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UNF Receives the 2017 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Educatin Excellence in Diversity Award

The University of North Florida received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is the third time UNF has been named a HEED Award recipient.

Adelphi University Reaps Benefits of New Hiring Protocols

Universities should be safe spaces for the exploration of ideas and the pursuit of knowledge - there is no place with the academy for acts, whether overt, subtle of unconscious - that marganalize any member of the community . . .

Mark Lilla's Comfort Zone

How liberal discourse flattens out the work of critical race analysis . . .

Equality in Jacksonville and beyond

The Chat: Kasey Suffredini and Kaitlin Legg

How Colleges Are Strangling Liberalism

An obsession with identity has made students less likely to engage with a world beyond themselves.

This is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley. My lawsuit failed. Others won't.

This excerpt from Ellen Pao’s new book, which details her unsuccessful lawsuit against her former employer Kleiner Perkins, should be required reading for anyone of good conscience in business today.

In passionate rally, students demand cultural competency training

Several hundred students demanded campuswide cultural competency and sensitivity classes in an impassioned rally that led protesters from the halls of the Walker Building—chanting, “We pay for education, not discrimination”—to a faculty meeting in the Bill Bordy Theater.

No Place for Hate

OneJax emphatically denounces the hate-inspired violence and hateful speech instigated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. We mourn for the lives lost and the many injured. At this critical time, let us renew our commitment to stand together and to work ever more passionately for inclusion, equity, and justice for all. How do we move forward?

UNF Student Body President on Charlottesville: "We will not stand for this kind of hate"

Student Body President, Samantha Mims, developed a joint statement with University of Virginia Students as well as other fellow Student Body Presidents from across the United States in response to the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. They came together to issue the following powerful statement; please see the article in the digital Spinnaker:

The Importance of Talking Explicitly About Race

I could feel the tension mounting. I could even see it in some of my students’ eyes. Their hands clenched, their jaws twitching. The effort of it all. And then I said: Sometimes, you can die for being different. Sometimes, the police will shoot you for it. And they relaxed. Palpably. Visibly. For just a moment, the experience of being a person of color
in a classroom in the United States was just a little bit less hard work.

Is "Memogate" Really that Surprising?

On August 5th, VICE reported on a controversial document that espoused sexist beliefs written by a Google employee and circulated within the company . Jennifer Lieberman, author of Power Lines weighs in on "memogate"arguing against the widely held belief that technology always leads to progress.

Six Photographers Took the Same Man's Picture, What They Captured Will Make You Think 

When you hold preconceived thought and beliefs this can manifest itself in sometimes ugly ways and at the very least can skew your judgement. I think at some stage in our lives we have all been guilty of holding unjust prejudices against people for no particular reason other than something we have been told about them. That’s exactly what this experiment is all about.

Unconscious Bias "Turning Unconscious Bias into Conscious Thought": A Book About People

It was brought to our attention that Amazon has an online feature that allows a free preview for portions of the book. We want to encourage all of our network to take advantage of the preview feature. We continue to be passionately engaged and committed to the education and awareness of the effects of unconscious bias on individual behavior and organizational culture. We hope you are encouraged by the preview! -- Phil Claybrooke, President & CEO, M2R Inc.  

50 Must-Read Articles on Diversity in the Workplace: Valuable Insights on the Challenges, Benefits, and Best Practices for Cultivating Diversity

Talk of diversity in the workplace is nothing new, but as more individuals, organizations, and politicians speak about feminism, immigration, gender identity, and the gender pay gap, it is coming to the forefront of business news once again. Additionally, studies are showing that the more diverse a workplace is, the more success it achieves, and organizations are looking to learn more about how to increase diversity and manage diversity.

Less segregated communities aren't only more inclusive. They're more prosperous. 

Segregation is associated with many negative effects. It concentrates social, economic, and environmental resources and hazards, and it harms people living in distressed and isolated neighborhoods. Regions with high degrees of segregation stratify access to education and other public services, opportunities for social interaction, and labor market prospects.

Grant Award to Fund Services for ACCESS Academy

For students with disabilities, having access to supplemental learning sessions tailored to meet individual needs is often crucial for college success.

Recent grant funding of $150,000 from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation will allow the Disability Resource Center at the University of North Florida to continue providing support learning — referred to as Boost sessions — through its ACCESS Academy.

Is JSO Properly Investigating Police Shootings?

Fewer than half of Jacksonville’s black residents polled said the Sheriff’s Office is adequately investigating police shootings, according to a citywide survey released by the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF.

Local Muslims Feel Targeted

UNF student Danah Alkadi has family in one of the banned countries and shares how she feels about the President's Executive Order with WJXT Ch. 4.

Trump Travel Ban: Jacksonville Leaders, Residents Respond

UNF students share with The Florida Times-Union their opinion on President Donald Trump's executive order.

UNF Student Concerned About Immigration Plans' Impact on Education

Natali Zaher, a UNF student from Syria, came to America with her father as a child. In 2014, she became a U.S. citizen, and she's now a junior at UNF. She shares with First Coast News has she's concerned about President Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim countries.

UNF Students on Autism Spectrum Have Healthy Space to Develop

Senior Tyler Charles pretty much kept to himself when he started at UNF, even after he heard of a program named THRIVE — something to help students, like him, with autism spectrum disorders. But over time, he started hanging out there and began spending time with Tara Rowe, coordinator of UNF’s THRIVE program, which has grown from a half-dozen students a few years ago to nearly 130 today

UNF THRIVE Program Helps Students With Autism

The THRIVE program at the University of North Florida is giving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders a chance to succeed beyond the classroom. UNF junior Robert Rittenhouse, a THRIVE student, speaks to WJXT Ch. 4 about how the program has helped him.

UNF Receives the 2016 National HEED Award

The University of North Florida received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. 

UNF Admits the Smartest Freshman Class in University History

The numbers are in: UNF has admitted the smartest incoming freshman class in the University’s history.

Separate and Unequal: Why do our most progressive institutions have lousy race relations?

Because diversity policies have often walled off minorities from the centers of university life, argues Robert Maranto.

TedTalkX by Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder: Race Talk - Activating the Power of Self-Definition

Racism, sexism, and other interlocking oppressions can create an “outsider-within” status for many black women in higher education, particularly those who are working as professors. But an informal rule in academia is that one must never speak openly about this divide, nor fight back against the persistent devaluation of black female intellectualism. Dr. Wilder will offer a personal narrative of her own experiences at mostly white educational institutions, and address the challenges, risks and rewards she encountered when she finally decided to break her silence.