Orientation and Family Programs serves everyone who walks through the doors of the university, and in particular, our new students and their family members. The staff and leadership are dedicated to easing the transition into FIU and hope to infuse the Panther spirit into this community through each of our programs.

Staff & Student Assistants

  • Carol Galladian

    Carol Galladian

  • Vanessa Franco

    Vanessa Franco
    Program Director

  • Mel Freiria

    Mel Freiria
    Program Director

  • Alex Gutierrez

    Alex Gutierrez
    Program Coordinator - Panther Camp

  • Emily Fornaris

    Emily Fornaris
    Coordinator of Administrative Services

  • Kevin Mahabir

    Kevin Mahabir
    Graduate Assistant

  • Sela Andrews

    Sela Andrews
    Graduate Assistant

  • Luis Gutierrez

    Luis Gutierrez
    Student Assistant

  • Saadiq Khan

    Saadiq Khan
    Student Assistant

  • Alexis Murray

    Alexis Murray
    Student Assistant

  • Nicolas Marquez

    Nicolas Marquez
    Student Assistant

Peer Advisors

Each year a group of enthusiastic and responsible FIU students are selected to become Orientation Peer Advisors. These special students are trained to assist with all new student orientation programs throughout the year as well as other programs for new students and their families. In this capacity, they serve as resources for new students and their parents, they assist FIU staff with planning and implementation of the programs, and they are viewed as student leaders among the University community.

If you’re interested in becoming a 2024 Peer Advisor, please complete this form here to be notified when information becomes available.

  • Santana Way

    Santana Way
    Peer Advisor Coordinator

  • To Be Announced!

    To Be Announced!
    Peer Advisor

2023 Panther Camp Team

Panther Camp is coordinated by a select group of students known as the Panther Camp Facilitators. Facilitators are selected out of hundreds of applicants to represent the program and are charged with creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants. Facilitators are involved in all aspects of the camp planning process, from creating programming session and large-group activities to leading small group conversations.

After Panther Camp Facilitators have completed a year with the program, they are eligible to apply for the Panther Camp Executive Board. Panther Camp Exec members are past-Facilitators who return to take on more responsibilities within the program. Exec members are responsible for heading up committees and helping the Facilitators to create the Panther Camp Magic.

Both groups are positive representatives of Florida International University and the Panther Camp program. These student leaders build meaningful relationships, serve as mentors and role models, inspire a new class of Panthers and encourage students to "Leave their legacy with P.R.I.D.E."

If you’re interested in becoming a 2024 Panther Camp Facilitator, please complete this form here to be notified when information becomes available.

  • Yazan Almanasir

    Yazan Almanasir
    Executive Director

  • Chloee Gaillard

    Chloee Gaillard
    Director of Sponsorship

  • Dalia Arias Ordosgoitia

    Dalia Arias Ordosgoitia
    Director of Activities & Traditions

  • Gabo Aragon

    Gabo Aragon
    Director of Marketing & Recruitment

  • Kaiya Roberts

    Kaiya Roberts
    Director of Programming

  • This could be you!

    This could be you!
    Panther Camp Facilitator