Educate, Enlighten, Entertain – The 2020 Broward College Speaker Series Kicks Off

The 2020 Broward College Speakers Series Presented by Virgin Trains USA is bringing star power to South Florida for its seventh edition. The annual program will kick off on March 12 with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, followed by U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach on April 29, and closing with humanitarian chef José Andrés May 18.

"These speakers are among our country’s history-makers and social-influencers and will stimulate thoughtful, public discussion on issues that relate to each of us as well as the community-at-large,” says Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile.

Each lecture will take place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Amaturo Theater, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Web Celeb

Jimmy WalesWikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was dubbed a “web celebrity” by Forbes magazine. TIME magazine named him one of its “100 Most Influential People” in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and serves on the board of directors of Socialtext and for the non-profit Creative Commons.

He is the founder of the Wikimedia Foundation, WikiTribune, and Wikia. Following on his expertise, he will address the topic “What’s Next in Tech?” Thrive in a “Wiki” Future” during his presentation sponsored by Exults Marketing.

World Star Athlete

Abby WambachAbby Wambach is not only one of the greatest women soccer players in history but also a leading voice for women athletes in all disciplines. Wambach was the U.S. women soccer team captain who led them to victory in the World Cup championship in 2015 and gold medals in 2004 and 2012. She is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history, with 184 career goals under her belt.

Wambach, a New York Times Best Selling author and activist of equality and inclusion, will discuss how she is “Living Authentically” when she visits Fort Lauderdale this spring.

Humanitarian Chef

Jose AndresJosé Andrés is known for his avant-garde cuisine in the culinary industry. Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2012 and 2018, he’s received several honors, among them the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2017 from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the “National Humanities Medal” in 2015.

Andrés has taken his passion for food to a higher level. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria when he delivered more than 3.5 million meals in Puerto Rico through his non-profit organization World Central Kitchen. During his presentation sponsored by Stearns Weaver Miller, Andrés will explain how he is “Changing the World Through the Power of Food.”

Tickets for the general public are $55-$65 and can be purchased at Broward College students and employees are eligible for a discount when they purchase tickets at the AutoNation Box Office window at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. They must show valid student ID or proof of employment. Tickets are also available to a reception and photo opportunity with the speaker after each presentation. Tickets to the receptions are limited.

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Commemorate Black History Month at These Events on Campus

It’s February, and apart from Valentine’s Day, the month is significant for another celebration – the observance of Black History Month. From February 1 to 29 across the United States, events are held to honor African Americans and their achievements and contributions to the nation.

Broward College is proud to be an institution that serves a diverse population. In 2019, the College was ranked first for the number of associate degrees conferred to African American students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. African Americans are the second largest group of students at the College, comprising 30 percent of the population.

“Black History Month is not just about African Americans,” explains Dr. Robert Morris, professor of History and Political Science, as he extends an invitation for everyone to take part in the month’s activities. “Even though we are celebrating the achievements of a particular group, this month is about all Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity. It’s an opportunity to come together and honor how we all contribute to shaping the America of today.”

Celebrating Activism

StudentsLast year, Dr. Morris was the driving force behind the creation of the Broward College Chapter of the National Association NAACP College Division, which launched with 30 students.

“Bringing the NAACP to our College is incredibly beneficial to our students because we are showing them how to become involved and be a part of the solution to issues they deal with every day,” says Dr. Morris. The organization’s national headquarters will officially recognize the Broward College chapter during a ceremony on February 17. The Chapter will kick start activities for the month on February 4, with a discussion that aligns with this year’s theme “African Americans and the Vote” titled #Vote2020, moderated by Dr. Morris.

Researching History

Another major event for the chapter during Black History Month is the Florida Conference on African American History & Culture (FCAAHC), which will host its inaugural session on February 26 at the Judson A. Samuels South Campus. As Dr. Morris explains it, the goal is to position Broward College as a leader in the research of African American history in South Florida. “We must teach our history to the future generations,” he says.

Each year, a topic is chosen by a committee, and the research gathered focuses on the local history of the African American community. This year, the conference is focusing on the oldest black churches in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Historians and representatives from the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church will attend.

Black History Month Events of Campus

Other college-wide celebrations include film screenings, panel discussions, and art exhibits. South Florida PBS is sponsoring a screening of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on February 10 at 6 p.m. in North campus’ building 46, room 152 while the Judson A. Samuels South Campus will welcome executive producer Walt Wolfram for a Q&A after the screening of Talking Black in America.

There are also several panel discussions. At the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, on February 17 at 11 a.m., students are welcome to attend the U.S. census panel discussion, which will take place inside building 17, by Dunkin Donuts.

