Haiti was the very first independent country in Latin America. Haiti was the first black led republic in the entire world. In 1804 it gained freedom from slavery and won it’s independence. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Americas. Found on the western part of Hispaniola, Haiti is the third largest country in the Caribbean. It shares a 224 mile border with the Dominican Republic and has a total area of 10,714 square miles. The name Ayiti, meaning land of high mountains in Haitian Creole, was named for the mountains on the islands western side. Haiti has two official languages, French and the recently standardized Haitian Creole. Haitian Student Organization Florida Gulf Coast University 10501 FGCU Blvd. South Ft. Myers, FL 33965 Website: https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/ organization/hsofgcu Email: HSO@eagle.fgcu.edu Our organization is based on the cultural excitement of our nationality. We absolutely love being Haitian and we enjoy sharing our culture with others. L’ UNION FAIT LA FORCE The Haitian Student Organization was established Fall 2009 on the FGCU Campus . Our purpose is to bring an awareness of our culture to the University and to provide a common ground to those of Haitian heritage on campus who are not aware that there is a cultural based club for the Haitians. Our organization enjoys celebrating the beauty of our country and the perseverance of our people, especially during these trying times after the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti’s capital on January 12th, 2010. There is still a long to go to remake Haiti and in the mean time we will cater to our Haitian community in the states. Thank you for your interest in the Haitian Student Organization. Our organization has an open arms policy that encourages new ideas. One of the main purposes for this organization is to serve as mediators for those who wish to understand different cultures, specifically the Haitian culture. As students, we are taught to think in different ways to maximize our progress and to anticipate greater outcomes. We must all work towards a better "something" in order to receive a greater "anything". I encourage you to join our organization. Fresh new faces are needed along with fresh new ideas. I and the entire Executive Board welcome your full enthusiasm and we promise to provide our full dedication. Byenveni tout moun (Welcome Everyone) Best Wishes, Myrlande "M.C Charelus, President Theatre Major The Haitian Student Organization at FGCU is connected to the United Haitian Student of Florida (UHSF) which is the governing body for all colligate ran Haitian organizations across the state of Florida. Our goal for this organization on the FGCU campus is to implement the ideology of working together with any organization that will not only profit the Haitian community but also the surrounding areas around Southwest Florida. Our hopes are to inform and encourage the youth of our community to expand their horizons and be involved. Florida Gulf Coast University is a wonderful facility that allows their culturally driven students to explore the endless opportunities of civic engagement in our community, and HSO would love for you to join us in our endeavors towards humanity.