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DC Fly-In

Our Annual President's Council DC Fly-In will take place from Monday April 8 through Wednesday April 10, 2019. 

From understanding our top legislative priorities to getting an in-depth look at our FIU, Washington D.C. office, the DC Fly-In is an immersive President's Council experience.

The fly-in will offer our President's Council members an opportunity to learn about FIU's advocacy efforts, a chance to interact with students, explore our top national initiatives and priorities, and engage with our DC partners and alumni. 

Interested in joining us?


*All items included below are tentative

  • Day 1: April 8
    Morning- Arrival and check into hotel

    Office space available all day for President’s Council members

    Location: FIU in DC

    • To reserve space, contact the External Relations Team in advance
    • Should a need arise last minute, please let the External Relations Team know
    12:00pm- Welcome Lunch

    Hosted by SVP For External Relations, Marketing and Strategic Communications, Sandy Gonzalez Levy and President's Council Chair, Melissa Tapanes Llahues

    Location: Charlie Palmers Steak Washington DC, 101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

    2:30 p.m. FIU in DC: Introduction and Advocacy Briefing

    Carlos Becerra, Assistant Vice President, FIU Federal Relations

    Location: FIU in DC, 440 1st St NW #860, Washington, DC 20001

    In-depth session about FIU in DC, its history, its current initiatives and how it contributes to FIU’s strategic goals and objectives for 2025.

    Topics to include: 

    • FIU priorities
    • Preeminent programs
    • FY19 Budget Process
    • DACA
    • Veterans
    • Fostering Panther Pride
    • Pell Grants
    3:15 p.m. Agency Visit: Department of State Visit

    Location: FIU in DC, 440 1st St NW #860, Washington, DC 20001

    5:15 p.m. Break
    7:00 p.m. Dinner with D.C. Alumni Leaders

    Location: Fig and Olive, CityCenterDC, 934 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Charlyn Stanberry, Legislative Counsel, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), U.S. House of Representative;

    John Barsa, Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean);

    Charlie Stack, Manager Business Excellence, Grant Thorton

    9:00 p.m. Depart for Hotel or Sightseeing Tour 



  • Day 2: April 9
    8:30 a.m.  FIU DC Partnerships Panel Breakfast

    Location: Google, 25 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, D.C. 20005
    Panel and breakfast with DC Partnership Members

    10:00 a.m. Break
    10:30 a.m. Transfer to legislative meetings            
    11:00 a.m. Lunch on the Hill with key staff and possible member meetings

    Location: House Office Building, 27 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Lunch with Chiefs of Staff or top congressional staff and individual meetings with new delegation members (TBD)

    2:30 p.m.  Transfer to FIU in DC 
    3:00 p.m. Public-Private CyberSecurity Partnership: FIU, NIST, and New America

    Location: FIU in DC, 440 1st St NW #860, Washington, DC 20001

    3:30 p.m.  Transfer to Hotel 
    5:00 p.m. Meeting with Dean Tomás R. Guilarte (optional)

    Location: Kimpton Mason & Rook, 1430 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

    6:00 p.m. FIU Reception with our DC partners and FIU students

    Location: FIU in DC, 440 1st St NW #860, Washington, DC 20001 

    9:00 p.m. Depart for Hotel




  • Day 3: April 10
    8:30 a.m. National Dialogue: Brain Health and Diverse Communities

    Location: Alley

    Mark B. Rosenberg, President, Florida International University

    Tomás R. Guilarte, Dean, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

    Robert Sackstein, Dean, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    10:30 a.m. Break
    11:00 a.m.  PC advocacy wrap up session

    Location: Alley

    Take aways, follow-ups and action items


We have partnered with the Kimpton Mason & Rook hotel to offer our President's Council members a special nightly rate of $309.


Our 3,500 square-foot state-of-the-art venue at 440 1st Street NW is located a few short blocks from the U.S. Capitol and has multiple spaces available for co-working, reservation and event use, with priority preference for alumni donors and corporate partners.

Whether you're touring Washington, D.C. and want to take a break, searching for a place to convene with partners, or are a panther working in the District and looking for a change of pace, FIU in DC is here for you.

More information: 

Things to do in DC

Planning on going up to DC the weekend leading up to our President's Council Fly-in? Below are some of the top events happening from April 5-7, 2019 :