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Josh Young

Young, Josh

College-Wide Director

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Josh Young has helped lead service-learning, civic engagement and community-campus partnerships with Miami Dade College since 1994. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia and master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from Florida State University. He served two tours with the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa and Paraguay, South America, and he ran summer community service programs for youth for four summers in the Dominican Republic with Visions International. Josh has been a national service-learning mentor with the American Association of Community Colleges and has extensive experience leading workshops for faculty, students, community partners, and administrators around the nation.

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Marilyn Del Orbe Silva

Del Orbe Silva, Marilyn

Director of Medical and West Campuses

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Marilyn Silva is a senior professional in the nonprofit sector. She has held positions as CEO for Center for Digital Inclusion, a global network building a movement of technology for social change. She was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of SUPERATEC (Personal Growth through technology), a social venture in Venezuela that served underprivileged teenagers and youth to acquire academic and social skills to enhance a sense of independence, self-fulfillment and to become responsible citizens. The Schwab Foundation recognized Marilyn as Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 in Venezuela. She holds a BA degree in Foreign Languages from University of Central Florida and completed Executive Certificate Programs in Nonprofit Management and Strategic Perspectives from Georgetown University and Harvard Business School.

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Glembin, Zachary

iCED Kendall Campus Director

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Zach earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a master’s degree from the Clinton School of Public Service at University of Arkansas. During college, Zach lived in the Multicultural Learning Community, a university initiative that brought diverse groups of students together to learn about social justice and civic engagement. National service changed the trajectory of Zach's life and career. 

After earning his bachelor’s degree, he joined AmeriCorps, and then served in various leadership positions including Team Leader, Program Manager, and Program Director (in both Milwaukee and Miami) with the national educational non-profit, City Year – including two years at North Miami Senior High. While in grad school, Zach completed an international service project consulting for a social entrepreneurship accelerator in Thailand, and served as a delegate for a Model Arab League Conference in Morocco. Prior to joining MDC, Zach served as a Program Officer with The Children's Trust of Miami-Dade County, partnering with community based organizations that work directly with children and families, ensuring contract compliance and quality programming.

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Alison Kasney

Kasney, Alison

Director of North and Padrón Campuses

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Alison Kasney received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Miami with a focus on Community and Social Change. While at UM Alison received the MCCJ Student Silver Medallion Award for her work on the history of environmental racism in Coconut Grove, FL. Alison has worked extensively with youth from early childhood to young adult in a variety of settings, and brings this experience combined with a passion for youth empowerment to Miami Dade College.

Her most favorite experiences with young people have been through experiential education, specifically backpacking, snowboarding, and mountain biking with them through the Rocky Mountains. She believes through service-learning and civic engagement students' personal character and community networks can be strengthened to support their educational and career paths. Alison's personal commitment to MDC is to "inform herself to inform others" in order to provide actionable opportunities for change.

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Carla Santamaria

Santamaria, Carla

Director of Wolfson Campus

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Carla Santamaria is a graduate of Miami Dade College and returns with many years of experience promoting civic learning, engaged citizenship, and democratic involvement. She is a strong believer in the importance of reflection as a tool of learning and growth for students and experienced professionals alike. Prior to joining the team, Carla held multiple roles at the University of Miami, working to promote leadership development, civic engagement, and service-learning. She is a two-time AmeriCorps alumna, serving with both the VISTA and state programs. 

Her passion for civic engagement has taken Carla on internships, volunteer opportunities, and countless events engaging local, state, and national elected officials. Carla is the recipient of the Florida International University School of International and Public Affairs Service Excellence Award and the Florida Campus Compact VISTA Member Recognition award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. She earned a Master of Science degree focused on community and social change from the University of Miami, where her research focused on non-traditional students’ conceptualization and implementation of civic engagement activities.

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Musa  Bassey

Bassey, Musa

Coordinator of North Campus

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Musa earned a Bachelor's degree in Government from Georgetown University. During college, Musa found his calling in social justice and civic engagement, and received the President's Volunteer Service Award.. Originally from Southern California, he decided he wanted to stay on the east coast after college. Prior to joining ICED, he was an ESOL teacher, creating and teaching classes for adults learning English as a second language. Musa has also worked with a re-entry agency for returning citizens, a worker's compensation law firm, and a regional food bank. Musa has coordinated food drives across 3 cities, written episodes for public access television shows, and spearheaded multiple online publications. Musa is excited to apply his logistical and communications skills to the ICED team!

