Miami Dade College Hialeah Campus President Dr. Mattie Roig-Watnik Shares Life in New Memoir
Miami, April 2, 2014 -
Hiding in closets to avoid being taken from her parents after applying for a visa to leave Cuba; watching a neighbor’s body lie in the street for several days as a warning to others of what could happen if they defied the government; saying goodbye to her childhood friend. These are some of the experiences Miami Dade College (MDC) Hialeah Campus President Dr. Mattie Roig-Watnik shares in her memoir, Life As I See It, chronicling the events that led to her arrival in the U.S. at age seven.
Dr. Roig-Watnik presented her memoir before dozens of students as part of the Hialeah Campus Women’s History Month celebration. Dr. Roig-Watnik read and spoke about her life and the importance of sharing personal stories with others.
“I want to encourage all to share their stories through writing for we all have emotional stories to tell. This is an important way to learn from each other and to grow,” Dr. Roig-Watnik said.
Dr. Roig-Watnik began her career at MDC as a professor of anatomy and physiology, and later served as dean of academic affairs at North Campus. This year, she began her new post as Hialeah Campus president. She is currently working on her second book and hopes to publish it in the next year.
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