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Our staff at women's history month 2018
Sheila Spivey speaking at Women's History Month Luncheon 2018

Women's History Month Luncheon

A celebration of Women’s History Month, this annual luncheon provides a vehicle to celebrate women, their accomplishments and their contributions to society. The luncheon humbly began as a potluck event for faculty, staff and students at the University over thirty years ago but has since evolved into the premiere Women's History Month event in Jacksonville. Since 2014, community partners, faculty, staff and students have come together each spring to hear from globally-recognized speakers, who serve as pioneers in advancing women across the world.

 

The Susan B. Anthony Award and Women's History Month Scholarship are awarded each year during this hallmark event.

 

General admission tickets are $25, and tables of 8 are $300. Students can receive FREE tickets to the luncheon from the UNF box office.

The Women’s History Month Luncheon is scheduled during the month of March each year and is open to the public. The 2020 Women's History Month Luncheon will occur at Noon on Wednesday, March 4, in the John A. Delaney Student Union Ballrooms (Building 58W, Suite 3703). 

 

Andrea Mercado in a blue and white shirt 

Our guest speaker for the 2020 Women's History Month Luncheon is Andrea Cristina Mercado. She is the Executive Director of New Florida Majority, and the New Florida Majority Education Fund, an organization building independent political power of marginalized communities for racial, economic and climate justice. 

The daughter of immigrants from South America, who made South Florida home, Andrea has been organizing in communities of color and immigrant communities for over a decade. Andrea is one of the co-founders of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and led the California Domestic Worker Coalition, a statewide effort to include domestic workers in labor laws, which successfully passed Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Legislation in 2013. Seven states have now passed similar legislation. She went on to lead nationally recognized campaigns for immigrant and worker rights such as We Belong Together, and the 100 women 100 mile pilgrimage for migrant dignity. 

She was the Political Director and Lead Organizer at Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), a grassroots Latina immigrant women’s organization in the San Francisco Bay Area for eight years, organizing around domestic violence, immigrant rights and economic justice. Previously, she lived and worked in Bahia, Brazil with IPETERRAS, a sustainable agriculture and farmworker rights project. Andrea is raising her daughters in South Florida and fighting for their future.