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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion promotes a culture of inclusion where individuals from all racial and ethnic identities, ages, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental abilities are able to thrive and be engaged as students, faculty and staff. 

Diversity Strategy Committee

The Diversity Strategy Committee was established by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to bring forth initiatives for Flagler College to continue the efforts of a more inclusive and diverse campus. The committee meets bi-weekly and their first meeting was on May 21, 2020. The mission of the Committee is to establish a plan to help Flagler College become more welcoming and inclusive with a specific focus on increasing diversity, support structures, and inclusivity in meaningful ways. This strategy will be actionable and measurable and will result in a 5-10 year plan for Flagler College. Over the course of the next year the committee will be taking careful consideration to many aspects of programming, education, and community engagement by inviting the Flagler family to participate in focus groups and campus conversations, and reviewing available climate survey data. For more information, please contact any of the members of the committee listed below: 

Members of Diversity Strategy Committee

Dr. Sandra Miles, VP of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer - Chair

Kelly Toaston, Chief Human Resources Officer

Jud Damon, Director of Athletics

Dr. David Rivera, Director and Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Jessica Kobryn, Title IX Coordinator and Equity Investigator

Beth Sweeny, Director of Community and Government Relations

Vacant, Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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Meeting Dates and Topics

May 21, 2020 – full committee meeting

Established a plan for ground work to be done to effectively communicate goals and mission of the committee. Agreed on a timeline for the strategy to be completed. May-August 2020 will plan for information gathering; August 2020- May 2021 will be action oriented to convene focus groups, gather data, and use the information to begin the Flagler College Diversity Strategy. May-August 2021 will finalize the Flagler College Diversity Strategy.

June 3, 2020 – full committee meeting

Stated planning short term goals like establishing a training for Saint Support Squad, identifying DD and DC initiatives/courses, and existing data collection.

June 17, 2020 – sub-committee tasks/meeting

Sub-committees developed their specific objectives to develop programming

June 30, 2020 – full committee meeting

Beth Sweeny joined the committee. Established four pillars of the plan: Students, Faculty, Staff, Community Engagement. Expanded more on the DD and GD specifics and procedure for approval and the Community Engagement aspect of the Strategy.

July 20, 2020 – full committee meeting

Full update and review of DD and GD proposal and procedures. Brainstorm on next steps for feedback and approval by curriculum committee.

August 11, 2020 – next full committee meeting


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Demonstration Policy Implementation

Flagler College is a community of learners. As such, we recognize and affirm that freedom of expression and free intellectual inquiry and debate are vital to our academic mission and must be protected, even when the views expressed are unpopular or controversial. To ensure that demonstrations do not threaten the safety of others, suppress others’ right to speech, or disrupt the education of students, Flagler College community members (current students, faculty, and staff) are expected to notify the College via Online Demonstration Form (link in policy) 5 days in advance of the demonstration, if possible. The College will respond to the demonstration organizers with respect to reasonable time, place, and manner considerations within 24 hours of notification.

Demonstration and Free Expression Policy

The Office of Diversity of Inclusion is a resource for all in our Flagler Family to learn and grow in support of our values and stated goal of creating a community that is welcoming and inclusive. With the backdrop of a pandemic, during the last week of May it has become apparent that race and racism continues to be a source of pain and national frustration for all of us.

Though we do not purport to have all the answers, we have collected a few resources that we hope can support the grieving, healing, learning, and developmental process that we may all need at one time or another. As time continues to reveal what divides us, it is our hope that through intentional work we can come together.

Support For Your Mental Health

For Students: We are able and willing to provide therapeutic consultations, by phone. Please contact us at 904-819-6305 or via email for an appointment.

For Employees: Professional support could include - finding a therapist through your health plan, accessing counseling through your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), or talking to your HR team about wellness benefits that may be available.