D.C. Update: STEM education, Greater Miami Chamber and LACC


With the help of a bipartisan amendment, FIU helped Hispanic-serving institutions receive a boost in STEM-related grants. Members of the Greater Miami Chamber met with congressional leaders regarding South Florida.

Helping build research capacity at Hispanic-serving institutions

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Congressman Carlos Curbelo and Congresswomen Frederica Wilson and Ileana Ros- Lehtinen take a photo on the Capitol Building steps with Miami Chamber and FIU.

As the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act was debated on the House floor, FIU worked diligently to raise serious concerns with the overall legislation and its authorization levels.  Yet, a key amendment was added to the legislation helping bring grant programs to Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

Agreeing with FIU’s concerns was Miami’s Carlos Curbelo (R – FL) who voted against the COMPETES legislation. Although the bill passed, Curbelo joined a bipartisan effort to call for the expansion of access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at Hispanic-serving institutions of higher education.

FIU joins Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce at White House, State Department and Capitol Hill

Members from FIU’s Governmental Relations team joined the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for visits to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the Department of State and the Capitol to discuss the issues affecting FIU and South Florida. Government Relations’ Vice President Michelle Palacio helped represent FIU; her speech highlighted the necessity for year round Pell Grants.

Congressman Carlos Curbelo was also kind enough to take several Panthers on a night visit of the Capitol building.

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At the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, FIU and the Greater Miami and Jacksonville Chambers of Commerce meet with White House officials on issues that are important to FIU

FIU was present for the inaugural event of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Caucus started by Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsay Graham. NIH has been critical in the development and funding of many research programs that have allowed for many FIU students to advance their STEM and health-related projects.

Latin American discussion led by FIU’s LACC

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FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and Brookings roundtable event

In advance of a Congressional decision on the Obama’s Administration’s request to Congress for $1 billion in support of Central America, specifically the Northern Triangle, FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center – alongside the Brookings Institution’s Latin American Initiative– co-hosted a private roundtable discussion. The discussion featured FIU’s José Miguel Cruz, who facilitated dialogue on issues of security, economic growth and attacking corruption within Latin America, and included staff members from the Florida Congressional delegation. A vote is expected in early June.

Panthers spotted in D.C.

  • Sergio Abreu, manager of external affairs for Peoples Gas System for TECO Energy and member of FIU’s Presidents Council, joined the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Mercedes Schlapp, political commentator for FOX News and MSNBC and Co-founder of Cove Strategies

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