Celebrating first-generation students

If you meet a student from FIU, there’s a good chance that he or she is a first-generation student. Panthers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and many of these students come from households where neither parent completed a four-year degree. These students face a unique set of challenges that can range from a lack […]

President’s Council raises more than $230,000 for Fostering Panther Pride

Last summer, President Mark B. Rosenberg and the President’s Council — FIU’s premier community relations board — set an ambitious goal of raising $200,000 for the Fostering Panther Pride program over the next year. The program was launched in 2013 and is designed to meet the unique needs of former foster care and homeless students, […]

From immigrant to NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Marcela Jaramillo FIU
Born and raised in Colombia, Marcela Jaramillo was exposed to the beauty of nature from early childhood. She spent her youth taking walks with her grandfather and admiring nature. Those walks made her feel happy, complete, and opened her eyes to the scientific world. Before these accomplishments, Jaramillo experienced several challenges that helped shape the […]

FIU President’s Council launches campaign to raise funds for Fostering Panther Pride

FIU student Juan Munoz
Juan Muñoz lost his mother to cancer when he was six years old. Raised by a single father, Juan grew up both in the U.S., where he was born, and in his father’s native Colombia. At age 16, when he was attending high school in Cape Coral, Fla., his father abandoned him and his 17-year-old […]

5000 Role Models smoothed out a rocky path for me

Price Destinobles
As part of an op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, which originally appeared in the Miami Herald, Carnival Gold Scholar Price Destinobles shares his experience with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, which offers mentorship, guidance and educational assistance to young, minority men. By […]