June 2010, Volume 14, Number 3

Features - MDC Grads

Speaking up for others: Bárbara Cabrera


Bárbara Cabrera
Bárbara Cabrera

Political science major Bárbara Cabrera, a recent graduate of the Kendall Campus Honors College, developed a calling for justice thanks to her family and the experience of being an immigrant.

"I grew up listening to stories of hardships, about my father being a political prisoner [in Cuba], and it made me want to stand up for people who can’t speak for themselves," Cabrera said.

After graduating from Southwest High School summa cum laude, she turned down scholarships from several universities because she wanted to obtain the more well-rounded education that MDC’s Honors College offers, she said.

Cabrera, who served as student government president at the Kendall Campus, earned an associate’s degree in political science with a 3.67 GPA. Having received a full scholarship from the University of Virginia, she is transferring there this fall to study international law.

In addition to her academic achievement, Cabrera, 20, has devoted many hours to helping others. Most recently, she was event chair for the 2010 Relay for Life at the Kendall Campus, helping to raise more than $5,000 for cancer research.

In 2009, she was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 250 community service hours.

"It has been an amazing experience. I don’t know that I would have had so many opportunities at another school," Cabrera said.

— SA

More Features - MDC Grads Articles

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution which does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, ethnicity, pregnancy, sexual orientation or genetic information. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577.