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.

Organizations

  • 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)

  • 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.

Programs

  • LGBTQA Ambassadors Program

    The LGBTQA Student Ambassadors Program's main purpose is to develop strong LGBTQA Student Leaders while assisting the LGBTQA office in reaching out to students on campus and in creating a safer and welcoming space.  Ambassadors will be the first point of contact for new students and visitors, and help create a positive first impression.  Working as a member of a strong team, ambassadors will assist with events, projects, and efforts both on and off campus related to social justice and equity.

    Requirements/qualifications:

    1. Be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student at FIU
    2. Attending the LGBTQA Student Leadership Retreat during the Fall semester
    3. Attend the training and monthly meetings
    4. Attend 30 hours of events and programs per semester 
    5. Possess a minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5
    6. Ambassadors must remain in good academic and judicial standing and abide by all university policies and procedures
    7. Term of service is one academic year, with a renewal application if you wish to continue with the program
    8. Complete a minimum of 10 office hours per week in one of the two MPAS Offices - MMC or BBC
       

    Additional qualifications include:

    • Commitment to serving the mission of the LGBTQA office
    • A welcoming friendly attitude that creates a spirit of community and works well in a team
    • Commitment on being a change agent through the work of social justice


    Principle duties

    1. Represent the MPAS LGBTQA Initiatives Office at campus and community events (e.g. 3D Series, National Coming out Day, OUTShine Film Festival, etc.)
    2. Attend monthly Ambassador Team meetings (tentative)
    3. Meet with prospective students and inform them of the benefits of participating in the events that the LGBTQA office offers.
    4. Promote the LGBTQA events and programs by doing class presentations and tabling
    5. Other duties as assigned by LGBTQA office


    Ambassador Project: 

    Ambassadors will decide on a personal project to focus on during the academic year. This will be a focus of their duties as an Ambassador, and will be aimed at helping the FIU community in some way or form.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Participants will develop and awareness of FIU LGBTQA initiatives through intentional engagement and support.

    Participants will develop a greater understanding of their intersecting identities (i.e. sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression).

    Participants will gain an understanding of relevant social justice issues through programming and outreach initiatives.

    Participants will develop personal and leadership skills (i.e. including but not limited to, time management, effective written and oral communication, conflict resolution, teamwork, group facilitation, and peer education).:

  • LGBTQA Mentoring Program

    The LGBTQA mentoring 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 email LGBT@fiu.edu

  • Safe Zone Training Program

    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
    • Carlos R. Fernandez

    Download Safe Zone Manual

    Safe Zone Training is available via professionaldevelopment.fiu.edu sign up.


    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:





  • FIU Pride Parade Committees

    Every April, FIU participates in the Miami Beach Pride Parade festivities through a number of events and programs. First, MPAS LGBTQA Initiatives hosts an Alumni and Friends breakfast at the Wolfsonian Museum in South Beach. Participants then head over to Ocean Drive to begin lining up to walk in the parade as the FIU contingency. We've had anywhere from 150-300 walk with us in the past! Participants are also encouraged to stop by our exhibits booth on the beach where we have lots of fun activities and giveaways. 

    We can't do all of this planning alone, so we ask for the help of our community members to join us in the planning process. The Pride Committee is divided into four subcommittees, which are:

    • Alumni and Friends Breakfast
    • Pride Exhibits Booth
    • Transportation
    • Volunteer Registration and Day Logistics

    We put out a call for committee members to join during the end of the Fall semester and beginning of the Spring semester. Informationals are held to give those interested in participating more information on committee expectations and the planning process as a whole. 

    If you would like more information on how to join, please email lgbt.fiu.edu or visit the MPAS office in GC 216. 

  • LGBTQA 3D Series Event Schedule

    Fall 2018 3D Series Schedule

    Title Campus Date Time Location

    Bi/Pansexuality

    1. Want to gain insight into the differences between Bisexuality, Pansexuality, and Fluid identities as we bring awareness and promote acceptance.
    2. SLO: Critical thinking and problem solving, Intercultural Fluency
    MMC September 26 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 316

    What Good Allies Should Know

    1. Behind every good queer is a strong, supportive ally. Come out and learn what it takes to build a strong community and network of allies.
    2. SLO: Leadership
    BBC September 27 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157

    Unpacking Toxic Masculinities

    1. Masculinity is a fragile prison, and it becomes toxic when we don’t take the time to unpack how it plays a role within the LGBTQA community.
    2. SLO: Professionalism and work ethic
    MMC October 24 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 316

    Sexuality and Spirituality

    1. Beliefs and faith play a role in how we develop as a person, come learn how they play a role within the LGBTQA community.
    2. SLO: Intercultural Fluency
    BBC October 25 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157

    Two-Spirit Identity

    1. There are more than just two genders. Come learn about the traditional, pan-Indian “third gender” known as Two-Spirit.
    2. SLO: Intercultural Fluency
    MMC November 14 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 241-A

    Transgender Awareness

    1. Come help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces.
    2. SLO: Intercultural Fluency
    BBC November 15 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157

    Spring 2019 3D Series Schedule

    Title Campus Date Time Location

    LGBTQA Human Trafficking

    1. Human Trafficking plays a role in all of our lives, but this event will open your eyes to how it plays a unique role within the LGBTQA community.
    2. SLO: Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
    MMC January 23 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 314

    Social Justice... For All?

