Student Clubs

The Chaplin School places a strong emphasis on student leadership development. Students benefit from their engagement with a variety of student clubs and honor societies. Join a club and make lifelong friends today!

The Bartenders Guild at FIU


A student-run organization that shares a passion, curiosity, and camaraderie for the art and concepts of mixology, craft cocktails, and fine spirits. The Bartenders Guild is a pillar of the Bacardi Center of Excellence at FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Award-winners of the "people's choice cocktail" of the SOBEWFF® Art of Tiki Showdown presented by BACARDÍ Rums and Patrón Tequila. 

Contact Info: DM us on Instagram @bartendersguild_fiu


Event Management Student Group—FIU

The BOH Club is an event management student group created to be a center of communication, networking, debate, and socialization for FIU students interested in the events industry.

Our mission is to create a group to support and elevate those who are interested in events. The club will focus on ways students can collaborate on both FIU event and live events in all sectors of the events industry. BOH is a space to network, learn about job opportunities, debate, participate in meetings, and support each other. Our vision includes providing a space where the event industry can grow along with students, and where future event industry leaders can find support now and for many more years to come.

Values Teamwork, honesty, responsibility, loyalty, kindness, integrity, empathy, diversity, generosity, respect, and fun.

Officers Contact Information

President: Miranda Ghirimoldi,
Vice President: Dominika Rocco,
Treasurer: Dulvanese Innecco 
Advisor: Yulitza Sosa,

The Coffee Guild @ FIU

Coffee Education Student Group – FIU

The Coffee Guild is the newest addition to the Bacardi Center of Excellence. It’s a group for students who are interested in learning more about the world of coffee, while networking, establishing connections, and participating in FIU events.

Our mission is to educate students on everything coffee, from bean to cup. This includes learning about coffee growing regions, styles of coffee, art, brand exploration, tastings, roasting, and coffee mixology.

Our vision is to grow our community to be a new, fun, and safe group for all students who have a passion for coffee. Here at the guild, students have opportunities like studying abroad and earning a Barista Certification through LavAzza’s Training Center. 

Values: Integrity, Responsibility, Teamwork, Kindness, Diversity, Empathy, Generosity, Respect, Honesty, Fun and Creativity


President: Rowan Jacobs,
Vice President: Gianna LaRusso
Treasurer: Isabel Lundberg
Events Coordinator:  Zara Rudolph
RSO Representative: Caroline Heyninck
Marketing Coordinator: Phuong Minh Hoang
EBS: Michael Eboka
Advisor: Cristina Moguel,

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.

  • 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

Visit the Collegiate DECA site.


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 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: Oren Hertz,

Hospitality and Sales Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

HSMAI is the largest and most recognizable association of sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality industry. Founded in 1927, HSMAI has almost 7,000 members from 35 countries with 60 chapters worldwide. Its national, regional, and local education events help members stay knowledgeable about the industry. The primary objective of HSMAI collegiate chapter is to provide the resources, knowledge and networks students need to make critical connections with industry “movers and shakers”. In addition to activities that are specific to the collegiate chapter, student members can also benefit from receiving the same training and professional development as industry leaders, networking with local industry experts, and participating in “live” and virtual organized events, conferences, meetings, forums, discussions and presentations.

Contact Information: Mike Hampton, Ed.D. / Faculty Liaison -

Panther Chow

A national non-profit that unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campus dining halls and donating it to those in need. Our goal is to change the norm from food waste to food recovery in the United States.

Contact Information: John Buschman,


The purpose of this club is to give students the tools to make sustainable choices inside and outside of the home via cooking lessons, engaging with local hospitality communities that share the same passion, and more regarding sustainability and hospitality/tourism.

Possible activities include beach clean-ups, food rescue missions, and restoration projects (following CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19), collaborations with Sustainable Souls at FIU, and additional collaborations with other FIU clubs/organizations.

Contact Information:John Noble Masi,

The Wine Guild

The Wine Guild is a student-run organization that offers students opportunities to learn about wine through our various industry partnerships. We also offer certification opportunities, memberships, such as with the Women of the Vine and Spirits organization, and a chance to interact with amazing guest speakers, such as Eric Hemer, who is currently one of four people in the world with the title of Master Sommelier and Master of Wine. The Wine Guild meets every other Tuesday at 5:30pm.

The Wine Guild is continuing its partnership with Rioja and starting new partnerships, like the Wines of Argentina, to keep expanding student knowledge and connections in the world of wine. 

The Wine Guild is currently preparing to launch a competitive wine tasting team that will allow student members to train their noses and palates on a more intensive level and allow them to have the opportunity to compete against other universities all over the world. This competitive wine tasting team meets every other Wednesday at 5:30 pm and strives to further emulsify students in the art of wine by training every week, studying the intricacies of not just the grapes and blend styles themselves, but each wine region’s history and terroir.

Contact Information: Cristina Moguel,


Student Hospitality Emerging Leaders Program (S.H.E.L.P.)

The Student Hospitality Emerging Leaders Program (S.H.E.L.P.) is a select group of students that provides guidance for the vision and mission of the Chaplin School and assists in selecting, organizing, and executing activities offered to hospitality students. Members provide feedback, recommendations, and advice relating to programs that will interest the student body.

Our goals

  • To increase student engagement within all Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management departments
  • To represent the student body at key industry-related meetings, which may include virtual webinars, virtual meet-ups, and other virtual events


  • Provide students with hands-on experience within school events both in-person and virtual
  • Give students access to face to face contact with executives and industry leaders on a more intimate level
  • Volunteer and receive training on how to properly head a meeting, run events, networking skills, and among other opportunities throughout the academic year

Contact Information: Yulitza Sosa,