About Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University delivers tailored services and programs, creating a campus climate that attracts and retains motivated students.

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    To be recognized as the preeminent Division of Student Affairs dedicated to ensuring an unmatched student experience.
  • icon of bullseye with an arrowOUR MISSION

    The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to deliver exemplary student support services and diverse programming to cultivate a safe, healthy and inclusive campus environment, that engages students, advances student learning, encourages leadership development, and prepares students to assume productive citizenship.

Core Values

  • Accountability

  • Excellence

  • Integrity

  • Leadership

  • Nurturing

  • Goal-oriented/Growth

Civility and Civil Discourse

FAMU recognizes that our student body comes from all over the world with differences in economic, political, social, and other backgrounds. We will embrace the factors that may cause both human similarities and differences. Some of the factors that cause human differences are age, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, physical ability or attributes, religion, sexual orientation, social class, values, and a host of others.

FAMU recognizes our University as “one body” where every student is a human being and will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity regardless of our differences.


In a world with rapidly changing demographics, students need to understand civility and civil discourse.
In a world with rapidly changing demographics, students need to understand civility and civil discourse.

Why is it important to understand Civility and Civil Discourse?

Civility and Civil Discourse is more than just saying that you are committed, support, and embrace varying viewpoints. It means that you:

  • Respect, appreciate, and understand the varying characteristics of individuals.
  • Recognize that everyone is unique and that no one person is representative of an entire group of people.
  • Will create a warm, welcoming, and hospitable atmosphere for those who are in some way different from the majority group.
  • Value and demand respectful actions to honor cultural traditions and will address the emerging viewpoints and needs of under-represented groups of students.

What are the benefits of supporting Civility and Civil Discourse?

  • Helps students develop the skills they need to communicate respectfully with their peers and reduce unconscious bias.
  • Helps stop bullying on campus and other negative activities.
  • Help students understand cultural differences and their responsibilities under the student handbook and the law.
  • Helps students understand civility and effective dialogue.
  • Teaches students strategies for safely practicing bystander intervention.
  • Creates an atmosphere of inclusion and respect that leads to high morale and creativity.
  • Improves student retention by teaching students how to create an inclusive atmosphere free of micro-aggressions, stereotypes, discrimination, etc.

In a world with rapidly changing demographics, students need to understand civility and civil discourse. This understanding will better prepare students for the work environment after graduation. It will also aid them in learning how to navigate difficult conversations and embrace differences for the betterment of their community.