Diplomat in Residence
The U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers to the position of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at certain colleges and universities throughout the United States. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest young graduates to represent the United States' interests around the world.
While based at specific campuses, all Diplomats in Residence cover wider geographical regions. The DIR hosted by FIU and Miami-Dade College covers southern Florida from Orlando south to and including Puerto Rico. Currently, FIU's DIR is one of only 16 senior diplomats participating in this program nationwide.
For the Academic Year 2016-2017, the DIR is Ms. Catherine Rodriguez.