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Students from the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy were among 100 FIU students who visited Talent Lab at FIU in Washington, D.C., exploring career opportunities and the biggest ideas in government, industry and technology. They toured federal agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission and the CIA, think tanks such as New America, and the D.C. offices of major companies. For the tenth year in a row, the Gordon institute co-sponsored an interactive war gaming exercise.

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Green School researcher Maria Ilcheva, the assistant director of the Metropolitan Center, wrote an op-ed reflecting on Women’s History Month and the state of gender equality in Miami-Dade County. In this piece, she shares findings from the Metropolitan Center's 2019 annual report tracking the status of women and the gender wage gap.

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The Department of Public Policy and Administration's Ph.D. in public affairs was ranked 52nd and the public finance and budgeting program was ranked 22nd among public universities. Congratulations to our outstanding faculty, staff and students!

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Associate Professor Melissa Baralt has earned a $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to help train Spanish-language teachers to be more culturally conscious. Part of her project involves a collaboration with the Spanish program at Florida Memorial University. The prestigious grant will fund the development of Spanish-language course content and teacher training at both FIU and FMU and will be administered under FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.

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To strengthen research opportunities for budding history scholars, Henry “Hank” Voegtle – who practiced law for 40 years – created a yearly $1,000 scholarship that will support undergraduate or graduate researchers who focus on topics regarding the history of Florida or the Southern U.S.

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Congratulations to our FIU students who won first place in #OASDiploHack 2019, the first-ever cyber policy competition hosted by the Organization of American States and the U.S. State Department. FIU was one of only six teams selected from across the Western Hemisphere to participate in the two-day event.

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As the top U.S. representative to the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., FIU alumnus Eliot Pedrosa has a hand in deciding which projects the organization will fund to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean. President Donald Trump nominated Pedrosa to his post as alternate executive director of the IADB last year. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May 2018.

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FIU's Model UN team has won Best Large Delegation at Harvard University's Model United Nations competition. This is the most competitive Model UN simulation in the world. Congratulations to our students and our program director, Michelle Rosario!

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In this piece, Brian Fonseca, director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy; David J. Kramer, senior fellow in the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights & Diplomacy; and Frank O. Mora, director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center explore Russian President Vladimir Putin's reaction to Venezuelan National Assembly speaker Juan Gauido's call identifying himself as the legitimate Venezuelan president - and the implications of Putin's stance for the U.S.

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On Saturday, Jan. 26, the FIU Foundation, Inc. hosted a community-wide celebration in the Graham Center to commemorate the public launch of Next Horizon: The Campaign for FIU. With a goal to raise $750 million, this landmark campaign is the university’s largest to date and will support student success and research preeminence spanning the entire university. More than 1,200 alumni, students, faculty, donors and other members of the FIU community came out to celebrate the campaign.

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