El pagnier Hudson to lead FIU’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts

–For FIU News El pagnier Kay “EK” Hudson has been appointed FIU’s first vice provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, leading a new division created to address inequities at the university. Hudson, who was also promoted to the position of senior vice president for Human Resources, led FIU’s anti-racism efforts through the Equity Action Initiative […]

President Rosenberg: ‘Homecoming is just a few weeks away!’

Homecoming 2020 flyer
President Mark B. Rosenberg sent the following message to the community on Sept. 14, 2020: Dear FIU alumni, In just a few weeks, get ready to Pave Your Path during FIU Homecoming Week 2020! While Homecoming will look very different this year, we look forward to a week full of virtual concerts, activities, caravans and other […]

New FIU Young Alumni Network hosts wellness, professional development, financial literacy ‘Growth Conference’ for students, recent grads

On August 15, the FIU Alumni Association and Young Alumni Network (YAN) hosted the 2020 Growth Conference, designed to equip students and recent graduates with tools to succeed in the workplace after graduation. “GrowthCon” brought together prominent alumni and other industry leaders on Zoom to help attendees identify goals and strategize their paths to personal […]

Fall is here: What you need to know

The following message was shared with the FIU community on August 21, 2020: Campus protocols for Fall 2020 Libraries and study spaces available by reservation only  FIU’s COVID-19 Response Team In just a few days, FIU will begin a new semester – one unlike any other. Those of you who will be on campus at […]

Richard Blanco reflects on what it means to belong

–By Emily Castellanos for FIU News Associate professor of English and FIU alumnus Richard Blanco was in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma at an art camp for high schoolers when he heard about the Pulse nightclub shooting. Although he was thousands of miles away, the news hit close to home. The nation’s first openly gay inaugural poet, Blanco felt […]

A community of supporters bolsters South Florida hospitality industry, including alumni-owned restaurants and bars

For alumna Heather De La Torre and her husband Jesus, owners of Jr’s Gourmet Burgers in Miami Springs, business is a family affair. The “mom-and-pop” restaurant celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, and the couple thinks of their small, close-knit staff as kin. But, like many restaurants nationwide, the COVID-19 pandemic dealt Jr’s a tough […]

FIUstrong: Providing emergency relief for students during the pandemic

The university is raising funds for students suffering financially during the health crisis. When FIU student Gabriella Llaña lost her job during the pandemic, she feared she might lose her apartment, too. Living alone, she wasn’t sure how she would afford rent. With support from the FIUstrong disaster relief initiative, the university was able to […]

Alumna leads effort to assemble, provide face shields to health care workers in need

–By Emily Castellanos for FIU News A spring biology graduate is proving you don’t have to be an essential worker to be on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an aspiring physician, Amanda Pina saw health care workers face a shortage of personal protective equipment. It was unsettling. When a mentor mused about […]

FIU expands 3D-printed PPE initiative to local fire-rescue departments with gift from alumnus, President’s Council member

FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts has expanded its initiative to produce 3D-printed personal protective equipment (PPE) for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by a gift from FIU President’s Council member Angela Martinez and FIU alumnus Raul Chavez ’80, the college 3D-printed 1,000 protective face shields for local fire-rescue departments. […]

Staying home? Take some time to update your LinkedIn profile

As we practice social distancing, it’s a good time to evaluate your online presence and revamp your LinkedIn profile. John Nykolaiszn, director of the Office of Business Career Management at FIU Business, shares tips on how to make the most of your virtual “first impression” on potential employers: Over the years, recruiters and career experts have […]