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Editor's Note Who's your favorite teacher? For me, several come to mind. But one graduate school professor at Florida A&M University stands out for introducing me to the significance of documen�ng our history. His name is Dr. David H. Jackson Jr., a historian who is arguably the foremost expert on the life of prominent educator and orator Booker T. Washington. Jackson's guidance encouraged me not only to study African American history (which I was not afforded the opportunity while in undergrad at a predominantly white ins�tu�on), but to conduct research and contribute to the Body of Knowledge. Our Body of

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Knowledge. This is why this issue of Legacy is perhaps our most important—to acknowledge the unsung heroes teaching in Miami-Dade classrooms, strategizing in administra�ve offices, and making the tough decisions in school board mee�ngs. They all play an integral role in shaping the lives of our young people and our society. Growing up in a household of educators, I witnessed the impact my mother and father had on thousands of public school students in our small north Florida community. And it rubbed off on me. I wear another hat as a journalism professor at Florida

Memorial University. It is both challenging and rewarding. My reward comes when my students graduate and actually land a job in their intended profession. It's the goal of all effec�ve educators—to transform young men and women into successful professionals. While this issue doesn't begin to scratch the surface of Miami-Dade educators who are to be commended, I hope it serves as a reminder to other teachers and administrators that, yes, you are valued and that you are truly making a difference. Russell Motley Editor-in-Chief Legacy Magazine

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Tawia Ansah, J.D., Ph.D. Ac�ng Dean and Professor FIU College of Law

Dr. Done�e Francis

Glenn A. Bowen, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Community Service Ini�a�ves Barry University

Pamela D. Hall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English University of Miami

Associate Professor of Psychology Barry University

Von Homer, DPM Assistant Professor Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine

Carmen Jackson

Phyllis Sco�, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Social Work Barry University

Track Coach Miami Northwestern High School

Antoine�e Smith, Ph.D. Associate Professor FIU School of Accoun�ng

Dept. Superintent/ COO Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Valtena G. Brown

Tanisha Cidel Director, Musical Theater Norland Middle School

Malou C. Harrison, Ph.D.

Walter James Harvey, J.D.

President, Miami Dade College North and InterAmerican campuses

School Board A�orney Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Jeanne F. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Yve�e A-M Koo�ungal, M.S. CIO & VP, Technology Barry University

President, Miami Dade College Homestead Campus

Rosemary S�ffin, Ph.D.

Chair, Dept. Health & Natural Sciences Florida Memorial University

Arnold Tolbert, M.S.

Chair, Dept. Avia�on & Safety Florida Memorial University

Charlton Copeland Professor of Law University of Miami

Peter J. Clarke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor FIU School of Compu�ng & Info Sciences

Shanika Hill, DPM

Howard Holness, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Clinical Educa�on Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine

Chief of Academic Administra�on Florida Interna�onal University (FIU)

Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood

Mar�n T. Reid, Ed.S.

Chair/Professor Dept. of EPS University of Miami

William D. Lucky, Jr., Ph.D. Assistant Professor FMU School of Business

Dr. Vincent Omachonu

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Millennial

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Back to Basics: Students Must First Learn Life Skills to Succeed

By Gregoire Carter Narcisse

Educa�on – our one true star�ng point as a society – is not given the appropriate respect it deserves. We spend the bulk of our �me reveling in the greatest of many professions, yet not enough �me admiring the vital part educa�on plays into everything. How do we celebrate the inven�on and the inventor, while forge�ng the instructor who taught the inventor and

fostered the crea�vity within them to create their inven�on? As we celebrate top educators in our community, let us take a step back and evaluate our current teaching curriculum landscape. How are we preparing this genera�on, and those following it, for life? I won’t argue that the Pythagorean theorem and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave aren’t crucial to understand for me to succeed in everyday life; however, it’s a shame that my genera�on (I’m 22 years old) was robbed of “prac�cal” classes such as shop class, home economics, social studies and civic educa�on. From the ages of 3 to 18, society’s educa�onal standard suggests that our youth be ins�lled with discipline and understand the concepts of literature, mathema�cs, science and history as among the plethora of subjects crammed into their developing brains. What we have forgo�en is the quantum leap that a child is expected to make going from the sheltered culture of primary educa�on to the freedom and liberty of higher educa�on. How do we expect our youth to have the requisite skills and ap�tude to balance life and truly

succeed if we, ourselves, do not teach it to them? How many teenagers matricula�ng into college do we know that have not the slightest clue how to: balance a checkbook, make simple repairs to a car, understand basic accoun�ng and taxes, cook for themselves, do laundry, and maintain proper fiscal and �me management? We all can name those select few, but should we not be able to confidently proclaim that the next genera�ons are adequately prepared for life? The educators I most revered growing up are those who taught me poignant and prac�cal life skills. The ones who understood that while I need all the general knowledge in the world, it would serve me no good if I had no common sense or basic life skills. We have a responsibility to our future leaders to ensure their development is as thorough as it possibly can be. The purpose of your forma�ve years is not to have a robo�c rank-in-file mentality and to believe that being the most disciplined equates to the most successful. Instead, a child’s forma�ve years should see their

crea�vity fostered to the fullest, while learning the prac�cal skills needed to survive in this vast world. To the peak educators who believe in a greater tomorrow and who prepare their students for the world, rather than blindly following a curriculum, I say thank you for your incredible work. Kids should be leaving school with the knowledge base that essen�al life skills were a part of their core curriculum. I want to live in a world where a high school graduate can balance a checkbook, do laundry, change a �re and, in the same breath, figure out A²+B²= C². Gregoire Carter Narcisse 954-881-6335 gregoirenarcisse@gmail.com Gregoire Narcisse attended Florida State University where he became the youngest to ever graduate with a Bachelor's Degree, doing so at 18 years of age. Gregoire then went on to pursue his Master of Science in Education at the University of Miami, achieving it at the age of 19. He is currently a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual.

