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We Need to Talk About Mental Illness

The number of people privately dealing with mental health issues will stun you. It’s why alumni Brandon and Michi Marshall launched Project 375 — to make mental health the most important topic of conversation you have today. ...

New UCF Police Chief Says Criminal Justice Degree Strengthens Leadership Skills

Carl Metzger, who received his master’s degree in criminal justice at UCF, was recently named UCF’s police chief. We spoke to him about his experience in the criminal justice program at UCF and how it helped make him a better leader and crime fighter. We also learned what it takes ...

There’s An Illegal Market For An Opioid Addiction Medication. Is That Such A Bad Thing?

Months in prison didn’t rid Daryl of his addiction to opioids. “Before I left the parking lot of the prison, I was shooting up getting high,” he says. Daryl has used opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers for more than a decade. Almost four years ago, he became one ...
Meet Our New Faculty

Meet Our New Faculty

We kick off this academic year with 18 new faculty members who join the College of Community Innovation and Education and bring with them an array of research interests and achievements. ...

Aspiring Child Engineers Test Creative Problem-Solving Skills at UCF Summer Camp

This summer, aspiring engineers in grades 3-8 tested their creative problem-solving skills at the EEK! Engineering Education for Kids summer camp, a week-long immersive workshop with hands-on team projects. Children were introduced to various stages of the engineering process including design, prototyping and testing to learn how engineering works. See ...

Action for Literacy Through Teacher Preparation, Professional Partnerships

In the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF), we view partnerships as one of our core values. The UCF Literacy Symposium, an annual conference with a mission to be at the forefront of literacy learning, is one example of a strategic partnership between ...
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Eric Smith ’93, a criminal justice alum, has served in numerous roles throughout his 27-year tenure at the Orlando Police Department. Most recently, he became the city’s newest chief of police.

“Our community is very close, and having the opportunity to better serve them is so important to me.”

Congratulations, Chief Smith!

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#UCFCCIE alumna Maria Vazquez ’95MEd ’10EdD will become the first Hispanic superintendent of Orange County Public Schools.

The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Vazquez says her parents made significant sacrifices for their family and always emphasized the importance of education. “I hope that other children who have stories similar to my own see that if they set a goal and work hard, they will be able to succeed. I am a living, breathing example of the power education has to transform lives.”

#HispanicHeritageMonth

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It was a day of networking and collaboration for our future educators. 📚

Knights from our School of Teacher Education got to listen to nationally acclaimed book authors and engage in hands-on workshops with faculty, community experts and district leaders to discuss all things education.

Here’s a backstage look 👀

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Congratulations to Staci Zavattaro, a UCF School of Public Administration professor and 2022-23 Richard P. Nathan Public Policy fellow.

Zavattaro is one of 13 scholars awarded a fellowship this year from SUNY - The State University of New York's Rockefeller Institute of Government. Her research will focus on examining issues faced by public deathcare professionals to identify policy and resource interventions.

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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education1 week ago

Meet this week's #UCFCCIEKnight, Jan Soto Acevedo, a legal studies student and president of UCF's Moot Court.

Jan received scholarships for Ivy League schools, but ultimately, UCF's student involvement opportunities made it easy for Jan to decide. "Before I came to UCF, I researched organizations I wanted to be a part of. Even before starting my first semester here, I knew I wanted to join Moot Court."

Jan's primary goal as a UCF student was to make an impact by involving himself in community work as much as possible.

"Moot Court gave me that opportunity. I've been a member for three years and president for the last two. In my first year, we made it to nationals. This past year, we climbed even further and got to the Top 16 at nationals. And this year, hopefully, we'll make it to No. 1. However, my love for teaching and mentorship keeps me going and coming back. I've gotten to see this group of individuals grow and learn. I want to see them continue to prosper."

Jan is majoring in political science with a minor in legal studies. Why these two fields? "A good way to encapsulate political science and legal studies is that it paints a full picture of the law. To understand how the law should be interpreted, you need to understand how it was created (political science) and how it's reviewed (legal studies). You gain the knowledge necessary to move a nation forward when you meet in the middle."

After graduation, Jan wants to continue exploring his passion for national security law by applying to a graduate program at John Hopkins University. He also hopes to join the Supreme Court Undergraduate Internship next spring.

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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education1 week ago

Are you thinking of advancing your career with a graduate degree? Learn more about the graduate degrees offered at UCF by meeting with faculty and staff from nearly 200 graduate programs.

🗓 Wednesday, Sept. 21
⌚️ 4 – 7 p.m.
📍UCF Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom.
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