Since its inception, the FIU Foundation Office of Inclusive Philanthropy has sponsored events that raise awareness for a wide variety of diversity-related issues. These events are often presented in collaboration with units across FIU as well as organizations in the community. Below are the events presented to date, as well as stories on some of them.

Past Events

  • More to the Story: Jewish Diversities in Race, Religion, and Culture

    May 26, 2022 – Individuals shape their understanding of themselves and their place in society, which is mostly defined by their local and larger national communities. What comprises Jewishness? Is it a race? A religion? An ethnicity? A nationality? The answers to these questions are constantly shifting. Join us as our panelists discuss diverse perspectives and Miami’s Jewish history.

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  • Developing a Successful Campaign: Women-Led Fundraising

    March 16, 2022 – This discussion with Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver, Dean Emeritus and Professor of the School of Communication + Journalism, explored the power of private philanthropy and successful campaign efforts led by women.

  • The Greatest Weekend

    February 25-27, 2022 – Co-sponsored with the Historic Hampton House, this event commemorated the legacy of Muhammad Ali’s (then known as Cassius Clay) victory against Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964, in Miami Beach, earning him boxing’s world heavyweight championship title.  Following his victory, Ali returned for the night to his hotel: the Hampton House.


  • Cultural Field Trip

    February 9, 2022 – The Historic Hampton House

  • A Culture of Giving: Native American Philanthropy

    November 10, 2021 – This virtual panel discussion focused on the history of the Miccosukee Tribe, the celebration of indigenous leadership, and addressing philanthropic giving and engaging Native Americans/indigenous individuals.


    Talbert Cypress, Councilman for the Miccosukee Tribe
    Brittany Schulman, Director of Indigenous Knowledge and Power Building Networks at Native Americans in Philanthropy
    Dawn Knickerbocker, Vice President of Development and External Engagement at Native Americans in Philanthropy

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  • The Power of Maximizing Hispanic Philanthropy

    November 10, 2021 – Presented in collaboration with Bacardi USA and PNC Bank, this panel discussion looked at maximizing the power of Hispanic philanthropy and the difference it can make in the lives of those around us. The event was hosted and held at Bacardi USA headquarters.

    Read the story about the event.

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  • Our True Colors: Inside the Rainbow

    October 27, 2021 – In honor of LGBT History Month, a virtual roundtable focused on education and information related to gay identities through personal stories, historic background, and contemporary inquiry and advocacy. 

    Roundtable Presenters:

    Shed Boren, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, FIU, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work.
    Julio Capo, Ph.D., Deputy Director, FIU Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab
    Jasmine McKenzie, Founder, The McKenzie Project: Uplifting Black transgender and nonbinary individuals in the South Florida area
    Jessica Smith, Student, University of Wisconsin, Superior; National advocate for indigenous communities and Two-Spirit sacredness
    Erica Friedman, Ph.D., Associate Director, FIU Office of Social Justice and Inclusion

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  • Asian American Identities, Histories, and Cultures: A Critical Roundtable Discussion

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 – In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this Virtual Roundtable is designed specifically for the FIU community, with the focus on how AAPI individuals have contributed to the history and culture here in Miami and elsewhere. We will also explore the “model minority myth” as well as the increasing violence against the AAPI community and our role as an Institution related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice.

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  • When Liberty Burns: Film Screening, Symposium and Community Access Weekend

    May 15 & 16, 2021 – The one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer and convicted murderer Derek Chauvin was marked by FIU Foundation Office of Inclusive Philanthropy with events to foster community- and university-wide reflection, commemoration, and discourse around the issues of diversity and equity in South Florida’s history. It included two days of community events plus four free screenings of When Liberty Burns on May 15 and 16, 2021, at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater in Miami’s historically Black community of Overtown. The events also highlighted and economically benefited local businesses in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and included free community health screenings provided by FIU’s medical and nursing students.

    The events were presented in partnership with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment, Green Family Foundation’s NeighborhoodHELP, StartUP FIU Local, community partners (Black Archives - Historic Lyric Theater, Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency), and national partners (National Endowment for the Humanities, BankUnited).

    Read the story about the event.

  • When Liberty Burns: Race Relations in America

    April 22, 2021 – This virtual roundtable highlighted race relations and the role of white supremacy and American policing. It was presented in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, and the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment.

    Roundtable Presenters:

    Dudley Alexis, Independent Filmmaker and Visual Artist. Alexis directed the documentary When Liberty Burns, which chronicled the routine traffic stop that resulted in the 1979 murder of Arthur L. McDuffie and the “McDuffie Riots” following the acquittal of the police officers tried for the killing.
    Terrance Cribbs-Lorrant, Executive Director, City of Miami Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum 
    Valerie L. Patterson, Ph.D., Director, African & African Diaspora Studies and Clinical Professor, Public Administration, Steven J. Green School of International &Public Affairs
    Chanelle N. Rose '97, MA '99, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Rowan University and Author

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  • The Power of Women in Philanthropy

    March 31, 2021 – The virtual event probed the world of women and philanthropy, including creating a legacy of giving, approaches to giving, and the FIU Foundation’s role in connecting with women philanthropists.

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  • Separate and Unequal: Black History in Miami

    February 26, 2021 – This virtual roundtable was presented in collaboration with FIU’s Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. The discussion focused on the struggle for civil rights and racial desegregation in Miami, and how sustained tourism and rapid demographic changes undermined constructions of blackness and whiteness that remained more firmly entrenched in other parts of the South. 

    Guest Speakers

    Jacquie Colyer, of the Board, Historic Hampton House
    Chanelle N. Rose ’97, MA ’99, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Rowan University, FIU Alumna and Author

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