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OneJax reaches out from UNF to local community

spring 2012 onejax

The University of North Florida did not get where it is today by focusing inward. Instead, the University has kept part of its focus on Northeast Florida and developed ways to make a difference in its own community through affiliations with local outreach groups.


OneJax is one such organization. The nonprofit interfaith organization founded was in 1970 and promotes respect and understanding among people of different religions, races and cultures, recently joined forces with UNF and will now be known as the OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida. 


The affiliation came about through collaboration between the OneJax Board of Directors and UNF. The Institute is now located at UNF Hall. Dr. Tom Serwatka, UNF vice president and chief of staff, said OneJax will focus on community advocacy and extend the University’s reach off campus by helping to overcoming bias, bigotry and racism through education, community building and advocacy initiatives.


OneJax Executive Director Celeste Krueger said the organization compliments services already provided to faculty, staff and students on campus through the Interfaith Center and the Intercultural Center for PEACE.


“The tremendous synergy in this affiliation made this the right move for us,” Krueger said. “We’re overjoyed to be a part of the UNF family and to make a difference in the entire northeast region of Florida.”


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


Serwatka said the OneJax Institute affiliation follows in the tradition of other campus units, such as the Florida Institute of Education, the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions.