iCED Faculty Facilitators

The iCED faculty facilitator’s role is to help faculty integrate changemaking education in the form of civic learning and democratic engagement (CLDE), to include academic service-learning, the Civic Action Scorecard, or other CLDE activities - into their courses. The facilitator serves as an advocate and resource for faculty, in partnership with their campus’ Academic Affairs office and iCED department, with the goal of helping faculty prepare students for informed, active participation in civic and democratic life.


  • Canedo Ramirez, Olga

    Canedo Ramirez, Olga

    Co-Facilitator: Hialeah Campus

    Contact Information:
    ocanedor@mdc.edu

    Olga Canedo Ramirez began her career at MDC in 2019. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology at the Hialeah Campus. Professor Canedo holds a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering in Programming from Mexico Technologic Institute. She has a Master of Information Systems from Arturo Rosenblueth Foundation and holds a Higher Education Ph.D. from America's University. In 2020, Professor Canedo was certified as Google IT Automation with Python Professional and completed the accreditation process in the different required instruction modalities such as blended and online. Professor Canedo has also worked as a technology tutor and deeply understands the needs and expectations of students.

  • Frazier, John

    Frazier, John

    Co-Facilitator: Kendall Campus

    Contact Information:
    jfrazier@mdc.edu

    Professor John Frazier strongly encourages students to get involved in community and global issues. Professor Frazier has traveled the world working with diverse populations and helping people educate their youth, including the Baka Pygmies of Central Africa, Ibo of Nigeria, Sudanese refugees in Chad and Kenya, Rwandan orphans in Kenya, Vodou practitioners in Haiti, and Mexican street artists. To date, Professor Frazier’s educational programs and curriculum, have served 1.5 million children, 43,000 teachers, 15,000 refugees, and 500 collegiate faculty. As a leader in innovative pedagogical approaches, Frazier has received numerous awards, including four American Museum Association excellence awards, three “Best Practices in Education” awards, and curriculum-writing awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Illinois State Board of Education, Indiana State Board of Education, United Nations, UNICEF, British Arts Council, and National Board of Multicultural Education.

    "People who tell you that you can't change the world have never tried."

  • Gonzalez, Oscar

    Gonzalez, Oscar

    Co-Facilitator: Padrón Campus

    Contact Information:
    ogonzale@mdc.edu

    Oscar Gonzalez is an English Faculty at MDC’s Padrón Campus who believes in the imaginative, creative and resilient power of students. His English composition and literature courses promote environmental and civic action and explore issues, such as cultural identity, language and rhetoric, immigration, post-colonialism, racism, and feminism. At the center of his work is the idea that writing and research allow students to be creative, explore complex ideas and strategize ways to make change possible.

  • Grossman, Melissa

    Grossman, Melissa

    Co-Facilitator: Wolfson Campus

    Contact Information:
    mgrossm1@mdc.edu

    Professor Grossman transitioned from logistics and training in the government sector to teaching Communication at the collegiate level with an emphasis on social and environmental activism, changemaking and earth literacy. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, M.A. in Communication and CELTA Certification.

  • Ibarra, Alicia

    Ibarra, Alicia

    Co-Facilitator: Hialeah Campus

    Contact Information:
    aibarra@mdc.edu

    Alicia Ibarra began her career at MDC in 2005. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology at the Hialeah Campus. Professor Ibarra holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Florida International University and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Professor Ibarra has incorporated service-learning in her courses in creative ways, for example students in her programming courses introduce girls in high schools to programming concepts. She has enjoyed being active in her community throughout her life and was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2016.

  • Kuhn, Tina

    Kuhn, Tina

    Co-Facilitator: North Campus

    Contact Information:
    tkuhn@mdc.edu

    Tina Kuhn is an instructor of geology at MDC North Campus and a graduate of Florida Atlantic University. During her short time at MDC, she has been named Rookie Professor of the Year, participated as an expert panelist for a Miami community fracking informational session, and was a guest speaker for the Honors College Ocean Energy student workshop. She works with research students during the spring and summer on topics such as Florida sedimentation and the impact on flooding, anthropogenic contaminations found in South Florida canals, as well as Florida’s geological history relative to fossils from the Miocene to the Pleistocene. Professor Kuhn was the recipient of the “Preserving the Past for the Future” grant from the Department of Education where she trained in fossil extraction and restoration with the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. As part of this training, she also participated on an active paleontological dig extracting a diplodocus dinosaur from the Utah Morrison Formation. Professor Kuhn has also worked at the Montbrook excavation fossil site hosted by the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. Professor Kuhn has also been awarded the Presidential Innovations Grant in which she and two of her colleagues will integrate fossil research into other disciplines such as biology and chemistry.

