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Office of Community Outreach
Howard Hall, Suite 217
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565 

Office Hours:
Monday: Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (239) 590-1258
Fax: (239) 590-1272

Community Speaks Lecture Series


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The mission of the Office of Community Outreach is to foster strong University-community partnerships that increase the visibility, accountability, and participation of the University in the surrounding Southwest Florida community, assist with the recruitment and retention efforts of the University, and create a cohesive support system for students from traditionally underserved or underrepresented backgrounds. In keeping with this mission, we sponsor The Community Speaks leture series, which features community leaders from Southwest Florida.

Each lecture is on the main campus of Florida Gulf Coast University and begins with a small reception at 5pm. We invite you to attend and bring a guest for an intimate evening with our speakers. To RSVP, contact our office at (239) 590-1258, or email us at

All lectures are 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Jon Brunner and Dr. John Prater

Topic:Understanding College Mental Health
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014

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Mr. Nye Knowles

Topic:LBGT - Breaking the Stereotypes
Date: Monday, November 17, 2014

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Topic:50 Year Anniversary of Desegregation of Lee County Schools
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Dr. Nola Theiss and Ms. Yaroslaba Garcia

Topic:FGCU Community Initiatives
Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

Read more about Dr. Nola Theiss and Ms. Yaroslaba Garcia