North Campus Student Makes All-USA Team MDC North Campus President Dr. Malou C. Harrison recently invited one of her Honors College students, Rachel Díaz, into her office for what was supposed to a routine chat. Instead, Díaz encountered nearly a dozen high-ranking North Campus department directors, all gathered around a desk. Suddenly, those VIPs used their hands to create a “drum roll,” announcing to Díaz that she had won a special honor: Out of more than 1,800 applicants nationwide, Diaz was one of only 20 students to be named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. Díaz, who has been awarded a $5,000 prize along with a special medallion, will be honored April 24 in New Orleans at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention. “I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I never thought I would win.” A 20-year-old native of Havana who came to Miami with her family at age three, Díaz is focusing her studies on economics. With a 4.0 GPA, she is set to graduate from MDC this spring. She is applying to top universities, including Yale, Georgetown and Duke. MDC student Rachel Díaz interned at the deputy mayor’s office this year. Ultimately, she wants to be an immigration lawyer so she can help people who come to this country and struggle. In the meantime, she is serving as an intern with Miami-Dade County deputy mayor Alina T. Hudak, researching projects ranging from illegal dumping to the Zika virus. In addition to her excellent GPA and her work with the deputy mayor, Díaz created “Paving Pathways,” a workforce-readiness project designed to help community college students succeed by connecting them with corporations, nonprofits and local government agencies. – WV
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