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Three doctoral students in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies have organized a half-day public forum on immigration reform in collaboration with the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. These students are researching numerous aspects of the topic, from immigration policies in Miami and youth migration experiences to the well-being of men transferred between immigrant prisons in the U.S. Learn more about these students by clicking on the link above.

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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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This year's Omar K. Carrion Award winner is Asian Studies major Sofiya Burmistrova. The runner-ups are Adriana Schiavo and Hedda Stokkland. The scholarship will help the recipients cover costs related to academics, such as tuition and course materials. Congratulations to all the winners! This scholarship program started in memory of an outstanding Asian Studies alumnus, Omar K. Carrion, after he passed away in a car accident several years ago. Learn more by clicking on the link above.

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As part of a special welcome dinner, students starting the M.A. in Global Affairs program this semester got expert advice on leadership skills, perseverance and reaching success from a panel of distinguished Green School and community leaders. Learn more by clicking the link above.

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Getting to learn from a professor who is also the former president of a country can sound like a far-fetched dream for students. At FIU, it’s a reality. Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, who served as president of Costa Rica from 2014 to 2018, has begun his appointment as a distinguished visiting scholar at the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. To celebrate his arrival, LACC hosted a special conversation with Solís on the future of the Americas. Click the link above to learn more.

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This week the Miami Herald highlighted a conversation on the crisis in Nicaragua - an event hosted by our Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center. The discussion featured Nicaraguan student opposition leader Lesther Alemán and faculty experts, including Former Costa Rican President and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at LACC Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera. Click the link above to read the full Miami Herald story.

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Students gazed at hand-made, turquoise-colored bowls. They stared at a necklace set with Afghan lapiz lazuli stone. And they watched videos featuring Afghan artisans telling their stories. This past summer, 60 students – all from Miami Dade College and approaching graduation – experienced the Turquoise Mountain exhibition on display at the Green School's lobby. The campus visit was part of The Humanities Edge program, which focuses on helping transfer students majoring in humanities fields.

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FIU is playing a key role in educating the next generation of highly-skilled cybersecurity practitioners to protect and safeguard important data, systems, and networks. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected FIU’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy as a partner to host the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo on Nov. 6 – 7, 2018, in Miami.

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For the first time in its history, FIU is ranked as one of the top 100 public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking represents a 22 spot improvement among public universities. The number 100 ranking 2019 Best Colleges comes on the heels of FIU placing number two among public universities in the state, according to the Florida Board of Governors’ performance metrics.

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Green School students were among the largest group of FIU interns who worked and lived in Washington, D.C. this summer. Students got to meet governmental officials, go bowling at the White House and attend D.C. events. Some of these students also connected their experiences with academics by taking courses like Effective Governmental Communication, taught by Brian Fonseca, the director of the Green School's Jack D. Gordon Institute. Learn more by clicking on the link above.

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