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MDC’s Wolfson Campus Receives the “Friend of ASPIRA” Award


Ruth Pacheco, DeVry University; Danixia Cuevas, Miami Dade College; Raul A. Martinez, President and CEO of ASPIRA; Rolando Montoya; Lydia Amy, St. Thomas University; and Miriam Sierra, Memorial Hospital.

Miami, July 3, 2008 - Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus located in the heart of downtown Miami and considered for four decades as an educational and cultural hub in that part of the city, recently received the “Friend of ASPIRA” Award, which was accepted by its president, Dr. Rolando Montoya. The campus was recognized for the many activities it carries out in the area of mentoring, community service, and service learning in partnership with ASPIRA.

ASPIRA of Florida develops the leadership capacity of its youth by engaging them in weekly leadership club meetings guided by a curriculum designed to develop cultural and self awareness, as well as critical thinking and social skills. This is known as the ASPIRA Process of Leadership Development. ASPIRA of Florida provides youth with a variety of leadership development opportunities facilitated by its staff of young professionals who can relate to the needs of our youth, and provide educational services in a culturally competent and youth-focused manner. It aims to empower Puerto Rican and other Latino youth.

Several Wolfson Campus professors are very active in ASPIRA including Dr. Danixia Cuevas from the Law Center and Dr. Victor Vazquez-Hernandez from Social Science Department. Vazquez-Hernandez is also Chairman of the Board of ASPIRA of Florida, Inc.

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