Congratulations to Laura Santos, Miami Dade College (Eduardo J. Padron Campus), for being chosen as the FCSAA Publications Division Student of the Month for January! She was nominated by her advisor, Emily Sendin.
Here is what Emily told us about Laura: "Laura Santos has been an unexpected breath of fresh air as a member of the Urbana Volume 13 staff. Her candor and authenticity challenge the staff to strive to be better. She has also shown a steadfast commitment to the magazine and has contributed in a myriad of areas, including layout design, editing, and podcast. For her commitment to the magazine, she was the only first-year student to be chosen to attend the ACP/CMA Media National Convention where she listened and learned and brought her knowledge back to share with her peers. Laura is no doubt one of the most valuable members of our Volume 13 staff, and I am excited to bear witness to her future contributions.
Laura has demonstrated leadership within her community through her many extracurricular activities, as she currently assists the Florida Immigrant Coalition with voter and immigrants’ rights education. She leads the Campus Election Engagement Project where she registers students and organizes non-partisan civic discussions, workshops about local government, and informational sessions on campus. Together with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the Institute of Civic Engagement and Democracy, she works providing information for non-citizens on pathways to stabilize their status, she imparts workshops and distributes guides for citizenship tests. Laura also serves as the president for Hermione’s Army, social justice and political engagement club where she works to bring awareness to human rights violations taking place nationally and internationally, recently they organized a House of Horrors of Human Rights Violations. Additionally, she received recognition from Fulfilling Hopes Foundation, a 501(c)(3), as an outstanding volunteer for her dedication to helping children in Latin America, specifically in Nicaragua. At the beginning of the semester, she received the Mirta Pinellas Scholarship Award which is granted to academically outstanding students and children of cancer victims. Recently, she was accepted into the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Public Policy Leadership Conference February of this year."
Congratulations to this remarkable student for being awarded as our Publications Student of the Month and a big thank you to Ms. Sendin for nominating her for this recognition.