FIU Explores Role of Haitian-American Students in the Reconstruction of Haiti

On March 10, 2010, LACC will co-sponsor “The Role of Haitian-American Students in the Reconstruction of Haiti,” a presentation by Edwin Paraison, Minister of Haitians Living Abroad. The presentation is co-sponsored by FIU’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship Studies is hosting African & African Diaspora Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Biscayne Bay Campus.

Mr. Edwin Paraison has been Minister of Haitians living abroad, MHAVE (from the French acronym ‘Ministere des Haitiens Vivant a I’Etranger’) since November 2009. He is also an Anglican Priest, Diplomat and Human Rights advocate. Mr. Paraison has been a member of the Haitian Diaspora in Dominican Republic since 1983. From 1986 to 1994 he served as the Director of the Anglican Church’s Haiti division. In 1994, he received the prestigious award "Anti Slavery International" (ASI), from the European Organization of Human Rights.

As a career diplomat, Mr. Paraison served his country at different levels for nine consecutive years, including the position of Consul General in Dominican Republic in 2004. In 2005, Mr. Paraison created the “Fundacion Zile” Island Foundation, which he used to promote cooperation and solidarity between Haiti and Dominican Republic. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Paraison served as the representative of the Haitian Diaspora for the Caribbean and Latin America in the Committee for National Dialogue set up by the transitional government.

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Event Flyer

“The Role of Haitian-American Students in the Reconstruction of Haiti” Wednesday, March 10, 2010 3:30PM FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, HM 260