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MEDIA CONTACT : Lisa Metcalf

South Florida Diversity Alliance to Host Diversity Summit
FAU, Nova Southeastern Co-Founders of Event, Organization

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 22, 2010) – The South Florida Diversity Alliance (SFDA) will host its second annual Diversity Summit on Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University, Carl DeSantis Building, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

            The summit, titled “One Planet, One Tribe,” is designed to raise participants’ awareness of the many perspectives that make up worldviews; provide an opportunity to examine issues impacting the diverse communities; and supply applicable tools and strategies to participants to take action in order to improve the world.  The summit also will engage participants in dynamic discussions about complex issues related to not only race, but a host of other cultural, social and personal identities. 

            Headlining the summit, “The New Faces of America,” is a one-woman show in which one actor plays seven different characters.  This act depicts what it is like for college students to live and thrive in a multicultural America. 

            The SFDA is sponsored by Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University, Lynn University and Amnesty International, and also includes representation from Barry University. 

            “The focal purpose of this summit is to provide an opportunity to examine issues impacting the diverse community in South Florida,” said Dr. Maria Santamarina, co-founder of the SFDA and diversity officer of FAU, the only higher education institution in South Florida to have this designated position.  “We want our participants to come out and discuss topics that are considered off limits in parts of society and then strategize different ways to improve these areas.”

            The SDFA seeks to unite the higher education community in South Florida to support and promote diversity awareness, competence and inclusion.  High school, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, department chairs, deans, alumni, and interested members of the extended higher education community are invited to participate. 

            The Diversity Summit is open to the public, and registration is necessary to attend.  Cost is $30.  Group registration of five or more persons will receive a $5 discount.  The conference is free for students, faculty and staff of FAU, Lynn and NSU.  The cost of registration includes lunch.

            For more information or to register, visit or e-mail .


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