Miami Dade College

Padrón Campus

Welcome to Student Life

Miami Dade College MDC Sharks logoThe Student Life office at Eduardo J. Padrón Campus is your source for student organizations, leadership, events and programs. Getting and staying involved while in college is a rewarding part of the college experience!

Get started by visiting SharkNet, our student organization portal, where you can create a profile, join organizations, sign up for events and activities, log service hours, and create your co-curricular transcript.


Clubs and Organizations

Each campus has a culture that is as diverse its student body. Each offers an opportunity for teamwork and leadership. Can’t find a club that suits your interests? You can start a new organization from scratch.

Student Organization Guidelines

The mission of this organization is to promote creative expression through the visual and performing arts. This organization is dedicated to enhancing and sharing our love of Art, Film, and Theatre.

Advisor: Samaria Prieto

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 people have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 670 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Advisor: Maria Guerrero

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a non-profit network committed to building a better world. ESW is comprised of students, university faculty, and professionals who are dedicated to building a more sustainable world for current and future generations. This involves not only direct projects on campuses, in communities, and internationally, but also educating our communities and ourselves about sustainability as a broad topic.

Advisor: Adolfo Mendez

Hermione's Army is a college chapter of the nonprofit organization The Harry Potter Alliance. We want to change the world by making activism accessible through the power of story-telling - working for equality, human rights, and literacy.

Advisor: Emily Sendin

The Japanese Culture and Manga Club (JCMC) is an organization that focuses on learning about Japanese language and cultural impact. We achieve this through entertaining activities such as watching movies and presentations, open discussions, reading manga, playing games, arts and crafts, and more. Our ultimate goal is to have fun while learning something new about Japan, as well as to create constructive and rich experiences and relationships with our members and our community.

Advisor: Eleazar Asencio

Develop competent, aggressive business leadership. Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work. Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise. Encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improve-ment of home, business and community. Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism. Encourage and practice efficient money management. Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty. Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals. Facilitate the transition from school to work.

Advisor: Elisa Fernandez

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college since 1918 and has become the largest and the most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges around the world. Four-year schools have continually recognized membership in PTK as an honor and privilege. Membership is given added significance by the fact that the Society is recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

Advisor: Diego Tibaquirá

The Pre-Law Society (PLS) is a collectively new club to Miami Dade. Our mission and goal is to help students from all campuses, majors and academic interests learn and receive help when it deals with the Legal Profession. We cover areas such as How to dress for an interview, LSAT tips and tricks, law school guidance, and how to debate efficiently etc.

Advisor: Omar Figueras

Members in Psych Force will become the arbiters of psychology, promoting learning, education and awareness campaigns in the field, both on campus and in the community.

Advisor: Miriam Abety

The clubwill be a space where people on the spectrum will come together to self-discover, learn, and connect with each other. In this club, we will be talking about issues that directly affect us youth on the spectrumas well as provide several opportunities forLGBTQ youth to join. These events range from going to fun events like drag shows to servicing other LGBTQ folks in our community. This club provides a safe space for individuals on the spectrum and acts as a great opportunity to connect with others who identify as LGBTQ.

Advisor: Omar Figueras

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of the student body and serves as the student governing body responsible for representing students' interest and addressing students' needs with the campus leadership. Members of the Student Government Association learn leadership as well as organizational skills as they represent the student body in campus, college wide and state meetings.

Advisor: Bryan Cash

YES! for Environmental Sustainability is a student organization sponsored by Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College Padrón Campus whose mission is to highlight the importance of sustainability and biological diversity while educating others about the function of natural ecosystems and their intrinsic value.

Advisor: Mark Tirpak

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA student officers pose one after the other

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body and represents students' interests and concerns to the campus leadership. Through Student Government, students build leadership, organizational and communication skills. They also have the opportunity to represent the student body in campus, collage, and statewide meetings.

Student Publications

  • U R B A N A volume 5

    URBANA v5's goal this year is to reflect as best as possible that crossroads of diversity, knowledge, experience and talent.

  • The Reporter Student Newspaper

    The Reporter is the student newspaper at Miami Dade College. All content is produced by MDC students. The Reporter is a public forum of expression.