Career Leadership Development By Mary V. Davids

5 Ways to Reinvent Your Career Before Year’s End

Have you ever felt stuck in your career? Reached a glass ceiling? Tired of working a dead-end job without being able to see a clear way out? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Feeling burned out and frustrated are normal challenges faced by many professionals within the workforce at some point during their careers.

Here are some specific ways in which you can prepare yourself in order to get to that next level within your career and regain control of your legacy. 1. Take Inventory. Set aside �me to write down the things you like and the things you don’t like to do. This simple step will help you discover your limits no ma�er how much money is on the line. Be clear about the things you would love to do if money weren’t a factor at all. Deciding what you are willing or not willing to do will help you to clarify what next steps you need to take to have a sa�sfying career and life. 2. Prepare for the Current Interview Process. When you’re comfortable in your posi�on, it is reasonable for you to stay out of touch with interviewing techniques and styles being used in the current job market. In a recent survey of 2,000 bosses, 33 percent indicated they know within the first 90 seconds of an interview if they will hire that candidate. This means it is crucial that you are adequately prepared before you start that interview. Get in touch with

a recruiter to learn more about preparing for an interview. As technology and corporate culture desires change, so do interviewing techniques. You will need to be prepared for what the “new normal” is so you don’t look foolish in front of hiring managers. 3. Evaluate Your Strengths and Transferable Skills. Knowing the difference between where your skills and knowledge levels are right now and what your prospec�ve employer or industry requires is vital to landing new opportuni�es. Do a comparison, then if necessary, discover how you can get the level of experience and knowledge required to land the posi�on. 4. Create a Realis�c Plan. I coach dozens of professionals each year who desire to either transi�on into higher level posi�ons or change industries and start their own businesses. I’ve found the issue isn’t that they don’t know how to do the work. It’s that most just need help crea�ng a realis�c and clear pathway to get to where they want to go. Once you have a plan and a �meline, you can make serious

moves within your career. 5. Leverage Social Media. The people you are connected with on social media o�en have significant value–value that most people never tap into. Just because you know someone in one capacity doesn’t mean you know everything about them, who they know, what they’ve heard, and how they can become a valuable resource for you to leverage in pursuit of a new career path. Update your profiles to reflect your most recent accomplishments and work experience. When sharing content, instead of sharing without thinking of your brand message, become more strategic by reitera�ng your skills, reminding your contacts of your knowledge and providing valuable �ps they can use based on your experience within the industry. Mary V. Davids is a Brand Strategist, Career Development Coach and Owner of D&M Consulting Services, LLC. For career tips and advice visit www.marydavids.com or email info@marydavids.com.


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Politics By Christopher Norwood, J.D.

In the 1800s, the widespread call for free public educa�on was a direct result of Civil War reconstruc�on efforts for freed slaves. Thus, this cemented the fact that poverty and public educa�on have always been intertwined in the American ethos. Fast forward more than 200 years, and closing the achievement gap for both poor and

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School Choice Debate: Detrimental to Florida? Or Blessing for Struggling Students? people of color is s�ll the oldest and single most challenging issue in the history of public educa�on in this country. The Florida Legislature’s version of educa�on reform o�en centers around public-school choice. We can like or hate this fact, but it's a fact nonetheless. Un�l Democrats control the agenda, we must must come to terms with certain reali�es. Opposing school choice in Florida is detrimental. In Florida 30 percent of public school students are in some sort of public school choice program, but in South Florida the home of the two largest coun�es of Democra�c voters, that number some�mes doubles to the tune of over 50 percent. Earlier this year Beck Research released a na�onal poll that found that more than two thirds of likely 2018 voters support the idea of school choice. Eighty-three percent said they favor special-needs scholarships, 74 percent support public charter schools, 69 percent favor educa�on savings accounts and 51 percent support school vouchers.

For the past several years more than half of the students in Miami-Dade County a�ended a public school that they and their families picked themselves. Today, some 60 percent of Miami-Dade public school students—around 215,000 students— enrolled in some form of choice program, including charter schools, compared to 41 percent in 2011. Public School Choice op�ons include charter, magnet, career academies, homeschooling and other public school choice op�ons. If the 215,000-plus students a�ending public schools of choice in Miami-Dade County counted as a separate district, that district would be the third-largest in the state. This past year, we saw a major poli�cal shi� in the Legislature. More than half of the Legislature's Democrats voted for HB 15, which expanded eligibility and boosted the size of the tax credit scholarships (akin to vouchers) that help parents pay for private school tui�on for low-income parents and for parents with special needs children. Not

only did a majority of Democrats support vouchers, the House Democra�c Leader Janet Cruz and most of her Leadership Team voted YES (7 out of 10). Florida has the largest program in the country. The Democrats have learned a valuable lesson from 2014 when Governor Rick Sco� doubled his share of African-American voters from 2010, reaping 12 percent, up from 6 percent in 2014. This is a historical fact, counter-intui�ve, but s�ll a fact. Remarkable for a candidate who had no urban agenda, except for corporate scholarships for low-income students, an issue that’s overlooked by Democra�c strategists who have been using the same African-American outreach strategy since the days of Mar�n Luther King. That’s why this recent vote on HB 15 is monumental. Republicans cannot use this issue as a wedge anymore because Democrats have finally conformed to the idea that school choice is a mainstream policy objec�ve.

