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Press Release for Wednesday, March 20, 2013

UNF Hosts Does Race Still Matter? An Intergenerational Dialogue Symposium

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida will host “Does Race (Still) Matter? An Intergenerational Dialogue” civil discourse symposium from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center Banquet Hall, Building 43. This event is free and open to the public.

The purpose for the race symposium is to share viewpoints on the impact and influence of race from various generational perspectives. The goal is to enhance understanding of the various viewpoints presented, to encourage appreciation of the fact that there are diverse viewpoints, to encourage tolerance of diverse opinions and to encourage respect for the beliefs and practices of others.

The symposium will consist of a panel of academic and community leaders from a wide variety of perspectives. UNF President John Delaney will serve as moderator, while panelists will include Wilfredo Gonzalez, district director, U.S. Small Business Administration; Kenya Gordon, student, Stanton College Preparatory School; R.L. Gundy, pastor, Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville; Dr. Michael Hallett, professor and chair, UNF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Stanton student Darius Holliday; J.T. Johnson, St. Augustine civil rights leader; Stanton students Adiam Miller and Inam Sakinah and UNF student Amy Shuman.



Symposium participants are asked to join in the conversation, either before or during the event, via Twitter. Questions will be taken from the audience in part through a Twitter feed at the following hastage: #facerace.


For more information about this event, contact Dr. David Fenner at (904) 620-2560 or at . Although this event is free, an e-ticket is required. To download and print your free e-ticket, visit .


Sponsors for this event include the OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida , UNF College of Arts and Sciences, The Florida Times-Union, WJCT and the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission.


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.