The Academy of Graduates for Integrative Learning Experiences (AGILE) seeks to enrich the graduate student learning experience by enhancing students' cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through a series of self-paced, structured, and accessible interdisciplinary workshops, dialogues, and experiential opportunities, which include:

  • Integrative learning through interdisciplinary dialogues and community meetings with peers and mentors
  • Interpersonal skill enhancement through professional development, leadership, and communication seminars
  • Intrapersonal skill enrichment through the integration of scholarly work and service or community engagement efforts

AGILE: An Integrative Learning Program Plan

AGILE is designed to create a synergistic learning community of graduate scholars whose participation in a coordinated, co-mentored, and self-paced program will include the following components:

  • Interdisciplinary Mentoring
  • Community Meetings
  • Professional and Academic Development Seminars
  • Leadership Academy and Speaker Series
  • E-portfolio/Self-reflective Professional and Academic Progress Plan
Program Criteria
  • Must be enrolled in a doctoral program at FIU
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must demonstrate an interest in leadership and community engagement


The 2015-2016 AGILE application is now open. To apply, please click here. The application deadline is October 1st. The selection committee will be reviewing applications through late October and will be in touch with applicants shortly thereafter. Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Magnolia Hernandez at the University Graduate School at 305-348-1905 or

2013 AGILE Scholars

Join us in congratulating our first cohort of AGILE scholars.

Raed Bahelah
Public Health

Melisa Balos
International Relations

Claudia Cardona
Civil and Environmental

Andrea Headley
Public Affairs

Craig McGill
Adult Education

Nadine Mikati
Dietetics & Nutrition

Manuel Salinas
Biomedical Engineering

Chaundra Whitehead
Adult Education
2014 AGILE Scholars

Join us in congratulating our second cohort of AGILE scholars.

Sahar Ajabshir
Dietetics and Nutrition

Tenesha Avent
Public Health

Lukas Danner
International Relations

Million Mesfun

Soumyadeep Mukherjee
Public Health

Mariana Pitiriciu
Civil Engineering

Christa Remington
Public Affairs

Nanett Rojas
Higher Education

Daniel Roncancio

Tammy Sanders
Curriculum and Instruction

Aisha Usher
Curriculum and Instruction
AGILE Executive Committee
Nicole KaufmanInterim Vice PresidentOffice of Engagement
Dr. Beverly DalrympleExecutive DirectorCenter for Leadership & Service
Charlene EberlyAssistant DirectorCommunication Arts Studio
Dr. Fernando FigueredoDirectorCareer Services
Dr. Andres GilVice PresidentDivision of Research
Dr. Paula GillespieDirectorCenter for Excellence in Writing
Dr. Susan HimburgDirectorOffice of Academic Planning & Accountability
Glenn HutchinsonAssistant DirectorCenter for Excellence in Writing
Dr. Oscar LoynazDirectorStudent Health Services
AGILE Lecture Series

Spring 2015 AGILE Lecture
Love, Reason, and Self Discovery
Peter Rogen, Cross-cultural communications expert and Shakespearean actor
Wednesday, February 11, 4:00 pm at the Graham Center, GC 243

Fall 2014 AGILE Lecture
Genevieve Bell, Vice President and Intel Fellow, Intel Labs
Director, User Experience Research


For more details about this event, please contact Magnolia Hernandez, Associate Director, University Graduate School, at or (305) 348-1905.

Inaugural Lecture – Professional Development in Graduate Education: Trends and Opportunities, Debra W. Stewart, President, Council of Graduate Schools
Monday, April 7, 2014
4:30 pm at the Frost Art Museum Café
Inaugural Lecture Event Flyer

Dr. Debra Stewart became President of the Council of Graduate Schools in July 2000. She holds degrees from Marquette University, University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1975 she joined the North Carolina State University faculty and was professor of Political Science and Public Administration from 1984 to 2000. In 1983 she became Associate Dean of the Graduate School at North Carolina State and Dean of the Graduate School in 1988. In 1994 she served as Interim Chancellor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Prior to CGS, she was Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Graduate School at North Carolina State University.

A world-renown expert in graduate education, Stewart will be the inaugural speaker for the UGS AGILE Lecture Series. Stewart's service to graduate education includes chairing the Graduate Record Examination Board, the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and the Board of Directors of CGS. She also served as vice chair of the ETS Board of Trustees, Trustee of the Triangle Center for Advanced Studies, and member of the American Council on Education Board and several National Research Council Committees. Stewart is author, coauthor, and editor of books and numerous scholarly articles on administrative theory and public policy. She lectures nationally and internationally on graduate education issues and challenges with a focus on ethics in managerial decision-making. Join AGILE and its distinguished inaugural guest speaker, Debra W. Stewart, as she presents to the FIU community her thoughts on professional development trends and opportunities in graduate education.

To RSVP, please click here.
For more details about this event, please contact Magnolia Hernandez, Associate Director, University Graduate School, at or (305) 348-1905.