Miami Dade College has a history of attracting high-profile commencement speakers. Former President George W. Bush (2007); U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (2008); former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings (2008); U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solís (2009); former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman (1994); former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul G. Cantero III (2003) and former First Lady Laura Bush (2004) are just a few of the leaders who have spoken at graduation.
The future of Cuba is up to us, former Polish President and Nobel Peace Laureate Lech Walesa recently told community leaders and Miami Dade College students gathered at the College’s Freedom Tower, a building designated a National Historic Landmark.
Even though she moved to Miami from Cuba at age 10, Raquel Puig Zaldívar had never really thought of herself as an immigrant until she heard U.S. Senator Bob Menéndez lecture recently at Miami Dade College’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower.
Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus has won a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a project called BPC-LSA: Scaling and Adapting Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) Initiatives. CAHSI is an NSF-funded consortium of seven universities that are committed to increasing the number of Hispanics who earn degrees in computing.
Often lauded for its distinctive Learning Outcomes initiative, Miami Dade College has been honored with the College Board’s CollegeKeys Compact 2010 Innovation Award. The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association with the mission of connecting students to college success and opportunity, and is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations.
The 7.0 magnitude quake that devastated Haiti stirred the Miami Dade College community, which raised money, collected supplies, and held vigils in the wake of the disaster. First to act was MDC’s Emergency Preparedness team, which coordinated efforts designed to communicate compassion and fuel hope to those grieving since the devastating Jan. 12 event.
On March 12, 2010, Miami Dade College’s President Dr. Eduardo Padrón and Homestead Campus President Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs hosted a reception at the Homestead Campus for newly elected and re-elected officials in the cities of Homestead and Florida City. Elected officials and community leaders joined College leaders, students, faculty and staff in welcoming the new public officials as the Homestead Campus celebrates its 20th Anniversary.
When MDC Kendall Campus Honors College student Stephanie Del Pino learned last year that some children in Haiti eat clay to quell their hunger, she sprung into action. More than 900 service hours later, Del Pino had successfully spearheaded the college’s first All-Nighter for Haiti, held in 2009 on National World Food Day.