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Miami Dade College Earns Florida Campus Compact’s 2012 Democracy Cup Award

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Some of the students who worked on the video: (L-R) Bianca Falcon, Gene Christian, Luna Lopez, Ann Belfort, and Carlos Aleman.

Miami, December 10, 2012 - Aptly referred to as “democracy’s college,” it’s a great and appropriate honor that Miami Dade College (MDC) has been selected as Florida Campus Compact’s 2012 Democracy Cup winner. The award recognizes a higher education institution for outstanding efforts to increase civic engagement college-wide and encourage voter participation. 


As part of the Democracy Cup application process, a group of students created a video summary of MDC’s activities. Among MDC’s voter education and civic engagement initiatives this year, the college implemented TurboVote, a new, online service that helps students register and receive ballots by mail, and sends text messages. It also emails reminding them to vote in every election, from school board to primaries to presidential. Also, more than 2,000 students participated in Making Democracy Count, a college-wide rally held on Constitution Day to encourage voting. Other efforts included an MDC Votes website, civic forums, community involvement expos, movie screenings, “decoding the ballot” events, and more.


Many of these initiatives were spearheaded through the college’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED), in collaboration Student Life and other departments and student organizations. MDC was among three finalists for the Democracy Cup, which included the University of Miami and the University of Florida.       


Florida Campus Compact (FL|CC) is part of a national presidential membership organization. FL|CC is comprised of over 50 college and university presidents who are committed to helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in public and community service. FL|CC works with these presidents and their campuses to integrate service with academic study and to provide a collegial experience for intercampus and community collaborations.


Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 174,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs have served as national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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