Organizations and Programs

FIU has clubs, organizations and committees for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff and their allies. Organizations offer opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, making friends, becoming involved, and educating the campus community and others about LGBTQ issues.


  • MPAS LGBTQA Initiatives

    MPAS LGBTQA Initiatives

    Multicultural Programs and Services (MPAS) LGBTQA initiatives at Florida International University strive to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on both campuses through education, advocacy and awareness. The program contributes to an open campus climate that is safe and accepting for all members of the University community regardless of sexual orientation. LGBT initiatives include LGBT 101 presentations, a program designed to educate students about and sensitize students to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/sexual individuals.

  • Stonewall Pride Alliance

    Stonewall Pride Alliance

    The Stonewall Pride Alliance is Florida International University's student organization dedicated to fostering a safe environment conducive to learning and personal growth for all LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) students and allies (individuals who identify as heterosexual but support LGBTQ persons and initiatives)

  • ΔΛΦ - Delta Lambda Phi

    ΔΛΦ - Delta Lambda Phi

    Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity is an organization that strives to provide a safe and supportive fraternal environment for gay, bisexual, and progressive men who wish to grow in the bonds of brotherhood. The Beta Delta Chapter at FIU offers numerous opportunities for personal growth through participation in life-changing social, service, and recreational activities. The Beta Delta Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi is a great home to those who wish to make their presence make a difference at Florida International University.

  • FIU LGBTQA Access & Equity Subcommittee

    FIU LGBTQA Access & Equity Subcommittee

    FIU has an Access & Equity Committee appointed by the University President that functions to inform the President of issues of concern and to identify and resolve issues of concern for the campus community where possible. The LGBTQA Subcommittee is one of the Access & Equity subcommittees. Each year, the LGBTQA Subcommittee identifies specific projects on which to focus, and follows up on these university community projects through periodic meetings.

  • H. W. College of Medicine Gay-Straight Alliance

    H. W. College of Medicine Gay-Straight Alliance

    HWCOM GSA's mission is to increase awareness among the FIU HWCOM student body of LGBTQ health concerns and to improve the competency and ability of HWCOM students to provide high-quality medical services to LGBTQ patients.

  • Stonewall Legal Alliance

    Stonewall Legal Alliance

    Stonewall Legal Alliance is a social and political organization designed to raise awareness of gay and lesbian issues. We seek to create an environment that is open and hospitable to the gay community at the FIU College of Law. Through a number of activities, including community activism, volunteer work, panel discussions and guest lectures, Stonewall Legal Alliance will examine the intersection of sexual orientation and the law and provide a forum within the law school to discuss matters of importance to gay and lesbian law students and their friends.


  • LGBTQA Training and Development Committee

    The LGBTQA Training and Development Committee was established in order to best meet the needs of our LGBTQA community. The goals of the LGBTQA Training and Development committee are three fold: 1) to provide education, 2) awareness and 3) visibility on campus regarding the LGBTQA community. With this end in mind, the committee is comprised of three functional subcommittees:

  • LGBTQA Mentors Program

    The mentors program provides support, safety, and guidance to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning students as they discover who they are and fosters the growth and development of FIU's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and ally community.

    The LGBTQA Mentorship program aims to match FIU students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,and Queer/questioning with members of the LGBTQA faculty and staff. The student will receive support and encouragement from the faculty and staff member inside and outside of the classroom.

    If you have any questions about this application please contact Ashley Grimes at 305-348- 6414, Ryan Keesee at 305-919-5360 or email Please email completed application to or drop off at the Multicultural Programs and Services office: Biscayne Bay Campus: WUC 253, Modesto Maidique Campus: GC 216

  • Safe Zone Training

    The Safe Zone program is geared towards developing awareness and training faculty and staff on campus to assist and serve as resources and support networks for the university LGBTQA community. Members of this subcommittee train new Safe Zone participants and further enhance and develop the University Safe Zone program. The University Safe Zone program requires interested members to keep the program up to date with scholarly knowledge and trends occurring within the community. The Safe Zone training focuses on the following four components:

    1. Developing Awareness
    2. Knowledge Building
    3. Skill Development
    4. Application

    The training is rooted in a straightforward helping and listening model approach that includes: Basic understanding of issues the LGBTQ student community faces, knowledge of the basic LGBTQA terminology, the development and application of basic listening and helping skills and developing an understanding of community resources and referrals.

