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Lesther Alemán, a 20-year-old student opposition leader in Nicaragua, recently visited FIU and joined a panel of faculty experts for a conversation about the crisis raging in his country.

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This fall semester, two undergraduate students in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, Sara Bedoya and Brian Lugo were recognized as Worlds Ahead Graduates during their commencement ceremony as panthers who helped their communities thrive and become better.

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FIU, in partnership with Loyola University Chicago, is implementing a two-year project with four prosecutor’s offices in Chicago, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, and Tampa. The project stems from a growing recognition that prosecutors need to become more data-driven and strategic to ensure effectiveness and fairness. Funded by a $1.7 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the project is led by FIU criminal justice professor Besiki Kutateladze.

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María Carla Chicuén, director of FIU's CasaCuba, authored a piece on the project's vision to become "the most consequential, global think tank focused on Cuba and the Cuban people" in The Miami Herald recently. CasaCuba is a new initiative at FIU to build a leading intellectual and cultural center that will foster global understanding of Cuban affairs and culture through education, research, discussion and the arts.

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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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