Mission, vision,

& Values

We have a simple, but robust mission:

Our knowledge community

We're continually working hard to improve communities

Volunteering & EMPLOYMENT

If you have able hands, we want your help.

"Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great.

You can be that generation."  Nelson Mandela, 2005

Michael A. Freeman is a member of the faculty and staff at the University of Central Florida where he serves as Lead Coordinator, Education and Training for Wellness and Health Promotion Services. His areas of responsibility include sexual wellness, HIV education, and testing and support services, the Mentors in Violence Prevention program well as cultural competency education.  He is a Certified HIV Counselor with the State of Florida and an alcohol and other drug counselor and provides Student Success Coaching as a part of his health and wellness responsibilities.


Previously, Michael spent six years at the University of Central Florida as the Assistant Director for Diversity Education and Student Engagement where is focused on advancing the diversity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives.  He has also directed the development and implementation of cultural competence education for undergraduate students.


As a member of the UCF faculty, Michael teaches in the School of Social Work and the Lead Scholars program, focusing on social justice, diversity and inclusion leadership and service pedagogy.  In addition, he is the faculty adviser for a number of UCF registered student organizations.


As a social worker, Michael’s area of research and practice focuses on LGBTQ persons across the life span, including “coming-out" issues, relationships, work place issues, transitioning, health and wellness issues and end of life issues.  As a military veteran, Michael works closely with many of the LGBT veterans in Central Florida.


Michael’s community involvement centers around service to Orange County’s Center against Domestic Violence (Harbor House of Central Florida) and the Zebra Coalition which provides services, for Central Florida’s LGBT youth.  He also facilitates a weekly group supporting those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.


Michael is a certified life, executive, and team coach.  He also works in the area of multicultural
organizational development, diversity and inclusion program design and delivery as well as conflict resolution.


Michael’s previous work in the areas of health care disparities and social determinants of health started more than 30 years ago as a clinic administrator responsible for practice operations and physician and professional staff training.  He has worked in family practice, orthopedics, oral and maxilliofacial surgery, pediatric surgery and consulted with practices in the areas of pediatrics and gerontology. 

For more information on the LGBTQ Social Work Knowledge Community and your involvement, see below

Michael Freeman, MSW, 4/14

Mary Mann is an instructor in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Florida and has taught practice, policy, diversity, human development and research courses at the bachelor and master's level. Her areas of interest include policy development, human rights and social justice issues, and diversity and inclusion with the social work curriculum.


As a social worker, Mary's areas of research focus on LGBT+ adolescents and young adults and access to health and mental health care as well as other necessary services; adolescents and young adults with disabilities and access to services; immigrants and refugees and the intersecting issues of homelessness and poverty within these populations, and human trafficking within the LGBT+ adolescent population. 


Mary's community involvement includes supervising master and bachelor's level social work interns at Zebra Coalition, a homeless shelter and resource center for LGBT+ youth in Orlando. Mary is also involved with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program and has partnered with the human trafficking division of the Department of Children and Families.


Mary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida, and is currently a student in the Public Affairs Doctoral Program, Social Work Track, at the University of Central Florida. Mary is a registered clinical social work intern. 

"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for ALL and incorporated into our common life."  Jane Addams, 2005

"Those whosay it can't be done should get out of the way

of those who are doing it."  - Chinese Proverb


About us -


Effectively Serving LGBTQ Clients -

More than two years ago, we set out to create a Knowledge Community (KC) that addressed the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people across their lifespan.

The purpose of building a Knowledge Community focusing on LGBTQ people is to give voice to the issues impacting this population and provide comprehensive resources, strategies for effective policy-advocacy, clinical practice and research.  In addition, the Knowledge Community will serve as a portal for best and promising practices for the education and training for social work practitioners, students, faculty, community partners, members of the LGBTQ community, their allies and other stakeholders. 

The goals of the KC are to reduce health disparities and enhance the human well-being of LGBTQ persons by ensuring culturally competent persons are involved at the macro, mezzo, and micro levels of policy, practice, and research.


The launch of the LGBT Social Work website, LGBTSocialWork.com, and the creation of the LGBTQ Social Work Knowledge Community is the beginning of a collective effort to close the gaps, present, in the areas of policy, research, and practice for this population across their life span.

We hope you will join us as we build this Knowledge Community.  Access any of the areas below for more information.  In service to all of our community,




Mary Mann, MSW

Michael A. Freeman, MSW

Mary Mann, MSW



Getting Work Done & MAKING A DIFFERENCE


SOCIAL WORKERS, including social work students, are committed to "enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty."

NASW Code of Ethics

Michael Freeman, MSW

Mary Mann, MSW, 4/14

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn"  


"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly"

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