Congresswoman Frederica Wilson visits FIU (includes video story)

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D, Miami) visited Florida International University Thursday to speak with FIU students and faculty.

Joined by CARTA Dean Brian Shriner and Lee Caplin, who recently lent his name and a multimillion gift to the school of journalism, the South Florida representative toured the Biscayne Bay campus in North Miami, including the school’s state-of-the-art studio for altered reality. “Any time I have the opportunity to come here, I have my eyes wide open because I am going to see something that I never saw before,” said Wilson. 

After touring the school, she spoke to students about her journey in education as a North Dade principal. She provided advice for students of all ages.

Wilson, second from left, was an elementary school principal. Photo by Megan Lichtman

“Being a school principal, I had the opportunity to interact with children every day,” said Wilson. “And I would always tell them do not let anyone define you, do not let anyone tell you what you cannot do — because you can be and do anything that you want.”

Wearing her signature pink cowboy hat, Wilson discussed her rise in politics, starting with the Miami-Dade school board, continuing to Tallahassee and finishing in Washington.

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