In Fall of 2010, a group of interested students of black descent and then Assistant Executive Director, Duane Wiles of the FIU Alumni Association, convened to solidify a growing desire among alumni to establish a Black Alumni Panther Network. This is not unique a request as all over the nation there are thriving black alumni panther network working alongside with the University to promote professional, social, and cultural cohesion among its members and the general student body! So think of this as another way to promote FIU, as “WE ARE FIU.”
The establishment of FIU’s Black Alumni Panther Network will facilitate the creation of a professional and social network for black and afro-Caribbean alumni of FIU. Some of the events that we have hosted include “Black Alumni Weekend,” business professional networking, career fairs, happy hours, and we are continuously adding. However, our primary focus is to assist in the recruitment and retention of black and afro-Caribbean students by providing mentorships and if possible internship opportunities. The establishment of a Black Alumni Panther Network is an initiative supported by the University’s Board of Trustees and survey results from Alumni. The Black Alumni Panther Network will underscore the University’s mission at achieving an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida.