Alcohol & Other Drugs Coordinator
Bio:Selena Sifontes is Florida International University’s first-ever Alcohol & Other Drugs Coordinator.
Selena began her journey at FIU in 2014 as an Office Specialist within the Parking & Transportation department. Simultaneously, she begun her academic career at the university to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Health and Human Concerns.
She grew professionally at the university into a Program Specialist for the Office of University Sustainability in 2016, where she learned her passion for outreach and public health. The semester before graduating for her BA in the spring of 2017, Selena made the last-minute decision to apply to the Master of Public Health graduate program at our Robert Stempel College of Public Health – within a month of having her second child.
Like a true Miamian (born an raised), Selena studied for the GRE on a Cafecito diet.
Selena was accepted into the Master of Public Health, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention program at FIU and began her master’s journey in the fall of 2017. By the summer of 2018, Selena was selected as
one of two Health Educators for FIU’s Healthy Living Program, now part of FIU Student Health & Wellness.
As a Health Educator, Selena developed, executed and evaluated a multitude of health-related intervention programs for the student community. The topics of these programs were related to the nine dimensions of wellness – from sleep hygiene to stress/time management, sexual health, spirituality, financial wellness, mental health, alcohol, and other drugs – to name a few.
Selena also met with students confidentially 1:1 for different health-related consultations.