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Press Release for Wednesday, February 6, 2013

UNF Celebrates Week of One Diversity Events

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 


The University of North Florida will celebrate campus and community diversity with Week of One events, coordinated through the UNF Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, beginning Monday, Feb. 11, through Friday, Feb. 15. This year’s Week of One theme is “ERacism” and will provide a myriad of activities designed to acknowledge the richness of diverse and inclusive cultures, as well as perspectives across campus constituencies and the at-large public. Events are free and open to the public. 


“We are honored to host this celebration of Jacksonville diversity and inclusion on our campus,” said UNF President John Delaney. “Race relations is a community-wide focus and UNF shares a commitment to cultivate inclusiveness.”  

The activities for Week of One are as follows: 


Monday, Feb. 11, Noon - Opening Circle, Building 58, Osprey Plaza at the Student Union: Kick off Week of One with the Opening Circle, led by the UNF Interfaith Center. Individuals drawn in by drumming will engage in reflective thought and activities in a circle that represents unity and oneness. 


Monday, Feb. 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - “Metrotown Institute - Diversity Training for Youth,” Building 58W, Student Union, Room 3703D: Drs. Sharon T. Wilburn and Richmond Wynn of the UNF Brooks College of Health will present their research on the Metrotown Institute, which pertains to improving diversity awareness and social justice among the local community’s youth by reducing bias, bigotry and racism. 


  Monday Feb. 11, 6 p.m. - “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” Building 58W, Student Union Auditorium, Room 2704 : Dr. Richmond Wynn, assistant professor in the Brooks College of Health, will discuss the life of Bayard Rustin, a master strategist and tireless activist. He is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 march on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence. 


Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. - Silent Step Out, Building 39, Brooks College of Health Healing Statue: Step out for diversity and inclusion in this health-oriented walk around campus. Participants convene at the Healing Statue in front of the Brooks College of Health for a fun, organized stroll around campus. T-shirts and bracelets will be available. 


Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5 to 8 p.m. - Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. Town Hall Meeting, Building 58W, Student Union Auditorium, Room 2704 : Join J. Benjamin Warner, JCCI’s president and CEO, who will speak about the work of JCCI, provide perspectives on what is happening in the community today and give feedback on trends and issues. Light refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. and the Town Hall session will begin at 6 p.m. 


Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Unifest at Market Days, Building 58, Osprey Plaza at the Student Union: Unifest combines UNF’s history, flavor and tradition with Market Days. Come enjoy this festive preview of information, work and projects conducted/developed by faculty, staff/student organizations and community groups. Live entertainment begins at noon.  


Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2 to 4:20 p.m. – “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006),” Building 57, Tom and Betty Petway Hall, Room 1100A: This film is hailed as a first-person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed as a white southerner who was “eloquent and prophetic” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 letter from Birmingham Jail. The screening will be followed by a short talk and then a discussion session with Mimi Pickering (one of the two filmmakers of this documentary). 


Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15, 7 to 10 p.m. - ‘North Star’ Play by Gloria Bond Clunie, Building 43, Adam W. Herbert University Center, Room 1058: Student director Cherrelle Fant and her mentor Dr. Pam Monteleone, UNF associate professor of English, bring this spellbound play to UNF. Set in North Carolina in the 1960s, “North Star” is the story of Relia, an African-American girl searching for her place to shine in both society and her personal life.  


 For more information about Week of One events, contact the UNF Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at (904) 620-2507 or at . 


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.