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
Nathan Dodge


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 |

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.

Contact Information
Katherine Martin

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
Fang Shu