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The ‘Commons for Justice’ Student Podcast

The ‘Commons for Justice’ Podcast, aims to engage the community in complex and sometimes challenging, discussions about the ever-evolving stories of ‘The Past, Present, and Future of ‘Race, Risk, and Resilience’ in coastal communities. Hence, this Podcast sets out to transform academic jargon into an easily digestible form by addressing contemporary topics in a conversational manner by engendering a dynamic, fluid, and stimulating space where diverse, dedicated, and multidisciplinary minds converge to share perspectives on identifying and addressing pre-disaster vulnerabilities and post-disaster resilience in the Greater Miami area.


  • Welcome to The ‘Commons for Justice’ Podcast
  • Rethinking Resilience: Dr. Kevin Grove on Community, Race, and Governance
  • Voices of Resilience: Unveiling Indigenous Narratives and Global Perspectives
    with Dr. Mitzi Carter
  • Art & Agency: Dr. Rebecca Friedman on Humanities in Community-Based Resilience
  • Echoes of Coconut Grove: Dr. Valerie L. Patterson on Race, Risk, & Resilience

Creator, Host, Executive Producer: Genai Witter
Associate Producer: Andrea Fonseca
Editor: Julian Davis
Editor: Victoria Fonseca

  • Andrea Fonseca & Genai Witter - Student Fellows pose for picture

2022 History Exchange Podcast

In collaboration with Hope through Art Miami the 2022 ‘History Exchange’ aimed to support the capacity of community elders and FIU students in making positive steps towards closing the gap, transferring, and preserving knowledge regarding pre and post disaster exposures, resilience, and vulnerabilities to aid in negating racial and ethnic inequities in the Coconut Grove/Little Bahamas community. This ‘History Exchange’ occurred during the period of the historical Goombay festival and produced a podcast series of in-depth interviews with Coconut Grove/Little Bahamas elders and FIU students and showcased Jeffrey Poitier’s “Voices”.


  • “Goombay Festival Roundtable”
  • “Clarice Cooper & Reynold Martin”
  • “Dr. George A. Simpson & Gregory Simpson”
  • “Thelma Gibson & Fredericka Brown”
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The Indigenous Podcast: Unblocked: An indigenous podcast on race, risk, and resilience in South Florida

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  • Samuel Tommie and FIU Faculty Dr. Mitzi Carter recording podcast
  • Betty Osceola in podcast studio
  • FIU Staff with Samuel Tommie recording podcast outdoors

These podcasts are a key component in the Local-to-Global element of the project given the multiple ways Indigenous communities have been routinely rendered invisible and/or strategically positioned as disposable peoples The podcasts will showcase alternative narratives of how Indigenous peoples can use new technologies to shape discourses about their own lived realities, how they define risk and resilience for themselves, and how they are responding to and challenging dominant frameworks and interpretations. The podcast network will be led by Dr Mitzi Carter along with a team of students and staff. These podcasts are slated to live in the fall of 2024.