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Florida International University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 659003
Miami, Florida 33265
Phone
(305) 348-7000
Email address
OneStop@fiu.edu
School Information
"For over four decades, FIU has positioned itself as one of South Florida's anchor institutions by solving some of the greatest challenges of our time. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of the local and global community. With a student body of nearly 54,000, we are among the top 10 largest universities in the nation and have collectively graduated more than 200,000 alumni, 115,000 of whom live and work in South Florida" (Source: https://www.fiu.edu/about/index.html). The university offers over 130 online degrees and its student to faculty ratio is 25 to 1.
General Information
Following the death of George Floyd, FIU has taken action through the Equity Action Initiative, a product of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division. This initiative involves the creation of new roles, training for faculty, and police reform. FIU also followed this with a Faculty Senate Resolution which seeks to incorporate a required course on racism for all students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Equity Action Initiative has called upon FIU to become Test Flexible and hopes to eventually eliminate the use of standardized testing. Along this line of strategy, the university has implemented the programs of "The Education Effect," which offers test preparations to future admits, and "Golden Scholars," which is an "alternative admissions program for under-represented students."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Executive will offer training for students, faculty, and staff which will "ensure that future and current practitioners are culturally informed and are poised to provide culturally informed and responsive care."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • FIU will now offer Micro-Credentials where participants will "discover key terms and definitions as well as gain a fundamental understanding of concepts related to social justice." The scope of such programs will involve "teaching, learning, and unlearning the subject matters of racism, bigotry, and implicit bias." These programs include the Fundamentals of Social Justice Badge and the Community Policing Micro-Certificate.
  • FIU will create the "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at FIU Challenge." This is an optional program that would provide faculty with resources for inclusive teaching and how to "incorporate diverse content into the curriculum."
Program and Research Funding
  • The DEI Division will be hiring and appointing individuals for the new roles of Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer; Director of Diversity Branding, Communication, and Marketing; Advisors of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in each program; and Council of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • On June 24, 2020, the university passed a Faculty Senate Resolution on "Racial, Social, and Community Justice." The resolution entails creating the Athalie Range Center for Racial, Social, and Community Justice which will seek to create a required "racial and social justice" course. This initiative also hopes to incorporate "implicit bias training." Additionally, the resolution will create scholarships for "students working towards social and racial justice."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • Within the Equity Action Committee, FIU created the Police Reform Committee which focus on "adopting standards to reduce immediate harm and restrict the use of force," among various other goals. This committee will require training to promote these goals. Additionally, the FIU police department will not permit chokeholds or strangleholds and will require "a verbal warning in all situations before using deadly force."
Resources
  • The university also seeks to implement more rigorous mentoring for students and faculty.
Symbolic Actions
  • In response to the death of George Floyd, FIU's Equity Action Initiative produced the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division. This division's "urgent work is around addressing systemic racism and unconscious/conscious bias against Black people."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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