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Center for Urban Education and Policy


Mission statement for The Center for Urban Education and Policy at UNF

The Center for Urban Education and Policy (CUEP) exists to strengthen educational outcomes for Jacksonville youth.  The CUEP engages UNF faculty, public school educators, youth and families in collaborative learning centering on culturally relevant research and equitable policy. 


The CUEP supports UNF’s instruction, research, and service programs by:

  • providing quality education for socially and economically disenfranchised groups;
  • applying culturally sustainable research related to the education, recruitment, retention and advancement of urban teachers and school administrators;
  • facilitating faculty research that advances the academic conversation, improves evidence  base educational practices and informs educational policy;
  • collaborating with communities to strengthen educational outcomes and quality of life;

CUEP is guided by these five axioms:

  1. The people closest to the issues in schools and communities are best situated to discover answers to local concerns
  2. Learning and leadership are dynamic social processes
  3. Conversations are critical and central pedagogical processes
  4. Crossing boundaries enriches development and educational processes
  5. Hope and change are built on assets and dreams of locals and their communities



We at the University of North Florida Center for Urban Education and Policy and the University of North Florida Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations are deeply disturbed by the racist video that appeared last night in an apparent reaction to the Black Lives Matter rally on campus. We view this unsettling video as an opportunity to engage in deeper reflection and conversation around how UNF can better practice its mission to provide "an inspiring setting for our diverse community."


Our Center for Urban Education and Policy and the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations staff and affiliated faculty are available to talk with anyone who feels targeted or otherwise unsafe on campus. We particularly want to communicate directly and clearly to students, staff, and faculty of color and specifically African American and Black students, staff, and faculty. We support you. We also want to be public about our commitment to you and your development and safety. A significant part of that commitment is recognizing that we have a lot of work to both on the UNF campus and within the Jacksonville community. We also want to assert our commitment to advocate not for you, but with and alongside you, in ways that will build trust and share wisdom, experiences, and power.