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Miami Dade College Hosts Youth Leaders from the Dominican Republic for Conferencia del Milenio


Miami, January 9, 2014 - Working together for social change in the Dominican Republic, a delegation of 50 youth community leaders from the Caribbean nation recently met at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North and Wolfson Campuses for the III Conferencia del Milenio 2013 (Millennium Conference). The event was organized as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals initiative to help eradicate health, social and economic problems throughout the globe.

Comprised of college students, professionals and community organizers, the group worked together throughout the year to create sustainable projects that would improve their local communities. As part of the conference, MDC organized several workshops that included a presentation by Wolfson Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente on the role of education in personal and global development. MDC North Campus Academic Dean Dr. Matilde Roig-Watnik also moderated a panel discussion on “Community Partnerships: Connecting and Engaging with the Community for Mutual Benefit.” And the Spanish-language Telemundo network’s national assignment editor Gremaud Angee discussed the role of family as a key element in society.

Participants toured several of MDC’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the School of Entertainment & Design Technology’s recording studio, MDC-TV, as well as the North Campus’ new Science Complex and the prestigious W. L. Philbrick School of Funeral Service Education. The Consulate General of the Dominican Republic Amaury Rios greeted the group, along with MDC’s Dominican Student Association, which has maintained close ties with the country and has played an active role in the global community.

The Conferencia del Milenio concluded with a visit to the local Chapman Partnership Center for the homeless, to observe how a nonprofit organization operates in the U.S. The group later attended the North Campus’ Children’s Holiday to learn about the role that MDC plays in the community.

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