Arbitration/Mediation

An Alternative to Litigation: Selecting a Mediator; Sword-n-Shield vs Bridge-n-Brick

By Stanley Zamor

As the par�es and their a�orneys were signing their se�lement agreement, they were all smiling and speaking with a tone of exhaus�ve relief. “Who would have thought we’d be here,” said one of the a�orneys. “I already knew where this was going,” I said. “What do you mean? What’s wrong with here?” he replied. “We’ve been li�ga�ng this case for three years, so trial seemed

inevitable, but we finally resolved the case and we are all here cordial and sa�sfied.” “Well from what I’ve learned, the lack resolu�on and conflict boiled down to lack of communica�on and the ambiguity in the law,” I replied. They all nodded and I congratulated them for not focusing on their legal arguments, instead focusing on what the par�es wanted and needed to move beyond the dispute. Have You Heard? You’ve probably heard that “the selec�on of an a�orney is important and shouldn’t be considered lightly.” But do you know that the selec�on of a mediator is just as important and possibly even more difficult? Why? Contrary to the A�orney’s Oath, which includes how they are to vehemently advocate for their clients, the Florida Rules for Cer�fied and Court Appointed Mediators describes the media�on process and ethical considera�ons as (but not limited to), “ a neutral and impar�al third person acts to encourage and facilitate the resolu�on of a dispute without prescribing what it should

be; their role is to reduce obstacles to communica�on.” So, a mediator’s role is quite different than that of an a�orney. The mediator must have and maintain the appearance of being unbiased throughout the process. This is more challenging than you might think, especially since many mediators travel within a variety of social and professional circles. Sword-n-Shield vs Bridge-n-Brick A�orneys are adversarial by training; they either engage or defend within the li�ga�on context. Conversely, mediators are supposed to be peace-bridge builders and collabora�ve. Since a mediator’s focus is on building consensus while exploring solu�ons, they should not be primarily focused on being persuasive and li�gious. 5 Tips When Selec�ng a Mediator So how do you select a mediator? The following are ini�al sugges�ons you may want to consider (this is not an exhaus�ve list): 1) What Are Your Goals in Media�on? – Manage your expecta�ons and if you only care about winning, then a mediator is not what you need.

2) Prepare a List of Mediators – Check referral services and networks, or by word of mouth. Those who have gone through a media�on are usually a good source. 3) Training, Knowledge and Research – Contact mediators on your list and ask to be sent promo�onal material illustra�ng wri�ngs that reflect skills in collabora�ve nego�a�ons. 4) Mediator Interviews – Have a conversa�on with the mediator, not just their office staff. 5) Style and Cost – Discuss what style of media�on they use and what is their fee structure. Good Luck. Stanley Zamor is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit/Family/County Mediator & Primary Trainer and Qualified Arbitrator. Zamor serves on several federal and state mediation/arbitration rosters and has a private mediation and ADR consulting company. He regularly lectures on a variety of topics from ethics, cross-cultural issues, diversity, bullying and family/business relationships. szamor@i-mediateconsulting.com www.i-mediateconsulting.com www.LinkedIn.com/in/stanleyzamoradr (954) 261-8600


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Continuing a

Great Legacy in Higher Education

The University of Miami joins Legacy magazine in saluting all 2017 Top Black Educators in South Florida, including five distinguished members of our faculty: Charlton Copeland, professor of law and M. Minnette Massey Chair in Law; Donette Francis, associate professor and director of the American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English; Vincent Omachonu, professor of industrial engineering in the College of Engineering; Susan Prather, assistant professor of clinical in the School of Nursing and Health Studies; and Laura Kohn-Wood, professor and chair of the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies in the School of Education and Human Development. In addition to being a leading research university, UM is one of the most diverse universities in the nation—and African-Americans are a vital part of the outstanding student body, renowned faculty, and dedicated alumni community. From the classroom to the lab to the playing field, the University of Miami is proud to continue its rich tradition of diversity and inclusion.

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Methods to Bolster Community ‘Safety Nets’; Students’ Success at Stake

Opinion By Dr. Marcus Bright

Our children need a community safety net to catch them when they fall into difficult circumstances. Many of these young people lack an adequate support system at home and fall through the cracks into despair and devasta�on. This is not the fault of the children themselves, but the consequence of a number of behavioral and systemic dysfunc�ons that may have put them and their families at a disadvantage. This is why the movements to defund

