Florida Memorial University Creates a Social Justice Institute
to Disrupt the World for Good
July 16, 2020, Miami Gardens, FL- Florida Memorial University is creating a research institute and solutions-focused think-tank to examine issues involving the intersection of racial disparities and injustice in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. The purpose of the FMU Social Justice Institute [SJI] is to serve as a resource for understanding, and facilitating tangible reforms in order to achieve a more just and fair society.
“As South Florida’s only historically Black University, FMU has a fundamental responsibility to be a leading voice working towards the elimination of injustices that have served as barriers to high-quality education, health, economic, and political success for Black Americans for more than 400 years. From our founding in Live Oak to our time in Jacksonville and Saint Augustine, FMU has been an active participant and leader in the fight to make our country a more inclusive and perfect union.” said FMU President, Dr. Jaffus Hardrick.
The concept for the FMU SJI originated with Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, who is a historian and author of the award-winning book Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida. Hobbs has led social justice initiatives on the campus and the South Florida community.
“The launch of the FMU Social Justice Institute will allow FMU to coordinate and mobilize resources, both from the campus and from the community, in service of the greater good,” Hobbs says.
“In-depth analysis, collaboration, and concerted action are necessary to solve the problems associated with systemic racism. We are prepared to lead that work.”
In the coming weeks, the FMU SJI will announce the members of its advisory board and an executive director. Under the umbrella of the SJI, FMU will also initiate solicitations for an Advocate-in-Residence to assist with social justice initiatives and service-learning projects.
To learn how you can get involved or make a contribution to the FMU Social Justice Institute, please contact FMU’s Office of University Advancement at 305 626-3611.
About Florida Memorial University
Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution that offers 27 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to provide an academic education solid foundation built upon the pillars of leadership, character, and service. FMU is South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU).
FMU is among the leading HBCUs in the nation leveraging partnerships with public and corporate partners to develop academic training and certification programs in emerging markets such as Aviation Management and Environmental Science, Cybersecurity, and Computer Information Technology. Its academic programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, the National Association of Schools of Music, Council on Social Work Education, and its Teacher Education programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education. FMU also offers a robust study abroad program and award-winning Broadcast Communications and Public Relations programs.
The university is also part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference and offers eight collegiate sports programs, including men/women’s basketball, men/women soccer, men/women’s track and field, baseball and volleyball.
More than 14% of the student population are international students representing Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa.