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Ian Green

The black population at UF has declined since Student Body President Ian Green’s parents graduated more than 30 years ago.

Now, Green is looking to be the catalyst for increased diversity on campus.

Six months after Green took office, more than 100 students gathered Tuesday night at the University Auditorium to hear his State of Campus Address, where diversity was just one of the things on the agenda. Green talked about new Student Government programs, outreach and student life.

The Bridges Minority Outreach Program, which was established in May, has been one step toward increasing diversity at UF, he said. The program works with six Florida schools from Jacksonville to Tampa to recruit minority students.

Green also talked about the new Diversity Programming Committee, which meets with the presidents of the university’s largest diversity organizations to talk about what the communities want from SG.

Val Raymond said he wasn’t surprised to see the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center study that surfaced in September, which gave UF an ‘F’ for race equity.

Raymond, the 23-year-old UF SG diversity affairs executive secretary, said the Bridges Program may be the most effective in combating this ranking.

“When the ranking came out, it was not a shock to many people,” Raymond said. “For some people who maybe are offended by the ranking, we don’t need to parse the numbers and say there’s been progress. We need to focus on what the numbers actually say.”

Beyond diversity, Green discussed several new SG initiatives, including an SG-funded lifted boat ramp for disabled students at Lake Wauburg North Shore.

Next year’s Gator 1 Card will include hotlines for the Counseling and Wellness Center and U Matter, We Care, Green said, and free on-campus tutoring services are in the works.

In January, Green said he’d lobby in Tallahassee to get UF more money to build more non-academic buildings on campus.

To help students rise in the top five public university ranks, Newell Hall’s quiet hours from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on the third and fourth floors are instrumental in promoting individual studying habits, Green said.

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Green said he has also worked to provide financial literacy classes to students called Cash Course with the Office for Student Financial Affairs.

“Programming is more than just putting on events and giving out free food,” Green said. “It’s about uniting us as Gators by strengthening the Gator nation as we know it today.”

Contact Angela DiMichele at adimichele@alligator.org and follow her on Twitter at @angdimi

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Italicized → In the works

  1. Improve blue light system

  2. Put mental health hotline and emergency phone numbers on Gator1 Cards

  3. Covered shelter bus stops to protect students from rain

  4. Lobby for the bonding of state Capital Improvement Trust Funds to build a brand-new Health and Wellness Center and other projects

  5. Opportunities for students to attend meet and greets for ACCENT speakers and SGP guest artists

  6. Meal swipe program for food insecure students

  7. Gator football tickets available on phone

  8. Expand ATM locations on campus

  9. Integrate gender-inclusive housing options on campus

  10. Align financial aid disbursements for graduate and professional students with their calendars

  11. Bimonthly SG meeting with city officials and police addressing local issues

  12. Increase halal and kosher food options on campus

  13. Implement live capacity updates at Southwest Rec and Student Rec

  14. Expand free printing across campus and to residence halls

  15. 2-ply toilet paper in on-campus buildings

  16. Introduce a textbook donation and rental program

  17. Advocate to promote the African American Studies Program to departmental status

  18. Implement virtual office hours for Student Body Executive officers

  19. Develop a scholarship for graduation caps and gowns

  20. Launch a financial literacy program

  21. Revitalize SG Diversity and Programming Committee

  22. Lobby for Bright Futures funding for Innovation Academy students

  23. SG programming to honor Gator ROTC and veteran students

  24. Grant program for innovative student-driven projects

  25. Advocate for Clean Dream Act

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