TECHNOLOGY By Richard Chance

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public educa�on and shi� funds to private interests must be vigorously opposed. This "reverse Robin Hood" tac�c threatens to destabilize the public schools that the majority of our children a�end. Unfortunately, the dominant narra�ve of “bad public schools” is o�en able to drown out counter narra�ves. The stories of good public schools are mostly submerged by broader derogatory characteriza�ons. This adds ammuni�on for the development of public policy based on no�ons and narra�ves that are inaccurate and incomplete. If you can put the en�rety of public schools in the dysfunc�onality bag, then it becomes easy to move an alterna�ve agenda of destruc�on. Secretary of Educa�on Betsy DeVos and several state governments have put their foot on the gas with regards to accelera�ng the growth of charter schools, including those that are privately managed. Charter schools serve a purpose and can be great vehicles for innova�on, but the starving out of tradi�onal public schools to fund the resurgence of charter schools is

not a tenable proposi�on for the over 90 percent of students who a�end tradi�onal public schools. Educa�on is s�ll the core vehicle for social mobility. A�empts to create a stra�fied system of schools that have, and others that severely lack, threatens to expand the quasi-caste economic system that exists in too many areas. For the Trump administra�on to propose elimina�ng the 21st century a�er-school program and massively cu�ng other cri�cal programs, illustrates that they are disconnected from the everyday reality of vulnerable popula�ons. Services like these help to meet cri�cal needs in our communi�es. We must remain vigilant about protec�ng the presence of a�er-school and summer programs in this age of poten�al peril. It will take the use of poli�cal leverage to bolster the further development of a�er-school and summer programs. They will not be able to sustain on a large scale relying on private charity. Embedded funding streams for these community safety net programs should be for�fied in

public policy. We also have to invest more of our most precious asset—our �me. We have to do more to go out of our way to speak with the young people that we see every day. We should impart our knowledge on them, but more importantly we must listen. They are giving us all of the clues, but we too o�en ignore them. Let’s take the �me to listen to their concerns and meet them at their needs. We can't afford to con�nue to have adult-to-adult conversa�ons about what young people need without including them. We must make sure that our programming is more substan�ve and meaningful to students and we should always look for be�er ways to reach them where they are on a consistent basis. Ul�mately, there is no one cookie cu�er set of solu�ons that will solve the mul�faceted set of problems that children face. Let’s find some common ground that we can organize around to push the ball forward toward crea�ng a strong community safety net. Marcus Bright, Ph.D. is a Scholar and Activist

Top 3 Reasons Why Bootcamp Programs Are Disrupting Education

It seems every �me I go to the gym there is another bootcamp program. Fitness bootcamp, spinning bootcamp, even a yoga bootcamp. Other industries have jumped on to the bootcamp bandwagon as well, including educa�on. Some of the most popular educa�on bootcamp programs involve informa�on technology such as so�ware development (coding), or cybersecurity. While the IT bootcamp industry is rela�vely new, the methods of instruc�on and learning, to include total immersion, prac�cal applica�on, appren�ceship, project based goals, compression, and working in teams, are not. They have been employed in military se�ngs for thousands of years. Those of us who served in the United States military can a�est to its effec�veness, and so can our enemies. Early indica�ons of the educa�on bootcamp industry suggest the instruc�onal methods used are disrup�ng how we prepare the workforce, and there are three main reasons why. 1. Focused Curriculum There is something to be said about

Vilfredo Pareto’s principle which states that, “20 percent of the invested input produces 80 percent of the results obtained.” This principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, speaks to the importance of focusing on what has the most impact on your results. This rule can be applied in almost any arena. It suggests that 20 percent of your clients will bring in 80 percent of your sales, or 20 percent of your wardrobe will be worn 80 percent of the �me. There is value in learning material from a broad base of disciplines as you would be pursuing a bachelor’s degree. However, if the Pareto Principle holds true, much of what you’ll learn will be irrelevant in the workforce. Bootcamp programs expose you to what you need to know to be effec�ve at a skill. Cybersecurity bootcamps teach you how to breach, secure and defend infrastructures. Coding bootcamps teach you the tools and methods to build web and mobile applica�ons. This focused approach is the key to producing highly skilled cyber

analysts and junior developers in a frac�on of the �me of tradi�onal higher educa�on. 2. Accelerated Learning We live in an on-demand culture where we expect things now. In fact, we expect companies to an�cipate our future now’s, now. This rapid pace of consumer expecta�ons is a primary driver of the rapid pace of technological advancements. Companies must find cheaper, faster, and be�er ways to meet our demands and o�en this requires new skills. For the workforce to keep pace, we cannot rely exclusively on programs that take four years to mature. We need industry adaptable programs that can quickly prepare people for 21st century skills. Mario Andre� once said, “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” The implica�on in this context is accelerated programs must invoke stress or pressure to deliver top performers. The very nature of bootcamps create pressure because learning outcomes are not reduced due to the accelerated �me of comple�on.

3. Return on Investment If you are faced with two investment choices: op�on one requires an ini�al investment of $133,920 and a�er four and a half years it will pay an annual return of $50,556. Op�on two requires an ini�al investment of $12,000, and in less than one year pays an annual return of $64,887. Which op�on would you invest in? Which one provides the be�er return on your investment? Investment op�ons one and two compare the na�onal average costs for obtaining a bachelor’s degree in computer science (College Board) verses gradua�ng from a bootcamp program (Course Reports), along with median salaries respec�vely. While there are other intrinsic aspects to consider, you cannot ignore the efficiency, speed, and value of bootcamp programs, and their disrup�ve effects on workforce educa�on. Richard Chance is Founder and CEO of i2 Labs Academy, and Chief Innovation Officer of the Lynx Companies. www.i2labs.co www.lynxcompanies.com


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Dr. Von M. Homer Top Black Educator Award – 2017

