Where we stand: FIU Equity Action Initiative sets the stage for systemic change

Vice President for Human Resources El pagnier Hudson discusses the university’s push for racial equality across the institution. –By Alexandra Pecharich for FIU Magazine When in late May the nation began reeling in response to the police killing of an unarmed Black man named George Floyd—one in a string of such disturbing episodes—FIU President Mark […]

Jason Saltzman named vice chair of enterprise growth for the FIU Foundation Board of Directors

Jason Saltzman, entrepreneur, investor, author, and a member of the Florida International University Foundation Board of Directors, has been named vice chair of enterprise growth for the FIU Foundation Board of Directors. He will lead the new Corporate Enterprise Growth Initiative, created to adapt to the shifting philanthropic landscape and help ensure the Foundation’s continued […]

Workforce development program prepares lifelong learners for new career path

–By Ashley Mielke for FIU News Josue Carisma dedicated more than half of his life to the sales industry, leveraging a high school diploma to support his family. After more than 20 years in the industry, he realized there was nothing left for him to achieve and no room for growth. “After a while, I […]

Related Group Foundation makes $1M naming gift to Metropolitan Center

FIU’s Metropolitan Center announced today a $1 million endowment gift from the Related Philanthropic Foundation. The gift will help bolster the center’s world-renowned applied research and job-training initiatives, as well as its ongoing efforts to provide policy solutions to organizations throughout South Florida. In recognition of this generous donation, which will support FIU’s Next Horizon campaign, […]

FIU researcher: Deterrence-based audit policies reduce excess costs in health care

–By Cynthia Corzo for FIU News Skyrocketing spending and excess costs in the health care industry are reduced by innovative auditing methods that focus on increasing overall deterrence of waste and abuse in the long run. FIU Business research found that the reduction is based on the concept of “sentinel effect” by which, once a set […]

FIU, Miami-Dade County Public Schools tailor educational leadership degree to district’s challenges

–By Isabel Gamarra for FIU News FIU has launched a customized doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies to respond to urgent issues facing Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), America’s fourth-largest school district. Faculty in FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences & Education worked closely with M-DCPS to redesign the doctoral degree to focus on specific challenges […]

Research rules out mental flexibility, attention as advantages for some bilingual children

–By Ayleen Barbel Fattal for FIU News Bilingual children are on equal footing with monolingual children when it comes to regulating their behavior, planning and problem-solving, according to a new FIU study. For more than 20 years, research has suggested children who are bilingual have an advantage when it comes to executive functions, which are […]

Everglades scholar brings together stakeholders for common-sense restoration

–By Evelyn S. Gonzalez for FIU News Chloe Vorseth wants to make Everglades restoration practical. The FIU environmental studies master’s student is working to identify the most economically, environmentally and socially viable restoration plan, relying on input from a variety of experts and stakeholders. Everglades restoration efforts have been stagnant, Vorseth said, due to lack of cooperation […]

FIU announces $5 million donation from philanthropists Trish and Dan Bell to build interfaith chapel

Philanthropists Trish and Dan Bell have made a $5 million gift to the Next Horizon campaign at Florida International University to help build a nondenominational chapel on campus. The chapel will accommodate the plurality of faiths and perspectives at FIU and serve as an interfaith gathering place for worship, contemplation, spiritual strengthening and mutual understanding. […]