Office of the President

Three MDC students in their cap & gown at commencement ceremony

“Our Rising Black Scholars initiative will help advance equity for educational excellence, student access and success.”


As the nation’s most diverse higher learning institution, MDC is committed to equity and access for all members of our community. But it is not enough for us to tout our diverse student body or values. We need to act.

What I heard from you has informed numerous commitments and actions we are taking. We need a comprehensive approach to address long-standing systemic issues.

“We must ensure that every student has a path to economic and social mobility.”

MDC is the place where, like me, many in our community begin their journey into higher education. We are where so many come for the opportunity to live out the American dream by getting the degree they need to transfer to a university or go to work using their skills in a job that will provide a better life for themselves and their families.

The Fast Track Sharks program, for example, is designed to help incoming freshmen transition to college by providing a strong academic foundation, individualized advisement, and a supportive learning environment. We will increase educational attainment of students from under-resourced communities by identifying and eliminating barriers, systems and policies. Built into the Rising Black Scholars Program are wraparound services, including tutoring and personalized advising, in addition to fully paid tuition, laptops and scholarships. The program will launch in summer 2021.

Further, students value the sense of belonging afforded upon becoming global citizens and leaders. The Office of Changemaking Education and Social Innovation is a collaborative hub that brings together impact leaders and units from across MDC campuses, and a host of other community partners. We are continuing our commitment to infuse the student learning experience with vibrant global citizenry and changemaker education practices in and out of the classroom.

MDC is the institution of choice for residents in South Florida. As democracy’s college, MDC changes lives through accessible, high-quality teaching and learning experiences. The College embraces its responsibility to serve as an economic, cultural and civic leader for the advancement of our diverse global community.

What we heard and our vision moving forward
What We Heard Our Vision Forward
We are democracy’s college: creating an opportunity for everyone Integrating equity-based approaches that personalize learning
Commitment to student equity Expanding MDC Honors College, developing presidential scholars program and early college programs
Support diverse student needs Establishing on-demand support for students

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