Emily Bloch - The Florida Times-Union
Emily Bloch reports on youth culture and education in the Jacksonville area including K-12, higher education, internet memes, LGBTQ+ youth and social justice issues for The Florida Times-Union. Bloch is a two-term Chapter of the Year award winning president for the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter and serves on the national board. She is a proud member of the Times-Union News Guild.
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October 10, 2022

A conversation with Moez Limayem, UNF’s new president

Moez Limayem sits inside his new office, inside the University of North Florida’s J.J. Daniel Hall on a recent afternoon. He’s only been in the position for weeks. But he’s already thinking about the university’s last 50 years — and its next 50. “This is what I call the right moment for us to really build on the strong foundations

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October 5, 2022

UNF: Looking ahead after 50 years of growth

Driving along North Florida Drive, cars are dotted with student parking passes as they pass light poles donning 50th Anniversary flags and pull into campus. In many ways, the University of North Florida is a radically different campus than when the school initially opened its doors five decades ago — the growth has been significant. When UNF first launched, it

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August 15, 2022

LGBTQ group blasts Duval Schools for removing rainbow posters

Some Duval Schools teachers say they spent their planning week peeling rainbow Safe Space stickers and posters that indicate LGBTQ allyship off their classroom windows, walls and doors ahead of students’ arrival Monday morning for their first day. Equality Florida — a statewide civil rights organization focused on the LGBTQ community — published a statement criticizing Duval County Public Schools

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