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Earlier this semester Aimee Viana, the Executive Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, visited FIU as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Rethink School tour” that saw stops in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.

Specifically set out to explore schools that were implementing innovation in areas including, but not limited to, STEM and workforce development with Hispanic student populations, Viana visited the Mastery Math LabSTEM Transformation Institute, the Tech Station, and the College of Engineering & Computing’s Transforming Antennas Center Student Poster Display.

In a first-person piece on the official blog of the U.S Department of Education, Viana re-collected her visit across multiple schools and universities, including our FIU.

“My visit to FIU had numerous highlights. Accompanied by Dr. Elizabeth Bejar, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, I met with students, staff and faculty members and toured many of FIU’s innovative initiatives, including the STEM Transformation Institute, Tech Station, Mastery Math Lab, learned about their new Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program and visited the Florida Power and Light Call Center, an apprenticeship partnership between FIU and Florida Power and Light Company.  Following a conversation with President of FIU Dr. Mark Rosenberg and additional senior staff and faculty, the Initiative participated in a regional convening on apprenticeships – featuring representatives from FIU, Miami Dade County Public Schools and local business leaders – where we discussed the importance of collaborative relationships between public and private sectors in creating an apprenticeship and work-based experiences pipeline in their local community. The visit to FIU concluded with a roundtable dialogue with aspiring Latina educators, who are in preparation to be STEM teachers through the FIUteach program.”

Take a look at what she experienced on the Back-to-School tour.