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Florida Memorial University Creates a Social Justice Institute to Disrupt the World for Good

In March 2012, FMU students demonstrated at the murder of Trayvon Martin in Central Florida.

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.

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 to FMU 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.