Dr. Phyllis Scott Top Black Educator Award – 2017

Yvette Brown-Koottungal Top Black Educator Award – 2017

Dr. Pamela Hall Top Black Educator Award – 2017

Dr. Shanika Hill Top Black Educator Award – 2017

We’re Barry Proud

We congratulate five of our black faculty members on being recognized as a Top Black Educator in 2017, and are immensely honored they are part of Barry’s faculty. Since 1940 we’ve made it our mission to provide every student with the kind of transformational education that helps them become who they were meant to be — and empowering them to make our world a better place while achieving greatness. Thank you all for believing in our mission while helping us reach our goals on campus and in the community. | barry.edu Follow us

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Cover story

Miami Dade College Presidents Bring Wealth of Professional, Personal Experience A Vision of Collective Wisdom and Ownership at MDC

By Audrey Jaynes

A college president’s responsibili�es are endless, ranging from strategic planning to fundraising to overseeing all academic and administra�ve func�ons. Drs. Jeanne Jacobs and Malou Harrison have approached the posi�on with grace, passion and true dedica�on, each devo�ng their en�re career to higher educa�on—and much of it to Miami Dade College (MDC). “For me, my greatest achievement has been to create a very diverse, studentcentered environment and a culture that really does say yes we can help every student who walks through our doors,” said Jacobs, who has been president of MDC’s Homestead Campus since 2005. Harrison has been president of the North Campus since 2013. As part of MDC’s recent reorganiza�on of presiden�al leadership, she recently added the InterAmerican Campus to her por�olio. For Harrison, the move doesn’t change her vision. “My vision is that our learning environment will con�nually be poised to transform the lives of the students we serve,” said Harrison, who holds a doctorate in Community College Leadership from Walden University.. Before landing a posi�on as an administra�ve assistant at MDC in 1989, Harrison worked with underrepresented students at one of many Federal TRIO Programs, which are designed to support individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. While teaching ESL classes at night, she advanced from an administra�ve assistant to chief of staff to the college president. Harrison credits her Jamaican heritage for giving her the perseverance to reach her professional goals. “I con�nue to live by the principle of discipline, which is something I had always been taught from my early years in Jamaica,” Harrison said. “Hard work, respect and service to others.” When MDC opened in 1959 as Dade County Junior College, it was the first integrated junior college in south Florida. Now, with an enrollment of over 165,000 students, MDC is the second largest educa�onal ins�tu�on and has the highest minority student enrollment of any college or university in the country. That student popula�on is spread over eight campuses: Hialeah, Wolfson, Homestead, Kendall,

West, Medical, North and InterAmerican. “I believe in shared vision, and a shared vision we all have for the campus is to con�nue to build on the great work we’ve been doing, and that is to be a recognized leader in student learning, achievement and success,” said Jacobs. Jacobs began her career at Calhoun Community College in Alabama, where she progressed to associate dean of human resources and legal affairs before moving on to a posi�on as dean of arts and sciences and then vice president for instruc�on at Sinclair College in Ohio. She holds a doctorate in Administra�on of Higher Educa�on from the University of Alabama. While Harrison and Jacobs took different paths to get to MDC, there are similari�es in their approach to leadership. Both women refer to the power of hard work and discipline. It’s clear from their journeys that they are the ul�mate role models for their students, embodying the quintessen�al skills necessary for success. “I think what I really love most is experiencing the success of our students,” Dr. Jeanne Jacobs, said Jacobs. “Because I o�en say, when President of MDC's our students are successful, that is our Homestead Campus greatest reward as a campus. And that’s what makes you get up every morning and want to be here.” Jacobs believes in shared vision and collec�ve wisdom. She speaks about “leaning into the circle,” in other words, leading from the inside as part of, rather than separate from, the group. Similarly, Harrison stresses the importance of empowering faculty and staff toward crea�vity and innova�on and promo�ng a dynamic learning environment. “My mo�o is ‘students first’,” said Harrison, a mother of four, who enjoys cooking for her children when she’s not at work. “It’s a determina�on to support every single student who wants an educa�onal opportunity.” MDC enrolls many first-genera�on college students. The median age is 25. And most students work part-�me. That said, a vital piece of the school’s mission is to support those who otherwise might not have the opportunity for educa�onal advancement. In that regard, Jacobs and Harrison said MDC provides students with wrap around programming to promote reten�on, which includes advisement, mentoring and tutoring supports. “We meet our students where they are,” said Harrison. “It is not sink or swim.”

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FMU’s ‘Cyber’ Program Offers IT certifications; Promises High-paying Jobs

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network courses. “The Cyber Warrior Diversity program is an example of our commitment to providing long term and relevant career pathways to students. We are building a space in cyber security and computer informa�on Student instructor Eric Watters leads the discussion during this evening class at technology for FMU's Cyber Warrior Diversity Center, located at the Miami Gardens campus. students at FMU Florida Memorial University’s (FMU) new and the community,” says Dr. Ceeon Smith, Cyber Warrior Diversity Center offers communica�ons director at the Miami cu�ng-edge technology training for Gardens campus. students to earn various IT cer�fica�ons and The program is also a gateway program a bachelor’s degree in cyber security. FMU for students who want to pursue their launched the program May 16. The program educa�on further and enroll in FMU to earn is offered to FMU students as well as people a Bachelor’s degree. FMU has partnered in the community who are not enrolled as with Lily Founda�on, UNCF, the Miami Dade part �me or full �me students, but want to Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), and earn IT cer�fica�ons such as A+ and other Digit All Systems via Digit All City (an

