At FIU's Office of Engagement, we deepen the bond shared by the university and our region, enabling collaborative initiatives that change lives and solve problems around the globe. The Office responds to both internal and external community needs by being at the frontlines in supporting the university community during times of need; supporting fellow anchor institutions like local municipal partners, economic development agencies, and local chambers; and managing partnerships and collaboratives like Life Sciences South Florida, the Talent Development Network, and corporate partnerships with Royal Caribbean, MITRE, and local health systems. Working with units and colleges across the university, the Office also connects university-wide programs and projects to community partners and local collaboratives for new opportunities amongst our FIU and local communities.
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Commitment to Community from President Mark B. Rosenberg
- Annual Addresses and Speeches
“… as one of the top universities, we see it as our responsibility to be a solutions center for our community – and beyond. That includes our Haitian community here – and for our friends and neighbors in Haiti.” - President Rosenberg
“FIU was born from a spirit of hope and opportunity – from a spirit of making a difference in our community and beyond. Our founders knew it was imperative to have connections beyond local and national borders. From day one, FIU has embraced diversity as one of our core values... We’re committed to working together across borders to enhance education and help our students launch successful careers.” – President Rosenberg
“From life-changing programs to triple-win partnerships and cutting-edge research initiatives, our FIU does what we do for this community. And we can only do what we do because of this community… because of the people who believe in us… because of the people who step up and demonstrate their support and belief in our mission. As you can see, our mission, our value, and our role is deeply intertwined with this community. It’s our responsibility to leverage our talents in research, teaching and helping others for good – and to move our community forward.” - President Rosenberg
“From day one, this has been a medical school for this community. There is no line that marks where this medical school ends and this community begins. That is why it is a dream come true for the hundreds and thousands of people who will one day desperately need our students. Whenever our students are needed, they go. They heal. They improve lives. They constantly carry that special sense of responsibility to do good with them.” - President Rosenberg
“Our FIU family is brought together by a shared sense of responsibility. We’re leveraging the blessings of our talents to help the communities we serve to become stronger, better, and healthier places… We are going to be working closely with community-based organizations to partner with underserved and underrepresented communities to alleviate health disparities and inequities.” - President Rosenberg
“Our FIU is a place that’s focused on impact… That understands that we’re deeply connected to all that’s around us – our neighboring communities, our state, our entire world. Partnerships must be relevant. They should touch on the critical importance of a university engaging with its community and forging partnerships… We must envision our cities as live learning labs – beneficial to the student and beneficial to our partners… We need the type of education that’s transformed by deepened collaboration – and what we call win-win-win or triple-win partnerships. These win-win partnerships bridge the gap between industry and academia… This is what our communities need.” - President Rosenberg
- Published Editorials
From the very beginning, FIU has been here for the people in this community. We were built by people who believed Miami deserved a great world-class university... We are developing solutions for our community and the world in areas including disaster mitigation, forensics, child mental health, and preservation of natural resources... Without FIU, there would be tremendous gaps in the talent that leads and runs our community. For me and so many others at FIU, our work is about the wonderful people who surround us and inspire us to do better. Next Horizon is rooted in our history and belief in this institution and in our community. FIU is of this community and for this community of ambitious people with ambitious goals.”
Our urban public universities are continuously in search of new approaches to address market and community needs... We have made an intensified commitment to developing a win-win-win partnership logic with local companies and organizations... The partnership (with Ultimate Software) is a triple win. It provides Ultimate Software with a much-needed talent source; helps our students get invaluable experience and ultimately jobs; and – most importantly – is helping develop a new local technology ecosystem encouraging our brightest students to stay here in South Florida... Partnerships and collaboration allow for a shared commitment to the success of our students and the strength of our local economy.”
In partnership with Miami-Dade County and Citi Community Development, FIU Metropolitan Center conducted the prosperity Initiatives Feasibility Study to evaluate the County's current economic structure, performance, and the merits of specific wealth-building strategies that address persistent academic disparities.
