Brigitte Onorato/Contributing Writer
The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services will be hosting their third annual Social Justice Summit on Wednesday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Modesto Maidique Campus.
The summit is an educational program that invites students and faculty staff to learn about different topics such as immigration rights, equity and justice, intersectionality, religion and spirituality, LGBTQ rights, and environmental literacy.
By implementing these topics and programs, MPAS is promoting awareness and civic engagement for marginalized groups.
The idea and history behind the Social Justice Summit began three years ago with the LGBTQA initiatives in the MPAS office, which primarily focused on LBGTQA and environmental topics. MPAS decided to add this summit to the program by including a larger variety of topics to educate students and create a unified community.
The Social Justice Summit creates a platform to freely discuss social issues throughout the world and will present keynote speakers such as Amanda Niguidula.
Niguidula is a former FIU alumni who graduated with a bachelor’s in international relations and political science, and received her master’s in public administration. She has been actively involved on campus managing grant projects, while also leading a task force to analyze violence and victimization on college campus.
Niguidula currently works as the Director of the Disability Resource Center to guide and support students with disabilities throughout their college experience, also promoting awareness within the university by implementing partnerships, training and information sharing.
Throughout the event, there will also be a chance to tour the art exhibit located in the Patricia Phillip Frost Art Museum, where free breakfast and lunch will be provided. Students who wish to attend must register at studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-involved/multicultural-programs-and-services/ or on Panther Connect.
Featured photo by Gabriella Pinos.