkins has served as interim Executive Director since October 2016. Prior to that, he was Assistant Director of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, Associate Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life & Leadership at Miami University and Assistant Director of the Office of Greek Life at the University of Michigan. He holds a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism from the University of Florida. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from UF.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Will Atkins.

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