  • Ledesma, Jairo

    Ledesma, Jairo

    Co-Facilitator: Homestead Campus

    Contact Information:
    jledesma@mdc.edu

    Jairo R Ledesma is an Instructor of history and sociology at Miami Dade College's Homestead campus. Throughout his career, Professor Ledesma has worked with underrepresented groups. The hundreds of students he has advised or taught are now industry leaders or educators throughout the world. For over twenty years, he has worked at private and public institutions serving in different higher education roles, including student counselor, career counselor, academic adviser, Grant Director, and as an adjunct instructor. Professor Ledesma holds a Bachelor of Science in communications and a Master of Arts in sociology from St. John's University in New York City. He also holds a Master of Arts in history and from Florida International University. He is currently a fourth-year history Ph.D. student at FIU.

    He is former USDA Kika the la Garza Fellow, and a Humanities Edge Grant Fellow. He has led students in historical research centered around free people of color in Key West and Civil Rights in Homestead, Fl. Currently he is a board member of the Homestead City Hall Museum, sits on the FIU Statewide Federal Government Conference committee, and is the Chair of the Homestead campus Hispanic Heritage Month committee.

    He has appeared on CBS 4, Telemundo, Univision 23, Univision's evening newscast, Ahora con Oscar Haza and on la Zeta 92.3. He was also named Service-Learning Faculty for the Year by iCED for 2019 and has been recognized by student life for his work with Pages for All Ages.

  • Lopez, Carmen

    Lopez, Carmen

    Co-Facilitator: Wolfson Campus

    Contact Information:
    clopez2@mdc.edu

    Dr. Carmen Lopez is an Assistant Professor at in the Social Sciences Department. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree at Florida International University. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of Miami.

    Dr. Lopez began teaching at Miami Dade College in the summer of 2003, while she was working on her doctoral degree. She became a full-time historian at the Wolfson Campus in the fall of 2013. Currently, she is the faculty co-advisor for the Informal Politics Club. She also organizes a community outreach program, "Read Out for History." Through this program, students read history-themed books to elementary and middle school children, thereby fostering an appreciation for reading and the study of history. As well, she leads the Educational Poster Brigade, where students create educational social studies-themed posters for elementary school children. She is also a College Mentor and, currently, is serving as a member of the Constitution Day Committee, the Sponsor Relations Committee for Miami Book Fair International, the Black History Month Committee, Women's History Month Committee, the Petitions Committee, is co-convener for the history discipline and is the history course developer for the Virtual College. Dr. Lopez has published two articles: one in Tequesta journal titled "Appropriation or Acculturation: Spanish Influence on Calusa Culture" and the other HM: The Magazine of HistoryMiami titled "The Cuban Missile Crisis as Told by Miami's Newspapers."

    She has appeared on CNN Espanol, Telemundo, Radio Luz and WIOD News Talk Radio. In 2014, she was named Faculty Advisor of the Year by the Inter Club Council in Student life and was one of the three women to receive the In Celebration of Women Award presented by Student Life and the Student Allocation and Programming Board. She was also named Service Learning Faculty for the Year by iCED for 2015 and has twice been awarded the bronze level President's Volunteer Service Award in 2015 and 2016.

  • Madison, M. Nia

    Madison, M. Nia

    Co-Facilitator: Homestead Campus

    Contact Information:
    mmadison@mdc.edu

    Dr. M. Nia Madison, PhD joined the Miami Dade College Homestead Campus family in August 2015. She is a professor of microbiology, anatomy, and physiology. She is also a director of HIV research. She has incorporated service-learning into all her classes, encouraging her students to focus on conservation of the earth's resources, HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and outreach and all things microbiology. Dr. Madison was awarded the Service-Learning Rookie of the Year award in 2016. Before joining the faculty of Miami Dade College, Dr. Madison was a virologist and parasitologistwith nearly two decades of biomedical research and teaching experience. She is a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN where she graduated Summa cum laude with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences.

    Her research has focused on discovery and development of small molecule and biological clinical candidates for antiretroviral and anti-parasitic biotherapeutics. Dr Madison was recently featured in a national campaign by L'Oreal USA For Women in Science for Black History Month, promoting underrepresented minority scientists. In April 2016 and 2017. Dr. Madison was awarded a grant from L'Oreal to stimulate STEM interests in underprivileged, minority high school girls, which she utilized to use to start a Microbiology Girls Club at MDC Homestead.

