Center for Urban Education and Policy

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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.


CUEP Research Presented at “Deconstructing Race in the 21st Century” Lecture Series

On Thursday, September 10th, Drs. Sophie Maxis, Mary Rose, Ouida Powe, and Mr. Phillip Simmons presented a synopsis of their research project, “First-Generation Students’ Perception of UNF Support”. The research project was funded by the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) Research Award. The presentation was the inaugural lecture in a series sponsored by UNF’s Institute on the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations (SRER). 
Please see the Events page for information about other SRER lectures during the Fall 2015 semester.
School-Based Mental Health Proof of Concept Evaluation

Through a grant from the Chartrand Foundation, the CUEP and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund will evaluate the first year implementation of the School-Based Mental Health Proof of Concept in Duval County Public Schools. Other project partners include United Way of Northeast Florida’s Full Service Schools, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, and the Children’s Home Society.

Please see the Research and Evaluation page for other projects.

Fall 2015 Dates for Project Breakthrough

CUEP is collaborating with the UNF OneJax Institute, The Aspen Institute Roundtable, and the Office of Educational Field Experiences to train the 5th 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.


Building Literacy through Play


CUEP Faculty associate Dr. Katrina Hall  presented "Building Literacy through Play" at the Health Department downtown as part of the DCPS Parent Academy series on Friday, October 9.  The participants learned how to approach learning in a playful way that builds children's conceptual knowledge. The next workshop is at John. E. Love Elementary, Thursday, November 12 at 5:30pm.  The public and walk-ins are welcome; a light supper will be provided. Please RSVP through the Parent Academy website.

Dr. Rose      Dr. Hall