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City of Miami Beach

Miami Beach and FIU have been tackling common challenges together since 2014. In that time, the civic partnership has achieved great things by sharing FIU’s academic resources with Miami Beach’s policy expertise.

Mutually beneficial endeavors such as the FIU Sea Level Rise Solution Center can engage in groundbreaking research while finding practical ways to combat climate change, while the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, whose profits benefit FIU directly, brings thousands of tourists to the beach every year.

The FIU and City of Miami Beach partnership also enriches arts with cultural centers like Wolfsonian-FIU and Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, with both institutions preserving and upholding the city’s rich history. Our students can immerse themselves in that history from the Miami Beach Urban Studios on Lincoln Road on the edge of the Art Deco district.

Outcomes

  • 70

    % more dual enrollment classes at Miami Beach Senior High

  • 40

    FIU interns hired by City of Miami Beach

  • 52,400

    Photos of Miami Beach archived by FIU History department

Sweetwater

Sweetwater, FIU’s neighbor to the north, has partnered with FIU since 2009. The primary goals of this relationship have been improving educational outcomes at Sweetwater Elementary and community building in the small suburban city.

Honors College

FIU Honors College students, whose curriculum places emphasis on service learning, participate in dozens of community and school events year after year. Students teach students from Sweetwater Elementary in the classrooms, after school and on field trips. In turn, FIU students have the opportunity to research and learn about community service through volunteering and internships, from the parks along Tamiami Canal all the way to city hall.

Frost Art Museum and School of Computing & Information Sciences

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum and School of Computing & Information Sciences (SCIS) have a plan to turn Sweetwater Elementary into A+ school. The key to that success: “STEAM,” Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. STEAMworks began as a school arts integration program to add artistic expression to Sweetwater Elementary’s STEM designation from M-DCPS. While the Frost Museum provides visits and resources to the elementary school, SCIS provides curriculum guidance.

Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences 

The college has identified a need for healthcare in Sweetwater’s aging population and children with special needs. Educating through experience is a core value to the college and the departments of Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Pathology have stepped in to provide vital health care service.