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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 9, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College is hosting “Justice for Trayvon Martin,” a program discussion and a silent candlelight vigil.  The discussion begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounges, followed by a silent, candlelit march across campus at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11,  in Martin’s memory. 

Participants are encouraged to wear hooded sweatshirts as Martin had been wearing one when he was shot to death by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida in February.  The 17-year-old’s death has sparked debate over what happened between Martin and Zimmerman leading up to the former’s killing and whether Zimmerman acted in self-defense as he has claimed.   

The goal of the event is “to increase awareness and educate the Ramapo community about the Trayvon Martin case,” said Santali Villafane ’13, of Camden, NJ, a Law & Society major who helped organize the event.  Villafane also added that the discussion and vigil is to “support a social justice issue sweeping the nation.” 

Sponsored by the Greater Northern Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity and the Ramapo community, the event is free and open to the public. 

Participants in the march are to meet at the Robert A. Scott Student Center, where the walk will begin.  The march is expected to last about an hour.

For more information about the event, please contact Santali Villafane at


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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