Diversity Equity & Inclusion


BME Inclusion Diversity Equity and Access (IDEA) Statement

The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Florida fosters an inclusive, open, and welcoming environment for all our students, staff, and faculty. We seek, recruit, and recognize outstanding talent from diverse backgrounds and historically excluded groups. A diverse department is integral to academic excellence, fulfillment of our research mission, and a better world.

Inclusive Excellence is the active process of including and respecting everyone as we strive for excellence and equitable outcomes in all we do at the University of Florida. Daily actions toward Inclusive Excellence are the responsibility of every one of us.

ABCs of fostering Inclusive Excellence at UF:

  • Advocate for everyone’s success.
  • Be an ally to others as you partner with your colleagues on DEI work.
  • Celebrate your successes!
Markia Bowe

Student Representative

Candi Crimmins

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Michele Dill

Student Representative

Ruogu Fang

Associate Professor & J. Crayton Pruitt Family Term Fellow

Aysegul Gunduz

Professor, Fixel Brain Mapping Professor & UF Term Professor

Adriana Del Pino Herrera

Student Representative

Gregory Hudalla

Associate Professor & Integra LifeSciences Term Professor

Walter Lee Murfee

Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Parisa Rashidi

Associate Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor &
IC3 Co-Director

Blanka Sharma

Associate Professor

Krista Smith

Graduate Academic Advisor

College Diversity Statement

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) values a diverse and inclusive community. It is integral to success in every area of our college. Therefore, the College is committed to non-discrimination with respect to all areas of human differences, including but not limited to national and ethnic origin, race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, beliefs and opinions, religion and faiths, culture, socio-economic background, level of physical or mental ability, and veteran’s status. This commitment applies in all areas–to students, faculty, and staff and intends to reflect the College’s belief that educational and employment decisions and access to University activities should be based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications.

The HWCOE values broad diversity within our community and is committed to individual and group empowerment, inclusion, and the elimination of discrimination. We aspire to educate students to become future leaders capable of creating diverse and inclusive work cultures wherever their careers may take them.

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