Warm Welcome

Warm Welcome Goals

  • To officially welcome newer staff to the UF community
  • To foster a sense of belonging and community among all staff
  • To offer inspiration from UF leaders
  • To spark new connections across the institution
Staff with panel members at the 2019 warm welcome

Featured in Higher Ed Magazine

UF’s Warm Welcome was featured in Higher Ed Magazine in their Winter 2021-2022 edition. APA officers; Honey Langford, Krista Vaught and Monica Vosilla; wrote about the need for new hires to feel a sense of belonging, how the event was designed, and gave tips for other organizations wanting to create a similar experience.

An Award-Winning Event

The University of Florida’s Academic and Professional Assembly (APA) received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2022 HR Innovation Award for its “Warm Welcome” project.

The HR Innovation Award recognizes innovative thinking in higher education HR, especially models that can be adapted for use on other campuses.

Next Event

Warm Welcome – Fall Edition

Monday, October 17 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | Harn Museum of Art

The event aims to officially welcome new staff to the university, foster a sense of belonging and community, and offer inspiration from UF leaders. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with fellow staff. 

We welcome existing staff to attend as well. Space is limited* as this is an in-person event. Breakfast will be served.

*Please note: We anticipate a waitlist for this event. If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend, please cancel your registration so that we can accept additional attendees from the waitlist.

Register here

Fall 2-0-2-2 Warm Welcome presenters

Last Event

Warm Welcome: Spring Edition – view the recording.

Leadership panel:

Hub Brown, Dean, UF College of Journalism and Communications

Dr. Marsha McGriff, UF Chief Diversity Officer

Kim Pace, Assistant Vice President, Division of Student Affairs

Melissa Curry, Assistant Vice President, UF HR

Moderator: Ryan Hope Travis, Assistant Professor, School of Theatre + Dance, College of the Arts,

Past Warm Welcomes

Watch the 2019 Inaugural Warm Welcome

Watch the 2020 Warm Welcome

Watch the 2021 Spring Warm Welcome

Watch the 2021 Fall Warm Welcome

Watch the 2022 Spring Warm Welcome