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Former UF diversity officer takes DEI position at UMass

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🗞️ Driving the news: Marsha McGriff, previously the Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Florida (UF), has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), starting July 1
• McGriff's transition to UMass follows her layoff from UF amid statewide cuts to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) positions, sparked by new Florida legislation restricting state and federal funding for DEI initiatives

🔭 The context: McGriff's departure from UF occurred after the Florida Board of Governors approved a mandate in January 2023, which prohibits Florida universities from using state or federal funds on DEI initiatives
• This led to the elimination of McGriff's office at UF, alongside other DEI-related layoffs
• McGriff's move to UMass is marked by her positive outlook and the value UMass sees in her vision and skills to promote inclusive excellence

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The legislative changes in Florida and McGriff's subsequent hiring by UMass highlight the ongoing national debate over the role and funding of DEI initiatives within higher education
• These shifts may influence how universities across the country approach inclusivity and equity, potentially impacting campus cultures and policies related to environmental justice and sustainability

⏭️ What's next: McGriff's new role at UMass signifies a commitment by the institution to integrate equity and inclusion into its campus life
• Her experience and leadership are expected to strengthen UMass's dedication to inclusive excellence, setting a precedent for other universities facing similar legislative challenges

💬 One quote: "I am so grateful and excited — onward and upward," (Marsha McGriff, regarding her new position at UMass)

📈 One stat: No specific stats provided

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