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More than half of LGBT Jacksonville residents surveyed say they’ve experienced discrimination in the city. That’s according to a new study from the University of North Florida.

JeffriAnne Wilder

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

JeffriAnne Wilder founded the Institute for the study of race and ethnic relations at the University of North Florida.

“There are a number of things that happened over the course of my lifetime that have really pushed me even further into examining racial interests,” she says. “So for me as a sociologist, it’s something that’s very interesting, it is always very timely, and I think, given what’s happened in our society since the dawn of our new millennium, is showing us that racial issues are really at the forefront of our nation’s concerns and, unfortunately, social issues.”

Wilder says her parents were born and raised in the South, and many people in her mother’s family were active during the civil rRights movement.

She says being able to see how people in her family tried to overcome barriers during a difficult time period made it easier for her to follow in those footsteps.

“What I would say to younger women, in particular, is to take things step by step and celebrate the everyday successes, to recognize that the long-term impact of change does not happen overnight, to be kind to yourself, and to recognize that failure is a part of growth,” she says. “Visualize what you want to do, and dream big. I think that’s really important for us to do, even the not-so-young women.”

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With the help of some University of North Florida students, Jacksonville residents now have an easier time finding out who’s lobbying city officials.



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WJCT’s Community Thread project invites listeners to submit questions about topics that affect all of us. It started with a TV show on public schools in November. Now, our WJCT News reporters are working to answer questions that didn’t make it on the show.

This one comes from Vickie Robinson. She wants to know: How successful is Duval County’s pilot program for single-gender learning at Butler Middle School? And does the district plan to expand single-gender learning to high schools?

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The University of North Florida is banning hoverboards inside and near student housing.  

The university sent an email to student-residents this week outlining safety concerns over the two-wheeled, motorized gadgets.

UNF joins other universities that have banned hoverboards after reports their batteries can overheat and catch fire.

The mode of transportation, which is similar to a Segway without a handle, is still allowed on campus— just not in residence halls.

I Am Genie Foundation

New York Times best-selling author and frequent CNN contributor Deepak Chopra is coming to Jacksonville.

Chopra is scheduled to speak at the University of North Florida on March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

His speech is hosted by the nonprofit I Am Genie Foundation. All profits from the event will go toward granting wishes to people in need.

Chopra is slated to discuss the latest findings in mainstream and alternative medicine.

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Any 4-year-old in Florida can go to prekindergarten for free. The state-funded program is aimed at getting the youngest students ready for kindergarten.

In our “Lessons Learned Early” series, we following two prekindergarteners through their first year of school ever.


Business Brief: Interest Rate Hike Good For Business

Dec 21, 2015
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The Fed raised interest rates last week after six years of historically low rates.

In this week’s Business Brief, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo what that means for people on the First Coast.

The University of North Florida’s Osprey Fountains is named one of the most luxurious student residence halls in the country by the online architectural design site DesignCurial.    

The London-based magazine surveyed more than 500 U.S. dorms to come up with its top 10 list.

Osprey Fountains’ tennis court, fitness center, putting green and indoor and outdoor pools helped land the dorm in the No. 10 spot.

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A mid-December day in Florida means perfect weather for a hike through the University of North Florida’s 382-acre nature preserve surrounding the college campus.

On Thursday, kids from Bayview Elementary visited the Sawmill Slough Preserve to learn about the animals and habitats that make the trails their home.


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The University of North Florida has accepted Governor Rick Scott’s challenge to get 100 percent of mass communication and psychology students full-time jobs within the first year of graduation.

Scott’s “Ready, Set, Work” challenge asks universities to ensure all grads in the most popular majors go on to jobs or graduate school.


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Peyton Hopson is an Engineering fellow with Johnson & Johnson. On Friday he held up a pink and yellow plastic wrench, printed at the University of North Florida.

“So this is basically a simple wrench with an actuating part in it that sort of opens and closes,” Hopson said. “[It] was generated with no assembly whatsoever.“


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Gov. Rick Scott talked Tuesday with Jacksonville residents who say they’ve been the victims of hospital price gouging.

It’s part of the governor’s push to bring down health care costs by making prices more transparent.

Florida hospital officials are calling Scott’s framing of the issue irresponsible and inaccurate.

We begin the hour by talking about the election going on in St. Johns County today to decide whether to approve a 10-year, half-cent sales take hike to benefit public schools. If voters approve the sales tax, the revenues would be used to build four new schools, and fix up or expand most schools across the county.


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Update: Vice President Joe Biden announced he is not running for the Democratic nomination after this story was first published.

Hillary Clinton is the favored presidential candidate among Florida Democrats and it’s not even close. That’s according to a new University of North Florida poll of likely Democratic voters.