OneJax Institute at
University of North Florida will honor recipients with the 2014 Humanitarian
Awards, at 7 p.m. today,
Thursday, May22, attheHyattRegencyRiverfrontJacksonville
. The OneJax Humanitarian Awards tribute those individuals who
have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity,
have given generously and extensively to the community and have been dedicated
to the improvement of human relations among diverse groups in our community.
Arlington resident Dr. Parvez Ahmed,
ssociate professor of finance in the Coggin College
of Business, is among this year’s recipients.
While Ahmed is
a recognized scholar in the field of finance, he is best known in the
Jacksonville community as a leader in civil discourse around the issues of
faith and religion, working diligently to build understanding and diminish bias
and bigotry among people of different faiths and cultures. He serves on the
Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, the Boards of the Museum of Science and
History and the World Affairs Council. He has served in the past for the
American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American Islamic Relations,
“I am delighted that Dr. Ahmed is
being recognized for all of his contributions to humanitarian causes,”
said Dr. Ajay Samant, dean of UNF’s Coggin College of Business. “He has strived
tirelessly to promote civility, inclusiveness and tolerance in the greater
Ahmed has been at UNF since 2002 and is a
three-time Coggin College Outstanding Researcher award recipient, Outstanding
Teacher award winner and a Fulbright Scholar. He is the author of “Mutual
Funds—Fifty Years of Research Findings” and has had his research on market
efficiency and asset pricing published in numerous top finance journals. Additionally,
his humanitarian and civil discourse articles have been published in newspapers
and blogs such as TheOrlando
Sentinel, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, New York
Newsday, Seattle Times, Florida Times Union, Charlotte Observer and The
OneJax works to
build understanding across all areas of Northeast Florida for the purpose of
increasing respect and improving relationships among people who represent the
many religious, ethnic, racial and cultural groups in the community.
Through education, community building and advocacy
initiatives, OneJax works to overcome bias, bigotry and racism.
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.