Looking toward the next horizon

An exciting movement has begun at FIU that will redefine the university’s next horizon.

In August, deans and leaders from every college and school at FIU gathered for an unprecedented half-day workshop led by University Advancement. The purpose was to begin defining the future and setting priorities for the university.

Next Horizon workshop at FIU

Individuals from around campus gathered in focused groups to share their vision for the university moving forward.

I participated in the workshop as a facilitator, working with College of Education Dean Delia Garcia. We talked about what makes our College of Education unique – the emphasis on education as social justice and a focus on the needs of diverse communities – as well as what makes the college a community asset. We envisioned the college’s future as the leading education program that serves a multicultural student population and acts as a solutions center so every child has the best possible education. Then, we identified the work needed to realize that vision.

Around the room dozens of similar conversations were taking place. What are our strengths and possibilities? Where do we want to go? What will it take to get there?

The exercise is a first step in a comprehensive self-evaluation leading up to the university’s $750 million capital campaign. Stay tuned as you will be hearing much more about the campaign in the months to come.

The timing of this movement could not be better as FIU looks to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015. The 50-year anniversary is an important benchmark for FIU, a moment when we will both celebrate our remarkable progress and look forward to the next horizon. FIU Magazine wants your stories as we prepare for the 50th Anniversary. Share them by visiting http://go.fiu.edu/memories.

— Deborah O’Neil MA ’09

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