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Natasha Esteves

Esteves, Natasha

Program Coordinator, Eduardo J. Padrón Campus

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Natasha Esteves is a Miami native whose passion for service began early on as she grew up seeing her grandmother and mother donating food, clothes, and more to those in need. Her sense of urgency for social justice developed in her teenage and young adult years as the realities of inequality in her own hometown (Miami-Dade), her parents' country (Brazil), and the world at large became increasingly clear. After graduating with a B.A. in International Studies and Geography from the University of Miami, Natasha briefly interned at the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning before joining Teach for America as an educator. She taught 9th-grade Geography in New Orleans for 3 years and 11th-grade Geography and U.S. Government in Indianapolis. She has also worked with elementary school students in Overtown, Miami. In her 8 years of teaching in various capacities, Natasha discovered the power of beyond-the-classroom learning experiences. She has facilitated learning experiences in Europe, a historic community theater in Miami, a transitional shelter for the homeless in Indy and Chicago, a dance studio in New Orleans, and helped start a project-based academic study abroad program in Thailand for Indianapolis public school students. Natasha also brings her experience as a service-learning coordinator for the IB program at the high school she taught at in New Orleans and as a Teaching Assistant for Northwestern University's Civic Leadership Institute. She is HONORED to join Miami Dade College's Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy!

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Quran Howard

Howard, Quran

Community-Campus Partnerships Coordinator, AmeriCorpsVISTA

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Quran Howard is a New Jersey native who has lived in Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and Nebraska. He has lived in South Florida since 2018. Prior to joining iCED, he served as an AmeriCorpsVISTA for 18 months with MDC's Single Stop program at the North Campus where he helped connect students to local, state, and Federal resources; oriented, supported and supervised volunteers; and helped oversee the campus' food pantry; and he received a grant to start a vegetable garden on campus. In addition, Quran is a participant in CGI U (Clinton Global Initiative University), and has earned awards for his service including the President's Volunteer Service Award and the MDC North Campus Changemaker Award. He has served in New Orleans with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, and volunteered in the Galapagos Islands with the Verde Milenio Foundation, and he has extensive experience working with children as a camp and child-care counselor. He is also a part-time student and is majoring in political science. His hopes to one day join the Peace Corps.

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Linda Levin

Levin, Linda

Coordinator of Homestead Campus

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Linda Levin has been the Homestead Campus iCED Coordinator since 2015. She has more than 30 years of experience working with non-profit organizations and educational institutions in the areas of leadership training and development, recruitment, and board management. Prior to MDC, Linda served as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, and worked extensively with college students at the University of Miami, both at the Hillel Jewish Student Center and in the Department of Residence Life. Linda is passionate about working with college students to promote service-learning and community outreach, and particularly enjoys assisting students in career exploration. Linda earned a Master Degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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MaryGrace  Longoria

Longoria, MaryGrace

Coordinator of Kendall Campus

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MaryGrace Longoria is originally from Colorado but grew up visiting her family in Miami often. Her parents are both Mexican immigrants turned soldiers in the U.S. Army, giving MaryGrace a unique upbringing and perspective on public service. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and upon graduation joined Teach for America and began teaching in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami. This experience grounded her career path in education equity, the lack of resources and deep systemic inequities that make it incredibly difficult for students to learn. She went on to seek systemic change by organizing parents and teachers to fight for better quality schools with Stand for Children in Denver, Colorado. This work led her to her most recent role as a Community Liaison for Denver Public Schools, where she continued the work of organizing school communities in an effort to seek, create, and implement transformation changes. 

While organizing in the day, MaryGrace furthered her understanding of the problems in public education at CU-Boulder while studying for her Master's in Education Policy. Upon graduation, MaryGrace decided to relocate to Miami to be closer to family and to apply her expertise and knowledge back in the community where she started. She is excited to further her work of civic action and engagement with a college population as the coordinator at the Kendall campus.

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Paris Razor

Razor, Paris

America Reads Coordinator (AmeriCorpsVISTA)

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Paris Razor has always recognized the influence of language and its ability to create change. Paris attended college at Barry University and holds a B.A. in English with a double specialization in literature and professional writing. She has extensive experience with non-profits, serving two years on the National Steering Committee for the Student/Farmworker Alliance and a summer intern for Miami Music Project. She has also earned numerous awards for her service including the Community Impact Award and National Engaged Leader Award. Paris believes that every individual is capable of making a difference and is excited to do her part as an AmeriCorpsVISTA for Miami Dade College.

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Shanice Rigueur

Rigueur, Shanice

Coordinator of Wolfson Campus

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Shanice Rigueur is a social justice driven individual, which is what led her in pursuit of a B.A in Political Science and Sociology from Howard University. After graduating, she became an active service member of the American Red Cross Government Liaison Team. She later exercised her desire to motivate the community by joining the Public Allies AmeriCorps program. As an Ally, her role was to serve as a Leadership Engagement Coordinator by organizing events and leadership programs. These events aimed to create social change and civic engagement within urban areas. She believes that everyone can lead as long as opportunity exists, in order to create a more progressive society. Her hobbies include learning about legal cases and attending community empowerment events. She also finds fulfillment in educating people about resources, to help them overcome poverty -related circumstances.

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