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To break down barriers and combat stereotypes, every year the Green School hosts an interfaith community event featuring religious leaders and scholars. This year, the Green School teamed up with a newly created community group in Miami-Dade County, Interfaith Youth Miami, an initiative started by local high school students to promote understanding and foster new friendships between various faith communities.

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America and Europe share core values and a love of healthy disagreement and debate, but the deeper trans-Atlantic bond lies in a dance between myth and dream set to the rhythm of freedom. Green School Senior Fellow Saif Y. Ishoof wrote this op-ed for the Miami Herald about the importance of the transatlantic relationship to the promotion of freedom and pluralism throughout the globe.

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded professors Mark Padilla, Nelson Varas-Diaz and Kevin Grove, all housed within the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, a $423,555 grant to study the massive collapse in Puerto Rico's health care services after Hurricane Maria and how it impacted the lives of those who survived the hurricane but needed medical attention to treat chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

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Brian Fonseca, director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and one of the key organizers of this week's NICE Conference, penned an op-ed in the Miami Herald about the growing demand for cybersecurity skills and what this means for higher education, industry and government leaders.

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Local construction business leader and member of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors Agustín R. Arellano, Sr. and his family have donated $1 million to CasaCuba. The gift will count towards a $50 million fundraising goal for the design, construction and operational endowment of a 50,000-square-foot facility for CasaCuba on FIU’s campus. The facility will harness the university’s academic assets to build a leading center that will promote global understanding on Cuban affairs and culture.

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The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy has created a new badge system that allows any FIU student to boost their resumes and equip themselves for competitive jobs by earning a cybersecurity certificate.

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Susanne Zwingel, an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, discusses the recent announcement of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to a survivor and a doctor fighting against rape as a weapon of war.

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Advocates, scholars and students came together to discuss the future of immigration in the U.S. The Forum on Inclusive Immigration Reform was part of the Dorothea Green Lecture Series and hosted in collaboration with three Ph.D. students from Global and Sociocultural Studies: Jack Maguire, Maria Barbero and Katrina Livingston.

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Three doctoral students in Global and Sociocultural Studies have organized a half-day public forum on immigration reform in collaboration with the Green School. They are researching immigration policies in Miami, youth migration experiences and the well-being of men transferred between immigrant prisons in the U.S., among other topics.

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Religious Studies professor Iqbal Akhtar and his wife were recently selected as one of the winners of Miami Foundation’s sixth annual Public Space Challenge. They plan to transform a vacant lot and dumping site in their neighborhood into a community garden. The garden will be used to educate the community about urban farming. It will also provide access to healthy foods for low-income households while promoting healthy eating habits.

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