Cultural Opportunities

The University of Tampa is committed to fostering a learning environment that respects and values the dignity of all persons.

Diversity is explicitly reference in the student affairs mission statement:

Student Affairs at The University of Tampa educated and empowers students to be global citizens through experiential and diverse learning opportunities that reinforce the values of the Spartan Code and enrich the lives of others.

As a core value, we strive for this diversity by:

  • Creating a learning environment that encourages and supports unique perspectives and values;
  • Recognizing and addressing the needs of differing student populations;
  • Offering programs and services that promote and demonstrate inclusion.

Diversity Leadership

Taking the lead on diversity initiatives at UT...

Diversity Fellowship was formed to revolutionize the way the University confronts diversity on campus. Serving as both a student organization and a branch of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, the Diversity Fellowship is committed to promoting, appreciating and recognizing diversity on campus. More...

Diversity Coalition is an on campus initiative, coordinated by the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, which offers a chance for diversity organizations and leaders to work together in order to create the most diverse and culturally rich on campus environment possible. The coalition helps to plan diversity related event, come up with solutions to on campus issues, and contributes to the content and management of the diversity Web page.

If you, or your on campus organization, are interested in joining the Diversity Coalition please contact the Student Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion at diversity@ut.edu.

Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Resources

The University of Tampa accepts all individuals regardless of race, sex or cultural beliefs...

The University of Tampa accepts all individuals regardless of race, sex or cultural beliefs. Through our initiatives and student organizations we hope to offer an accepting, diverse and cultured experience to all of our students. 

For a complete listing of the diversity organizations at UT, visit the Student Organization Directory. Some examples of these organizations include the following:

Asian Culture Club
Exists to provide a common community in which students can be exposed to Asian culture, language, religion, food and also to exchange ideas and information with peers. 

Black Student Union
The University of Tampa's Black Student Union exists to encourage a positive image of minority students and to support its members in achieving their educational and social goals.

GLTSBA Pride
Promotes tolerance and understanding with our peers through providing a safe environment for all people regardless of sexuality, gender identity, etc. As the Gay Lesbian Transgender Straight Bisexual Asexual Pride organization we will educate our campus regarding the LGBTQ community.  

Hillel
Contributes to the larger community by creating a vibrant Jewish community in which all students at The University of Tampa can explore and express their Jewish identity in a way that is meaningful to them by providing cultural, religious, social, educational and counseling services to all students. 

International Students Organization
Exists to bring awareness to students and to embrace diversity in regards to our international students and help international students through the process of on campus living.  

Indian Cultural Association
A student organization that exists to promote Indian culture and provide a safe place for students of Indian origin, as well as all other students to learn about Indian culture.  

Sisters of Integrity Striving Towards Empowerment Respect & Success (S.I.S.T.E.R.S.)
A voice for women on campus striving towards success, help those seeking professional, academic or personal development, and provide professional, academic and social opportunities.  

Spiritual Resources

The University of Tampa is an independent and nonsectarian institution; however, religious/spiritual beliefs...

The University of Tampa is an independent and nonsectarian institution; however, religious/spiritual beliefs and practices are highly respected and encouraged. All spiritual organizations and local places of worship follow The University of Tampa's Spiritual Agreement of Mutual Respect and Understanding. Learn more about spiritual life on campus.

The Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values is a visual statement of The University of Tampa’s commitment to nurturing the development of character and values of its students. It is an inspiring setting for meditation and celebration of all faiths, enhancing the understanding of diversity, world cultures and religions, and improving religious literacy on campus are central to its mission. 

For a complete listing of the student organizations that encourage spiritual practices and enlightenment, visit the Student Organization Directory. Some examples of these organizations include the following:

Arise
Exists to provide support and understanding to students by demonstrating the compassion we all receive in Christ and by creating a welcoming community to discuss questions of faith. Arise strives to help others our age come to know Christ by creating small groups to study and discuss the Bible along with having events to bring everyone together in fellowship. Arise will provide opportunities to take part in various outreach ministries and volunteer events in the community.
 
Better Together

Composed of students dedicated to interfaith cooperation on campus and in the greater community. Its purpose is to promote understanding and respect for diverse spiritual and nonspiritual beliefs by means of dialogue, education and advocacy. 

Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)
The University of Tampa’s Campus Crusade for Christ exists to provide each and every UT student with an environment to investigate God, explore the idea of having a personal relationship with Him, and grow in that relationship.

Chabad Jewish Student Union
The Chabad Jewish Student Union exists to serve as a social, cultural, religious and educational organization to promote and support Jewish awareness at the University of Tampa. 

Catholic Student Organization
The Catholic Student Organization's purpose is to bring together and enrich the experience of Catholic students and the student body as a whole by providing an opportunity to enrich our lives through faith, social and community service events.  

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Exists to be a multi-ethnic, Jesus-centered, witnessing community that is desiring to give students at UT a chance to grow spiritually and live out the faith.

Latino Fellowship (LaFe)
LaFe is committed to developing Latino leaders who serve the campus community with the love of Jesus Christ as they explore God, faith and the experiences of our people.

Muslim Student Association
Poses as a platform to educate the UT community about Islamic values, connect more effectively with the society and contribute to the common good.

Young Life
Exists to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith through prayer, buildings relationships with adolescents, winning the right to be heard, providing fun and adventurous opportunities, sharing information about Christ, loving and nurturing adolescents so that they might grow in the knowledge and love of God, and so much more.

Diversity Celebration Series

Various educational and entertaining programming opportunities for university community members...
The Office of Residence Life Celebration Series consists of various educational and entertaining programming opportunities for University community members. The programs highlight the various aspects of the diversity that make up our eclectic campus community. More...

Cultural Resources

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse learning...

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse learning environment that The University of Tampa has to offer. Opportunities to engage in a variety of cultural experiences are everywhere. Students can get involved in cultural student organizations, spiritual life experiences, Diversity Fellowship programs, as well as exciting opportunities out of the Office of International Programs such as education abroad.

 

Contact Us

For questions and comments, contact us at...

Want to contact us? 

Devin Tyler Phinazee, student coordinator of diversity and inclusion, diversity@ut.edu
Kelly Callahan, director of community engagement, kjcallahan@ut.edu