Student Resources

A good collection of links to many of the resources available to FIU students is available at First-Year Programs' Guide to Navigating FIU. We encourage new students in particular to take a close look at it.

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Departmental Advising

Keaton Lora (kelora@fiu.edu) is the history advisor. For history majors, he is probably your assigned advisor (but not always). Whether or not he is your official advisor, he can definitely answer questions related to the history major and minor, classes, and a variety of different certificates, as well as general university requirements.

Dr. Shane Landrum (slandrum@fiu.edu) is also available to help with advising and can be particularly useful in talking about issues like graduate programs and potential career paths available to history majors and minors.

Dr. April Merleaux (amerleau@fiu.edu) is our public history coordinator. She can speak with you about opportunities for majors in public history, preparing for those positions, and even help you earn credit for internships.

The Department of History at FIU supports all of our diverse student population, including immigrants. For students with emergency legal issues related to immigration status, please contact the Attorney Juan Carlos Gomez at the Carlos Alberto Costa Immigration and Human Rights clinic at FIU for free, confidential legal support. You can email jcagomez@fiu.edu or call (305) 348-7541. For other resources for immigrant students, particularly DACA and other undocumented students, including free local legal help, visit Student Affairs’ Resources and FAQs for Undocumented Students.

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Academic Support

The department's Writing in History Tutors are available to all students in history classes, for free one-on-one appointments, online or in person. They can help with papers, guide you as you approach research, work on study techniques for exams, and even offer suggestions on personal statements, cover letters, and graduate applications. They are a great resource.

FIU's Center for Excellence in Writing offers writing support to students on the BBC, MMC, and engineering campuses, as well as online.

The Disability Resource Center provides support to students with short- and long-term disabilities. Speaking with the DRC can help you determine if you are eligible for accommodations, which professors cannot legally provide you without DRC documentation. Remember to that just because you are eligible for accommodations does not mean that you need to use them. It is up to you to decide that, along with the professor of each of your courses.

Veteran and Military Affairs helps students navigate educational benefits available to them through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and also helps them to make the most of their time as students, helping to ensure academic success. This office provides support for all Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists, eligible dependents and spouses enrolled at FIU.

Career and Talent Development can help you locate job opportunities and also prepare for those opportunities through resume workshops, internship opportunities and career fairs.

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs also maintains a listing of internship and job opportunities.

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Medical and Emergency Support

Student Health and Wellness offers students free basic healthcare at the MMC and BBC campuses. They can also help students obtain free or reduced-cost prescription drugs and more extensive healthcare.

Counseling and Psychological Services provide students with emergency and short-term counseling, including emergency appointments, and links students with programs and organizations that can them provide care over the long term. They have both BBC and MMC offices and a 24-hour emergency hotline: (305) 348-3000.

The Victim Empowerment Program provides support to students threatened with or victims of violence or abuse in a variety or forms, and those healing from such experiences. Although not a counseling center, they do provide some counseling and link students to counseling resources. They educate students on advocating for themselves and finding healthy solutions, as well as guiding them through the university and legal options of taking action against aggressors, as they are ready. They also link students to resources they need to improve their situation, such as emergency housing.

Fostering Panther Pride offers assistance to students experiencing homelessness. They help students find on- or off-campus housing, navigate financial aid and other university policies, and link students to FIU and community resources providing academic and non-academic counseling, tutoring, and job placement.

Student Food Pantry supplies free food to any currently enrolled student, no questions asked. They have BBC and MMC locations.