    For more information please contact the Safe Zone Subcommittee co-chairs:

    • Francisco Fajardo
    • Simone Warner

    Download Safe Zone Manual

    Safe Zone Training is available via sign up.

    Below are the available dates for the 2017-2018 Safe Zone trainings at the MMC campus:

    Fall 2017 Dates Spring 2018 Dates
    September 8 from 10AM-12PM January 22 from 10AM-12PM
    October 16 from 1PM-3PM February 16 from 1PM-3PM
    November 6 from 10AM-12PM March 12 from 10AM-12PM

    For those who are interested in becoming Safe Zone training facilitators, please attend the "Train the Trainer" workshops we have available. The goal of this workshop is to give participants who have previously been Safe Zone trained. the knowledge and skills necessary to become Safe Zone facilitators themselves. See below for the available training sessions:

    Train the Trainer Sessions
    December 8 from 10AM-12PM
    April 27 from 1PM-3PM

    Looking for a safe space on campus? Want to talk to a Safe Zone member? Below are some of our Safe Zone Members

    2014-2015 SAFE ZONE Participants Partial List

    Name Name Name
    Jennifer Abeloff Hui Huang Richard Munoz
    Shirley Armenteros Valerie Johnson Krystal Nicholson
    Korrin Anderson Sonia Khatkhate Manuel Nino
    Bronwen Bares Pelaez Kate Kominars Sabrena Okeef
    Stephanie M. Bello Joseph Kopman-Fried Tola Oladapo
    Jennifer Blue Daniel La Fuente Adis Orta
    Luis Bohorquez Shane Landrum Ebonie Parris
    Esmeiling Cabral Meira Langsam Samantha Postigo
    Mari Campuzano Anastasia Leveille Miriam Potocky
    Brenda Codallo Elise Linder Gladys Ramos
    Shimon D. Cohen Diane Loffredo Sonya Robinson
    Chris Cole John Long Jackie Rojas
    Kathryne Collins Marissa Lucchesi Nanett Rojas
    Marguerite Cooke-William Mark MacGowan Nicole Ruggiano
    Jennifer Cooper Louis Macias David Saltman
    Jeannette Cruz Walter Maldonado Meenal Sawart
    Annie Elie Lourdes Martin Dorret Sawyers
    Beatrice Farnsworth Aramis Martinez Edwin Serrano
    Joanna Garcia Jeffrey McNamee Paul Stuart
    Wanetta Ghisiawan-Whittaker Carolyn Meeker Kelly Sydnor
    Emily Ginsberg Jose Miranda Michelle Thumpron
    Victoria Gray Marc Mobley Samantha Townsend
    Paola Guedes Hector Mojena Leah Varga
    Maria Gutierrez Jonathan Monti Gisela P. Vega
    Ted Gutsche Meredith Morgan Charles Vladimir
    Mary Helen Hayden Valerie Morgan Eric Wagner
    Diana Hincapie Stacy Morris Eva Wales
    Hazel Hooker Michaela Moura-Kocoglu Nashira Williams
    Julianna Horton Stephanie Muffett
  • LGBTQA Speakers Bureau and Workshops

    The Speakers Bureau and Workshop subcommittee is geared towards providing speakers for classroom 101 LGBTQA sessions and various university wide workshops and presentations. Members of this committee are called upon to assist with university presentations, classroom requests, and the LGBTQA 3D Series.The three D's in 3D Series stand for Dine, Deliberate, and Discuss. Students, faculty and staff are all invited to RSVP to have lunch together while discussing current impacting LGBTQA affairs and different social aspects involving LGBTQA community members.

    Requesting a class presentation: If you would like to request a presentation for your class, email with a subject heading of "Class presentation." Please note due to the limited number of speakers, not all requests may be accommodated.

