UFLaw Students to Hold ‘Black History Month’ Awareness Event

Two segments of the University of Florida Levin College of Law – the Office of Diversity and Community Development and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) – are inviting law students, faculty and staff to join Wednesday (Feb. 25th) in a celebration of Black contributions to society and culture.

Organized as part of a series of Black History Month activities, the “Black for a Reason” event encourages those participating to wear all black clothing from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The program will conclude with an open forum starting at 1 p.m. in the Holland Hall Auditorium, to include law school Dean Robert Jerry and other administrators, at which participants will be asked to discuss diversity issues and possible positive solutions to them.

According to BLSA officers organizing the event, “the black clothing is to represent the silence that surrounds some of the most compelling challenges confronting people of color – silence that keeps solutions at bay.”

“This event is part of our ongoing efforts to openly discuss very important issues that impact all of us, and which can increase understanding and need for diversity while improving race relations” noted Desta Meghoo-Peddie, director of the law school’s Office of Diversity and Community Development. “In 2001 we made a conscious effort to engage in meaningful dialogue on this campus about diversity, and it is critical we continue that initiative.”

Information contacts:

Desta Meghoo-Peddie, Director, Office of Diversity & Community Development
352.392.9238 / eMail: meghoo@law.ufl.edu

Tonya Fewell, Black Law Students Association
352.392.7114 / eMail: tnfewell@ufl.edu

Published: February 23rd, 2004

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