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.
BY CRYSTAL CHEW
Special to the Miami Herald
Sarah Braxton has spent most of her life taking care of her family.
First she took care of her daughter, Pretious Latae Walker, who had open-heart surgery when she was 21 and died about four years later. Then it was her mother, Pauline Mason, who had a heart attack and a stroke in her early 30s. She died two years ago on Christmas Eve.
Even with the history of heart disease in her family, it wasn’t until recently that Braxton, 51, decided to start caring for herself.
New course Spring 2016!
Haitian Creole Language and Literature: Migration
With Dr. Nadève Ménard
Professor, Université d'Etat d'Haiti & visiting Scholar, LACC and MOL
FOL 3930 | MW | 3:30 - 4:45 PM
This course unites advanced Haitian Creole language training + the study of Haitian Literature
- in Haitian Creole
- Intermediate proficiency in Haitian Creole required (HAI 3214 or instructor's permission)
Nadève Ménard is a renowned scholar of Haitian literature based at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of the Université d'Etat d'Haiti. Her research explores exile, migration and literary representations of historical figures and events including the US occupation of Haiti. She is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 4 books and numerous articles.
Dr. Ménard has held teaching positions at l'Université de Paris-VIII and the University of the West Indies, among others. She earned a BA from John Hopkins University and MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Made possible by LACC's US Department of Education Title VI grant. Part of LACC's Haitian Studies Program of Excellence. Part of the LACC / State University of Haiti MOU partnership.
Call LACC at (305) 348-2894 for more information.
Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center
School of International and Public Affairs
Florida International University
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