Mission

The Pride Center in the Office of Social Justice and Inclusion at Florida International University (FIU) works to create an environment of Empowerment, Affirmation, and Inclusion for all panthers representing diverse geders and orientaions at through education, advocacy, and celebration.

The Goal 

The goal is to provide all panthers with the resources and support they need to reach their fullest potential here at FIU and beyond. We accomplish this through: 

Education 

Our knowledgeable staff continually engages in research and evaluation, professional development opportunities, and on- and off-campus partnership-building. Through a series of organized trainings and events, we offer valuable resources to educate faculty, staff, and students on diverse topics centering gender, orientation, and their intersections with other identities and experiences.

FIU Panthers can join our Social Justice Badge Program to learn ways to advocate for our community, request Programs on Demand (e.g., Gender Pronoun Use), and attain resources directly from the student organizations we advise. Additionally, our Safe Zone program provides training for an average of 250 faculty and staff annually who volunteer as LGBTQIA+ advocates.

Advocacy

We are committed to ensuring LGBTQIA+ students succeed here at FIU an dbeyond. This means listening to students' needs and working alongside them to develop the policies that affect them. We provide resources, support, and opportunities that empower students to become effective self-advocates.

Our Pride Mentorship Program trains faculty, staff, and graduate student volunteers to serve as advocates, guides, and role models in the positive development of LGBTQIA+ students’ academic and non-academic lives. 

If there is something our office cannot immediately provide, we refer students to additional services (e.g., PanthersCare, Fostering Panther Pride, CAPS/VEP, and Financial Aid) and follow up to ensure their needs were met.

Celebration 

We work to establish a strong sense of belonging to FIU among our LGBTQIA+ students through the celebration of who they are and what they accomplish. We do this through our Out & Proud Scholarship program, organizing events such as Coming Out Day and participating in Miami Beach Pride, and holding a special Lavender Graduation ceremony to honor our LGBTQIA+ graduates each semester.

Get Involved

Our office is a community effort. We encourage you to submit your ideas and get involved in our office. Please reach out to us at pridecenter@fiu.edu.

 

 

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Contact

MMC - GC 216
305-348-2436

BBC - WUC 253
305-919-5817

pridecenter@fiu.edu

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm

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