We foster academic, professional, and social environments that include and respect individuals of all faith and non-faith perspectives.
Humanist and Secular Services at UCF provides support and advocacy for, and education about, secular and religious minority individuals. As we bring faith and non-faith into the diversity conversation, we also work to ensure resources for non-religious individuals and anyone facing marginalization, bullying, discrimination, or other challenges because of their faith or non-faith.
Inner-life support is an important part of providing the foundation for the academic, professional, and personal success of our campus community. HSS seeks to increase the positive culture of inclusion on our campus through partnerships and open conversation that connect people of different worldviews.
Many marginalized worldview identities are further victimized when seeking help from people lacking awareness and cultural competencies needed to provide appropriate support. Hosting open conversations that educate about the experiences of marginalized worldviews in our culture helps bridge the knowledge gaps that feed discrimination and conflict.
Increasing Diversity and Inclusion has been one of five key goals of the university since Dr. Hitt established his strategic plan in 1992. The new strategic plan, UCF’s Collective Impact, approved by the Board of Trustees in Summer 2016, maintains it as our fourth goal, but increases its importance by indicating that our second promise to our stakeholders is to “attract and cultivate exceptional and diverse faculty, students, and staff whose collective contributions strengthen us.” Read More.
An inclusive environment where diverse people thrive together requires intentional identity-specific resources. Humanist and Secular Services provides essential representation and support for, and education about, faith and non-faith diversity on campus. As we become more diverse and internationally engaged, fostering a culture of understanding and respect for all perspectives is essential. Faith and worldview diversity is one of the most important diversity conversations of our time.
Initiatives & Services
- Workshops on worldview inclusion and Humanism
- Advocacy for inclusion of all faith and non-faith individuals at UCF
- Consultations for individuals and departments
- Humanist Peer Support and Discussion Group
- Humanist Chaplain and Celebrant services
- Scholarship for Secular Students
- Secular Safe Zone Allies Network
Secular and Religious Minority Population at UCF*
- 12% of the general adult population identifies as minority Christian, non-Christian, or other worldviews.
(9,000 students, faculty, and staff)
- 24% of the general adult population identify as secular. (2,400 faculty & staff)
- 36% of college-aged individuals identify as secular
- 6% of the general adult population identifies as Atheist or Agnostic (4,500 students, faculty, and staff)
- 48% of LGBTQ+ identify as secular.
- 100% – any person, regardless of faith or non-faith, may potentially experience challenges because of their perspective. We understand and serve EVERY member of our campus community by reducing incidents of faith-related conflicts and providing resources and support where needed.
(*based on Pew Research Center faith statistics and UCF population of 65,000 students and 10,000 employees).