The Green Family Foundation, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine/Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP and Miami Dade College Miami Book Fair partner with Little Haiti Optimist Club, Little Haiti/Edison/Little River NET and other partners for the 2016 Back to School event.
Hope on a String works to engage and empower youth and communities in Haiti under the firmly held belief that the arts are a tool for social change. Through Hope on a String, individuals participate in a wide variety of music classes, instrument lessons, performance groups, theater and dance initiatives, as well as skill-building workshops and participatory development initiatives. Participants work to build individual confidence, collective pride, powerful relationships, and skills needed to succeed as leaders within the community. Ultimately, we help them identify and fulfill aspirations that create brighter futures for themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods. We invest in locally driven change, and seek to have a long-term impact on a national level by developing a scalable model for social development in Haiti.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice delivers the keynote address during the 2016 Spring Commencement ceremony for the FIU Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
Ambassador Susan Rice tells grads, ‘Your country needs you.’
It was clear Ambassador Susan Rice did her homework before coming to FIU to give the 2016 Spring Commencement speech for the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.
To enthusiastic laughter, the U.S. National Security Advisor promised “Breezeway cookies for everyone’’ if her address ran too long.
She gave a shout-out to the cafecitos from Bustelo that fuel many a late-night study session. She praised the university’s award-winning Model UN team, currently ranked fourth in North America.
But she also had a serious message, urging students to consider a “higher purpose” by pursuing a career in public service – whether to their community, their country or the world.
“Your country needs you,’’ said Rice, one of the longest-serving U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations. “We need the global approach you’ve honed at [the Green School]. We need your smarts, your skills and, yes, the brilliant mosaic of experiences you carry with you.”
“There is no work more rewarding, no field more exhilarating, no way to have a greater impact than public service,’’ she added.
Noting that her mother’s parents emigrated to the United States from Jamaica in 1912 and her father grew up in segregated South Carolina, Rice also spoke about the importance of diverse perspectives in the nation’s foreign policy and security decisions.
“Without tapping into America’s full range of races, religions, ethnicities, language skills, and social and economic experiences, we’re leading in a complex world with one hand tied behind our back,’’ she said.
She urged students to disregard the “loud voices” that disparage diversity.
The Green Family Foundation is proud to support Miami Book Fair The Big Read, a national initiative dedicated to supporting organizations across the country in developing community wide programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.
This year, the Book Fair has selected The Big Read's first nonfiction title Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat. This book was selected to honor Miami resident Danticat and the estimated 197,000 immigrants from Haiti who live in South Florida. Given the large immigrant community in south Florida- from Haiti and other Caribbean and Latin American nations- the themes of family, exile, separation and reunion as well as the issue of immigration make this a natural match for our community.
|»||See how the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program at FIU changes lives|
|»||Purchase Alan Lomax In Haiti: Recordings For The Library Of Congress, 1936-1937, nominated for two GRAMMY Awards.|
|»||Watch GFF President Kimberly Green's CGI Stories segment about the music of Alan Lomax.|