The Study’s final conclusion is a call to action to immediately develop an aggressive prosperity development program. The goals of the Prosperity Initiative are to implement programs that assist families, individuals, and households facing the most difficult economic circumstances to improve their standard of living and quality of life through
- Expanding the supply (pipeline) of higher wage opportunities, and growing economic diversification that better resists economic cycles;
- Providing better preparation by increasing the skills education, and capacity of residents to take those jobs;
- Building wealth through asset ownership opportunities;
- Providing targeted business development and wealth building through business ownership for underserved segments of the region's population;
- Focusing physical investment, and in turn, attracting new investment into historically distressed neighborhoods; and
- Providing equitable solutions to address housing market imbalances that threaten to erode incomes and wealth building
- Campus Publications
“Times like these remind us of the fragility of life and the responsibility to do good things in an unpredictable world. We are also reminded of the power of ideas and a profound belief in the opportunities FIU provides to our community. I am deeply grateful for the exceptional work of our FIU community: dedicated hard-working faculty who are pioneering change to help us keep up with the fast-moving times; passionate and committed professional staff who are finding new ways to move us forward; family members who go the distance time and again; donors who support our students, research, service partnerships in the community and our mission; and some of the most determined, ingenious students anywhere who are charting new pathways to success in their careers and as citizens of the world.” - President Rosenberg
“We have learned important lessons personally and as a community about our humanity, our capacity to stretch and help each other, as well as some things we must do going forward to help take care of the most vulnerable among us... The FIU community does not ask for a lighter load but for broader shoulders... We have been impressed by the outpouring of compassion and support for those who have been evacuated. We have also been encouraged by the energy our students and staff directed at helping the less fortunate among us. Throughout this week, they have stepped in numerous times to lift the spirits of the evacuees... I have been touched by the gratitude in our community for what FIU has done in the wake of Irma. In the weeks and months to come, as we rebuild our community, that gratitude will motivate us. We have seen and felt the pain and despair of hundreds of people right here at our FIU and that should remind us that as a beacon of hope and opportunity, we cannot step back – the blessings of our talent and knowledge give us a special responsibility to be a first responder to community needs... As I said to our FIU community before Irma: Staying calm is a superpower. But this entire state has another superpower – and we have seen it in full display – and that is doing good for others and working to brighten the darkest of moments. Let this be something we carry with us today, tomorrow and forever.” - President Rosenberg
- Other Instances of Support
- President Rosenberg's 2010 Hit the Ground Running Strategy:
Vision: A leading student-centered public research university that is locally and globally engaged.
Engage the community:
- Tie instructional and creative initiatives to local needs and long-term community priorities – especially in the professional schools (e.g. more FIU engagement in failing schools in Miami Dade County; expanded partnerships/common planning in the arts)
- Improve neighborhood health in partnership with community health care agencies
- Create a public-private high-tech corridor focused on biomedical, alternative energy, and environmental preservation to enhance employment generation and retention
- FIU News Article - Students from Puerto Rico find refuge at FIU, begin classes this fall, October 12, 2017:“During the most challenging and difficult times, FIU does not turn its back on those in need. We care and are committed to helping students like Sarah by offering the tuition waiver and adding to the courses that we offer during the mini-term starting in October.” - President Rosenberg
Hurricane Season Symposium, December 1, 2017:
“In October, we welcomed students from Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands to our FIU! So far, more than 600 students have applied to our FIU. Many of them will start as visiting students in January! As you can see, our FIU community does not ask for a lighter load but for broader shoulders! Our successful efforts to recover, rebuild and do our part to heal our community were possible because of YOUR support. You rolled up your sleeves and asked how you can help. You shared our sense of urgency and motivation to act... I hope that we can all share the lessons with one another so that we can better respond and recover from future storms, and continue to make a positive impact in our community. Remember: It truly takes many hands to build a better tomorrow. Thank you for taking responsibility and standing with us!” - President Rosenberg
FIU Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program:
In 2016, FIU Provost Dr. Kenneth Furton created a plan to integrate Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SI&E) Co-Curricular and Curricular activities with the goals of:
- Educating, inspiring, and activating the entire FIU community for innovation and changemaking.
- Creating an umbrella-program for all SI&E related activities across the university and its partners.
- Maintaining sustainable implementation through developing 5 main strategic access cores (Student Recruitment and Services, Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy and Community Engagement, Leadership, Culture and Awareness)
- Engaging entire FIU community in SI&E: students, faculty, alumni, staff, leadership.
- Expanding contribution of FIU to Ashoka’s “Everyone a Changemaker” vision.
- Outcomes include:
- 6 Honors College courses in Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and changemaking
- 100 workshops and lectures on entrepreneurship, social innovation and changemaking hosted by StartUP
- FIU40FIU students brought together through the FIU FYRST Changemakers living community to create a community dedicated to exploring community service and civic engagement opportunities
- The Office of the Provost is currently working on making a Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Graduation Medallion a reality.
- President Rosenberg's 2010 Hit the Ground Running Strategy:
Our Community Engagement Recognitions
- 2020Classified as a Community Engaged University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- 2019 Gulf South Summit Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education for City of Miami Beach Partnership
- 2018Innovation and Economic Prosperity University - Association of Public and Land-grant Universities