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School Renaming; Trauma In The Workplace; Rebranding Downtown; Feeding NEFL

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Votes for the school renaming being counted.

Students, alumni, and community members voted 'yes' to renaming six Duval County schools.

The schools are currently named for generals in the Confederacy. While nine schools are being considered to be renamed, three of the schools' communities voted to keep their names: Jean Ribault middle and high schools and Andrew Jackson High. The votes are not final, as the Duval County School Board will have the ultimate say, but they were a way to take the pulse of yesterday's and today's students of the schools, along with people who live nearby.

Kimberly Allen, the chief executive officer of 904Ward, called in to discuss the issue.

Trauma Affecting Work

Many people have experienced trauma within the past year. The global pandemic and the polarizing political landscape have taken a toll on many people’s mental health. That trauma can follow you into the workplace, which can affect both you and your co-workers.

Consultant Dawn Emerick joined us to discuss her upcoming free management webinar on trauma in the workplace.

Rebranding Jacksonville Neighborhoods 

Downtown neighborhoods such as NorthCore, Southbank, Brooklyn, and LaVilla are in the process of potentially being rebranded. The city of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority is working with a consultant to consider rebranding as a way to attract residents and visitors.

Rebranding options include nicknaming neighborhoods such as the Northcore and Southbank NoCo and SoBa.

Chief Executive Officer of the Downtown Investment Authority Lori Boyer joined us to discuss the effort.

A. Philip Randolph Institute for Law, Race, Social Justice and Economic Policy

Edward Waters College last week announced plans to establish the A. Philip Randolph Institute for Law, Race, Social Justice and Economic Policy.  The institute is being funded by a multi-year grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. The A. Philip Randolph Institute, which is named after the activist who is an alumnus of Edward Waters College, will be a place for students to study the interesction of race, law, and economic and criminal justice.

Feeding Military Families 

May is Military Appreciation Month, and Feeding Northeast Florida is bringing awareness to the many military families in Jacksonville who suffer from food insecurity.

Sarah Hall with the organization joined us to discuss food insecurity among military families.

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