Center for Urban Education and Policy

The Center for Urban Education and Policy (CUEP) exists to mobilize UNF’s human and research resources to strengthen the educational outcomes of urban youth.  The mission of CUEP is to research and address poverty and structural racism in urban settings to equip students, families, communities and schools to achieve educational success.

 

CUEP works to link UNF’s expertise with key education stakeholders to create and sustain positive change in urban schools.  This is accomplished through three strategic priorities:

  1. Conducting research and evaluation projects related to urban education;
  2. Equipping teachers to understand and redress structural racism and to help urban students succeed; and
  3. Fostering collaborative relationships among diverse leader and stakeholders in urban education.

Read more about our history and leadership.

Updates

Spring 2015 Dates for Project Breakthrough:

The  Center for Urban Education and Policy is collaborating with the OneJax Institute and The Aspen Institute Roundtable to host a training for the 4th cohort of UNF teacher education students on the implications of structural racism. Participants will include UNF teacher education students who are interning in urban schools, along with teachers and administrators from our four Urban Professional Development Schools. Please see the Events page for dates.

Youth Forum:

The Youth Forum of the Urban Education Symposium: Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future, occurred on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Jacksonville Main Library. The goal of the Youth Forum was to expand youths’ definitions of success. 150 African American male students from eight middle and high schools located in Jacksonville’s Northside attended this event. A panel of 9 speakers shared their career paths, how failure can lead to success, that there are multiple ways to be successful, and that goal setting is an important part of reaching success. The interactive sessions included a game show activity and small group discussions facilitated by adult male mentors. 

 

Jacksonville’s Times Union newspaper article reported on the event.

 

Youth Forum

 

Seventh Annual Urban Education Symposium: Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future:

The seventh annual “Urban Education Symposium: Reclaiming Young Black Males for Jacksonville’s Future” took place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Jacksonville Main Library. This year’s symposium addresses the question: Who is teaching and leading our African American students in the classroom? The Symposium explored perspectives from students, teachers, and parents and caregivers on what is needed from each stakeholder to promote the achievement and success of African American male students. Students from Valor Academy of Leadership gave a debate demonstration and students from the Butler Leadership Academy’s Boys’ Choir performed. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti also spoke at this event.

 

Here are links to view the video clips preceding each panel discussion produced by WJCT and CUEP:

 

 

Urban Education Students
Urban Education Students

 Urban Education Students

 
 

Our vision is to mobilize UNF’s human and research resources to strengthen the educational outcomes of urban youth.  Click here to see a list of upcoming events.