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Events

Through events and programs, the Office of Engagement is able to connect community stakeholders and external partners with FIU faculty, staff, researchers, students, and resources. Our events serve as catalysts for different organizations and stakeholders to engage and connect while discussing some of the most pressing challenges our communities are facing daily.

Take a look at some of our most successful events below. 

Signature Events

Cafecito Chats

In response to our community quickly transitioning to a virtual environment during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Office of Engagement created Cafecito Chats as a way to keep our communities engaged and connected. Since 2020, the Office of Engagement has published over 100 episodes with topics ranging from PRIDE Month to Miami Tech and has connected with speakers from Microsoft, AT&T, and more.

View our previous Cafecito Chats here and stay tuned every month for new topics and conversation! 

Tostada Tuesdays

When ideas collide, innovation happens. Led by the Office of Engagement, Tostada Tuesdays bring people together from different fields and organizations, with the magic of the delicious Miami combo of tostada and cafecito, to spark collaboration and inspiration. Stay tuned for upcoming Tostada Tuesdays dates in 2021!

Cheesin' It With Saif

Calling all FIU students! Looking for fresh pizza, face-to-face time with industry leaders and career advice? Look no further than Cheesin’ It! Hosted by Saif Ishoof, vice president for the Office of Engagement, Cheesin’ It brings Miami’s most successful entrepreneurs and VIPs to you to talk directly with you and help you land a future job, start a new project, or get guidance on your next steps. Make connections, find direction, and most importantly – eat! Stay tuned for upcoming Cheesin’ It dates in 2021. 

Community Breakfast

Each April, the Office of Engagement hosts the Little Haiti Community Breakfast at the Little Haiti Cultural Center to honor Maya Angelou and her birthday. The Office of Engagement welcomes community leaders for a day of reflection and gives the opportunity for participants to share and celebrate successes, discuss innovations and opportunities for collaboration, and learn about the work FIU is doing in Little Haiti. In the past, Maya Angelou’s relatives, including her grandson Elliott Jones, have delivered remarks in celebration of their late grandmother to spark inspiration for community members and participants. 

SGA Veterans Day Celebration Breakfast

Each November, FIU welcomes community members, veterans, and FIU faculty and students for a celebration of FIU student veterans. Through partnerships with the Student Veterans of America, FIU ROTC, FIU Veterans and Military Affairs Office, and the Student Government Association, FIU Engagement celebrates and honors veterans with South Florida community members.

Past Community Outreach Programs

Blockchain FIU

In June 2018, the Office of Engagement hosted an all-day workshop for internal and external stakeholders, which focused on the applied uses of blockchain within a higher education context. Attended by 70 participants, the workshop consisted of keynote addresses, interactive exercises, idea talks, fireside chats, and networking to discuss how FIU can be at the forefront of using this technology in an academic setting.

Forward Cities

Forward Cities, a national network of cities committed to advancing inclusive innovation and economic development in their communities, hosts two best practice conferences per year. The Office of Engagement pitched Miami as the host city for Forward Cities’ 2018 Fall Workshop and led the planning for their national conference. The conference was held at the InterContinental Downtown in November 2018 and engaged more than 80 local speakers while curating six immersion tours of Miami for the 500 participants representing 30 member cities.

UNBOUND Reception

In October of 2018, Unbound brought its globally established platform back to Miami and gathered future-focused speakers, immersive brand experiences, pitch sessions and startup battles while showcasing the best grassroots technology. Held at Mana Wynwood, the conference engaged 5,000 participants and forged a partnership between Unbound’s Jose Bolivar and FIU’s External Relations & Strategic Marketing department to host the opening night reception for the conference at Miami Beach Urban Studies.

National Alliance for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals Conference (NAAHP)

The NAAHPA partnered with the Office of Engagement for their seventh Annual Conference, focused on Haitian Diaspora. The Office of Engagement provided support with sponsorships, logistics, giveaways and speakers.

Community Recognition Football Game

The Office of Engagement led the logistics for the inaugural FIU Community Recognition Ceremony, in appreciation of first responders, in-kind donors, and University employees who have gone above and beyond to support the university community. Guests received designed service coins, and 16 VIPs were presented with mini FIU football helmets, signed by FIU football coach Butch Davis, as they were recognized on the field.

Marshall Memorial Fellows Miami Experience

The Marshall Memorial fellowship provides leadership with development for the next generation of European and American leaders, as they learn about the effects of transatlantic engagement. Vice President of the Office of Engagement, Saif Y. Ishoof, hosted the Marshall Memorial Fellows from Europe in October 2018. The Office of Engagement welcomed fellows from Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, and Switzerland.