Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez, left, bids farewell to her nieces Yilianis, left, and Elianis Diaz, before leaving Cuba to travel to Brazil and other countries at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Sanchez is one of the Cuban dissidents who applied for passports to go overseas under recently enacted travel reform. Her request was granted last month. By her own account Sanchez has on some 20 occasions been rejected for the exit visa that for decades was required of all islanders seeking to go abroad.(AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)AP2013
Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez will receive on April 1 in Miami the Florida International University Medallion of Courage, which is awarded "to recognize individuals who pursue or defend a noble cause at a personal cost," the institution said.
"Yoani is an important voice in public discussions about Cuba's present and future," Cuban Research Institute Director Jorge Duany said.
Sanchez will give a lecture entitled "Can Technologies and Social Media Accelerate Cuba's Democratization?" at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, which will also be transmitted live on the Internet.
Duany added that "we are pleased to provide a forum for Sanchez to have an open and honest conversation with our faculty, students and members of the South Florida community."
That same day Sanchez will also receive the Presidential Medal granted by Miami Dade College in recognition of her championing human rights, and will have a "special conversation" with students and community leaders, which will be live-streamed from the institution's iconic Freedom Tower.
The blogger, 37, won international fame for speaking out against the Cuban regime. Over the past six years she has documented her life on the island on her Generacion Y blog, as well as via Twitter.
After she was finally allowed to leave her country last week, militant Communists have continued their protests against her.