The Future of Florida Summit is one of the Graham Center’s premier programs. Modeled after the National Campaign Conference, sponsored by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, the summit invites students from all Florida institutions of higher education to a weekend in Gainesville for learning about challenges faced by other and exploring how they might contribute to solutions.
Attendees are among Florida’s brightest and most politically engaged students. The summit aims to: establish a tradition of statewide intercollegiate political activism; inspire students to champion solutions to difficult challenges; and promote the free and open exchange of ideas.
The conference is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at any Florida institution of higher education. Attendees are selected based on an application process, and approximately 100 students are invited each year.
Participants meet and interact with knowledgeable panelists (faculty, legislators, journalists, business leaders, and lobbyists) who have expertise on the issue under consideration. Past speakers have included Former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen Bob Graham, former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth, Law Dean Emeritus and former speaker of the Florida House Jon Mills, and Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Noah Valenstein .
2020 Future of Florida Summit: Criminal Justice Reform
The 2020 Future of Florida Summit was held Feb. 21-23, 2020 on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. The summit focused on the proactive and reactive elements of Florida’s present-day criminal justice system, including:
- Preventing recidivism
- Law enforcement
- The prison system
Previous year’s topics have included:
- Technology and Public Policy
- Online Voter Registration
- Advocacy and Institutions
- Challenges Facing Higher Education
- The Florida Constitution Revision Commission