Rashidi Accepted to the Prestigious HERS Leadership Institute for Higher Education Professionals

Dr. Parisa Rashidi, Associate Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor & IC3 Co-Director, has been accepted into the HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Leadership Institute, a renowned program dedicated to developing dynamic leaders. The institute focuses on empowering women and gender-diverse individuals to lead with confidence and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable future in higher education.

Rashidi, currently serving in leadership roles at the University of Florida, shared her compelling vision for leadership and highlighted her commitment to further developing her skills through the HERS Leadership Institute. She emphasized the importance of advanced strategic planning and decision-making skills in guiding research and training efforts, which are essential for organizational success.

In her notable accomplishments, Rashidi showcased leadership in initiatives such as the Intelligent Clinical Care (IC3) Center, where she leads a state-approved, cross-campus initiative, bringing faculty and students working on medical AI solutions together. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident in her roles, including chairing the BME department’s Inclusive Excellence committee.

Rashidi’s leadership extends beyond her current roles, demonstrating excellent leadership within the HWCOE and beyond. She is a visionary and mission-focused researcher, actively engaging and coordinating Medical AI efforts across campus. Her initiation of the IC3 Center in 2020, a joint effort between UF College of Medicine and College of Engineering, has positioned UF as a leader in AI applications in critical and acute care settings. The IC3 Center is the first transdisciplinary program in the nation studying AI in critical and acute illnesses.

Her impactful work in science policy includes a congressional briefing on Medical AI policy at Capitol Hill and advocacy efforts for collecting voluntary sexual orientation and gender identity data on national surveys of the scientific workforce. Rashidi is an elected member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Network of Digital Health Experts (NoDEx).

In the realm of educational leadership, Rashidi has been instrumental in launching two new master’s degrees at UF and serves as the Chair of the Data Analytics and Programming Task Force, actively contributing to the revision of the college-wide curriculum.