Lt. Governor makes campus visit during Black History Month

Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was on campus in late February to address students during Black History Month. She spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 students about ways they can learn from her political and personal experiences — and theirconnection to the legal profession.

Second-year law student Chelsi P. Henry helped organize the visit, which was sponsored by the Republican Legal Society in partnership with the Women’s Law Student Association, Military Law Student Association and the Black Law Student Association.

“She was able to hit on many different topics from being an African-American to being a woman — she talked about her journey from the Navy to politics,” Henry said.

Henry added Carroll “shared many personal moments with the Coastal Law community, including lessons she learned along the way and how she sees the importance of attorneys today.”

Carroll is Florida’s 18th lieute

nant governor and holds special prominence as the first female and first African-American lieutenant governor in the state of Florida. Described as “the American Dream come true,” Carroll was born in Trinidad and joined the Navy in 1979. Since then she has been a seven-year state legislator, a small business owner and former executive director of the

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In her current role, she also oversees the state Department of Military Affairs, the state Department of Veterans Affairs, the Governor Designee on the Florida Defense Support Task Force and is chairperson of Space Florida.

Black History Month began in early February with a ceremony and closed at the end of the month with another special gathering of students and faculty.