November 2013, Volume 17, Number 4

Making Their Mark

Breaking Down Barriers

Prof. J. Danixia Cuevas
Prof. J. Danixia Cuevas

In addition to hosting Fulbright recipients, Miami Dade College is also exporting them. Legal Studies Professor Dr. J. Danixia Cuevas has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru scholar grant, part of the Fulbright Scholar Program’s U.S.-India Initiative, to lecture at the National Law University in New Delhi, India, during the 2013-14 academic year.

In India, Cuevas is teaching business law and emphasizing the use of collaborative and cooperative pedagogy. At Wolfson Campus, she teaches paralegal and pre-law students in MDC’s renowned American Bar Association-approved paralegal studies program. In her 15 years at MDC, she has won numerous distinctions, including an Endowed Teaching Chair. The Fulbright-Nehru award is of particular significance, considering that Cuevas is the first professor to be selected for the grant who is not working currently at a law school.

Cuevas chose to apply for the Fulbright in India because she believed she could make the greatest impact there. “India’s need to grow economically is directly correlated with the education of its people,” she said. “India has an acute need for global scholars with expertise in experiential, collaborative and cooperative pedagogy. As a result of this, the community college model is of particular interest.”

Equally important as the expertise Cuevas brings to India is the experience she will bring back. “One of MDC’s learning outcomes is to globalize our curriculum,” she said. “I will bring back knowledge gained in India to further MDC’s goal of preparing students to become global citizens in this increasingly competitive global arena.”

— MR

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