    For additional information, please contact the Speakers Bureau and Workshops Subcommittee co-chairs:

    Gisela Vega

  • LGBTQA 3D Series Event Schedule

    Fall 2017 3D Series Schedule

    Title Campus Date Time Location
    Beyond Binaries MMC September 27 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 314
    Are you PREPared? BBC September 28 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157
    Homeless and LGBTQ MMC October 25 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 314
    Positive Relationships BBC October 26 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157
    Trans Health MMC November 15 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 241A
    Trans History BBC November 16 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157

    Spring 2018 3D Series Schedule

    Title Campus Date Time Location
    Queering Safer Sex MMC January 24 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 314
    Workplace Issues BBC January 25 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157
    Black and LGBTQA MMC February 14 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 314
    Queer P.O.C. BBC February 15 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157
    Art & Activism MMC March 21 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 314
    LGBTQ Healthcare BBC March 22 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157
    Healthy Relationships MMC April 4 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 314
    Pride & Prejudice BBC April 5 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157
  • FIU Pronoun Campaign

    For many genderqueer, transgender and other gender-variant people, pronouns can be a source of frustration, anxiety, hurt and unease. Being referred to by the wrong pronoun, particularly by family and friends, can make one feel as though people do not respect their genders. There are additional options when it comes to gender-neutral pronouns. People have been searching for an English, gender-neutral, third-person singular pronoun for years (admittedly, mostly to avoid the awkward "he or she," not in order to include non-binarily gendered people), although none of them have really been adopted into mainstream usage. Within transgender and genderqueer communities, there are two particular sets of gender-neutral pronouns: ze/zir and they/them/their, used similarly to she/her & he/him/his.

LGBTQA Glossary of Terms

FIU has clubs, organizations and committees for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff and their allies. Organizations offer opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, making friends, becoming involved, and educating the campus community and others about LGBTQ issues.

FIU @ Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

Each year, more than 300 students, faculty and staff come together to march in the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade with an FIU float. Email if you are interested in participating in the Pride Parade.

National Coming Out Day: Founded in 1988, National Coming Out Day is a holiday celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender and queer. This process, known as "coming out" regarding one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity, is akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The date of October 11th was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

National Coming Out Day

NCOD is observed nationally on October 11th by members of the LGBTQ community and their supporters. Our NCOD at FIU this year will be observed on Friday, October 10th on both the MMC and BBC campuses.

Student Leadership Conference: "Redefining Queer: Making Lavender Connections," is the first college and university conference of it's kind in South Florida. The conference will bring together 100 LGBTQA college students and community leaders for a day of networking, learning, and sharing. The conference is open to all higher education institutions within the Miami area.

As a Worlds Ahead Institution, FIU is an institutional leader in embracing the diversity and inclusiveness of all its constituents. We hope that our theme of "Redefining Queer" serves as a resounding motif that will inspire conference participants to create a positive change back in their institutions as well as sustain a network of rainbow family members here in South Florida.

This day will consist of networking, various workshops, panels, and speakers sharing information and resources on the four following areas:

  • Valuing our Past to Create our Future
  • Healthy, Happy, and Fabulous!
  • Follow, Follow, Follow the Leader
  • Global Community Connections

Are you interested in joining us for this monumental inaugural event?

This event is open to any LGBTQA students attending a college or university within the greater Miami and Broward area. This conference comes at no cost to all participants, but space is limited so make sure you register now!

Register for the conference.

After you submit your information, you will receive additional information and instructions from a member of the conference planning committee.

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation and Leadership

The Lavender Graduation and Student Recognition Dinner is a celebration that recognizes LGBTQA student's academic achievements and acknowledges their leadership contributions to the university. This annual Spring semester event helps promote a strong affinity among students and the university.

If you are an LGBTQA student who is graduating in the Spring and would like to join us for this wonderful event, please contact us so that we may recognize your achievement. During the event, graduating FIU seniors receive the Lavender Medallion to be worn at Graduation along with a certificate of their academic accomplishments. The office has partnered with local area GSA's to invite local High School LGBTQA Graduating Seniors to come and celebrate their accomplishments with us. If you are interested in attending the Lavender Graduation and Student Recognition Dinner, please make sure to notify us during the Spring Semester. Please place in the subject line: "Lavender Graduation RSVP."



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