  • Murphy, Scott

    Murphy, Scott

    Co-Facilitator: North Campus

    Contact Information:
    smurphy@mdc.edu

    Murphy is a sociologist. He teaches Introduction to Sociology, Marriage & Family, Social Problems, Student Life Skills, Social Environment, and Introduction to Sociology in the Honors College. His courses explore how the empirical realities of everyday life are related to broader public issues. His students are active with the Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy and he advises the Global Medical Brigades Club and co-advises the Sociology Club. He has led Alternative Breaks programming with iCED for MDC students for several years including trips to Puerto Rico and New Orleans.

    As an ethnographer, Murphy studies how people meet the demands of everyday life. He is currently researching the relationships between meaning, purpose, and housing in the context of the tiny house movement. His work has appeared in Sociological Forum, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Florida Public Health Review, and Higher Education.

    He earned a B.A. in Social Science from the University of Northern Colorado, a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from San Diego State University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of California-Riverside.

  • Perez, Jessyca

    Perez, Jessyca

    Co-Facilitator: North Campus

    Contact Information:
    jperez11@mdc.edu

    Jessyca Perez is an experienced professor of psychology with many years of higher education experience. She is skilled in student development, interviewing, training, tutoring, academic advising, and community-engaged learning. She is currently working on her Ed. D in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration at Barry University. In 2017 she earned the Calvin and Flavia Oak Endowed Teaching Chair. She has collaborated with the Florida Department of Health to provide information on HIV and sexual health to MDC students. Her ongoing collaboration with local communities includes various social issues such as human trafficking, child abuse and neglect, and LGBT issues. She is a proud alumna of MDC and previously taught at the Homestead Campus where she also served as the academic service-learning faculty facilitator.

  • Ribot, Krysta

    Ribot, Krystal

    Co-Facilitator: Kendall Campus

    Contact Information:
    kribot@mdc.edu

    Dr. Krystal Ribot obtained her Doctorate in Experimental Psychology, with a specialty in Child Development, from Florida Atlantic University in 2015. She has been a full-time faculty member in the Social Sciences Department at Miami-Dade College Kendall Campus since 2016. Dr. Ribot’s graduate, post-doctoral, and on-going research focuses on bilingual language development in toddlers and preschool children. At MDC, she teaches Child Growth and Development, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Psychology, and Psychology of Personal Effectiveness, among other classes. Dr. Ribot believes students should leave the class with new-found skills in the course content, critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and self-confidence in their academic abilities and life skills. In her role as the new faculty facilitator for the iCED department on campus, she is an advocate for service learning. She implements it in her courses to offer students the opportunity to engage in project-based, active-learning, while simultaneously serving their communities.

  • Stewart, Rashida

    Stewart, Rashida

    Co-Facilitator: Medical Campus

    Contact Information:
    rstewar1@mdc.edu

    Rashida Stewart, MPH, MSN-Ed, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the Benjamin Leon School of Nursing at the Medical Campus. Professor Stewart holds Bachelor of Arts from New York University and a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University. She is also an alumni of Barry University with a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Nursing focused on education. As an educator, one of her roles includes being a course lead for Community Health Nursing, which is a requirement for all nursing students in the ASN program. This entails promoting service-learning and enhancing opportunities in the community for students to coordinate health fairs, health promotion efforts, and awareness of factors impeding the health of our communities.

  • Terneus, Sebastián

    Terneus, Sebastián

    Co-Facilitator: Padrón Campus

    Contact Information:
    jterneus@mdc.edu

    Dr. José Sebastián Terneus is an Assistant Professor of English at Miami Dade College, Padrón Campus. He received his doctoral degree in Postcolonial Anglophone Literature from Arizona State University in 2018. Students in his composition courses use service-learning projects to address issues in Miami such as climate change, plastic pollution, food deserts, and voter suppression.

  • Vincent, Kristina

    Vincent, Kristina

    iCED Faculty Co-Facilitator: Medical Campus

    Contact Information:
    kvincent@mdc.edu

    Kristina Vincent is professor in the Respiratory Care Program at Miami Dade College’s Medical Campus. She holds an Associate of Occupational Science in Respiratory Therapy—PIMA Medical, a Bachelor of Science from Barry University, and a Master of Business Administration from FIU. Kristina has been a registered respiratory therapist for more than twenty years. As iCED Faculty Facilitator she wants to help students and faculty understand how the small things they do daily affect our community and society and can have a powerful impact on the common good.