Dean Stack Visits White House for Talk with National Security Leaders on Diversity

To help meet the need for diversity in the national security workforce, Dean John F. Stack, Jr. traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with national security team members and key federal agency representatives, including the State Department, U.S. Treasury, Defense Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Justice.

Along with American University and Howard University, FIU was one of three universities to attend the meeting. U.S. Ambassador and National Security Advisor Susan Rice pledged her support for the universities' efforts and said she would impress upon the incoming administration the importance of continuing the collaboration..

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The group discussed ideas for collaboration, recruitment and challenges facing first generation students. Dean Stack presented information on FIU’s programs and spurred dialogue on how to scale successful programs to meet national diversity needs. FIU is the largest Hispanic serving university in the nation. In a commencement speech this summer, Ambassador Rice urged Green School graduates to consider a career in public service and said the “202” needs to be more like the “305” in terms of diversity.

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