1993 – Quality of Life survey: 91% of the LGB students, faculty and staff respondents indicated that they had experienced disapproval from other University of Florida students, faculty, and staff and 67 % reported that they felt pressure to keep their sexual orientation a secret. Suggested initiatives included the inclusion of sexual orientation in the University’s non-discrimination policy, the availability of fringe benefits, and specific efforts made to increase campus awareness of and sensitivity to and proactively combat negative attitudes toward LGBT persons.
2000 – Committee received faculty senate support to add sexual orientation to UF non- discrimination policy.
2002 – Committee requested Board of Trustee approval to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression to the UF non-discrimination policy,
2002 – Student Campus Climate survey completed
2003 – University of Florida non-discrimination policy was amended to include sexual orientation
2004 – Meeting with newly appointed President Machen resulting in: implementation of domestic partner benefits, adoption of an inclusive Diversity policy and the establishment of LGBT Affairs office with a full time Director
Fall 2008 – 2010: Initiated a proposal to amend UF non-discrimination policy to include Gender Identity and Expression. In partnership with President Machen and wide spread University support, the regulation was approved in December 2010 with the amended regulation effective January 2011
On-going support of committee charge; increasing liaison relationships with key partners on campus (University Police, Counseling and Wellness Center and Human Resources)
2014 – Celebrated LGBT Affairs Office’s 10 year anniversary and worked with them on the survey of faculty and staff to assess the effectiveness of the Office and to understand how to better serve them
2015 – Changed name from UF LGBT Concerns Committee to UF LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee, a Presidential Committee. The change is to show the current and future role of the Committee and the commitment of the members to furthering LGBTQ+ issues at the University