Update on National Policy Institute Event

Janine Sikes, Assistant VP of Public Affairs
October 5, 2017
The National Policy Institute has arranged to rent space for a speaking event with its president, white nationalist Richard Spencer.
 
The event is scheduled for Oct. 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
 
No one at the University of Florida invited Richard Spencer. No one at UF is sponsoring this event. The racist ideas espoused by this organization and this individual conflict with the values of this institution.
 
A list of questions and answers about the decision to allow the event, campus security and other important information can be found on a new website launched today about free speech and controversial speakers. It can be found at freespeech.ufl.edu.
 
Look for announcements next week about opportunities for the university campus to come together as Gators, celebrate the diverse community that makes us great and address pressing issues related to our campus climate and race relations.