Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, an awe-inspiring man and fierce environmental defender will give the keynote speech for the annual Student Affairs Unity Celebration. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will speak at the Memorial Health Gym at 7 p.m. on the topic “Our environmental destiny.” The event is free and open to the public.

“The annual Student Affairs Unity Celebration is a campus wide event that provides the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to come together and hear about various social issues affecting today’s society and to bring awareness and thought to these issues,” said Tammy Bryant, director of student affairs programs and services.

Kennedy was chosen for his dedication to environmental conservation. “The attempt is made each year to select a speaker with a bit of a different message for our audience. Environmental issues are vast and affect citizens every day. On campus there have been many recent changes implemented in an effort to be environmentally friendly and promote green initiatives on campus,” Bryant said.

Kennedy was named one of Time Magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet,” after his victory in assisting Riverkeeper, New York’s environmental clean water advocacy group founded in 1966, spear head the fight to restore the Hudson River.

“Mr. Kennedy has a reputation as a defender of the environment through legal and other efforts, and he has spent a great deal of time and energy in combating threats to the environment. He is also a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic,” Bryant said.

Following the speech, students may pose questions to Kennedy. There will also be a book signing following the keynote where books will be available for purchase as well.

“There is no better place than a college campus to hear diverse viewpoints and learn about many different subjects. The Unity Celebration is just one of these events, and my goal is that the members of our campus community will hear the speaker’s message and experience, think about these issues, and determine what it means for them individually.”

“By bringing the speakers to our campus, many more students, faculty, staff, families, and community members have the opportunity to hear and learn about these issues,” Bryant said.

Due to security, no bags or backpacks will be permitted inside the Memorial Health Building during the speech. For more information on the event contact Student Affairs at (931) 221-7341. TAS