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
    Director

  • Vanessa Franco

    Vanessa Franco
    Program Director

  • Mel Freiria

    Mel Freiria
    Program Director

  • 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.

Applications for our 2023 Peer Advisors and Panther Camp Facilitators are currently open in PantherConnect

  • This could be you!

    This could be you!
    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."

Applications for our 2023 Peer Advisors and Panther Camp Facilitators are currently open in PantherConnect

  • 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

Become a 2023 Peer Advisor or Panther Camp Facilitator

Applications for our 2023 Peer Advisor and Panther Camp Facilitator positions are available via PantherConnect until February 3rd, 2023. Information Packets for both positions are also available on PantherConnect

OPEN TO ALL FIU STUDENTS. Presented by Orientation & Family Programs in the Division of Academic & Student Affairs. Funded by SGA. Qualified individuals with a disability requesting an accommodation to participate in this process must make the request no less than five (5) working days in advance by emailing orient@fiu.edu.

The selection process to become a Peer Advisor or Panther Camp Facilitator consists of multiple stages. Please review the different stages below:

  • 1. Information Session

    All candidates for both positions are recommended to attend an information session. At the information sessions, we will review both position responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. Information sessions will be held both via Zoom and in-person the week of January 23-27, 2023. See below for the specific dates, times and locations: 

    Monday, January 23, 2023

    3:00pm-4:00pm ET

    https://fiu.zoom.us/my/ofp23

    Tuesday, January 24, 2023

    1:00pm-2:00pm ET

    https://fiu.zoom.us/my/ofp23

    Wednesday, January 25, 2023

    2:00pm-3:00pm ET

    https://fiu.zoom.us/my/ofp23

    Thursday, January 26, 2023

    9:30am-10:30am ET 

    https://fiu.zoom.us/my/ofp23

    Thursday, January 26, 2023

    12:30pm-1:30pm ET

    GC 305 (MMC)

    Friday, January 27, 2023

    11:00am-12:00pm ET

    GC 305 (MMC)

    Friday, January 27, 2023

    12:30pm-1:30pm ET

    https://fiu.zoom.us/my/ofp23

  • 2. Application

    Applications are open on PantherConnect and will close on February 3rd at 11:59 p.m. ET. The application includes short response questions, scenario responses, and a video/presentation submission. The application must be completed in full in order to be considered. 

  • 3. Selection Workshop

    This is a hands-on group interview portion of our selection process. Candidates must be available and fully present for the entirety of one selection workshop in order to be considered for either position (2 hours). Candidates will be assigned to a specific in-person session based on the availability indicated in their application. Selection Workshops will be held between February 8-13, 2023. Candidates will be notified of their Selection Workshop date and time via e-mail by 7:00 PM on Monday, February 6th. 

    See below for the specific dates, times and locations:

    Wednesday, February 8, 2023

    9:00am-11:00am ET

    WUC 244 Ballrooms (BBC)

    Wednesday, February 8, 2023

    12:00pm-2:00pm ET

    WUC 244 Ballrooms (BBC)

    Thursday, February 9. 2023

    10:00am-12:00pm ET

    Parkview Multipurpose Room (MMC)

    Thursday, February 9, 2023

    2:00pm-4:00pm ET

    Parkview Multipurpose Room (MMC)

    Friday, February 10, 2023

    9:30am-11:30am ET

    Parkview Multipurpose Room (MMC)

    Friday, February 10, 2023

    1:00pm-3:00pm ET

    Parkview Multipurpose Room (MMC)

    Monday, February 13, 2023

    10:00am-12:00pm ET

    Parkview Multipurpose Room (MMC)

    Monday, February 13, 2023

    3:00pm-5:00pm ET

    Parkview Multipurpose Room (MMC)

  • 4. Announcement

    Teams will be announced no later than Monday, March 6, 2023. Candidates will receive more information about this throughout the selection process.