Press Release for Monday, February 13, 2012

University of North Florida Announces OneJax Institute Campus Affiliation

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 

The University of North Florida announces a new affiliation with OneJax, a nonprofit interfaith organization that promotes respect and understanding among people of different religions, races and cultures. In collaboration with the OneJax Board of Directors, UNF has established the OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida.  

 

“By bringing OneJax onto UNF’s campus, the University seeks to strengthen its community partnerships and play an even more significant role in Northeast Florida’s conversations on diversity and inclusion,” said UNF President John Delaney. 

 

As an outreach organization, the OneJax Institute at UNF follows in the tradition of other UNF units such as the highly successful Florida Institute of Education, the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy and the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions.  

 

The OneJax Institute will compliment services already provided to faculty, staff and students through the UNF Interfaith Center and the Intercultural Center for PEACE at UNF. These three units will work together to co-facilitate campus and community-wide programs. 

 

“This affiliation has been something that all parties have been gravitating towards for quite some time,” said OneJax Executive Director Celeste Krueger. “There are many synergies, most obvious of which are the commitments of each organization to support and promote diversity.” 

 

The OneJax Board of Directors will continue to guide the organization, with several seats on the Board added for UNF representatives. The Board will retain the responsibility for raising funds to support operations of OneJax.  

 

The first result of this affiliation will occur Tuesday, Feb. 28, when OneJax, in collaboration with the UNF Interfaith Center, will present the Oneness of Humanity: On Common Ground event at 7 p.m. in the University Center on campus. Dr. Diana Eck, professor, lecturer and director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, will be the featured speaker and will discuss “The Power of Religion—Practical Pluralism in a World of Difference.”  

 

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for entry and may be obtained by visiting http://www.unf.edu/interfaithcenter/Interfaith_Week_Events.aspx . As a special event of UNF’s Interfaith Week, Eck will also meet with students during her visit.  

 

 

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