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Level Up on Presence and Belonging

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In this final episode of Level Up, Antonio comes full circle with Dr. Wolfgang Sigmund, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Wolfgang was one of the first people to welcome Antonio to U
In this episode, Antonio speaks with Dr. Robert Thomas, Associate Professor of Business Law and Technology and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at UF's Warrington College of Business. Robert talks about the exciting changes taking pla
In this episode Antonio talks with Jennifer Setlow, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs with the College of the Arts. Jen shares how being outside the norm can provide a unique perspective that leads to innovation and change. Jen’s
In this week’s episode, Antonio talks with Twanna Hodge, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Librarian for the Smathers Libraries. Antonio and Twanna talk about how research and facts are the basis for any inclusion project, how being a lifelong le
In this week’s episode, Antonio speaks with Dr. David Julian, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the SF2UF Bridge Program and the MARC GatorStar Program. David and Antonio discuss how the institutional deficit perspective encourages
As we begin the celebration of Black History Month, Antonio speaks with Dr. David Canton, the newly arrived Director of UF’s African American Studies Program. Dr. Canton is a renowned historian who brings to UF his rigorous eye for research and
In this week’s episode, Antonio talks with Karissa Raskin, Civic Collaboration Specialist for the City of Gainesville. Find out how the stars aligned for Karissa after an admission’s error led her to a career she would not change for anything.
In this episode, Antonio speaks with Dr. Rachel Carrico, an assistant professor of dance studies in the School of Theatre + Dance. Rachel shares her varied path to her “dream job” at UF and talks about what it means to have the freedom to belon
Welcome to Season 5 of Level Up! In this week’s episode, Antonio catches up with Dr. Lenny Urena Valerio, Associate Director of Administration for the Center for Latin American Studies and a scholar of European history. Lenny shares that learni
We close out Season 4 of Level Up with our guest Lomaro Caldwell. Lomaro is a web developer with UFIT who has found a home here in Gainesville and credits his colleagues for his sense of belonging. Can you jerk vegetables? Tune in to find out!
In this episode, Antonio talks with Savanna Turner, PhD student in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications and president of the Collegiate Veterans Society. Savanna shares how the Collegiate Veterans Society gave her a sense
In this episode, Antonio talks with Audrey Gainey, Director of Talent Acquisition and Onboarding at UF. Audrey tells a story about how her 7th grade guidance counselor helped her find her identity through a language arts festival and Langston H
In this episode, Antonio speaks with Ledora Brown, Senior Publicist at Pitch Publicity and Howard University alum, and Amy Summers, Owner/President of Pitch and UF alum. Ledora and Amy find a common thread in their stories of belonging in a sen
In this episode, Antonio is speaking with Andrew Telles, Director for Collaborative Initiatives at UF. Andrew describes his work as building capacity for the long-term benefit of the community and he talks about two innovative projects in East
In this episode, Antonio talks with Dr. Maria Leite, Coordinator for College Assessment and Diversity Initiatives in the College of Education, as well as a Campus Diversity Liaison and Crucial Conversations Trainer. Hear how Maria has found bel
In this episode, Antonio speaks with Virginia Grant, Executive Director of Gainesville Black Professionals and Publisher of Synergy magazine. Virginia talks about her role in breaking stereotypes about the Black community and shaping the landsc
In this episode, Antonio speaks with Osubi Craig, Director of the Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship in UF’s College of the Arts. Osubi talks about belonging as showing up, digging in and becoming part of your community. He brings
In this episode, Antonio catches up with students Stefanie Assakawa and Gabby Whitler. Stefanie and Gabby are officers in the new student organization In Between UF, and they talk about how this student organization allows them to express all p
In this episode, Antonio talks with Dr. Talline Martins, Director of the Office of Graduate Professional Development. Talline shares how her experience emigrating from Brazil as a teenager helped her find belonging with others who made similar
In this episode, Antonio speaks with Dr. Brittany Southern, a research regulatory analyst with UF Research, and Dr. Carl Southern, a resident with the Department of Small Animal Clinical Science in UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Brittany
In this episode, Antonio talks with Wolfgang Bahr, a fourth-year anthropology major from the Dominican Republic. Wolfgang shares how learning to be vulnerable has helped him find true belonging instead of just fitting in. He also talks about hi
In this episode, Antonio talks with Dr. Rich Conley, Associate Professor in Political Science and incoming Director for the American, Indian, and Indigenous Studies Program at UF. Rich talks about the ways that scholarship intersects with commu
In this episode, Antonio speaks with Rabbi Jonah Zinn, Executive Director of UF Hillel, as we head into the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Rabbi Zinn talks about the role of community in helping people pursue values in ways that are transformative and
In this episode, Antonio catches up with Chris Adin, Chair and Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Chris talks about creating highly functional teams that are greater than the sum of t
Welcome to the first episode of Level Up Season 4! In this episode, Antonio talks with Alicer Andrew, a PhD student in infectious diseases and immunology. Alicer talks about finding her community through the Black Graduate Student Organization
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