I came to this country in 1977 to earn my Master's degree from Pittsburg State University. I then returned to Iran for a summer vacation not knowing I would return to the United States (U.S.) a married man. My wife and I came in 1979 in the midst of the Iranian Revolution. Armed with only a Master's degree in Biology, my wife and I sought to improve and advance our futures. We had no idea that our stay here would become permanent and that the U.S. would become our new home...Read More
Council Member: Arnel Bacani
I began working in the hospitality industry at the age of 16 in Panama City Beach, FL. At first, I did not know what career path I was to take, but I always knew that Florida State University would be my school of choice. I decided to pursue a degree at Florida State University and graduated in Spring 2000 with a Hospitality Administration degree...Read More
Council Member: Jimmy Canteenwalla
My name is Jimmy Canteenwalla. I was born and raised in Longwood, Florida, and until I moved to Tallahassee in 2006, I had never lived in a different house! I graduated from FSU from the College of Business in 2010 and was fortunate enough to come back to FSU to start work in Human Resources in March 2011...Read More
Former Council Member: Beth Hodges
I want to talk about our natural tendency to put people in boxes. By putting people in boxes, we attempt to make sense of the world around us. It is our human nature to quickly work up an idea of someone by what they wear, where they live or even what they drive....Read More
Council Member: Vanessa Fuchs
I am a native Floridian, born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. I did not realize that in the late 70s and early 80s, natives of Florida were rare. When I'd tell people I was "from Florida," the response would typically be, "ok, but where were you born?" My mom and dad ("snow birds" from New York and New Jersey) had to explain to me that many Florida residents at that time were "transplants" from other states and countries....Read More
Council Member: Jose Rodriguez
I was born to Puerto Rican parents in a small city in upstate New York. It was one of those places where "my family" was the "diversity." My parents taught us that there was sanctification in hard work - that it was its own reward. They did this by purchasing 2 acres of land in the middle of nowhere, and put me in charge of milking the goat, feeding the chickens and the rabbits, and walking the dogs. I learned from those animals that there are no real holidays-farm animals always need to be milked and fed. I think I learned there to be responsible...Read More
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