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January

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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Taking on tough issues like Islamophobia and bullying; the role of the Jewish community in fighting anti-Muslim racism; and prospects for peace in the Middle East, the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies at FIU has reached its one-year anniversary and several important milestones, including the expansion of undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in Middle East and Muslim World Studies.

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As the federal government shutdown dominated news headlines, attendees of State of the World 2019 were treated to an insiders’ view of the chaos in D.C. by some of the top names in political journalism. It was a riveting start to the second annual event of the Dorothea Green Lecture Series, hosted by the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, along with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and The American Interest.

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Green School students were among a group of FIU students whose drive to solve issues facing the Western Hemisphere was on full display during a recent Washington, D.C. fly-in.These students met with appointed and elected officials and presented solutions for the region's needs. During the trip, the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center also released two reports and led a stakeholder discussion of the trends facing the region.

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According to the 2018 FIU Cuba Poll, the longest-running research project measuring Cuban-American public opinion, Cuban-Americans in Miami are now evenly split on support for the U.S. embargo of Cuba – a striking contrast to the 2016 poll, where only 37 percent of those surveyed expressed support for the policy. This is the first Cuba Poll conducted since the midterms and the first since President Donald J. Trump took office.

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For more than two decades, FIU has led the way in capturing the pulse of the Cuban-American community in South Florida with its Cuba Poll, the longest-running research project measuring political attitudes of Cuban-Americans. Since President Obama’s decision to reestablish relations with the island nation in 2014, much has changed in the tone of U.S.-Cuba relations, particularly under the administration of President Donald J. Trump. FIU researchers will present the 2018 Cuba Poll on Friday.

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To help build a global cybersecurity workforce ready to meet the challenges of the cyber world head-on, the Gordon Institute broke ground and, in partnership with the Organization of American States and the Argentine Ministry of Security, created and organized its first cybersecurity certificate training program specifically targeted for professionals outside of the U.S. and hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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February

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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March

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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