Diaz is the executive director of Central Florida Jobs with Justice. Her job includes talking to Lynx riders about what they like and don’t like about Central Florida’s public transit system.
As an avid Lynx rider for years, she discovered that getting to and from work is one of the toughest challenges for Orlandoans. So she decided to talk with more Lynx users about their commuting experience. Most passengers shared similar opinions on fare prices, the need for more direct routes, and the level of comfort and inclusion they felt when riding through the city.
Diaz would then take her findings to Lynx officials in hopes of improving the system.
We’re not the only ones talking about the future of Lynx, as just last week Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell shared an opinion piece on Lynx’s shortcomings and found that a lack of funding for the system was at the core of its problems.
With people like Diaz at the helm, the hope is that there will be real systemic change to Lynx and Orlando’s public transit systems.
Find out what else Diaz had to say in our interview with her here, and learn more about the work of Central Florida Jobs with Justice.
Also, get to know the rest of our transit changemakers here.
University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker has submitted his resignation after a six-month-long battle of the school’s misuse of $38 million. Originally allocated as unspent operating funds reserved for general and educational expenses, the $38 million was instead used to construct an academic hall, the newly opened Trevor Colbourn Hall.
Whittaker is not the first to leave his post, but is most certainly, the most surprising. He tweeted that he’s resigning but “with the conviction that I have always acted with integrity.”
We first learned about the misspending of funds last summer, and in January, the UCF’s Board of Trustees voted not to continue with the auditor firm’s probe into UCF’s new construction but the Board of Governors overturned the vote and continued the investigation.
Then earlier this month, Whittaker was one of many employees and former employees to receive a subpoena.
In a letter to the UCF Board of Trustees, Whittaker said, “It has been made clear to me that one additional step is needed. … I have concluded that for UCF to succeed with our state leaders in the future, new leadership will be required.”
In other news…
🎉 Saturday, Feb. 23: Grab your tickets to The All-Star Soccer Ball and celebrate all-stars in our community, hosted by The Orlando City Soccer Foundation (SeaWorld)
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🎉 Celebrate the babe of burlesque’s birthday (Ivanhoe)
🗣 Live near Curry Ford? Have an opinion you want to share? (Curry Ford West)
🍩 Aside from PB&J, anything better than doughnuts and beer? (SoDo)
❓ Test your Parks & Recs knowledge (Winter Park)
🎨 Get your Picasso on, drink in hand (Curry Ford West) 🆕
🗣 Hear from the executive director of Polis Institute (Parramore) 🆕
🍻 Make March Madness more entertaining with a pub crawl (Ivanhoe)
🎉 Kick off Porchfest with a little pre-party (Sanford)
💰 The bigger the hair, the bigger the fundraiser? (West Colonial)
🚲 Air up those tires and put on your helmets (Loch Haven Park)
🌮 Grab the fam or friends and head to the food truck bazaar (Windermere)
🐶 Take the pups to this new yappy hour (Curry Ford West) 🆕
🥃 Check out this bourbon and buskers event (Audubon Park) 🆕
🎶 Whatever you do, don’t miss this year’s Porchfest (Sanford) 🆕
🍻 Celebrate Roque Pub’s anniversary with beers and live music (Curry Ford West) 🆕
🦞 Mardi Gras is here! Eat all the crawfish, drink all the Abita (Wekiva) 🆕
🧘🏻♀️ Yoga and coffee more your speed? (Longwood) 🆕
🧘🏻♀️ Or yoga and beer? (Curry Ford West) 🆕
🗣 Through Sunday Ever thought of becoming an engineer? (Loch Haven) 🆕
📚 Celebrate African-American literature at this read-in (Downtown) 🆕
📚 Or celebrate it here (Winter Park) 🆕
🧪 Calling all Harry Potter fans, learn to make magic potions (Oviedo) 🆕
🛍 Shop this local vintage market (Downtown) 🆕
👟 Love reggae and running? Don’t miss this 5K (Baldwin Park) 🆕
🎬 Watch the Oscars on the big screen (Maitland) 🆕
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See you tomorrow,