Renowned poet Ed Mabrey will visit the Judson A. Samuels South Campus activity center on February 6 at 6 p.m., and a writing workshop with Spoken word Exchange will take place on February 18 at 1 p.m. in room 139 of building 66.

For a full list of Black History Month, activities check out the calendars below:

North Campus in Coconut Creek















A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie

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Judson A. Samuels Campus in Pembroke Pines


MLK Day of Service at YMCA

Broward College Takes the Day On – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Community Projects

Taking the “day on and not off” for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20, thousands of volunteers, led by Broward College President, Gregory Adam Haile, honored the memory of the civil rights leader by giving back to the community. This support which has since 2015 seen some 13,000 volunteers providing 66,000 hours of community service, is made possible through the Broward College MLK Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service awarded $120,000 to 29 community organizations to fund initiatives ranging from beautification to education projects that support veterans and low-income populations. Funding is made possible through the Florida Legislature, in partnership with the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board.

Remembering Dr. King

MLK Day of Service at YMCAWhen Congress designated the federal holiday commemorating Dr. King’s life and legacy as a national day of service in 1994, it did so to encourage everyone across the country to take the “day on, not a day off” to celebrate the impact of Dr. King’s teachings.

“Broward College exists to serve this community every day of the year, but today is a bit of a special day,” said President Haile, between volunteering duties. “MLK Day is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference, to enhance the lives of others in our communities, which is exactly what we should all be doing today to honor Dr. King.”

President Haile participated in activities at four of the projects, which included serving food for the homeless at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, providing recreational activities to special needs children in Lauderdale Lakes, and assembling care packages for Broward county residents at the YMCA South Florida.

Together We Serve

The more of 1,500 participants this year showed the power behind “Together We Serve,” President’s Haile inspiring motto. “One of the things we recognize is that notwithstanding what Broward College has been able to do, we cannot do anything alone. This community is one that’s known for collaboration so ‘Together We Serve’ shows how many organizations can come together in partnership with us to bring service to those who need us most,” he says.

Community partners such as the YMCA are thankful for the help they receive from the College not only on MLK Day but year-round.

“Thanks to Broward College, we are able to provide our residents with care packages,” says Sheryl Woods, president of YMCA South Florida. “Through the outreach work done by our Community Health Department, we were able to identify the need our residents have for personal hygiene and care items and it does really make a difference in their life to address their basic needs.”

For a video recap of the 2020 MLK Day of Service, visit here.

STEM Day 2019

Ignite Your Child’s Passion for a Career in STEM – STEMBeez Hosts Interactive STEM Day for Children Across South Florida

Employment in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) has grown 79 percent since 1990, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. And the demand for qualified workers remains high since the latest data was released in 2018, which showed over two million jobs failing to be filled.  But even with the high demand and above-average wages, STEM appears to be an out-of-reach career path for many students in low-income communities. “It’s common that kids in these communities are not introduced to STEM in any way, mostly because they can’t afford it” explains Shari Campbell, co-founder of STEMBeez.

Making STEM Accessible and Reachable

STEM Day 2019Experts say there remains a gap in filling STEM careers as many children lack exposure to STEM from an early age,  making it difficult for them to develop an interest in something they don’t even know exists. As part of the effort to make STEM education accessible to low-income communities in South Florida, Broward College will host STEMBeez’s Second Annual STEM Day on January 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a free and family-friendly event with the mission to encourage children to pursue rewarding careers in STEM.

“The greatest goal of STEM Day is to create a bridge for our children to become one of the experts they meet that day when they grow up,” says Campbell.

Through events like this, STEMBeez hopes to bridge the gap and “show the members of the community, both children and their parents, that STEM is accessible, rewarding, and in high demand,” adds Campbell. The inaugural event last year saw an attendance of over 230 children, mostly between the ages of 5 and 13.

What to Look Forward to

With a setup similar to a science fair, the Judson A. Samuels South Campus gymnasium in Pembroke Pines will hold games, music, and interactive activities that include anatomy puzzles, terrarium making, DNA extraction, and much more. “Through these hands-on activities, we are hoping that children will embrace their curiosity, participate, and discover a passion in STEM,” explains Campbell.

It is also an opportunity to promote healthy living and raise awareness about environmental issues. In addition, the College’s Health and Wellness department will host an outdoor relay event to promote fitness and encourage children to engage in socializing and spending more time outdoors.

You can register for this free event through Eventbrite.

Broward College is an equal-opportunity institution that seeks to provide high-quality, low-cost education to the community. The College offers degrees in many high-demand career paths within STEM.

Happy Thanksgiving

Broward College Students Share Why They Are Thankful for This Thanksgiving

It’s not all about the big, tasty turkey on top of the table surrounded by mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, and pumpkin pie. It sure sounds delicious, but Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude for the past year and often reuniting with family you don’t get to see often.

