2015 Archive


Linguist explores neurodevelopment in bilingual preterm infants

Researchers are teaming up to examine bilingualism as a potential strategy to improve memory, reasoning, problem-solving and other executive functions in preterm infants.

SIPA Year in Review for 2014

The School of International and Public Affairs has published its year in review, which features highlights from its various departments, centers, programs and institutes.

2014 SIPA Highlights and Upcoming Events

The School of International and Public Affairs publishes a monthly newsletter that features highlights and upcoming events from its various departments, centers, institutes and programs. This is a complete list of all the newsletters from 2014.

FIU offers first international criminal justice Ph.D. in the country

This fall, the FIU Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Arts & Sciences, plans to launch a Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice program. Students will focus on topics such as immigration and crime, human rights and human trafficking.


Model UN takes Outstanding Large Delegation Award

Last night, FIU took the Outstanding Large Delegation Award at the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference

The Global Energy Outlook to 2040

On February 3, 2015, the Global Energy Security Forum of the School of International and Public Affairs presented the Global Energy Outlook to 2040.


FIU Model United Nations Accepting Applications and Simulation

Apply now to become an FIU Model United Nations Delegate! Applications are available and are due to modelun@fiu.edu or to the 5th floor of SIPA by April 21st. The try-out simulation will be April 25-26 at FIU MMC. Don’t miss this opportunity to join one of the most prestigious organizations at FIU, 90% of success is showing up! For the application, click more information.

Alumna gives speech at the U.N. General Assembly

MAGG graduate, Valeriana Chikoti-Bandua, had the opportunity to deliver a speech on behalf of her fellow interns on the floor of the U.N. General Assembly.

Community members to share their immigration stories

Join the Florida Grand Opera and the FIU School of International and Public Affairs for an afternoon of personal reflections on the experience of leaving home and traveling to a strange, new land. “In endless waiting rooms: Our Stories”

Cybersecurity Conference

On February 28, 2015, the FIU School of International and Public Affairs in collaboration with the university’s Division of Information Technology hosted a full-day conference that brought together thought leaders from the public and private sectors and academia…


Danny Danon, permanent Israeli representative to the United Nations, looked around Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall and said it was good to be back at Florida International University.


Jack D. Gordon 2015 Colloquium on Border Security

Academics and practitioners came together on April 17, 2015 for the Colloquium on Border Security.

Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center Updates

In April, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center hosted many events. Here are a few.

Third Annual Young Leaders Seminar on Governance and Democratic Institutions

From April 6-10, 2015, the third Annual Seminar on Governance and Democratic Institutions for Young Leaders of the Americas took place at the Sofitel Hotel in the City of Miami. During the seminar, invited guests from all over Latin America gave presentations and participated in sessions where many ideas and policies were discussed and exchanged.

Latin American Summit of Cities and Local Governments

From April 16-17, 2015, the “Latin American Summit of Cities and Local Governments” took place. The meeting consisted of numerous municipalities from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, a space for discussion about the major issues and interests of cities and local governments.

14th Session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

From April 20-24, 2015, the 14th session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) with the United Nations met. The session focused on the building of trust in government, with a priority on creating sustainable development goals.

Swahili and Wolof Instructors

The African and African Diaspora Studies Program and the Department of Modern Languages are hiring half-time instructors of Swahili and Wolof Languages

$20 million gift names Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

FIU has named its School of International and Public Affairs in honor of Ambassador Steven J. Green.

Chile Regional Seminar

In January, the Chilean Regional Seminar was put together by The Chilean Association of Municipalities along with Florida International University and the Institute of Public Management and Community Services with The Center for Democracy and Good Governance.

Dominican Republic Seminar

From February 16 to 18, 2015, the FEDOMU and FIU hosted the Dominican Republic Seminar and Workshop.

Second Democracy Conference

From February 25 to 27, 2015, the Second Annual Democracy Conference was hosted.

The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology

On February 26, Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, gave a lecture at the Biscayne Bay Campus on the importance of the participation of the world’s religious communities as we recognize the moral and spiritual implications of the growing ecological crisis.

African & African Diaspora Studies

The African and African Diaspora Studies Program was busy during the months of February and March holding a number of events, including an international conference.

No Rest for Spring Breakers

Eleven students volunteered for the 2015 Intelligence Career Seminar in Washington, D.C. during their Spring Break.

