Mission: We recognize that an environment that is enriched with a diverse group of people enhances the field. Having a cohort of scholars at all levels from different backgrounds enriches our community. With that acknowledgement, our goal is to seek out that enrichment and diversity within our center.

Diversity Resources

How UF Can Help

UF Resources

The University of Florida has a wealth of resources for students, faculty, and staff that support a diverse learning and working environment. Center members may find these resources useful.


beyond uf

Outside Resources

The BREATHE Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee has developed a list of useful resources available outside UF. Let us know if we should add anything to the list!


Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee

In spring 2020, the UF BREATHE Center established the BREATHE Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee to ensure that our center provides a welcoming and equitable environment for all members and potential members, while also enhancing recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and faculty. The subcommittee meets via Zoom on a bimonthly basis and communicates regularly via their Slack channel.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Shakeel Ahmed, PhD

Department of Physical Therapy


BREATHE ALUMNUS, study director in toxicology

Latoya Allen, PhD

Covance, Inc.

Latoya Allen

Research Assistant Professor

Erica Dale, PhD

Department of Physiology & Functional Genomics


Assistant Professor

Erica Levitt, PhD

Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Erica Levitt

Clinical Assistant Professor

Carolina Maciel, MD, MSCR

Department of Neurology


Postdoctoral Fellow

Sabhya Rana, PhD

Department of Physical Therapy


graduate assistant

Ashley Ross

Department of Physical Therapy


postdoctoral associate

Arash Tadjalli, PhD

Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Arash Tadjalli

Postdoctoral fellow

Adrienn Varga, PhD

Department of Physical Therapy


How Can We do Better?


Let us know how we can create a more inclusive and equitable center!

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Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the center and how you can support our mission, contact Assistant Director, Kate Casey-Sawicki, at ksawicki@ufl.edu or fill out the form below. Our administrative team would be happy to answer any questions.
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