September 2014, Volume 18, Number 3

Powerful Partnerships


On the Front Line of Fair Housing

MDC and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have embarked on an exciting new collaboration that is placing MDC students into dynamic internship positions at HUD’s Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office in Miami.

The Fair Housing Act, adopted in 1968, prohibits discriminatory action by those selling or renting housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. This new partnership at the College enables MDC interns to work with HUD staff in promoting fair housing policies and investigating cases of reported discrimination.

“This national initiative is important because it helps us develop the next generation of leaders and activists in fair housing,” said Armando Fana, director of HUD’s Miami field office.

Building Future Leaders

The students from MDC gain real-world experience by teaming up with HUD administrators and attorneys.

“They get a first-hand look at case law, as well as a comprehensive overview of how an office like this works,” said Fana. “The MDC students have fantastic insights and skills. They have brought fresh eyes on our processes and how we do our outreach. Having younger people in the office to help us with things like our social media presence, which we want to expand, has been invaluable.”

Active Knowledge Acquisition

For the interns from Miami Dade College, the work takes their learning far beyond textbooks and class discussions.

“It has been an unforgettable experience,” said Monica Bustinza, an MDC Honors College student studying political science. “We have been investigating cases and dealing with the correspondence. I spoke to a lot of students from other universities, and they have not had opportunities like this. It was a chance to work for the greater good, and I took advantage of it.”

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