The Business of Counterterrorism

On March 2, 2015, the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies hosted a book talk by Austen D. Givens titled “The Business of Counterterrorism.”

Building Democratic Institutions in a Young Democracy: The Case of Bulgaria

During the past quarter century, countries not just in Central and Eastern Europe but in many parts of the world, have made the transition from authoritarian, centralized regimes to more democratic and open ones…

Treating Context Seriously in the Strategic Management of Public Services Organizations

On March 3, 2015, the Institute for Public Management and Community Service hosted this seminar to provide a discussion about why the discipline of strategic management may find enhanced applicability in contemporary public services.

Bob Marley Symposium

On March 6, the Latin American and Caribbean Center hosted Dr. Michael Barnett, a visiting professor who specializes in Caribbean Culture and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. A Rastafari practitioner and researcher, Barnett organized a tribute to Bob Marley and his contributions to Rastafarianism.

Seminar: Ian Wooton

On March 6, 2015, the Department of Economics hosted Dr. Ian Wooton, from the University of Strathclyde, to present his paper “Does tax competition make mobile firms more footloose?” — joint with Doctors Ferrett and Hoefele of Loughborough University.

ASPA Conference

The annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration took place from March 6 to 10, 2015 in Chicago and students and faculty from FIU were very actively involved in it.

Adventure in the Archives: The Bernard Diederich Collection at FIU Libraries

On March 17, 2015, Frank Mora, director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Bernard Diederich sat down to talk about his six decades as a reporter in Latin America and the Caribbean. Diederich shared his accounts of historical events and spoke about his archival collection of information that documents Latin American and Caribbean history, now held in the Steven and Dorothea Green Library Special Collections Department.


Green School Model UN Ranking by Best Delegate

The Green School’s Model United Nations Program has just been ranked fourth in North America by BestDelegate.com. In the past few years it broke into the top five. Today’s ranking places FIU in the company of University of Chicago, Georgetown, and Harvard.

FIU launches master’s program in disaster management

This fall FIU will become the first university in the state to offer a dedicated master’s degree program in disaster management.

Global studies degree opens international career prospects

The Master of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) prepares students to tackle some of the world’s toughest security challenges including transnational crime, cybersecurity, human rights, surveillance and intelligence gathering, religious conflict, immigration and refugee flows, global terrorism, business risk and more.

Through the Eyes of the Diaspora

When Jean Muteba Rahier teaches his African Civilizations course, he already knows the common stereotypes he will have to break down throughout the semester. Africa is more than a continent of desert, safaris and poverty.


Celebrating the TotalBank Distinguished Speaker Series in Spanish & Mediterranean Studies

On June 17, SIPA celebrated the collaboration between TotalBank and the Initiative for Spanish and Mediterranean Studies. TotalBank’s generous gift of $75,000 over three years will go to sponsor a distinguished speaker series to be led by the initiative.

Timelapse Video of the Steven J. Green Signage

FIU has named its School of International and Public Affairs in honor of Ambassador Steven J. Green. Green, along with his wife Dorothea Green, daughter Kimberly Green and the Green Family Foundation, has made a $20 million gift to help propel the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs forward as one of the world’s top academic centers dedicated to international understanding, economic development, peace, and security.

FIU Model UN team ranks 4th in North America

The FIU Model United Nations (UN) team has taken the fourth spot in BestDelegate.com‘s annual rankings.The team moved up one spot from last year’s fifth place ranking, and continues to be the highest ranked team in Florida and the highest ranked team from a public university.


Kathryn A. DePalo: Florida’s term limits just aren’t working

Posted by Evelyn Perez × 07/15/2015 at 9:08 am
As part of a new op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, Kathryn A. DePalo, a senior instructor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, addresses how Florida’s term limits have weakened the legislative branch. This article was originally published in the Orlando Sentinel on July 12.

At student-led workshops, children learn about Haitian roots

The intensive, two-week program intended to help these children reconnect or in some cases connect for the first time with their Haitian roots is the latest example of how FIU students are striving to make an impact on South Florida before they graduate.


Energy Pro: Florida Is Not A Big Oil State. So Why Drill?

Dr. Edward Glab, Director of the Global Energy Security Forum, was interviewed by WLRN on the possibility of oil drilling in Southwest Broward County. Click to listen to the interview.

