The UCF College of Medicine will participate January 27, 28 and 29 at the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival honoring the historic town of Eatonville. The Zora Festival, one of Central Florida’s largest festivals, draws more than 70,000 people to the Eatonville community, one of the first incorporated black towns in America. The festival celebrates the life and work of author, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God), who grew up in Eatonville. Events include a street festival, cultural and arts events and educational programs.
Friday, January 27 is Education Day at the festival, where Dr. Lisa Barkley, assistant dean of diversity and inclusion, and UCF students will present 15-minute presentations to area middle and high school students entitled, “So you want to be a doctor.” Middle and high school students from across Central Florida are bussed to the Zora event for education and inspiration. The College of Medicine will speak with students about opportunities at UCF and what it takes to get ready for medical school and other health careers.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the college will have reserved space in the festival’s health area. There, faculty and staff members and students will talk to Zora Festival attendees about the college and its programs as well as providing health tips from UCF Health.
Hope to see you there!