MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE A MOST ROYAL VISIT King of Spain to Deliver Master Lecture at MDC Their Royal Highnesses King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain will visit Miami Dade College on Sept. 17, arriving in Miami after their official visit to the White House in Washington, D.C. While at the College, the Span-King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain will arrive at MDC on Sept. 17. f orum September 2015 • Volume 19 • Number 4 ish King will deliver a master lecture for the formal opening of MDC’s 2015-16 academic year. MDC is a favorite U.S. stopping point for the Spanish roy-In 2013, Felipe VI spoke at MDC. al family. In 2013, the College was honored by the partici-pation of Their Royal Highnesses in the opening of the Spanish Pavilion at Miami Book Fair, in which Spain was the featured country, as well as at an evening gala. During their U.S. visit, they also presented MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón with the prestigious Juan Ponce de León 500th Anniversary Award in celebration of the discovery of Florida and the rich influences of Hispanic heritage throughout the state and nation. In 2011, Queen Sofía of Spain visited Miami Dade College to meet more than 500 community leaders during a reception hosted by President Padrón at the College’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. Con-structed in the Spanish Mediterranean Revival architectural style, the Free-dom Tower contains design elements borrowed from the famous Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain. The Map Room at the Freedom Tower, where the Queen’s reception took place, contains a mural depicting a meeting in the New World between Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León and a Tequesta chief. Ashoka Turns to MDC for Changemakers iami Dade College re-ceived official recognition for its expertise in advanc-ing socially innovative education when it became the first and only public institution of higher education in the Southeastern United States to be designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. The pres-tigious university network includes Brown, Cornell, Duke, Fordham, George Mason, Johns Hopkins, Mid-dlebury and Tulane. Building on its vision for a world in which everyone is an agent for positive change, Ashoka U takes an institutional approach to trans-form the education of millions of students, including the 165,000 at Miami Dade College. As an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, MDC will advance ed-ucational pathways that develop interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial M and solutions-oriented skills for stu-dents. MDC’s collegewide initiative will infuse social innovation into the fabric of the College and create a defined roadmap for all students to become changemakers. “The educational goals of stu-dents are changing,” said Marina Biology students take part in an ecology field trip to Everglades National Park. MDC strives to connect its curriculum to meaningful encounters outside the classroom to help students gain interdisciplinary perspectives and become changemakers. Kim, co-founder and executive director of Ashoka U. “These student demands add a new dimension to the call for in-novation in higher education: How can colleges and universities foster the knowledge, skills and disposi-tions that equip graduates to ad-dress increasingly complex global challenges? Every student should get the chance to acquire the skills necessary to make a difference in the world.” Launched in 2008, Ashoka U offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions that share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the education experi-ence into a world-changing experi-ence. To learn more about Ashoka U, visit ashoka.org .