Four honored at UF for 'People Awareness Week'

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 12:44 a.m.

As a part of its annual "People Awareness Week " designed to celebrate diversity, the University of Florida on Tuesday honored four people for their efforts to bring people together on campus and in the community.


People Awareness Week 2003 activities

  • "Diversity Through the Eyes of Youth," a children's art show
    Reception today at 5:30 p.m., Reitz Union, Second Floor
    Children were asked to draw what diversity meant to them.

  • Women's Leadership Conference
    Today, Mallory Library - 7 p.m.
    Women from the community and on campus come to share their experiences.

  • "Culture Perceptions"
    Today at 7:30 p.m., Reitz Union Room 284
    A workshop looking at how people view each other.

  • Culture of Violence Playback Performance: Shands at UF Arts in Medicine Artists and Performers
    Friday, Harn Museum - 7 p.m.
    A guided tour of the new exhibition, "Culture of Violence."

  • International Coffee House
    Friday, Maguire Village - 6 p.m.
    Coffees from around the world followed by live poetry reading and displays celebrating cultures from around the world.

  • Seeing UF Through Different Eyes: Cultural Photo Essay
    Friday, Reitz Union Colonnade - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Biracial and Multiracial Student Association members will display photos in collages to show what they think represents UF campus life.

  • The recipients of the President's Humanitarian Award were announced at a lunchtime reception at UF's Reitz Union.

    Staci Fox, director of education for Planned Parenthood of North Central Florida, was honored for her work to provide sex education programs in area schools.

    Fox also helped with the Safe Schools Coalition, a mission aimed at creating a safe space for both students and school staff who are gay, lesbian or bisexual.

    "You can't force acceptance on people but you can raise awareness and education about diversity issues that will open the door wider for change," Fox said.

    UF associate professor Joan Frosch, co-director of the Center for World Arts, was recognized for her work to bring African and Latin American artists to work with students at UF as well as for arranging for artists to visit the Sydney Lanier Center, a school for severely disabled students.

    "As an educator, I am committed to growing the next generation of artists" to be open to more than just the worlds and experiences that are familiar to them, Frosch said.

    Student Michael Roedel, the president of Pride Student Union, was honored his leadership in the campus group committed to creating an atmosphere of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

    Elaine Casquarelli, assistant director for graduate services at UF's Career Resource Center, was honored for her work in planning a summer film series that encouraged discussion about issues such as gender roles, sexual orientation and sexism as well as her work as a faculty advisor for the Pride Student Union.

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