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Press Release for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

UNF Week of One Celebrates Women of Character, Courage and Commitment

February 25, 2014

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, 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, March 3, through Saturday, March 8. This year’s Week of One theme i s “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” 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 Cheryl Gonzalez, director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs.

The activities for Week of One are as follows: 


Monday, March 3, 8 p.m.—Building 58W, Student Union Ballroom, Room 3703: Kick off the week with “Storytelling and Social Action for Everyday Life,” a free keynote address from storyteller-social change advocate and media personality, Valarie Kaur.


Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m.—Building 43, Adam W. Herbert University Center, Grand Ballroom, Room 1044: Dr. Diana L. Eck, professor of Comparative Religion and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, will discuss “Critical for a Common Future: The Interfaith Infrastructure.”


Wednesday, March 5, Noon—Building 58W, Student Union Auditorium, Room 2704: The annual Women’s History Month luncheon will feature Donna Orender, sports executive and former collegiate/professional basketball player and founder of Generation W. The Susan B. Anthony Award will also be presented. Students may attend free of charge. General public tickets are $25. All registrations must go through .


Wednesday, March 5, 2 p.m.—Building 2, Founders Hall, Interfaith Center, Room 2100: Meet with Dr. Diana L. Eck over coffee and discuss her role as director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University.


Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. Building 34, Arena: Cheer on the women’s basketball team as they take on Mercer University.


 Friday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—Building 42, Coggin College of Business, Lobby: This year’s Women in Business forum, “Step Up to the Challenge: Unleash Your Inner-Potential,” will feature Dr. Isabel Springer, founder of Drivers Ed for Love. The forum will include break-out sessions, a keynote lunch and a networking social for students and professionals.


Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m. Building 34, Arena: Cheer on the women’s basketball team as they take on Kennesaw State University.


            The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity is committed to fostering non-discrimination and non-harassment in the workplace and the educational environment by ensuring compliance with all federal and state laws, local ordinances and agency requirements that are related to equity and compliance for universities. It provides leadership and support toward developing a comprehensive and institution-wide approach to achieving and sustaining a diverse and pluralistic community of students, faculty and staff.   


            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.