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 […]

FIU ranked the top U.S. institution awarding bachelor’s degree to Hispanic students, according to Excelencia in Education

–For FIU News FIU is the top institution in the U.S. in enrolling and graduating Hispanic students with bachelor’s degrees, according to an analysis released by Excelencia in Education.  The report, “Latino College Completion: United States,” highlighted the top enrolling and graduating institutions nationally and by state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The report found while […]

FIU to recruit 8 additional professors to program committed to diversity, mentorship

–By Ashley Garcia for FIU News President Mark B. Rosenberg and Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton recently committed eight more faculty positions to the Diversity Mentor Professor Program. Offered by the Office to Advance Women, Equity & Diversity (AWED), the Diversity Mentor Professor Program is a special initiative to recruit excellent faculty to FIU who […]

College of Medicine appoints interim dean of diversity

–By Ileana Varela for FIU News Dr. Cheryl Holder has been named interim associate dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Community Initiatives for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). Holder is a highly respected clinician, educator and community leader who has dedicated her medical career to serving underserved and vulnerable populations. “I am truly […]

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 […]

Businessman Harvey Gedeon and family to support female, Haitian students studying STEM, economics at FIU

Businessman and philanthropist Harvey Gedeon and his family have made a $25,000 donation to Florida International University to establish the Rosita Gedeon Endowment Fund. Named in memory of Mr. Gedeon’s mother, the scholarship endowment will support female, Haitian, undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the fields of economics and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) who […]

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. […]