Patricia Kayser

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

College/School: School of Environment, Arts and Society; College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Originally from Ecuador, Patricia Kayser moved to the United States in 2004 when her younger brother Christian was diagnosed with autism. She always tried to find ways to communicate with Christian. At a family function, Patricia discovered that playing the guitar made Christian social and interactive. As a result, communication with her brother dramatically improved.

Patricia realized that music was a great tool to communicate and socialize with people with special capabilities so she learned how to play the guitar and began singing and songwriting. In 2013, she started the nonprofit Autism & Music, which helps enhance the quality of life of those with autism through music interaction. Patricia, who credits Professor Donald Roomes as a mentor, will graduate with a degree in liberal arts studies and a certificate in social Media and e-marketing from FIU.

After graduation, Patricia hopes to open the Autism and Music center to offer music therapy and other arts programs to people with special needs.