Matt Hartley: Celebrating our Differences

Matt Hartley is the director of the University of North Florida InterFaith Center, which does religious and non-religious diversity programming. Students and advocates have the opportunity to learn and participate in diversity, equity, and inclusion conversations at the InterFaith Center.

When I see faith communities, diverse faith communities, Jewish, Muslims, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Bahá’í, and so on coming together in Jacksonville, Not despite their differences but to celebrate and learn about their differences, I’m inspired by that

In the Mix Interview

Charlee Guillaume, a multimedia designer with Mix Theory Studios, interviewed Matt for the “In the Mix” video series as part of the Grand Opening events and the launch of on February 22, 2022. Video produced by Charlee Guillaume and Katie Stanley.

Matt previously was a high school teacher in Duval County Public Schools and now sits on the Board of the Interfaith Center of Northeast Florida. Matt has been an educator and advocate of cultural, religious diversity, and social justice in Jacksonville for 17 years. 

I’m always inspired by the openness and passion of young people and the inclusiveness as well, the desire to bring everyone together.

Listen to the Interfaith Center’s Message to Students during COVID

Local News Coverage:

UNF hosts virtual candlelight vigil for racial justice – Action News JAX Coverage

Matt works with local organizations, religious and non-religious, to educate on peacefully and confidently engaging in conversations surrounding diversity. 

Photos provided by Matt Hartley

We try to create a brave space where they can be honest with each other.

Matt is a Dad to a 13 and 11-year-old while maintaining involvement in advocacy for Public Schools. The growth, education, and exposure of Jacksonville’s youth, to various ideas and people, is what he aims to enhance for the future generation and today. You can find out more about Matt and his work on his website: