Dear Green School students, faculty, staff and friends,

Dean John F. Stack, Jr.As the semester comes to a close, I am reminded once again how truly inspiring you all are.

In recent weeks, I have had the privilege of welcoming students and their families during several awards ceremonies. This week, we have watched as our best and brightest accept their diplomas and move on to the next chapters of their lives.

All of these students have demonstrated an incredible amount of diligence, hard work and passion.

I am humbled by the determination, accomplishments and commitment they have shown in using their talents and their time to make the world a better place for all of us.

I am so proud and inspired by them all.
I want to take a moment to thank our faculty members for the incredible dedication, mentorship and guidance they provide every day. You enable our students to pursue their dreams!

And to the families of our students, who support and encourage them to do their best every day: your contributions are vital to their success as well.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the tragic loss of one of our own this semester. We grieve for six individuals who lost their lives, including our very own Alexa Duran, a freshman political science major. They will not be forgotten.

As we end the semester, I am reminded of John F. Kennedy’s words: “We are not here to curse the darkness but to light the candle that can guide us through the darkness to a safe and sane future.”

Our students are most certainly the light that will guide us to that safe, sane future. Congratulations to all of you.  


Dean Stack
Congratulations Green School Graduates!

What a privilege to watch our #WorldsAhead Graduate Gigi Bolt walk across the stage this week with her daughter Katherine! Together, they faced numerous challenges - but they endured and completed their degrees in honor of Gigi's beloved mother Elsa, who passed away last year. Gigi received her MPA and Katherine her bachelor's in Political Science. Read their full story online at Read more about our Worlds Ahead Graduates below.  
Green School Magazine now online
Cover of the Magazine featuring Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera with FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg

From our students earning incredible internships and jobs to our faculty leading cutting-edge research, 2017 was a year filled with many accomplishments for the Green School. Explore these stories and many more in the latest issue of our Green School Magazine. View it online here.

‘Madam Secretary’ captivates audience with talk on new book

With wit, humility and candor, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright charmed a standing-room-only crowd in Coral Gables during a stop to promote her new book, “Fascism: A Warning.”

She discussed a range of topics that covered the political and the personal, captivating the audience with her words of wisdom and hope for the future. Read More.

Jaffer family endows Center for Muslim World Studies at FIU

FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg with Fauzia and Mohsin JafferTo promote greater understanding of the global Muslim community, Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer, longtime supporters of Middle East studies and other programs at FIU, have donated $2 million to create a Center for Muslim World Studies at the university.

The first of its kind in South Florida, the center will be named the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies. Read more.
Master's in Global Affairs ranked among best in the world

Map of the world made of graduation caps Foreign Policy magazine has named FIU’s Master of Arts in Global Affairs one of the top 40 programs in the world for policy careers in international relations.

The magazine’s 2018 Ivory Tower survey of more than 1,500 international relations scholars in the U.S. places FIU in the company of top programs at Harvard and Yale – and ahead of prestigious universities like Arizona State and Boston University. FIU is the only Florida school to appear on the list. Read more.
3rd Annual Hemispheric Security Conference

FIU and the U.S. Army War College hosted the Third Annual 2018 Hemispheric Security Conference, “Assessing the 2018 Security Environment,” with talks by top national security officials from the Trump administration, as well as former security officials from the Obama and Bush administrations.     

Juan Cruz, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Pete Marocco, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State, each gave keynote addresses.

Also featured was a panel on U.S. security policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean by four former deputy assistant secretaries of defense for Western Hemisphere affairs, including Frank Mora, director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

The conference was organized by the
Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

View photos from the event here. Video of the event will be available soon.

Spring 2018 Worlds Ahead Graduates

Congratulations to our Green School Worlds Ahead Graduates for Spring 2018! They were each recognized during Commencement this week as outstanding students and exemplary Panthers. We wish them the best in all their future endeavors. Read their inspiring stories by clicking their names below. 

