From the president

Arquimedes Rivero is a 2nd year student majoring in international relations and economics who is of Venezuelan and Spanish heritage. He has a keen interest in diplomacy, leadership, and service and is passionate about using his life to advocate for human rights domestically and abroad. In addition to maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA in MDC’s rigorous Honors College, Arquimedes has an exemplary track record of engagement and leadership at MDC. He is SGA President, he is a Changemaker Ambassador, he co-leads workshops for his peers about how to be a changemaker, he does voter engagement work through the Civic Influencer program, he served as the SGA Campus Response Director where he collected feedback from students to present to campus leadership, he is the student representative for MDC’s Board of Trustees, he completed 300+ hours of service during his time at MDC and earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award, he organized an Iftar dinner with MDC’s Jaffer Institute to educate his peers about Ramadan, he organized largescale MLK Day of Service events, he helped lead food distribution programs, he is treasurer of the Rotaract service club, and he represented MDC at the Global Citizenship Alliance Seminar in Salzburg Austria.

Ms. Madeline Pumariega

President

Miami Dade College

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Personal Statement

“Gordito, no te preocupes,” my mother murmured, reassuring a frightened, younger version of myself as we embarked on a trip to Venezuela. While traversing the airplane’s compact aisles I was enthralled by the diversity of individuals on board - of different complexions, comportment, and accents. However, we shared one common thread – our latinhood. With over four hundred million of us, each time I meet another Hispanic person, I find refuge in their presence and cherish the idiosyncratic nuances of our dialects and cultural traditions. This belonging has influenced how I navigate the world and how I contribute to the communities I value. I recall when my mother spent weekends participating in food distributions to alleviate food insecurity in Miami. I also remember when my father took me to protest the oppressive regime in his home country, with other Venezuelans in Doral, Florida. I approach my student leadership with parallel accessibility, collaborating with organizations through SGA to provide opportunities for students to make an impact in our shared communities. The greatest joy I have experienced is seeing a group of diverse individuals come together in service to the spaces they inhabit and the people that need it most.

Arquimedes Rivero

International Relations and Economics

Miami Dade College