Dr. Eduardo Padrón - Diverse Champions Award

Achieving the Dream is proud to Spotlight a key component in the national community-college reform network to help more students succeed:  people.  Our people have risen to the challenge and focus on the way forward and the ‘big picture’.  Our people drive the organization forward, achieve results, have a vision for the future and deliver on that vision.


One such leading force is Achieving the Dream, Inc. Board Member Eduardo J. Padrón, Ph.D.

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At the 95th American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention, Diverse Issues In Higher Education awarded Dr. Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College (MDC), with the fourth annual Diverse Champions Award for his tireless advocacy for the most underprivileged of students.

“I think we need more of our leaders in community college to stand tall on the courage of our convictions. We cannot be quiet about it. I think we have a responsibility to speak and be the voice for those students who are disenfranchised, who have not been getting the support that they need because of the lack of funding from our legislature-- legislature in any state.” said Padrón.  Planning to stay for a single year when he entered his position, Padrón has grown Miami Dade College into the largest traditional college in the nation by enrollment, creating visionary programs and policies that other institutions use as their model.  Over the past ten years, he had increased Miami Dade’s IPEDS graduation rates for Hispanic and Black, non-Hispanic students by 43% for Hispanics and 33% for African-Americans.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, President and CEO William E. Trueheart sent heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Eduardo Padrón for receiving the well-deserved 2015 Diverse Champions Award. He is widely viewed as one of the most distinguished leaders in our nation whose lifelong commitment to excellence and education of the highest quality for all students is truly exemplary.  Padrón has inspired thousands of students and colleagues to aspire to ever higher levels of achievement. He is indeed a champion.

To find out more on Eduardo Padrón’s astounding career at Miami Dade College click here.

 

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