Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
"If you're going to build a nationally recognized university, you want to recruit the best faculty and students you can. And all of them need to be welcomed and treated equitably on campus and throughout the community. It's the smart thing to do and it's the right thing to do."
Whitney Meyer is Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of North Florida. She advises University leadership on diversity, inclusion and racial equity pertaining to strategies and policies, learning and research, community relations and the recruitment, retention and admission of faculty, staff and students of color.
She previously worked in the President’s Office and recently managed the successful launch of two new programs — the Community Alliance for Success (CASS) Program and the Fearless Woman initiative. The CASS program aims to ensure that underrepresented students have opportunities to thrive at UNF and to become successful business and community leaders in Jacksonville and beyond. Whitney oversees the community and student involvement including student academic success, business operations, community engagements and donor relations. The Fearless Woman initiative prepares UNF’s next generation of women leaders. Both CASS and the Fearless Woman programs bring traditionally separated groups of people together to promote a shared sense of pride and community for UNF and Jacksonville.
Whitney has worked at UNF in various departments including the Military and Veterans Resource Center, Student Union Administration, Alumni Affairs and Public Relations. Before joining UNF, she worked for Georgia State University creating and managing new corporate partnerships in the Alumni Office through interactions with organizations such as Georgia Power, The Home Depot, Deloitte, UPS, Sun Trust, WellStar Healthcare Systems, Coca-Cola, the CDC, Children’s Healthcare, Piedmont Hospital, Northside Hospital and CNN.
She enjoys volunteering with organizations that promote the advancement of women in the workplace. Currently, Whitney serves on the steering committee for the ACE Women’s Network and as marketing chair for the African American Faculty and Staff Association. She also is a frequent volunteer for the Friends of Boone Park South. Whitney is a proud resident of Avondale, where you’re likely to see her walking to her favorite neighborhood brunch spots with her family.