University of Florida Department of Housing and Residence Education is a featured program.
About The University of Florida… Gator Nation: What It Means to Be a Gator
The University of Florida (UF) is located in sunny Gainesville, Florida and is home to about 50,000 Gators. While consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities, UF is currently working to achieve top-ten status. To learn more about the University, check out our website www.ufl.edu.
Being a Gator is an incomparable feeling. It means having pride, working hard, appreciating what you have around you, being part of the best, networking and connecting, leading others, rising to the moment, carrying on tradition, living in diversity, challenging yourself, striving to be successful, and bleeding orange and blue. It is what unites all students and alumni that have come to the University of Florida. More than 367,000 people across all 50 states and 135 countries identify as members of the great Gator Nation. It’s great to be a Florida Gator.
The University of Florida athletics program prides itself as being one of the best in the competitive Southeastern Conference, and often one of the best in the nation. Hosting 21 Division I Varsity Teams, the Florida Gators have won 218 conference championships, the most of any team in the SEC, 32 National Team Championships, and 256 individual National Championships. For the athletes, coaches, alumni, and fans, commonly referred to as the “Gator Nation”, winning with pride, class, and school spirit is an unparalleled tradition.
Performances & Speakers
- The University of Florida’s ACCENT Speakers Bureau is a 47-year-old student run organization and the largest in the country of its kind, bringing some of the most well known educational, provocative, progressive, and entertaining speakers in the world to educate and enlighten the student body. Some of the most notable speakers include Magic Johnson, First Lady Michelle Obama, Any Samburg, Spike Lee, Former President Bill Clinton, Billy Nye, and many more.
- UF also boasts a number of event venues including the Curtis M. Phillips, M.D. Center for the Performing Arts, Squitieri Studio Theatre, University Auditorium, and the Baughman Center. Events include musical performances from orchestras, solo artists, and even musicals and renowned plays, as well as the occasional wedding.
- Over 800 students participate in Dance Marathon at the University of Florida every year. It is a fundraising event where participants are on their feet for a full 26.2 hours raising money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Over the years, the UF community raised over $8 million for CMN, with $1, 528,330.16 being the total amount raised in 2014. DM at UF is the most successful student-run philanthropy in the southeast. For more information visit the UF DM website here!
- One of UF’s longest, and dirtiest traditions would be the residence life initiated and sponsored Mudfest: A week long contest between the Tolbert Area residents with various activities taking place in a giant mud pit, including MudVolleyball, MudTug, MudPolo, and rock picking. While sparking friendly competition amongst residents, it has become a great team builder and community developer. After all, who doesn’t want to play in some mud, get dirty, and have a blast with your friends for a week?
UF Department of Housing and Residence Education
The University’s residence halls serve over 7,600 undergraduate students and almost 2,000 graduate and family members each year. To learn more about UF’s Housing and Residence Education, visit www.housing.ufl.edu.
Visions and Values of University of Florida Housing
Mission and Statement of Purpose: To provide well-maintained, community-oriented facilities where residents and staff are empowered to learn, innovate, and succeed.
Values & Vision
- An environment for academic success
- Residentially-based academic communities
- Technologies that enhance learning
- A diverse environment
- Educational and social programming
- Demand for residence hall and Graduate & Family Housing space
- Assessment, evaluation, and benchmarking
- Supportive and friendly service
- Value-added facilities to support varying budgets and lifestyles
- Leadership opportunities
The Future of Housing at UF
>>> Master Plan 2012-2018 for the Department of Housing and Residence Education (PDF)
Professional Development Opportunities
The department currently is engaged in an intentional effort to develop the cultural competence of every employee within the department of over 750 employees. There are numerous trainings, ongoing development opportunities, relevant readings, webinars, programs, and recognition efforts that are specifically geared toward inclusion and social justice.
There are also a number of opportunities to advise a student group or organization within Housing, from the National Residence Hall Honorary, Staff Advisory ard, Inter-Residence Hall Association, and more.