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Press Release for Thursday, March 3, 2016

OneJax Presents ‘Immigration: Who Gets In?’ Panel Discussion

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida presents the next program in the Civil Discourse Project, “Immigration: Who Gets In?” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044, on campus.


The topic of immigration is much debated and a popular discussion point among presidential candidates. This panel discussion will represent diverse perspective on questions about immigration, including who are immigrants, what is the pathway to immigration in the U.S., is the screening process sufficient and possible loopholes in the process. 


Dr. Suzie Weng, assistant professor of social work at UNF, will set the framework for the panel discussion, providing information about current immigration policies and issues. Panelists include Representative Lake Ray, Florida House of Representatives; Rebecca Black, immigration attorney; and Basma Alawee, a local Iraqi refugee, leader and advocate. University President John Delaney will moderate the panel.


This free event is open to the community; however, tickets are required for entry and may be obtained online at . For more information about the event, contact the OneJax Institute at UNF at (904) 620-1529.

OneJax, in partnership with The Florida Times-Union, WJCT, UNF and the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission host the Civil Discourse Project. These civic engagement events feature moderated panel discussions on issues that challenge deeply held beliefs about controversial topics. The purpose is to promote and model civility in interacting with one another in a calm and inclusive manner on current popular topics to increase understanding of opposing viewpoints.


As an interfaith organization, the OneJax Institute at UNF educates, advocates and builds community to promote respect and understanding that will overcome bias, bigotry and oppression.


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.