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Unlocking Purpose and Potential Symposium

April 14 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Unlocking Purpose and Potential Symposium

The Santa Fe Center for Applied Ethics and Humanities at Santa Fe College is hosting a one-day spring symposium, “Unlocking Purpose and Potential,” the final of four “Free to Learn” project initiatives. This one-day event engages attendees in exploring the role education can play in breaking the cycle of incarceration. Symposium sessions are meant to increase public understanding of incarceration in Florida, its impact on communities, and the role everyone can play in reducing rates of recidivism and promoting safer, stronger communities.

The symposium features opportunities to hear from current and former Santa Fe College students with carceral experience, administrators who are currently working to promote educational opportunities for those with carceral experience, and and community partners who play a pivotal role in supporting those who are impacted by incarceration. Highlights of the symposium include keynote speaker Romarilyn Ralston, Exectuive Director of Project Rebound at California State University Fullerton, a live podcast session, panel discussion on topics regarding education in and after prison, and interactive workshops with facilitated small group brainstorm sessions exploring community goals and steps forward.

Registration is required to attend. Funding for this symposium is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Greater Good: Humanities in Academia Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with Santa Fe College. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

April 14 @ 8:30 am -
April 14 @ 4:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Dr. Paul Broadie, President, Santa Fe College Dr. Romarilyn Ralston, Executive Director, Project Rebound, California State University Fullerton Dr. Jason Frank, Instructional Designer, Santa Fe College Beth Dodd, Former Santa Fe College Student Angie Dougherty, Current Santa Fe College Student John Wise, Executive Director, Education Access Partnership Adrian Price, President, SF Justice Club Dr. Dan Rodkin, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Santa Fe College Dr. Bea Awoniyi, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Santa Fe College Dr. Bill Stephenson, Chair of Humanities & Foreign Languages Department, Santa Fe College Thomas Maple, Assistant Professor of Speech and Communications, Santa Fe College Captain Ryan Woods, Police Captain, Santa Fe College Dr. Adrienne Provost, Director of TRIO and CAP Programs, Santa Fe College Leigh Scott, Fellow, Community Spring Robert Valdez, Executive Director, House of Hope Amanda Trask, ICDP Senior Fellow Danielle Eisenmenger, Juvenile Division Chief, PDO Jeffrey Weisberg, Executive Director, River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding Dr. Claire Orenduff, Associate Professor of Art HIstory, Santa Fe College Karen Jones, Adjunt Professor of Spanish, Santa Fe College Dr. Sally Brugnoli, Researcher April Kalnin, Assistant Chief of Education, Florida DOC
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Event Contact:

Ann Thebaut
(352) 359-2516

Event Venue:

Lyceum Auditorium
3000 NW 83 St Building E
Gainesville, Florida 32606
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Venue Phone:
(352) 359-2516

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