non-profit org. that helps teach technology in urban areas) to implement this program. Digit All City also has a mentor/protégé program with Northrop Grumman, a top global security company to develop the Cyber Warrior Diversity program. FMU is the third HBCU to have such a program, a�er Morgan State University and Coppin State University. “One of the goals of MDEAT is to ensure that the African American community par�cipates equitably in the job market and business opportuni�es of Miami Dade,” says Rickelle Williams, MDEAT’s Economic Empowerment Manager. “This program will achieve such goals so that students can enter the tech industry to obtain high wages and salaries.” Lloyd’s of London says cybera�acks cost companies more than $400 billion a year. The London insurance market reports a shortage of talent in cyber security. According to payscale.com, the median income for an entry level IT security posi�on is $63,000. Forbes reports that in 2016 there were over 1 million posi�ons in cyber security and cyber security execu�ves

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High School Math Teacher Multiplies Student Achievement

Horace Buddoo is more than just a high school math teacher at West Broward High School. Based on the responses from his students, he represents a model of what an effec�ve educator should be--a mentor, a community service organizer, and an advocate for educa�on reform. “My passion about educa�ng students stems from my quest to live my most purposeful and impac�ul life,” said

Buddoo. ”I recognize that my purpose as a teacher isn't just to teach them math, but it is to use my �me in the classroom to build the character, self-esteem, and mindset of my students.” Buddoo has le� a profound effect on students such as Aime Kalangwa, a former refugee from the Democra�c Republic of Congo, who witnessed the brutal killings of his family. Kalangwa was eventually brought to South Florida with the help of foreign aid. “It’s really hard to believe that I could be human again a�er losing all of my family,” said Kalangwa, reflec�ng on the impact Buddoo has had on his life. “I lost trust and love. I became an animal a�er seeing my en�re family killed. Mr. Buddoo showed me how to trust again.” Kalangwa said Buddoo schooled him how to func�on and grow up the way most American boys his age do. “I didn’t even know how to use deodorant and he showed me how,” said Kalangwa. “All my classmates started talking about how horrible I smelled, but Mr. Buddoo, my mathema�cs teacher, became my mentor in my life and I thank him so much for that.”

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Since gradua�ng high school, Kalangwa received a bachelor degree from FAU and formed a founda�on called The Future is Today, which helps refugee orphaned children in Africa. “I remember having to communicate with Aime in class via google translate and spending hours a�er school tutoring him,” said Buddoo. “He failed many of his tests the first semester, but he never gave up and became one of my top math students.” Beyond the classroom, Buddoo helps his students learn the value of community service. For example, Buddoo’s students fed the hungry in South Florida, packing over 100,000 meals to send to needy families and children. It happened through the local chapter of the na�onal non-profit organiza�on called Do Something Club. In April, Buddoo spent his spring break in Finland to study its top-rated educa�on system. He said he hopes to incorporate effec�ve teaching strategies locally. “From Finland’s educa�on system I learned less is more,” said Buddoo. ”There was less �me devoted to tes�ng so that more �me can be devoted to learning.” In Finland, Buddoo said students are

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Hampton Inn Opens in Midtown with Plans to Engage Miami Community “When you have a Hilton product, you want to make sure that its quality is up to par,”

Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Midtown executive team: Wesner St. Vil, general manager; Opal Gibson, director of sales. It’s 7:30 a.m. and Wesner St. Vil is already in front of his computer. The first thing he does on this morning, like every morning, is check his hotel room vacancies. As the general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Midtown, he has to have a handle on the numbers in order to run a successful opera�on.

“When you have a Hilton product, you want to make sure that its quality is up to par,” said St. Vil, who has worked in the hospitality industry for almost three decades. At the helm of a property with such a well-respected brand, he knows he has an opportunity to make a difference. And he

intends to do just that. “I no�ced I needed to make an impact in the community while mee�ng the ownership’s financial interests or objec�ves,” said St. Vil, who is already looking for ways to carve out their niche from newly-built hotel, located on 3450 Biscayne Blvd. So far, the hotel has contributed to a silent auc�on held by the Hai�an Heritage Museum to support Hai�’s arts and innova�on efforts. The small impoverished island na�on has a big popula�on of Hai�ans living in South Florida. It’s where St. Vil hails from. Addi�onally, he said he’s looking forward to mee�ng face-to-face with young people in the community and le�ng them know about the benefits of working in the hospitality industry. “If they were born in the country where I

can do it, they can do it,” he said. Opal Gibson is on the hotel’s execu�ve team as the director of sales. She said her day at the Hampton Inn brings another rewarding opportunity. “Every day is unique as I get to interact with clients a lot,” said Gibson. Like St. Vil, Gibson also has goals when it comes to giving back to the community. With a hotel property located in the arts district, she’s currently organizing a program which would allow local ar�sts to showcase their works at the hotel. St. Vil and Gibson both feel that their new roles will allow them to have a posi�ve impact on the community they’re serving. “I think this property gives me more leverage to contribute to the community needs,” said St. Vil.