Pedro Delgado - Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Gigi Bolt - Master of Arts in Public Administration
Jason Fontana - Bachelor of Arts in History

India Ferguson - Bachelor of Arts in History
Foreign policy leaders discuss state of the world at Inaugural Dorothea Green Lecture Series event

From leaders of nationally renowned think tanks to former ambassadors and journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post and Politico, some of the brightest minds from across the country came together at FIU to discuss global relations and U.S. foreign policy.

State of the World 2018 was the inaugural Dorothea Green Lecture Series event and the first conference of its kind in Miami. Read more.
MacArthur Foundation awards Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice $1.7 million to study prosecutor behavior

The MacArthur Foundation's grant will fund a project, led by criminal justice professor Besiki Kutateladze, to study prosecutor behavior and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. The grant is the largest ever awarded to FIU by the MacArthur Foundation. Read more.
Faculty panel tackles tough questions on gun violence
Panelists discuss gun violence during the event
In the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, the Green School hosted a panel of faculty experts from criminal justice, law, mental health, public health and public policy to address what some say has become a uniquely American phenomenon - mass shootings on school campuses, in movie theaters and other public spaces.
Alumna creates scholarship to help students study abroad, transform their communities

Stephany Feijoo
Studying abroad for one semester changed alumna Stephany Feijoo’s life.

To give back to FIU and help fellow Panthers experience a journey like the one she had, Feijoo created a scholarship fund to help students participate in the international exchange program.

She has pledged to give a total of $10,000 over five years, with one student each semester receiving $1,000 to study abroad through the program. Read more.
Public Administration, Criminal Justice departments announce new names

Two Green School departments have officially changed their names to reflect the new directions, degree offerings and numerous research topics that have expanded in recent years. Read more.
FIU Model UN continues to shine in 2018
Model UN students

FIU’s Model UN team remains one of the top five teams in its circuit, ranked #4 in North America for the fifth year in a row by Read more.
MPA alumna to serve as first female fire chief of Fort Lauderdale
Rhoda Mae Kerr
An FIU alumna has been appointed fire chief of Fort Lauderdale – the first woman to serve in this role in the 106-year history of the city’s fire department.

Rhoda Mae Kerr MPA ’93, who currently serves as fire chief of Austin, Texas, will return to South Florida in July 2018 to lead the department that gave her a start as a firefighter in 1983.

Read more.
FIU, Miami-Dade State Attorney partner on LGBTQ hate crimes

Protester holding up a sign that says, "Stop the Hate"To help police and prosecutors better tackle the issue – and improve services to victims – FIU’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has partnered with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office and the Miami-Dade Police Department on a two-year project to study LGBTQ hate crimes in the county. Read more.
What is the green economy and why should you care?

The five Nordic countries are at the forefront of adopting “green economic” policies – those that aim for sustainable development without degrading the environment.

We spoke with Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas about what the green economy is all about and how the U.S. could learn from the Nordic model. Read more.
Losing trust in the world: Holocaust scholar on war, genocide

Children in a concentration campHolocaust scholar John K. Roth has reflected on the power of trust in the face of war and genocide throughout his career.

Recently named the Suzanne R. and Dr. Lawrence M. Fishman Scholar in Residence for FIU’s Holocaust Studies Initiative, Roth spoke with FIU News about the importance of maintaining trust, particularly in times that challenge our belief in what is good in the world. Read more.
International panel discusses Balfour Declaration 

FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg and Green School Dean John F. Stack, Jr. with panelists and community and university leaders during the Balfour event
A panel of experts from around the world recently came together at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU for an in-depth conversation exploring the legacy of the Balfour Declaration, a public statement issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.

Read more.

7th Annual Metro Forum: State of the South Florida Economy

Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8 AM – 12:30 PM | Hyatt Regency Miami - 400 Southeast 2nd Avenue

Join the FIU Metropolitan Center’s lead researchers and national experts as we present hard data and a “no-holds barred ” discussion on the critical issues and challenges defining Miami’s economic future and what to do about it - during MetroForum: South Florida's Next 20 Years — Facing Critical Issues, Answering Hard Questions.

Register now!

The Green School is busy planning more exciting events, lectures, concerts and exhibits from some of the world’s greatest thought leaders - both at FIU and in the community. We hope you can join us for some of these enlightening gatherings! See full list here.  
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