History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 64

64 was changed to the Dean of Students Office. The functions and services as during prior changes within the office remained fairly consistent. The DSO was responsible for university awards and scholarships, advising the Women’s Leadership Conference, and myriad other responsibilities. In the early 2000s, Sorority and Fraternity Affairs moved to Student Activities and Involvement and the Center for Leadership and Service moved to the Dean of Students Office. In the mid-2000s, the Dean of Students Office responsibilities included Student Judicial Affairs, New Student Programs, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, the Center for Leadership and Service, Disability Resource Center, Off Campus Life, Student Legal Services, and medical withdrawals as part of the services offered. In 2008, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin made organizational changes and moved the Center for Leadership and Service, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, Off Campus Life, and Student Legal Services to report directly to the Office of the Vice President. That same year, Student Judicial Affairs became Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution reflecting a philosophical change focusing on educational sanctioning and the use of alternative dispute resolution. To d ay Today, the Dean of Students Office includes the Care Area, the Disability Resource Center, New Student & Family Programs, Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, and the Collegiate Veterans Success Center. Much of the expanded programs and services are in response to changing demographics and significant higher education issues. For example, the Care Area was created as part of the university-wide U Matter We Care Program which was begun in response to the 20 student deaths (6 by suicide) that occurred in 2010. U Matter We Care creates a shared responsibility among all UF community members to recognize signs of distress and the person or information about the person in distress to a helping resource. The Care Team was created to work with students in distress from a social work perspective. The Care Team is whole person focused, compassionately invasive, and involves families and others in support of students’ successes. As of 2014, there are four professional staff members in the Care Area working with students. H i st o ry o f t h e U F D S A