Articles by: Gisela Valencia

High school friendship inspires student to work toward world peace

High school friendship inspires student to work toward world peace

When religious studies major Ashley Ruttenberg was 17, a Muslim student enrolled at her high school in her hometown in […]

Dorysped Mancebo shared her story at an FIU Next Horizon kickoff event in January.

Student who is blind on mission to serve, inspire others to have heart

    When international relations major Dorysped Mancebo was 8 years old, she decided she would attend FIU. At the […]

Panelists at the "Who is Indigenous?" event, from left to right: Bina Sengar; Vanessa Leon; Candy Hurtado Bonilla; and Janice Bowen.

Forum provides a space for indigenous perspectives on campus, leads the way in scholarship

There are many indigenous studies centers and offices at universities across the country. But the Global Indigenous Forum at FIU […]

Gender wage gap persists in Miami-Dade County, report finds

Gender wage gap persists in Miami-Dade County, report finds

As part of an op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In […]

New grant helps train teachers to be culturally conscious

New grant helps train teachers to be culturally conscious

Melissa Baralt, associate professor of applied psycholinguistics, teaches educators. From working with future Spanish professors in graduate courses at FIU to […]

Former congressman speaks with students, shares advice

Former congressman speaks with students, shares advice

Chatting with a former congressman during class is a bucket list item for many students studying politics and policy. A […]

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Gordon Institute Director Brian Fonseca was one of the featured speakers during the program.

Gordon Institute hosts cybersecurity training program in Argentina

Cyber threats have no borders. One hacker in one place can damage an entire company – along with its employees […]

Executive director of U.S. Department of Education initiative visits campus, learns about LEAP program

Executive director of U.S. Department of Education initiative visits campus, learns about LEAP program

This semester two-time alumna Aimee Viana, who is now the executive director for the U.S. Department of Education’s White House […]

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Nicaraguan student opposition leader discusses political crisis with faculty experts, calls for freedom for his homeland

Nicaraguan student opposition leader discusses political crisis with faculty experts, calls for freedom for his homeland

Lesther Alemán, a 20-year-old student opposition leader in Nicaragua, recently visited FIU and joined a panel of faculty experts for […]

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Interfaith conversation sheds light on how to foster friendships across religious groups

Interfaith conversation sheds light on how to foster friendships across religious groups

From the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue to verbal acts of hatred and discrimination, it’s clear that […]

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Future transfer students explore the humanities while learning about campus

Future transfer students explore the humanities while learning about campus

Students gazed at hand-made, turquoise-colored bowls. They stared at a necklace set with Afghan lapiz lazuli stone. And they watched […]

Former president of Costa Rica becomes visiting scholar, discusses future of the Americas

Former president of Costa Rica becomes visiting scholar, discusses future of the Americas

Getting to learn from a professor who is also the former president of a country can sound like a far-fetched […]

Marcus Frias at the Russel Senate Office Building

My internship with Sen. Charles E. Schumer

Name: Marcus A. Frias Hometown: I was born in the Bronx, New York, but have lived in seven different states. […]

From Tango to politics: My summer exploring Argentina

From Tango to politics: My summer exploring Argentina

This article is part of our Summer Sojourns 2018 series highlighting the summer adventures of FIU students. Earlier this summer, […]

Grad student researches role of women in guerilla groups

Grad student researches role of women in guerilla groups

Doctoral student earns NSF Fellowship for her research project Battles, revolts and guerillas are often associated with men. Men fighting, […]

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