Director of Inclusive Excellence & Public Health Sciences Lecturer

Juan is a lifelong champion for social justice - particularly around issues of race, racism and health – Juan’s academic background encompasses cultural anthropology, critical race theory, and whiteness studies. He believes that dedicated antiracist praxis has the potential to create a better and truly just society by addressing the deeply embedded and normalized structural inequalities that exist throughout American institutions and elsewhere. He approaches his teaching and work around inclusivity as necessary for well-being, with the goal to build a solid foundation of equitable discourse and critical analysis skills among students, staff, faculty, and all campus stakeholders.

Research and/or Creative Works

Antiracism, Diversity Discourse and Representation in Higher Education

Awards and Recognition

  • Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MSCS) Outstanding Staff and Faculty Award for Commitment to Leadership, Advocacy, and Social Justice, April 2021
  • Dean's Inclusive Excellence Award for contributions to create an environment of social justice, inclusion, and equity in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, May 2020
Juan Florencia

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice theory and practice, cultural anthropology and alternative qualitative methodologies
(autoethnography and autofictography), antiracism, diversity discourse and representation in higher education


  • Ed.D. candidate, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2020-Present; University of Vermont
  • M.A., Cultural Anthropology; Western Michigan University
  • B.S., Anthropology; Eastern Michigan University


Courses Taught

  • HSCI 056 - Antiracism and Health
  • HSCI 120 - Reading and Evaluating Research