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About FIU’s Office of Global Learning Initiatives

Global Learning for Global Citizenship is FIU’s universal global learning initiative. Every FIU undergraduate takes at least two global learning-designated courses and participates in integrative global learning co-curricular activities as a condition of their graduation. The Office of Global Learning Initiatives’ (OGLI) coordinates all aspects of Global Learning for Global Citizenship, which was awarded the 2016 Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus and the 2019 APLU Institutional Gold Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement.

Since the initiative’s launch in 2010, FIU faculty have created over 250 global learning courses housed in every one of FIU’s undergraduate academic programs. The Office offers FIU faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants an array of workshops and fellowships that hone skills needed to develop and implement successful global learning experiences.

Our Global Learning Medallion program enables students to design their own global learning pathway and earn a coveted graduation honor. Medallion recipients go above and beyond the minimum graduation requirement to take additional global learning courses, participate in campus and community-based globally-focused activities, and complete a signature capstone experience involving study abroad, foreign language study, original research, and/or internships. Robust co-curricular offerings also include the Peace Corps Prep program, the Tuesday Times Roundtable discussion series, and a selection of student clubs.

Each year, we also recruit and work closely with our university’s Millennium Fellows. The Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program that takes students' social impact to the next level. The program provides access to world-class training, connections, and recognition as fellows implement projects addressing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 10 United Nations Academic Impact principles. Thirty-one FIU students have successfully completed the fellowship since 2019.

Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Democracy Initiatives at AAC&U, says, “FIU’s educational design for universal global learning enables all students to engage in global learning without a passport. It’s a blueprint that relies on moving minds, not bodies.”

Office of Global Learning Initiatives' commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

We in the Office of Global Learning Initiatives are committed to engaging in self-reflection and identifying ways we can enact change and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are partnering with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to meet FIU's goal of building "an intellectually vibrant climate that sustains the inclusiveness and engagement of our diverse community."

Hilary Landorf, Executive Director of the OGLI and Senior Scholar, Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at AAC&U, is co-principal investigator in a multi-campus research initiative. This research initiative seeks to increase the participation of students of color in global learning and encourage greater collaboration between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Global Learning units on college campuses, including FIU.