Congratulations to Barbara "Barbie" Silvera, Miami Dade College (Eduardo J. Padron Campus), for being recognized as the FCSAA Publications Division Student of the Month for February! Barbara was nominated by her advisor, Emily Sendin.
Here is what Ms. Sendin had to say about Barbara: "In the Fall semester of 2018, I Barbie walking into the first Urbana meeting with hesitation and doubt but walked out confident that she was going to join the Urbana Literary & Arts magazine volume 12 staff. In the first meetings, she expressed her desire to let out her creativity and bring her ideas to the table. She rapidly started working as an English and Spanish editor for the magazine. She showed her appreciation for every unique piece and worked closely with the writers to improve their writing elements and finalize the publishing piece. She stepped out of her comfort zone every meeting by collaborating with the photographers and layout designers, always working as a team player and dedicating extra hours to the well-being of the organization. As a mass communications major, she realized that the magazine was lacking public spotlight and involvement. Thus, this year Barbie took on more responsibility in the magazine and created the social media and marketing team. She took the initiative to make a digital marketing campaign that focuses on emphasizing our mission and the appreciation of every aspect of art while creating roles for her peers to join the movement. As a result, Urbana has gained members, writers, and increased attendance to our events. Since then, she has led two social media platforms and created a community. As well as maintained her responsibilities as an editor for the pieces. Barbie’s dedication to the magazine’s social media outreach and concentration in the literary pieces has allowed her to strengthen her passion to unite her community through communications.
During Barbie’s first academic year at Miami Dade College, she realized there was a lack of interest in the issues that affected the Little Havana community and an even lower rate of involvement. Fueled by her concern and passion, she took the position of president of the political and social awareness club, Be The Change. Through this club, she has managed and created events that only focus on informing and bringing social awareness. She has created events on topics like immigration, healthcare, gun violence, voter turnout, and climate change. She has also led her group to attend strikes and motivated people to vote on local elections. Barbie has united a community of minorities and given them the tools to make informed decisions. Also, she has always shown greater interest in working with the student body, to not only unite the college but collaborate in events. She joined the Miami Dade College Student Government Association and as a senator, she focuses on the participation of events. She was awarded 1st Place in the SGA Hispanic Heritage festival, for raising awareness on the social conflicts of the Latin American countries and embracing their culture. Barbie takes great pride in her mission to unite and increase involvement in the Miami Dade community."
It is our honor to award this outstanding student, Barbara Silvera, as the Publications Student of the Month! Thank you to Ms. Sendin for nominating her for this recognition.