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Small Business Week Offers Insight to Help Entrepreneurs Survive

Small Business Development (SBD), a Division of the Internal Services Department, celebrated Small Business Week 2017 with a series of events across Miami-Dade County, offering small business owners the opportunity to learn about contrac�ng opportuni�es and receive educa�on on the issues impac�ng small firms the most. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and Mayor Peggy Bell of the Town of Cutler Bay kicked off Small Business Week during the “Breakfast

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Conversa�on with the Director--South” event. Commissioner Levine Cava enthusias�cally outlined some of the ini�a�ves in District 8 that foster economic opportuni�es for small businesses. As a small business owner herself, Mayor Bell gave a presenta�on on recent developments and reiterated her commitment to entrepreneurship in Cutler Bay. I discussed SBD’s role in developing small businesses in Miami-Dade County and highlighted the small business community’s importance to economic development. Wrapping up this event, Barron Channer of BACH Real Estate shared both his experience of running a small firm as well as best prac�ces for cul�va�ng a small business at every stage of development. During the second “Breakfast with the Director,” hosted at St. Thomas University (STU), Dean Somnath Bha�acharya reemphasized the importance of the growth and development of small businesses. Dean Bha�acharya revealed his plans to launch a program that marries business and technology to give STU students a compe��ve advantage while strengthening

the local business community. The event’s featured speaker, Adriana Clark from the U.S. Department of Transporta�on, gave a�endees insight on op�mizing resources and contrac�ng with the federal government. Small business owners were treated to an all-day training and development session on the fourth day of Small Business Week. Dr. Jus�n Peart of St. Thomas University’s Business School provided best prac�ces for managing resources as a small business owner. John Fleming, CEO of Outcome Labs LLC, gave a�endees much needed insight on effec�vely using social media to market their small businesses in a contemporary and dynamic technological landscape. Alex Barthet of The Barthet Firm shared pro bono legal advice on the “do’s and don'ts” of managing a small firm. Finally, Alfredo Lacayo Evertsz, a business consultant at Florida Interna�onal University’s Small Business Development Center, presented a session on financial management and budge�ng. The week’s fes�vi�es concluded with an Award and Recogni�on Ceremony at the

Stephen P. Clark Government Center. Four small business enterprises were honored as the Small Business of the Year for each of SBD’s four cer�fica�on programs. Addi�onally, the maiden introduc�on of the Marsha Jackman Small Business of the Year Award was presented to honor one of the small businesses that embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship and community social investment and serves as an inspira�on to those small businesses that seek to grow and contribute to economic development in Miami-Dade County. The event’s featured speaker was John Hall, execu�ve director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Miami-Dade College. Hall highlighted formulas, factors and strategies for business owners to grow and scale their businesses in order to create personal wealth. The week’s celebra�ons served as an example of Miami-Dade County’s recogni�on of the important role small businesses play and a rededica�on of our commitment to their success. SBD will con�nue to extend its support to our small business enterprises as they grow and we develop our community together.

Hair Care Company Miss Jessie’s Moves NY Headquarters to Miami Beach

Miko Branch A�er 20 years in the Big Apple, a mul�-million dollar African-American hair care company has headed south to Miami Beach. Miss Jessie’s offers salon services and products designed for curly and natural hair. Founded by sisters Miko and Ti� Branch, the company has already hired staffers to help establish and strengthen its new headquarters. "My sister and I frequently visited Miami and we enjoyed ourselves. We felt like we were in the American Rivera," says Miko

Branch, the co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s. “Miami is an interna�onal community with many mul�cultural people. Businesswise it’s a wonderful place to set up shop and be helpful to many people when it comes �me to care for their hair.” With product names such as “Coily Custard,” “Quick Curls,” and “Pillow So� Curls,” this line of creams, shampoos and condi�oners are popular among heads with kinky and wavy textures. It’s the type of hair the sisters had to manage while growing up with the Branch family matriarch. Branch says she always encouraged them to be independent and determine their des�nies, so it’s no surprise they named the company a�er their paternal grandmother. “Miss Jessie was an inspira�on to my sister and me,” says Branch. “She was the first female CEO we ever saw. She ruled our family from her kitchen table. She was a great delegator because she could tell you what to do. And, you always did what Miss Jessie asked you to do.” Branch recalls that her grandmother had a natural command in her tone and voice. But she says Miss Jessie always treated people how she wanted to be treated. “That combina�on in connec�on with

her wan�ng to get things done made her an incredible role model for my sister and me when we became CEOs." Branch advises aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs to “Dream it. Package it. Market It. Do it.” “You have to do it yourself. There is no classroom or mentorship that will give you the lessons and first-hand experiences that you'll gain in your line of business. Those experiences are valuable, even in failure,” says Branch. “If you learn an unpleasant lesson or do something that causes you to lose a certain part of your business, those lessons will s�ck with you and help you become be�er prepared for your next opportunity.” Branch says these four principles helped her build business success and sustainability: Commit to Your Reasons: “I have a very strong desire to be my own boss. That desire serves me well in the good and hard �mes. But, my desire to be independent and to be in a posi�on of choice and decision is a key driver for me.” Like What You Do: “I’ve chosen something I like and something I do well. When the challenges come, the good news is that no one has to force me to do something that

I like to do and something I do well. My passion comes out naturally. That has served me well in terms of longevity.” Create Results for Customers: “Together with my sister Ti� Branch we were able to create products that worked. We created products for a market that didn’t know they needed our products to help them. Once they discovered that our products could help them support their God-given texture, they used our products.” Build a Strong Brand: “When you are successful in business, the compe�tors will come. When they come, it is very clear to our customers that Miss Jessie’s is a trusted brand that does what it says it’s going to do.” Branch credits her sister for helping to create their hair care empire, which is marketed in major department stores and online. Sadly, Ti� Branch died in 2014 at the age of 45. “I would not have been a success as an entrepreneur and a woman without the support and love of my late sister Ti�,” says Branch. Learn more about the hair care products at www.MissJessies.com.


