Building Bridges, Creating Community Event 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7 p.m.,  the UNF LGBT Resource Center’s 11th Annual Building Bridges, Creating Community fundraiser took place at the home of Susan DuBow. This year the Center honored Nina Waters, President of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, with the Visionary Award.


The Visionary Award recognizes a courageous individual who leads our community boldly in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Nina is the first external candidate to be selected for this honor. This selection places her among a small and special group of individuals who have made a tremendous impact on the past, present and future of LGBT programs and initiatives at UNF.


Nina is being recognized for:



  •  Significant contributions to the well-being of LGBT people in Jacksonville 
  •  Forward thinking leadership in the face of difficult social justice issues 
  •  Record of promoting and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  •  Commitment to developing resources that advance the mission and vision of the UNF LGBT Resource Center 



UNF established the LGBT Resource Center in 2006 to provide a much-needed safe space for LGBT students. Over the past decade, it has far surpassed UNF’s vision for LGBT support, education, and resources with a commitment to equality and respect for all people. This is thanks to the longtime support of community members and their dedicated staff. What did we accomplish in 2016 with your help?



  •  UNF ranked in the Top 50 LGBT-friendly Colleges and Universities – in the nation! 
  •  Certified 100 faculty and staff as allies through the Safe Space: LGBT Identities cultural competency training program 
  •  Brought the first “out” transgender artist to MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF 
  •  Launched a community-based LGBT student mentoring program with support from the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida, The Weaver Philanthropic Initiative, and Michael Miller 
  •  Increased LGBT visibility through Enrollment Services webinars and targeted recruitment of LGBT students 



Here at UNF, we believe in developing the best citizens and leaders for our community. We need your help so that we can continue to lead, educate, and advocate for a world that welcomes, supports, and invests in LGBT people. We can’t do it without you! If you would like any further information, please contact Kaitlin Legg at (904) 620-2939 or or Susie Menaged at (904) 620-5243 or




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Thank you to our Sponsors:

DuBow Family Foundation

Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

Florida Blue

Chartrand Family Fund

Glenn and Michael Miller

Dolores and Wayne Weaver


Daniel Broderick and Tom Mnich

Glenn Certain and Brent Tuten

Debbie and Jeff Parker

C. Daniel and Julie F. Rice

Brent and Alison Trager

John and Mary Jane Uible

Ellen and James Wiss

Printing Edge
Designed Events

Gardner’s Florist

Martha Frye Baker

Kevin Gay and Jessie Kraker

Randy Kammer and Jeff Wollitz

Frieda and Leonard Saraga

Dr. Larry and Stacie Wilf

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Myron and Bunni Flagler

Jodie and Eric Leach 

Joe Barton and David Rinzler



Cynthia Edelman