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Center for Urban Education and Policy


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


We believe in empowering schools and communities by uniting strengths, inviting advocacy, and inspiring innovation.


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