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Press Release for Tuesday, October 14, 2014

UNF ADA Compliance Director Honored as Hispanic Community Leader

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2192

Rocelia Gonzalez, University of North Florida director of Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance, was recognized by the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board as a 2014 Hispanic Leadership Award recipient Monday, Oct. 13, in a ceremony at City Hall.

“We are so proud of Rocelia’s accomplishments,” said Lance Taylor, UNF associate vice president and chief information officer. “Her recognition is well-deserved and her representation of UNF is second to none.”

Gonzalez began her career at UNF in 2003 as assistant director of Equal Opportunity Programs. In her time at the University, she has instrumental toward increasing diversity awareness on campus. Her initiatives have included increasing women and minorities in under-represented roles and removing barriers in Web accessibility.

Her accomplishments include her role in the Children 1-2-3: The Early Learning for Future Success, documenting the needs of infant children to enhance intellectual development for babies and participation in the Race Relations Report, which reflected indicators for education and statistics representing the Hispanic community.

Gonzalez will add her newest recognition to a long list of awards, including the Women of Color, Hispanic Women of Influence, Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, Commander’s Award from the U.S. Army and the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Loyola University.

The Mayor’s Hispanic Leadership Awards began in 2013 and is an annual event sponsored by Mayor Alvin Brown and members of the City of Jacksonville Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Board to honor local community leaders in recognition of “Es Mi Vida” (It’s My Life) Hispanic Heritage Month in October.
The event is designed to honor individuals, nominated by their peers, who have significantly served the Jacksonville community. Up to nine categories may be awarded, including government, education, cultural, faith-based, health, lifetime, non-profit, business and visionary.

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.