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The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs established the Latino Public Opinion Forum (LPOF) in March 2016 An initiative with the mission of tracking systematically and scientifically --through state of the art technology and traditional survey and qualitative methods-- public opinion trends of the major Latino/Hispanic groups in the United States (with an emphasis on Florida) with the objective of providing high quality research to inform policymakers, business, media, and academics. LPOF is the first university level initiative in Florida that studies the growth and impact of the Latino population across a range of areas including American Politics. In partnership with Adsmovil, LPOF conducts on a weekly basis the  New Latino Voice poll, with groundbreaking technology to provide fresh and up-to-the-minute trend in Latino Public Opinion in the United States.

Professional Development: FIU-JGI is an emerging training center for professional development both in the U.S. and in Latin America and the Caribbean. Professional development programs provide advanced education on the current and emerging security threats facing the Western Hemisphere, and strategies for developing and implementing effective strategies to improve the security environment in their respective countries. Professional development programs are offered in both English and Spanish, and taught by practitioners in the national security apparatus and academics with advance research experience on the respective topic. Professional development programs offered within the NSF include:

  • Executive Certificate in Global Security and Public Policy
  • Annual Hemispheric Security Conference

Policy Innovation: FIU-JGI supports the advancement of innovative and autonomous research in support of the U.S. government, and the academic community as a whole. Through grant-based initiatives, FIU-JGI hosts a series of roundtables, workshops, and conferences that support the advancement of knowledge on topics of importance to global security. In addition, the NSF conducts in-country research efforts to include polling, focus groups, in-depth interviews, and other traditional and non-traditional research methods. Current policy innovation programs within the NSF include:

  • FIU-SOUTHCOM Academic Roundtable Series
  • FIU-SOUTHCOM Military Culture Series
  • FIU-SOUTHCOM Colombian Focus Group Initiative
  • INL Gang Phenomena in El Salvador Study
  • FIU-JGI’s Global Security Review