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What we've been up to:

UNF Summer Holmes Partnership Bridge Program

Thanks to grant support from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund, we hosted the first-ever iteration of our Summer Bridge Camp. This was a weeklong transformational experience for rising high school seniors from urban high schools throughout the Jacksonville area. The program aims to take the fear out of the high-school-to-college transition. Students are able to discover career pathways and academic fields of study (with an emphasis on teacher education!), meet new friends, make professional connections and more.


Summer Bridge participants

The second set of Summer Bridge participants at their pinning ceremony.


CUEP in the News:

UNF Holmes Scholars

Eastside Mural Project

Our mission statement:

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

The 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

The center's goals include:

  1. Improving urban schools through high quality professional development
  2. Informing the work of the Center for Urban Education and Policy and the College of Education and Human Services through high-impact research and assessment
  3. Creating substantive school-community relationships that empower and inspire educational innovation
  4. Bridging the university with the community and schools through information, resources and relationships that acknowledge the existing assets and resources of each entity