Workplace and Community Engagement

bold idea, big commitment

How HOBI is Making a Difference

Whether we're engaged in research, teaching in the classroom or collaborating in the workplace, the work we do to increase inclusion, diversity, equity and access is as varied and diverse as we are. Here are some of the ways we're striving to make a difference.

Diverse Students


Resources for Wellness

The College of Medicine maintains a list of vital resources, available to all, to support wellness in a number of areas.

Orange and Blue Run, put on by the Florida Cicerones.

Great ideas

Join this HOBI Committee

Want to get more involved with the HOBI workplace and community engagement committee? Please join our monthly meetings! Our Discussion Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and the full Committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  For more information, contact Dominick Lemas or Donny Weinbrenner.

Graphic of Hands raised

Community Outreach

Cook up some fun with HOBI friends at Ronald McDonald House

The HOBI DEI committee invites faculty and staff to participate in a new community outreach effort with the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida  (RHM) visiting chef program. RHM has been providing a home-away-from-home for families with hospitalized seriously ill children since 1982.

HOBI volunteers cook for RMC

HOBI Diversity Liaison

Lemas to serve on COM Diversity Liaison Network

HOBI assistant professor Dominick Lemas, Ph.D., was selected to serve as the HOBI Liaison for the College of Medicine’s Diversity Liaison Network.  In this role, Lemas will coordinate with HOBI, the Office for Diversity and Health Equity (ODHE) and the College of Medicine Dean’s office to increase engagement of the college community in diversity, inclusion and health care equity.


Student Spotlight

Generation Next

UF undergraduate student Ismael Wane received a competitive research fellowship for undergraduate minority students through the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) GatorSTAR program. Dr. Lemas will serve as Wane’s faculty research mentor during his junior and senior years at UF.

Ismael Wane

IDEA Resources and support

Health Disparities: Required Reading

From the HOBI IDEA committee:
“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Isabel Wilkerson.
“Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation,” by Linda Villarosa.

UF Health News

New Diversity Officer Named

Lakesha Butler, Pharm.D., a professor of pharmacy practice and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Southern Illinois University, has been named UF Health’s associate vice president for inclusion, diversity and health equity and chief diversity officer.

Lakesha Butler

HOBI Workplace climate survey

Workplace Improvement IDEAS

After sharing results of the Fall 2021 HOBI Workplace Climate Survey with the department in June, HOBI’s IDEA committee began working on plans to ensure that all employees feel they have a voice and a choice in workplace matters, and that they feel safe, engaged and empowered at work.

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, PhD, MPH

“Racism is a public health crisis”

Dr. Jones, guest speaker at the May 2022 HOBI Grand Rounds, presented her work on achieving health equity by naming, measuring and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation.

Camara Phyllis Jones - Grand Rounds

Khairul Siddiqi, PhD

Preventing HIV among Vulnerable Women in Florida

Florida has the nation’s highest incidence of new HIV infections. Dr. Siddiqi is leveraging electronic health records to identify vulnerable women in Florida most at risk of contracting HIV who could benefit from a new medical intervention.

Photo of Dr. Khairul Siddiqi

Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD

Extra COVID Support for Minority Communities

HOBI and OneFlorida+ are part of the Florida CEAL Team — “Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities” — which provides outreach and engagement to minority communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Health care provider checking temperature of African American man

Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD

Diversity Champion

Dr. Cardel was recently recognized for championing and promoting diversity in her research, in the classroom and in the workplace with a Superior Accomplishment Award in the Diversity and Inclusion category from UF Health.

Henry T. Frierson, Ph.D., associate vice president and dean of the Graduate School at UF, presents a Champion of Diversity Award of Recognition to Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., M.S., R.D., at UF’s 2019 Graduate Research Day on April 2.