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Annie Thomas shares her experience working as an education policy intern at Partners for Each and Every Child in Washington, D.C. this summer. Like many Green School students, Annie found the position through FIU's partnership with The Washington Center, the largest nonprofit academic internship program in the country.

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FIU Professor Emeritus of Art History Juan A. Martínez is a leading scholar on Cuban and Cuban-American art. He will be honored at an upcoming conference on Cuban art hosted by the Cuban Research Institute on June 23-24. We sat down with Martínez to learn more about his work and his journey as an art history educator and scholar.

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Growing up between the United States and Southern France, Laura Boudon always knew that she would have a career in international relations. In 2000, she became the first woman at FIU to earn a Ph.D. in that field. Today, she is the director at FIU’s Office of Study Abroad and is helping students find opportunities to learn while traveling.

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In recognition of his longstanding support for FIU, Ambassador Steven J. Green was presented with the FIU Pillar Award during the Spring 2017 Commencement. The Pillar Award is reserved for individuals who have had a transformative impact on the institution. He is only the seventh individual to receive this prestigious award since the university’s founding and is the first to receive the award from President Mark B. Rosenberg.

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Home to some of the best Model UN delegates in the country, FIU’s Model UN team has claimed the #4 spot on the college Model UN rankings for the third year in a row. FIU remains the highest ranked team in Florida and the highest ranked from any public university. This year’s senior class is the first to experience being on a Top 5 team during their entire four-year college career.

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Melissa Baralt, an associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, won the national Bridging the Word Gap Challenge with her app. Baralt and her team created Háblame Bebé to help improve vocabulary and promote bilingualism among Hispanic babies. Háblame Bebé was the only project in the competition to focus on a minority population. Baralt and her team will be awarded $75,000 for their project.

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Kevin Hill, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 29, 2017. The Department of Politics and International Relations will host a Celebration of Life on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. An FIU scholarship fund is being established in his memory. Click the headline above for more information.

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Saif Ishoof, a senior fellow at the Green School, published a personal reflection on Muhammad Ali in the Miami Herald on the one-year anniversary of his passing. Ishoof, FIU's VP of Engagement, reflects on Ali's enduring legacy to choose love and understanding over fear. He writes: "The Champ’s belief in the power of service lives on in his own words: Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

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Thomas Just recently won a “Young Ambassador Award for Peace and the Rapprochement of Cultures.” The honor recognizes a research project Just conducted while participating in the International Summer University for Intercultural Leadership program.

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Green School alumna Kamila Manzueta ’17 has been selected as one of 30 students across the country – and one of only 20 graduate students – to receive a prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Manzueta, who studied international relations at the Green School, edged out hundreds of applicants from more than 270 higher education institutions to earn the spot.

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