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Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office  
Dr. Jose Hernandez

Dr. Jose Hernandez
Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Vice President

  • Responsible for the development, administration, and coordination of a University-wide system that will leverage and sustain diversity at USF.
  • Provides leadership towards USF's goal to enhance its transformation into a higher education institution that embraces and values diversity.
  • Primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with USF policies guaranteeing equal opportunity, access, and equity.
  • Oversee the development of a comprehensive system change that will ensure that diversity and equal opportunity become an integral part and a key component in the success of USF.
  • Primarily responsible for the development and administration of a comprehensive range of educational programs that will raise awareness about diversity and equal opportunity and will promote development of skills that will enhance the ability of faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and interact productively in a diverse community.
  • Assumes a major advisory role to the President, the Provost, Vice Presidents and Deans. Also, represents the interests of the University in interactions with the local community and with State and Federal regulatory bodies.


Patsy Feliciano

Patsy Feliciano
Director of Diversity and Inclusion

  • Assist the Associate Vice President with planning, developing, implementing, and the continual evaluation of a comprehensive institutional diversity program and university-wide multi-faceted human relation diversity initiatives to support the university’s commitment to social justice, multiculturalism, and diversity.
  • Responsible for the development of education programs for faculty, staff and students regarding issues of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, cultures and lifestyles.
  • Acts as an advocate for advancing the university’s commitment to equity and diversity.
  • Directs and monitors all diversity audit activities.
  • Assist Associate Vice President to strengthen mediation process and in coordinating work of the Presidential advisory committees.


vacant position

Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance

  • Assist the Associate Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity in monitoring DIEO’s operational practices and procedures.
  • Assists the Associate Vice President in ensuring USF's compliance with federal and state regulations regarding equal opportunity.
  • Serves as an objective fact-finder in complaint investigations, ensuring that the policy and process is effected with precision.
  • Conduct training programs for the University’s students, staff, and faculty on protected category discrimination and/or harassment.
  • Supervises and monitors all internal and external discrimination complaint investigators and investigations.
  • Assists in the investigation of discrimination complaints.
  • Develops and revises DIEO complaint procedures.
  • Serves on various USF affiliated organizations as a DIEO representative to address equal opportunity issues.
  • Provide guidance regarding equal opportunity concerns to USF student, staff, and faculty.
  • Continually researches and stays up-to-date on the current developments in the area of equal opportunity.


vacant position

Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Consultant

  • Serves as an objective fact-finder in discrimination complaint investigations.
  • Ensures that DIEO investigative procedures are followed.
  • Conducts interviews of Complainants, Respondents, and witnesses.
  • Gathers and analyzes documentation relevant to a complaint investigation.
  • Prepares Intake and Final Investigative Reports.
  • Disseminates to student, staff, and faculty information regarding DIEO investigative procedures.
  • Researches and stays current with equal opportunity federal and state regulations.



Joseph Anastasio
Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Consultant

  • Assist the Director of Diversity in developing and facilitating Diversity Education workshops. Research subject matter best practices to provide seminar participants with most up to date, relevant information; review and evaluate seminars to ensure they meet the needs of the USF community
  • In collaboration with the Director, provide support for Diversity celebrations and activities. Represent the DIEO office as ex-officio member of Advisory/Diversity Committee
  • Implement and coordinate annual programs and events associated with Diversity-related Scholarships, i.e., new student scholarship awards ceremony, graduation luncheon, and other activities
  • Provide support/mentorship refer Diversity-related scholarship recipients to services and resources available to students for help and support. Facilitate communication between Diversity-related scholarship recipients and mentors. Share information with mentors about scholarship recipients and programs’ accomplishments via phone calls, personal contact, correspondence and newsletters
  • Provide administrative support and coordination of activities of Diversity-related scholarship selection committees
  • Support and participate in community events held by community organizations in support of the Diversity-related scholarship programs and activities at USF that promote student access, student success and opportunities for all students.


vacant position

Affirmative Action Coordinator

  • Develops the University’s Affirmative Action Plan for Women and Minorities, and for Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans.
  • Develops the Equity Accountability Plan, and the Florida Educational Equity updates.
  • Assists in the development of the Title IX compliance report and the Gender Equity in Athletics.
  • Conduct and produce adverse impact analysis reports. Generates statistical reports.



David A. Owens, Ph.D.
ADA Coordinator

  • Responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of programs, activities and services that support the USF system's commitment to have an academic setting and workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities consistent with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA/ADAAA).
  • Coordinates reasonable accommodations for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
  • Conducts training programs to students, faculty and staff on disability awareness, including programs, services and resources offered by the university.
  • Coordinates community outreach programs targeted to individuals with disabilities in the USF community.
  • Draft reports, conduct studies and research to determine best practices and state-of -the-art assistive and adaptive devices available to accommodate individuals with disabilities.
  • Serves as liaison to the University's Physical Accessibility Work Group and other similar committees with a focus on the interests and needs of individuals with disabilities in the community.
  • Administrates the Theodore and Vivian Johnson Scholarship Program for students with disabilities.
  • Serves as the University's liaison to individuals with disabilities within the USF community and the community in the Greater Tampa Bay metropolitan area.
  • Represents the interests of and advocate on behalf of the individuals with disabilities at university functions, including, but not limited to, lectures, seminars, roundtable discussions, panel discussions, and other forums..



Rhonda Ferrell-Pierce
Diversity & Equal Opportunity Consultant

  • Audit hiring reports for all faculty and staff positions based on equal opportunity compliance.
  • Submit vacancy announcements for faculty and A&P Director and above positions to six minority publications on a weekly basis. The publications are: Black Issues in Higher Education, Women In Higher Education; Hispanic Outlook, Affirmative Action Register and University Faculty Voice.
  • Assign interpreters for students in a classroom setting, clubs/organization meetings, and public events.
  • Manages the unit budget, personnel, and payroll process.



Chai Greene

  • Supports the Associate Vice President and the DIEO staff.
  • Prepares and types correspondence for AVP and DIEO staff.
  • Responds to external/internal invitations on behalf of AVP.
  • Assist AVP in the coordination of five Presidential advisory committees (Committee on Black Affairs, Athletic Council, Title IX, Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Status of Women.
  • Assist AVP and DIEO staff with special projects, assignments, and presentation involving different committees.
  • Assist with clerical functions of the DIEO staff
  • Maintain databases to track Affirmative Action compliance of hiring reports for faculty, A & P and USPS positions.
  • Serves as resources person for DIEO Staff.



Janet Stearns
Website Developer

Responsible for the technical development, implementation, coordination, and maintenance of the Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity website including:

  • Developing applications in ASP (classic) and SQL.
  • Maintaining compliance with Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • Creating content in conjunction with various departments and stakeholders; assuring integrity and quality among related sites.
  • Providing analytics analysis on site performance.