The President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge
The University of North Florida has answered President Barack Obama's call to join the highly successful President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge (President's Challenge for short) for the second consecutive year. This is the third consecutive year for the White House initiative and all institutions of higher education have been invited to participate.
In May 2011, Obama first invited presidents of colleges and universities across the country to bring diverse religious groups together for a one-year commitment to interfaith cooperation and community service. Students and administrators were challenged to serve together on projects that strengthened their communities and united people of diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds.
During that inaugural year, representatives from 240 community colleges, colleges, universities and theological schools across the country participated in the challenge. Participating schools are asked to focus their challenge efforts on one of the service initiatives included in the Kennedy Serve America Act.
UNF's Challenge is coordinated by the Interfaith Center, along with student leaders from various student clubs. It is a campus wide initiative as well as a collaborative effort across UNF departments and student clubs. Students from diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds have singled out human trafficking as a violation of human rights, since Florida is considered a hub for human trafficking in the United States.
For more Information on the President's Challenge visit the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Parternships Webpage.
Throughout the 2013-2014 year the UNF Interfaith Center and student leaders from various clubs and departments will be hosting events and programs in order to raise awareness about human trafficking.
In the Spring 2014 Semester, the UNF Interfaith Center is teaming up with a Jacksonville Community-Wide Human Trafficking Awareness project called ArtWorks for Freedom. Through this collaboration, we are brining 3 very exciting programs to UNF Campus: and outdoor art exhibit entitled "Bought & Sold" by Kay Chernush; a human trafficking documentary film series; and the ArtWorks for Freedoming Finale event. Below is the list of dates and locations:
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