FIU invites community to teach-in on Haiti

MIAMI – Florida International University is encouraging members of the South Florida community to attend a “teach-in” on Haiti that will bring together top FIU experts and other specialists on Haiti and issues related to the aftermath of natural disasters.

“Crisis in Haiti: An FIU Teach-In” is scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 at the Graham Center Ballrooms, located on FIU’s Modesto Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8th Street.

Presenters will answer questions and explore topics such as immigration, relief and recovery efforts, what role Haitians in the U.S. will play in Haiti’s future, and how to maximize community efforts to aid Haiti.

The discussion, organized by the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), will include:

  • Grenville Draper (Department of Earth & Environment)
  • Richard Olson (Department of Politics & International Relations, SIPA)
  • Jessy Devieux (Stempel School of Public Health)
  • Troy Elder (College of Law)
  • Alex Stepick (Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, SIPA)
  • Jean Claude Garcia Zamor (Department of Public Administration, SIPA)
  • Daniel Tosado (Assistant Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public schools)
  • Leonie Hermantin (Lambi Fund)

Additional FIU faculty experts will field questions and provide commentary.

The teach-in is free and open to the public. Members of the Haitian community are especially invited to participate. The teach-in will be webcast live.

For more information on this teach-in, please call SIPA at 305-348-7266.

Media Contact:  Maydel Santana-Bravo at 305-348-1555.


About School of International and Public Affairs:
The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) brings together many of Florida International University’s internationally oriented disciplines to provide cutting-edge research, first-rate teaching, and innovative training necessary for the globalized world of the 21st century. SIPA includes four signature departments: Politics and International Relations, Global and Sociocultural Studies, Public Administration, and Criminal Justice. Additionally, the School houses many of FIU’s international centers, institutes, and programs. An integral part of the College of Arts and Sciences, SIPA offers a number of degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, as well as several undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. The School also supports a variety of community outreach programs, study abroad opportunities, and numerous lecture series, including the prestigious Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series. For more information about SIPA, go to

About FIU:
Florida International University was founded in 1965 and is Miami’s only public research university. With a student body of more than 38,000, its 17 colleges and schools offer more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and law. More than 100,000 FIU alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a “High Research Activity University”. In August 2009, FIU welcomed the inaugural class of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. For more information about FIU, visit

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