American Culture

Hillary Clinton’s visit to FIU


A few weeks ago, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited the FIU campus as a stop on the campaign trail and even chose Miami as the place to formally announce and introduce her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Over 5,000 people attended the rally, including some of our Global First Year students!

Hillary Clinton speaking at FIU

Global FIU student smiling at the Hillary Clinton event

Global First Year student, Hanna Sosa, from Venezuela was in attendance and very excited to take part in the rally.

“I don’t have strong political preferences, but I wanted to go anyway because it is such an amazing opportunity to be able to see a presidential candidate on my university’s campus. It is even more unique and special for me as a woman able to see the first woman presidential candidate for president in person. This is history and I am lucky to witness it firsthand,” said Sosa.

Student Hanna Sosa smiling at the Hillary Clinton event

Former Global First year student and now FIU sophomore, Santiago Chirino from Mexico, shares Hanna’s sentiments.

“I came here to FIU to study International Relations and participate in the Model United Nations program, so my interest in politics is strong. To be able to see this kind of political activity taking place on my university’s campus is really amazing. I feel very proud to be an FIU student,” said Chirino.

National coverage of the event once again put FIU in the middle of a heated election season. Back in March, FIU was the backdrop for a visit by then-presidential candidate and former visiting professor Marco Rubio, who was running for the Republication nomination.

The FIU community and the Global First Year staff feel that these campaign events on campus are great exposure for the University on an international platform, as well as an exciting learning experience for Global First Year students.

“We are very excited to be able to expose our students to the American political landscape first hand. We encourage them to take part in events such as these to familiarize themselves with American politics and take advantage of the incredible opportunities FIU is offering them,” said Barry Vogel, Managing Director of Global First Year at FIU.

For more details on the Clinton campaign stop in Miami, please visit FIU News.


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