On June 2, 2021, the Namaste Miami Indian Cuisine restaurant in Coral Gables was filled with FIU students, faculty and alumni. Though some people were reuniting and others meeting for the first time, all guests were there to show support for residents of Bandhwari, India — more than 8,000 miles away. The dinner was part […]
Logistics firm WTDC hires seven FIU Business interns
When junior Kristina Khudiakova isn’t learning international business theory in class, she is putting it into practice as a digital marketing intern at WTDC, a global trade firm. Three days a week, Khudiakova heads into the office to create promotional videos and social media content. She films, edits and writes, working closely with employees and […]
The Bandhwari Women’s Project: changing the world, one stitch at a time.
Thanks to an innovative microenterprise initiative spearheaded by FIU business students, an elementary school in a poor Indian village near New Delhi now has drinking water and flush toilets. The donation of the new water pump was made possible from the sale of fashionable tote bags crafted from repurposed silk sari fabric. The sale of […]
International Business Honor Society in India: A life-changing experience on two continents.
They left for Spring Break with suitcases stuffed with kids’ clothing, notebooks and first aid supplies. They returned with fashionable tote bags – dozens and dozens of tote bags. But this was no Spring Break shopping spree. The tote bags – as well as purses, makeup bags, and yoga bags – were carried back by […]
A return to Bandhwari boosts FIU honor society’s social entrepreneurship project.
It all began with a pouf, a fabric-covered hassock created last year by a group of village women of Bandhwari, India, in collaboration with nine Florida International University College of Business students as part of their annual social entrepreneurship project. When the 2016 trip was over, the students, all members of the International Business Honors […]
A bracelet helps launch International Business Honor Society project.
Juan Toro, a Master of International Business student, found himself 8,397 miles from home, playing soccer with children in India, when he realized how much helping others fulfilled him. “Seeing how a soccer ball can lighten a child’s day is something unimaginable,” he said. Yet Toro’s India experience went far beyond that game of soccer. […]
A commitment to service drives an FIU business student.
As someone who helped steer an immigrant family business through challenging times, Ralph L. Gazitua, President and CEO of Miami logistics firm WTDC, knows what it’s like to struggle for success. He hopes his story will inspire FIU students to reflect on their own experiences and values, and make community service a key component of […]
A “pouf” could change lives in India, with help from FIU’s International Business Honor Society.
It was a concept born in Venezuela and nurtured in Miami by Florida International University (FIU) business students. Now, it’s flowering in India, where it could improve the lives of women and girls in a village ravaged by poverty. Meet the Moroccan pouf, an ottoman-style hassock with a production plan that offers a path to […]
Students celebrate a night of “Roary-ing” success.
As the spring semester at Florida International University (FIU) drew to a close, students, faculty and alumni gathered at the College of Business for “Roary-ing Into Success,” the name of this year’s annual awards presentation and celebration. Over 150 people attended the event. “It’s gratifying to have an opportunity to recognize not only organizations, but […]
Trip to Nicaragua changes lives on both sides.
“We made a difference. We made a beginning.” Those words from Constance Bates, a faculty member in the College of Business at Florida International University (FIU), encapsulated the service learning experience she and eight FIU students underwent during their seven-day stay in Nicaragua in March 2013. The students are members of the college’s International Business […]