Alumnus to intern with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

At 22, FIU alumnus Nick Aquart’s list of accomplishments includes earning a bachelor’s finance; receiving numerous recognitions for his participation in FIU’s top-ranking Model United Nations (UN) team; and his work as co-founder and vice president of Hope2o International. He also plans to attend law school in 2016.What could possibly be next? An internship with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Washington D.C.

FIU granted Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence by the European Commission

FIU has received a grant from the European Commission to establish a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.


Asian Studies to host National Endowment for the Humanities summit

FIU’s Asian Studies Program in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs has received a $141,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to present “Tokyo: High City and Low City.”

Faculty Convocation Awardees

Erik Camayd-Freixas, Ph.D., Department of Modern; Victor M. Uribe-Uran, Ph.D.; and Ivanessa Arostegui, MS
Religious Studies are recent awardees in FIU’s annual Faculty Convocation.

Spanish Painter Celebrates Historical Journeys Through Art

Rufina Santana is accustomed to painting on canvases the size of living room walls. She is not accustomed to teaching in a classroom. But this fall, the Spanish artist is co-teaching a graduate level course — Water Cartographies — with History professor Aurora Morcillo.

Alum, UAPI collaborate on degree program at FIU

Center for Homeland Defense and Security master’s degree graduate Ruben D. Almaguer has played a key role in spreading the Center’s educational multiplier effect with a newly established graduate degree program in disaster management at Florida International University (FIU).


Green School Constitution

The Green School Faculty voted on the Constitution on Thursday, October 29, 2015 with 130 faculty voting unanimously with one minor amendment.

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at FIU

Three individuals from Russia, Brazil and India have been awarded a grant to serve as teaching assistants and take courses at the University.


The University’s Global Indigenous Forum, under the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, will host their third annual indigenous celebration.

SECoPA, the Collins Award, and Florida Counties

The Southeastern Conference for Public Administration enhances the public service field in the Southeast by providing opportunities for academicians, practitioners and students.

FIU EMPA student receives National Park Service 2015 Director’s Partnership Award

Jacqueline Crucet, Program Manager at National Parks Conservation Association and graduate student at the Department of Public Administration, is the recipient of the 2015 Director’s Partnership Award. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements carried out by national park partners nationwide.

Haiti and the Dominican Republic: A Conversation on Contemporary Relations

The Green School is hosted a panel discussion with FIU Faculty Experts and Ernesto Sagas, Colorado State University, on Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


Reversing Colombia’s Security Deficit: Plan Colombia

Brian Fonseca, Director, Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies was featured in The Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute partnership, The World Post, on “Reversing Colombia’s Security Deficit: Plan Colombia”.

What Iran will really do with its sanctions relief windfall

As part of a new op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, Eric Lob, an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, addresses the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program signed between Iran and the United Nations Security Council in July. This op-ed was originally published in The Washington Post, Nov. 4.


United States Policy in the Hemisphere

Gordon Institute Director Brian Fonseca and Dr. Frank O. Mora published an article in Prism, titled “United States Policy in the Hemisphere: Influencing the State and Beyond.”

Fulbright Scholars Share Language, Culture with FIU

Florida International University was recently selected to host three foreign language instructors as part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program.

“Quo Vadis Cuba?” (Where’s Cuba going?) Conference in Berlin

On November 23, 2015, John F. Stack, Dean Designate of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, and Martin Palous, director of the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy, attended a two-day conference in Berlin, titled “Quo Vadis Cuba?” (Where’s Cuba going?). The conference explored relationships between the EU, the U.S. and Cuba and worked to create an environment of better dialogue and communication between all relevant parties.

Ph.D. Student Recognized in Conference

For FIU Ph.D. student Jason Daniel, a life-long interest in maritime and colonial history led to a research project on Great Storm of 1703, one of the most severe natural disasters ever recorded in British history. His efforts were recently recognized by the Midwest Conference on British Studies, a scholarly society dedicated to all aspects of the study of British civilization.

Green School Adopts New Constitution

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs unanimously adopted their new constitution, ensuring department autonomy and integrity and preserving the mission of various units within the school.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU presents Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) unveils the Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage exhibit on December 3, 2015. The exhibition, which runs through February 14, 2016, details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve these materials.