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Press Release for Tuesday, January 8, 2013

UNF LGBT Resource Center Presents LGBT Author and Speaker Ronni Sanlo

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 


The University of North Florida’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center presents UNF alumna, author, professor and speaker Dr. Ronni Sanlo at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Student Union Ballroom, Building 58 West, Room 3703. She will discuss “From the Closet to the Classroom: Dr. Dyke’s Journey through Florida History.” This event is free and open to the public. 


Sanlo is a recognized keynote speaker and workshop presenter at colleges and universities around the country. Her focus is LGBT history, learning outcomes, strategic planning and LGBT center development. She speaks not only from her perspective as a higher education/student affairs professor and professional but also from her personal life experiences.  


“Dr. Sanlo is a trailblazer in the field of diversity in higher education regarding LGBT awareness and empowerment, and creating welcoming and inclusive schools for all higher education students, staff and faculty,” said BJ Douglass, UNF LGBT Resource Center director. “She has written policies and books on the subject, created programs and continues to give trainings and lectures at colleges and universities across the country.”  


Sanlo retired from the University of California, Los Angeles, as the senior associate dean of students, professor/director of the UCLA Masters of Education in Student Affairs and Faculty-in-Residence. She was the director of the UCLA LGBT Center, and formerly the LGBT Center director at the University of Michigan. Prior to entering higher education, Sanlo was an HIV 

epidemiologist in Florida . She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida plus a master’s degree and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UNF. 


She has written several books, including “Intersections of Identity and Leadership: Informing Our Lives, Informing Our Practice,” “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: Research, Policy, and Personal Perspectives” and “Our Place On Campus: LGBT Services and Programs in Higher Education” to name a few. Her latest book is titled “The Purple Golf Cart.” 


Sanlo wrote the initial Standards for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, served as the founding chair of the Consortium of LGBT Resource Professionals in Higher Education and founded the Lavender Graduation. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the 2010 Living the Legacy of the Profession of Student Affairs award from NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession, and the City of Los Angeles City Council Community Hero award in 2007 for the Lavender Graduation.  


A crew will be filming Sanlo’s lecture as part of a documentary about her life’s work. Following the lecture, there will be special presentation in her honor, a book signing of her new book, “The Purple Golf Cart,” and a reception. For more information about this event, contact BJ Douglass, UNF LGBT Resource Center, at (904) 620-2939 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.