Congratulations to Daniela Hernadez, Miami Dade College-Eduardo J. Padron Campus, for being chosen as the FCSAA Publications Division Student of the Month for November! Daniela was nominated by her advisor, Emily Sendin.
Here is what we learned about Daniela through Emily: "Although she was scared, she allowed herself to join Urbana Literary & Arts magazine volume 12 staff and expressed her creativity in a safe space. She never thought she would share her writings or photographs with other students. She did not imagine before the level of commitment she would have with the magazine. Her work as an editor for our campus magazine during her first semester at Miami Dade College demonstrated her passion for both analyzing literary and art pieces and getting involved with her community. Despite being a STEM major focusing on biomedical engineering, Daniela showed an immense interest in the literary arts. Her ability to serve in different functions enabled her to work hand in hand with the authors as editor. This year, Daniela seized the opportunity to learn and take part in different positions when she was chosen to lead the web design team for volume 13. She accepted the challenge and put her innovative mind to work having no experience whatsoever managing a website. Her effort in designing the Urbana Literary & Arts magazine website guided her to validate her belief that art is a vehicle that strengthens her community.
Daniela’s participation in the initiative “Let’s be Change Makers” by Miami Dade College allowed her to get involved with the community. Daniela volunteered as a mentor for The Changemaking Challenge by The Idea Center at MDC. As part of the contest, she led high school students to address social issues within the community and ideate possible solutions. As a facilitator, she learned the importance of listening to others’ opinions through the application of different strategies. Working with younger students represented an opportunity to reveal Daniela's leadership style. Implementing different methods such as design thinking, to achieve a common objective as a team strengthened her leadership skills. Performing the role of facilitator uncovered her passion for identifying people’s unique qualities and observing how different individuals can work together. Through the experience, Daniela demonstrated the value of listening to others’ ideas and thinking creatively. In 2019, Daniela continues to serve her community as vice-president of TriBeta National Biological Honors Society and SGA senator. Her goal is to support and amplify the voices of those affected by limb loss living in underdeveloped countries. She has designed a project that includes an information session with organizations advocating for amputee awareness and a 5K run where students and athletes with artificial limbs join to help a worthy cause. The event will help to collect used prosthetic limbs to export to low-income institutions in Venezuela that assist amputee patients."
Congratulations to this extraordinary student, Daniela Hernandez, our Publications Student of the Month for November, and a big thank you to Emily for nominating her!