    1. Social justice should be on everyone’s mind, but sometimes certain groups can fall through the cracks. Come learn how intersectionality and social justice work together in an LGBTQA space.
    2. SLO: Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
    BBC January 24 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157

    Black LGBT Legacies

    1. Throughout history there have been many brave, beautiful, black leaders within the LGBTQA community, and this is where we will share in their stories.
    2. SLO: Intercultural Fluency
    MMC February 13 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 316

    Queer Art

    1. Inspired by a culture all our own, we explore how intersectionalities intermingle with sexuality in this 3D series all about queer art and representation.
    2. SLO: Intercultural Fluency
    BBC February 14 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157

    Police/LGBTQA Relations

    1. In this 3D series we will discuss the current state of relations, as well as the history, between the LGBTQA community and law enforcement.
    2. SLO: Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
    MMC March 20 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 316

    LGBTQA Issues in the Caribbean

    1. Learn more about the intersections between being a member of the LGBTQA community with to the Caribbean.
    2. SLO: Global / Intercultural Fluency
    BBC March 21 12:30PM-2:00PM WUC 157

    Navigating Kink Culture

    1. Learn more about the intricacies behind kink culture and the role it plays within the LGBTQA community.
    2. SLO: Intercultural Fluency
    MMC April 3 12:30PM-2:00PM GC 316

    Pride and Prejudice

    1. In this 3D series we will discuss the importance of pride in a world where prejudice threatens to put a damper on the spirit of authenticity we work so hard to keep alive in the LGBTQA community.
    2. SLO: Intercultural Fluency
    BBC April 4 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.

    If you would like a copy of the above statement, along with a pronoun pin, please visit our office in GC 216. 

Signature Events

  • LGBTQA Welcome Receptions
    The LGBTQA Welcome Receptions are hosted by our office every start of the semester. The Receptions are designed to welcome back students to the new semester and provide them with resources and information about the LGBTQA community at FIU and in the greater South Florida area. Traditionally, campus and community organizations are invited to provide their resources to the participants and engage in networking to provide opportunities on how to get more involved. Lots of giveaways and food are provided at every reception. It's a great way to stay connected and get more involved with the LGBTQA community!
  • National Coming Out Day

    National Coming Out Day, which is observed on October 11, is a reminder that one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out. One out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is only one in 10. When people know someone who is LGBTQA, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.

    FIU participates in Coming Out Day by partnering with campus and community organizations to engage in a resource fair to educate the FIU community and highlight pressing LGBTQA issues.The day is filled with education, resources, food, and giveaways including the Coming Out Day Shirt! 

  • LGBTQA Thanksgiving Dinner & Recognition Ceremony
    The LGBTQA Thanksgiving Dinner and Recognition Ceremony is held every Fall semester before the Thanksgiving holiday. The purpose of this event is to bring together the LGBTQA community at FIU to give thanks and to come together as a community during the holiday season. A donation drive is traditionally running concurrently with this event and participants are asked to bring a donation item if they are able. During the event, graduating LGBTQA students for the Fall term are also highlighted for their achivements.
  • World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day is an internationally observed day of awareness held on December 1st. Currently, Miami-Dade is the #1 site for new HIV infections across the United States. Understanding the importance of highlighting this epidemic affecting our community, MPAS-LGBTQA Initiatives along with many other campus and community organizations come together every year to plan the World AIDS Day events to highlight HIV/AIDS advocacy, education, and resources for the FIU community. Each year, FIU hosts an Awareness Expo, evening Block Party, community vigil, and a day of free HIV/STI testing to bring together the community to raise awareness for the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

    Each year a World AIDS Day committee is formed for those who are interested in getting more involved with the planning process. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email lgbt@fiu.edu or visit the MPAS office in GC 216 for more information. 

  • Pride Month

    Every April, MPAS LGBTQA Initiatives hosts the annual FIU Pride Month to celebrate and recognize the LGBTQA community through a month of events and programming. Below are some examples of signature events that occur every Pride Month:

    • Miami Beach Pride Parade- Every year, FIU brings a contingency of 150+ community members to walk in the Miami Beach Pride Parade and to attend the Alumni and Friends Breakfast at the Wolfsonian Museum on South Beach. Registration for the events, which includes transportation to and from MMC/BBC, opens during the beginning of Spring semester. 
    • Day of Silence- Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. FIU participates in Day of Silence by inviting campus and community organizations to engage in a resource fair to educate the FIU community and bring awareness to LGBTQA issues. 
    • AIDS Walk Miami- AIDS Walk Miami is an annual charity walk that raises money for organizations dedicated to advocating for HIV/AIDS research and prevention. Every year, we raise money as an FIU team and walk together during the event followed by a group luncheon and debrief of the day's activities. 
    • OUTShine Film Festival- A film festival that takes place in Ft. Lauderdale during the Fall semester and Miami during the Spring semester. MPAS LGBTQA Initiatives sponsors a film for both festivals and invite the FIU community to attend. 
    • City-Wide Lavender Graduation & Recognition Ceremony- The City-Wide Lavender Graduation and Leadership Recognition Dinner is a celebration that recognizes LGBTQA students' academic achievements and acknowledges leadership contributions of members in our community.This special event is open to all LGBTQ graduating seniors from Miami-area high schools & colleges, friends, family and LGBTQA community members.

      We invite you to spend a wonderful evening of celebration, food, and fun as we bring our LGBTQA community together to honor those who will be graduating as well as the recipients of our awards. The Lavender Awards are an important part of celebrating the achievements and contributions of dedicated members of our communities.

       Registration for graduating students and applications for the Lavender Awards open during the Spring semester. For more information, please email lgbt@fiu.edu or visit the MPAS office in GC 216.    

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Contact

MMC - GC 216
305-348-2436

BBC - WUC 253
305-919-5817

lgbt@fiu.edu

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