Hospitality Student Clubs and Honor Societies2017-03-31T11:01:53+00:00
The Chaplin School places strong emphasis on student leadership development. Students enjoy unique study abroad opportunities and benefit from their engagement with a variety of student clubs and honor societies.

Student-Led Clubs and Honor Societies


Biscayne’s Renowned Engineers of Wort: Our mission is to brew fantastic beers with exotic flavors to educate students and consumers alike to all the possibilities of the beer world. We are FIU’s advanced brew club specializing in extraordinary beer applications. Signature event is the South Florida BrewFest – a craft beer festival.

Collegiate DECA

Collegiate DECA is a student-driven organization that values competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. It prepares students for careers by integrating skills learned in the classroom into real-world experiences. Collegiate DECA programs assist in developing academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders. Collegiate DECA conferences and other activities give students unique access to internships, scholarships, competition, and professional networking.
Why Join?

  • Excel in the classroom in areas such as marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global job market
  • Develop strategic decision making and project management skills
  • Network with business and industry experts and nearly 15,000 students and advisors
  • Receive awards and recognition through competition and leadership action

Contact Information
Nico Rose


Eta Sigma Delta

The FIU Chapter of the International Hospitality and Tourism Honor Society – is an organization with chapters in numerous schools internationally. The FIU chapter has an annual dinner cruise and several other events to get to know one another, network with other students, faculty and industry professionals and to connect with industry leaders. There is at least one charitable event per year.

Students are eligible to join after completion of at least 50 percent of the credits required for the hospitality or tourism degree, with a grade point average of at least 3.40 for undergraduates and 3.70 for graduate students.

Meetings are not regularly scheduled. There are scheduled events and an initiation ceremony.

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Howook “Sean” Chang |

Friends of Wine

Friends of Wine is a student-run club designed to engage those who are curious about wine and would like to further their knowledge through the networks of their peers via tastings and seminars. The club invites industry specialists such as winemakers, Sommeliers, and distributors to lead specialized tastings for students in a relaxed setting.

How to Join
You can join friends of wine by attending one of our weekly tasting seminars.

Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
HM 171

There are no membership requirements to participate in Friends of Wine. Anyone can attend seminars. However, there is a fee for each tasting.

Contact Information
Landie Koch, Club President


Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda

Future Business Leaders of America (FIU FBLA-PBL) is is the premier student business organization that develops members in various aspects. Members enjoy travel to conferences in cities like Anaheim, Orlando, Nashville, Washington D.C., and more!

Get the competitive edge by competing at the district, state, and national level in over 50 competitions. Become the best of the best when you place first at the National Leadership Conference.

  • Network with various other members at different conferences
  • Travel
  • Professional development
  • Overall, interact and build your resume

Contact Information
Kevin Caballe, President


Graduates in Hospitality and Tourism Club

The Graduates in Hospitality and Tourism Club’s (GHT) mission is to provide a sense of community for all Chaplin School graduate students, through positive personal, business, and educational relationships. GHT provides a leadership forum for hospitality and tourism management students to foment links with the industry at large via related professional societies, the alumni networks, the faculty, and existing clubs and societies at the School

Contact Information
Kaleena Salguiero

Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals

Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a student-based organization focused on networking and promoting the professional advancement of our student body by hosting conferences which may range from topics related to hospitality, finance, technology, revenue management, and investments. HFTP collaborates, discusses progressive knowledge, and looks to put its members on the fast track for success.

HFTP is a global organization that has a multitude of members who are active in the hospitality industry and also has two esteemed certifications available, the CHAE (Certified Hospitality Account Executive) and the CHTP (Certified Hospitality Technology Professional). Annual study courses are available for these certifications to promote and increase the success rate and professional knowledge of all who participate.

Contact Information
Jonathan Mendez, President


Hospitality Sales Marketing Association International

Hospitality Sales Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is the largest international association of travel sales and marketing professionals. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization with members worldwide, dedicated to enhancing sales and marketing management skills in the travel and hospitality industry through education.

Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. in the Carnival Center

Contact Information


Hospitality Student Leadership Council

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Career Development Program in the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management coordinates the Hospitality Student Leadership Council (HSLC). This select group of students provides guidance for  the vision and mission of the office and assist in selecting, organizing, and executing the activities that the program offers to hospitality students. Council members provide feedback, recommendations, and advice relating to programs that will interest the student body.

To learn more about the council and to view past members, visit the HSLC page.

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) seeks to educate in order to aid in the recruitment, retention, support, and advancement of minority students in the hospitality industry to build and maintain relationships between hospitality professionals and minority students in ways that encourage lifelong commitment to the organization. The FIU chapter of NSMH is a professional student-led liaison between the industry and hospitality students. We want to make finding a job, honing your networking skills, deciding what you want to do within the hospitality field a little easier with NSMH.

How to Join: Feel free to attend a General Meeting to get a feel for NSMH. Meetings are hosted at both MMC and BBC for your convenience and are held once every month. To formally join, there are 2 steps:

  1. Go online to and register with the FIU chapter for $10.
  2. Bring $10 to the next on campus meeting so you can receive your NSMH t-shirt and business card template.

Contact Information
Yolanda Suarez

Chris Ayala


Student Event Planners Association

The Student Event Planners Association (SEPA) is a professional national organization that caters to students pursuing a career in the event planning and hospitality industry.

SEPA’s mission is to prepare students for success in the event planning and hospitality industry. Anyone can join regardless of their major. The membership fee is $85 per academic year, which includes cost for a t-shirt.

SEPA holds meetings twice a month, one at BBC and the other at MMC. Please inquire about meeting dates and times.

SEPA has partnered with many big names in the industry. These partnerships include the Event Planners Association (EPA), Events Clique, Cvent, the Wedding and Event Institute, and the Institute of Wedding and Design (IWED). Members have the opportunity to participate in a mentor program, scholarships for a certification course from the wedding and event institute, and professional development programs.

Contact Information
Alexandra Pios


Student Hotel Club

Are you currently working in a hotel, planning on an occupation in the hotel industry, or undecided about your career? Enhance your college experience by becoming an active member in the FIU Student Hotel Club! The Student Hotel Club (SHC) welcomes all FIU students who hope to pursue a career in hotel management and who hope to learn more about the dynamic industry and its many career paths.

SHC is committed to providing each and every member with the right tools for professional development through various workshops, social events, networking with industry professionals, field trips, listening to guest speakers, and much more.

The purpose of this club is to provide SHC students with professional development opportunities through education, information and member services, and to build meaningful and professional connections with industry professionals. SHC’s main goals are as follows:

  1. To provide SHC members with opportunities to exchange ideas, strategies, and contacts with industry leaders.
  2. To assist members to achieve their career goals through FIU’s career services and networks.
  3. To educate members on the latest industry trends and challenges, human resource hiring processes, and leadership.
  4. To expose new members to different aspects of hospitality business through various hotel tours.
  5. To assist the local community through community service events.
  6. To provide our members with professional development opportunities through various workshops and conferences.

Contact Information
Leira Fombrun