Leadership and Service Awards 2020-2021 Presented by: Miami Dade College - Homestead Campus - Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy

Congratulations to all the students, faculty and staff being recognized as part of the Leadership and Service Awards! Keep scrolling for a message from Dr. Oscar Loynaz, President of MDC Homestead Campus.
Keep scrolling to view all of the award winners.

Civic Leadership AwardS

Recognizes those who have shown sustained and impactful civic leadership in our community. Civic leadership is reflected in the capacity to identify, analyze, collaborate, and work towards solving pressing societal needs and issues.
Tyler Kasmir

Tyler Kasmir has served as a Democracy Fellow with the Campus Election Engagement Project for the past 2 years, engaging hundreds of his peers in the electoral process. Tyler has organized and implemented a variety of in-person and virtual programs and activities focusing on voter education, voter registration, and has worked to institutionalize voter engagement through MDC Homestead’s Shark Start Orientation program offered throughout the year.

Dr. Simeon Richardson

Dr. Simeon Richardson is a Social Justice Champion, on campus and beyond. As a founder of BMI (Beta Mu Iota), Professor Richardson has worked to address the low graduation rate of Black males. He created a network of almost a hundred students, faculty and staff to share academic support, employment opportunities and community resources. As a response to Covid-19, Professor Richardson helped BMI members connect in the midst of the pandemic, protests, and the culture changes of the past year. And as the co-founder of UFMDC’s Mirror Project, Professor Richardson organized college faculty to identify and provide remedies for issues related to systemic racism and poverty in our college and communities.

Civic Champion Award

We recognize and appreciate the HCTS Team for their tireless commitment to helping iCED and the entire campus community pivot to a remote learning and working environment during the past year. Their tech expertise and guidance has been invaluable!

Featured Program of the Year

Nils Kastberg

The Disability Rights Awareness Seminar, offered in partnership with Humanitarian Development Partnerships (HDPI), increases understanding and provides practical tools to better uphold basic rights of persons with disabilities, more specifically, those living with mental conditions and syndromes. To date, more than 500 MDC Community Health Nursing and other students and faculty have participated, to rave reviews. The course is taught by Nils A Kastberg, Executive Director of La Ventana de los Cielos, a non-profit organization located in Homestead, Florida. Mr. Kastberg is also a Board Member of Special Olympics International, and a Specialist in International Human Rights and Education in Emergencies and Development, having held key functions in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and serving in four continents with UNHCR and UNICEF.

Congratulations to the 2021 President's Volunteer Service Award Winners

The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recognizes those who serve 100+ hours in the community. Individuals will receive a lapel pin, a certificate and letter from the office of the President of the United States. Individual levels include Bronze (100+ hours), Silver (175+ hours) and Gold (250+ hours).


Carlos Ascencio – Bronze Award
Irene Corona – Bronze Award
Luis Fernandez – Bronze Award
Stephanie Kirkpatrick - Bronze Award
Steven Olvera – Bronze Award


Jose Carlos Lopez – Gold Award
Professor Mark Chiappone - Gold Award


The MDC Civic Action Award recognizes those who have been actively engaged in the civic life of our community. Students, faculty and staff earn points based on a variety of actions in the following categories: Democratic Engagement & Advocacy, Environment & Sustainability, Community Well Being, Arts & Culture and Social Innovation.


Jessica Moreno – CAS Bronze
Daniela Mata Gonzalez – CAS Bronze


Stephanie Kirkpatrick – CAS Silver
Sarah Martinez – CAS Silver
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Civic Action and Service-learning Faculty appreciation

Special thanks to the following faculty members who encouraged their students to participate in the Civic Action Scorecard and Service-learning this year!
Tremendous thanks and appreciation to iCED's outstanding Faculty Facilitators: Professor Jairo Ledesma and Dr. M. Nia Madison
Thank you to our Civic Ambassadors, Ashlie Faustino and Michaelangelo Garcia. Your commitment to supporting iCED initiatives and the America Reads Tutoring Program is greatly appreciated!
Congratulations Sharks!


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