Black History Events at UNF

UNF has celebrated Black History every February since 1973. Examples of these celebrations are shown throughout the exhibit with newspaper articles, event programs, posters, and photographs. The University’s Intercultural Center sponsors many of the University’s celebrations. You can read the UNF Black History Month Press Release here and see a full listing of the 2022 events on their website, https://www.unf.edu/interculturalcenter/Black_History_Month_Events.aspx.Each February, the University of North Florida recognizes Black History Month to uplift and honor the histories, stories and voices of the African American community. This month serves as a time to celebrate the African diaspora and the contributions of Black Americans as part of the United States’ history. Spearheaded by the Intercultural Center, UNF has planned engaging and informative events and programs throughout the month to acknowledge the robust history and cultural influence of Black Americans.In addition to UNF’s commitment to recognize Black History Month, the university created the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and engages and supports all students, faculty, staff, and the community. Information on the centers, programs and services under the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are also described in this exhibit.

The Intercultural Center and Peace Plaza

About the Intercultural Center
The Intercultural Center is a unit of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Florida. The Intercultural Center recognizes the importance of equitable representation and inclusion for all students. The center supports the university's mission by helping students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of varying cultural, racial and ethnic identities. The Intercultural Center strives to foster a supportive, exploratory environment focused on holistically developing students through education and entertainment. The center seeks to help each Osprey find their place in the nest and soar as they spread their wings.MissionThe Intercultural Center promotes student learning and development through purposeful programming with different cultural groups and departments on campus. The Intercultural Center aims to bridge the cultural divide between all individuals at the university and in the local community to enhance cultural sensitivity and strengthen appreciation for diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic identities and experiences.

Women's History at UNF
Women's History at UNF

Women's History at UNF
Every March, since 1986, the Women’s Center hosts a variety of programs and events to celebrate Women’s History Month. In addition to the March Women’s History programs, the Women’s Center engages the community year-round with a variety of programs and services advocating for the safety and support of the campus community. From the 2021 Women’s History Month Celebration:2021 marks the 34th anniversary of both the inaugural Presidential Proclamation of Women’s History Month and the founding of the UNF Women’s Center.The Women’s History Month Celebration is an annual Women’s Center and Department of Diversity Initiatives event that provides a vehicle to honor women, their accomplishments and their contributions to society. During the event, scholarships and awards are presented to students, faculty and staff who actively provide advocacy, leadership and service in enhancing gender equity and supporting the advancement of women.You may view all of the 2022 Women’s History Month events on the Women’s Center website: https://www.unf.edu/womens-center/Womens_History_Month_Events.aspx

Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion

The Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI)
CODI proactively engages the UNF community to embrace and accept diversity and inclusion as an institutional core value. CODI also cultivates a shared commitment to diverse and inclusive perspectives and a culturally competent and inclusive university environment that values and respects the human differences, dignity and well-being of every community member.UNF stands in unity and solidarity with all members of our community, regardless of genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, range of abilities, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or veteran status. We are proud of the diversity in our students, faculty and staff.

Installed Exhibit Images and Books
Installed Exhibit Images and Books

This digital version of a physical exhibit produced by University Archives is brought to you by Digital Projects and Preservation. These images document the installed physical exhibit available for viewing in Special Collections and University Archives through March of 2022.

UNF Land Acknowledgement

We gratefully acknowledge that the University of North Florida is on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Mocama-speaking Timucuas. We recognize that other Indigenous peoples also built homelands here, including the Yamasees and Guales. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples made this region into a vibrant center of diplomacy, exchange, and religious practice. We pay respect to these nations and to their descendants.

We further recognize the historical and ongoing impact of colonization in our region and state as well as the resiliency of Indigenous peoples. Today, Florida is home to the sovereign nations of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, as well as citizens of other Native nations and communities whose ancestors include Mocamas, Yamasees, and Guales.