Upcoming Event: After Orlando- Managing Fears and Welcoming Diversity

Tuesday, September, 13 2016, 6:00pm at UF Pugh Hall Ocora

The tragic incident at Pulse nightclub in Orlando has intensified the fear of terror hitting close to home. This fear has been translated into xenophobic sentiments particularly targeting our Muslim community.

The UF Center for Global Islamic Studies and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will host a panel discussion which brings together those of diverse backgrounds who have been touched by the tragic events in Orlando and who continue to experience discrimination based on faith, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and/or race. The program is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on the Bob Graham Center website. This poignant panel discussion aims to tackle how we move forward in unity ā€“ taking the fear out of diversity and focusing on the many benefits of our globally diverse population.

Students, faculty, and members of the community are encouraged to raise questions, share comments and engage in the discussion about these pressing issues.

Opening Remarks:
Kent Fuchs, President of the University of Florida

Panel:
Hassan Shibly, Executive Director ā€“ Council for American Islamic Relations
Terry Fleming, Pride Community Center of North Central Florida
Zoharah Simmons, UF Professor in Religion

Closing Remarks:
Paula Roetscher, Welcoming Gainesville

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