Daniela Alvarez currently studies at The Honors College at Miami Dade College as a sophomore majoring in Political Science. The Cuban born and Miami raised citizen graduated from Hialeah Senior High School with a summa cum laude distinction where she explored different careers paths ranging from Nursing to Business. Gaining a love for community service and activism, Daniela joined the Florida Democratic Party as a Fellow for the 2016 Elections. A love for politics flourished from this experience, influencing Daniela to pursue a major in politics. She currently serves as the Head Delegate for the Model United Nations Team and the Vice President of the Political Science Club, two organizations with a mission to spread knowledge and awareness regarding the issues affecting both our local and global community. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, she intends to attend law school to specialize in Immigration Law. The tribulations that her parents faced as immigrants ignited a fire in her: the drive and motivation to work tirelessly to achieve her academic dreams and serve as a role model to empower others.
Daniel Cuik is a sophomore attending The Miami Dade Honors College, Wolfson Campus and is currently majoring in Political Science. Daniel has worked extensively in involving himself around causes that he thinks will benefit his community. Daniel interned with the For Our Future super PAC. He also volunteered with Student Leaders in Civic Engagement (SLICE), and with Miami-Dade’s Planned Parenthood branch. Daniel feels it is important to align his activities with his urge to be part of the compassionate and impassioned generation that will steer society on the path of progress and success.
Alina M. Garcia was born in Miami, FL and is currently attending Miami Dade College Hialeah Campus. She is transferring to the University of Florida to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. Her ultimate goal is to attend the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry and earn an O.D. in Optometry. She currently is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and works closely as a mentor for the Math Mentorship Program and the S.C.H.O.L.A.R.S. Mentorships Program. She volunteers with numerous organizations an also partakes in academic research at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami.
Paul-Donavon is a freshman at Miami Dade Honors College. He intends to major in International Relations with aspirations to become a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. During his spare time Paul-Donavon enjoys watching comedy specials, petting his cat, and volunteering. Paul-Donavon hopes to use the Democracy Fellow position as a platform to help students, especially incoming freshmen gain exposure about local elections which affect them directly. He is excited for the opportunity to engage students that encompass his campus community to channel their freedom of expression by voting for the candidates who they feel best represents their views.
Roxana Perez was born in Villa Clara, Cuba. She is a second-year student at Miami Dade Honors College pursuing a degree in International Relations. Her interest in foreign affairs is driven by her passion for history, art, law, and cultures. She is the president of the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society and a co-founder of the Global Ambassador program at North Campus. As a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, she embarked on a Spanish Literature course in Salamanca, Spain in 2017. Her love for exploring diversity in the world inspired her to investigate how cultural customs influences a community’s involvement in civic engagement. As a result, she also became involved in Campus Vote Project as a Democracy Fellow, promoting the importance of participating in democracy and honing the relationship between culture and civic engagement
As a young person who has no prior knowledge about local elections or candidates, Wendy Rodriguez has taken this opportunity to absorb the entirety of this programs resources in order to successfully aid her communities youth to take an active role in their local government elections and have their voices be heard. If we want to see progression and prosperity in our communities, we have the power with our vote, to place the individual who will make that a reality for us in office.
Monique M. Ruiz is a sophomore at Miami Dade College where she is majoring in International Relations. She became a Vote Everywhere Ambassador of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, teaming with MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy (iCED) on co-founding the Spring Into Sustainability Festival. She is a Gold recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. On campus, her achievements in service include student club-collaborative debates, creating UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) curricula, constructing human rights workshops, and organizing art builds concerning themes of climate change and gun violence. An avid writer and aspiring community activist, she hopes to combine her fondness for service, art advocacy, pedagogy, and global citizenship towards raising student voices in community organizing initiatives.