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Broward County Court Judge Kal Evans swears in the Executive Board for the 2017-2018 TJ Reddick Bar Association on June 17, 2017 at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel. The T.J. Reddick Bar Associa�on (TJRBA) hosted its 26th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala at the Renaissance Cruise Port Hotel to honor inspiring jurists and support aspiring a�orneys. TJRBA presented scholarships to future lawyers Ashanda Carter, Jeremy McLymont and Johanna Laurent. It also honored Circuit Court Judge Michael Robinson, Florida State Senator Chris Smith, Esq., and a�orneys Hilary Creary and Johnny McCray. Newly inducted TJRBA president A�orney Harold Pryor Jr. noted, “Our goal each year is to honor the rich legacy of the men and women who paved the way for today’s Black lawyers in Broward County and throughout the State of Florida.” Log on to www.TJReddickBar.com for more information. Nova Southeastern’s law school promotes Olympia Duhart to associate dean Professor Olympia Duhart of Nova S outheastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law was recently promoted to Olympia Duhart associate dean for Faculty and Student Development. NSU law school dean Jon M. Garon explained, “Duhart’s leadership will play an important role in con�nuing to expand NSU Law’s na�onal reach on important legal topics and to assure that the research efforts of our faculty engage our students as well as the legal profession.” The newly created posi�on expands on Duhart’s current responsibili�es that include direc�ng the Legal Research and Wri�ng program and promo�ng the wri�ng, scholarship and learning effec�veness for students and faculty.

Hampton Appointed Miramar Assistant City Manager Miramar's city manager recently appointed Natasha Hampton to assistant city manager for Employee and Public Natasha Hampton Rela�ons. Most recently serving as chief marke�ng and public rela�ons officer, Hampton will now provide execu�ve oversight over the city's Human Resources opera�ons in addi�on to managing the Marke�ng and Communica�ons departments. In her new role, the Florida Memorial University alumna is now a member of the city manager's execu�ve team. A 19-year City of Miramar veteran, Hampton previously served in diverse capaci�es in various departments including Public Works, U�li�es, Engineering, and Parks and Recrea�ons. She earned a master's in Public Administra�on from Nova Southeastern University. Noted educator pens Educa�on 3.0 to help parents empower children Adap�ng to the digital age can be challenging for people who grew up in the analog era. Awardwinning educator and Dr. Denise Barrett administrator Dr. Denise Barre� wrote Educa�on 3.0: How To Get Your Kids What They Need to Succeed to help parents provide their children with the tools necessary to succeed

in the technological age. The book includes insights that seek to help students develop relevant skill sets and integrate technology with learning. Barre� suggests parents can educate and prepare their children for success by ins�lling a thirst for lifelong learning and embracing the “village mindset.” Log on to www.TheBeautyOf Educa�on.com to book Barre� for events, conferences and workshops. Hai�’s Chef Thia earns top honors at Interna�onal Culinary Compe��on More than 30 chefs represen�ng countries from across the globe recently converged at Washington, D.C.’s Ronald Reagan Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna Building and Interna�onal Trade Center to compete in the Events DC "Embassy Chef Challenge." Cynthia “Chef Thia" Verna raised the golden pineapple trophy in victory. Verna, who represented Hai�, bested her compe�tors from countries spanning from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan. A�er her victory, Verna posted an emo�onal Facebook Live video that racked up more than 200,000 views within 24 hours. Food Network Extreme Chef Terry French joined her in the clip. New book aims to help close achievement and wealth gaps Many Black students are going to college and gradua�ng with debt and transi�oning to low paying jobs. I Am College Material! was created to help students, and the army of people that support them, transform their educa�on into the opportunity of a life�me. The book includes the insights of college presidents, deans, billionaires, students and a U.S. Cabinet Secretary, all designed to give your student a compe��ve advantage. Many undergraduates consider themselves as college students,” said award-winning

author Zach Rinkins. “I want them to look at themselves as emerging professionals! This book features �ps to help students go from registra�on to gradua�on.” Find out more at www.IAmCollegeMaterial.com. Carnival chief Arnold Donald tops 2017 EMpower 100 Leaders Carnival Corpora�on President and CEO Arnold Donald has been named the top minority business leader in Arnold W. Donald Corporate America by the EMpower 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List. The list was presented by the Financial Times as part of the on-going ambi�on to address the diversity deficit at the very top of businesses. Arnold shared the honor with Carnival employees and explained, "We are also very proud of the diversity of our workforce and believe that the power of diversity of thinking drives innova�on, which is fueled by leveraging the knowledge and crea�vity of our rich backgrounds, experiences and perspec�ves to achieve common goals." Investment Analy�cs Miami taps Brige�e Lumpkins to lead business development Brige�e Lumpkins has accepted a posi�on managing business development for Investment Analy�cs Brigette Lumpkins Miami, L.L.C. She will focus on raising capital and servicing ins�tu�onal clients invested in the firm’s global public equity strategies. Lumpkins brings over a decade of experience managing both ins�tu�onal and private client rela�onships to the role. The Spelman alumna has worked at Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and Hamilton Lane. A�er comple�ng her undergraduate educa�on, Lumpkins earned master’s and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania’s pres�gious Wharton School, respec�vely.


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