November 2010, Volume 14, Number 5


The Washington Center Honors MDC for Civic Involvement

MDC’s Mercedes Medina
MDC’s Mercedes Medina, J.D., was named Faculty Leader of the Year by The Washington Center.

For embracing its mission to serve its students and the community, Miami Dade College has earned accolades from The Washington Center (TWC), the largest independent, nonprofit academic internship program in the nation.

MDC is the first community college to be recognized with the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award – and one of only six institutions nationwide. It is the only Florida college or university receiving awards from The Washington Center.

MDC recently received The Washington Center’s 2010 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award and the Faculty Leader of the Year Award for its success in providing top-caliber faculty, involving itself closely with the community and incorporating service learning into many of its academic programs.

This year MDC was the only institution in the country to be honored with two awards from The Washington Center, which serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. It has more than 40,000 alumni.

Faculty Leader of the Year Award goes to MDC’s Mercedes Medina, J.D., for her dedication to civic engagement and leadership. She teaches at MDC’s Law Center and the STEM Tools for Success Program. In addition, she is one of two teachers in the Interdisciplinary Honors Leadership (IDH) program in the Honors College at Wolfson Campus and is the Service Learning faculty coordinator for Wolfson Campus as well.  

The Washington Center awards are given each year in recognition of how colleges and universities are giving back to their communities and enriching student learning.

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