Our Seahawks are excited to take a few days off from the classroom as they give thanks for their blessings.

Recounting our Blessings

Happy ThanksgivingA few days before Thanksgiving, we found students sharing reasons they are thankful.  “I am thankful for being healthy and alive. The majority of the time, we take it for granted, and we don’t appreciate how lucky we are to be healthy. We need to be well both physically and mentally to succeed in anything we want to accomplish,” says Karen, a dual-enrollment student on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus.

Galeira agrees. “I am thankful for being able to pursue post-secondary education at Broward College because it’s giving me the tools I need to pursue any professional path I end up choosing.”

Erica, a Criminal Justice major, is excited to celebrate with her family as they reunite this Thursday. “I love Thanksgiving because it’s the perfect opportunity to see my uncles and cousins, and we all come together as a family. I am thankful for all my family, especially my mom, who is my support, my number one fan.”

Giving Back to Our Community

For a lot of people, being thankful goes beyond words. During Thanksgiving, some people use the opportunity to give back to those who need it the most. If you would like to support one of these initiatives, several community volunteer events take on the mission to show some love and care to members to members of the community that are facing challenges.

In Broward County, HandsOn Broward will be hosting the 2019 Community Thanksgiving Meal, where neighbors and friends who are unable to celebrate with their families come together for a free holiday meal supported by the Florida Community Support Organization. Volunteers are needed to help serve food and support the event. Additional events taking place over the holiday weekend are the Turkey Trot in Tamarac and Fort Lauderdale and United Way’s Happy Harvest Thanksgiving Dinner at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.

Learn more about volunteering opportunities and community service activities throughout the year. Volunteer with Broward College.

Veterans Day

Supporting Veterans Transitioning into Civilian Life

Broward College is the higher education institution of choice for more than a thousand veterans, and as we celebrate Veterans Day, we are proud to honor them. Throughout November, the College is engaging its student veterans through several events.

Veterans Day Celebration Events

In addition to luncheons held on the three main campuses, this year, veterans get their game on with the opportunity to participate in a local basketball or football game.

Happy Veterans DayOn November 12, the Miami Heat will host a Military Appreciation game, and Broward College student veterans are invited to attend. The fun continues on November 17, when the College hosts student veterans at the Dolphins’ Military Appreciation game. They will be joined by President Haile and other senior leaders at the College.

And then, it's on to the pomp and pageantry with a special ceremony to recognize graduates who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year, for the first time, the College will host a medal ceremony on November 26 at Bailey Hall, to bestow the official graduation medal to those who have met the requirements to graduate this fall. “The medal ceremony is an important gesture to show our veterans that we honor and value their service to our country, and we want them to succeed in their future endeavors,” explains Carlos Parra, district director of Student Affairs. “We used to just give them the medal during the commencement ceremony, but this year, we wanted to find a special way for them to be recognized by fellow students, staff, and faculty and celebrate the significance of the medal.”

Special Resources to Support Our Veteran Community

Veterans Day activities are only one of the ways Broward College recognizes its student veterans. Broward College works hard year-round to offer services to help those who have chosen to pursue their educational goals with us. Among those efforts, this year the College redesigned the Student ID, making a special edition for student veterans, who can use it when visiting any administrative office in the College to receive priority status.

Veterans are eligible for several benefits as it pertains to Financial Aid and other financial resources. There are also employment opportunities available to veterans enrolled in at least nine credit hours per semester, either on or off-campus. During the spring semester, the College hosts resume-builder workshops tailored for Veterans only.

Many veterans find it challenging to transition and apply their knowledge and experience into civilian life, and the Seahawk Outreach Services (S.O.S) is another way the College supports student veterans who are experiencing challenges outside the classroom that jeopardize their ability to succeed in their college journey.

Each main campus has a chapter of the Student Veterans of Americans (SVA) club. By joining, you can build a network with your peers to address any need or concern you may have.

District Student Services provides opportunities to engage beyond the classroom for both personal growth and social interactions. Have an idea for an event or program? Call 954-201-6040

Are you a veteran who wishes to work on your educational goals after serving your country? Broward College is here to help you achieve your best self and has a vast pool of resources and opportunities just for you. Learn more here.

BC Pride Week October 7-10

The Office of Student Achievement Initiatives and BCPride present National Coming Out Week at Broward College from October 7-10, 2019. We invite you to join events on campus. National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBT awareness day observed in October.

Activities include: Community Expo, Movie Sessions, Conversations, Art Activities and more.

For more information about BC Pride visit:

Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Department

Highlighting National Campus Safety Awareness Month – Campus Safety Day held at Broward College

In 2008, the U.S. Congress established September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM.) To observe NCSAM, and as part of the efforts to bring the community and public safety organizations together, each year Broward College hosts Campus Safety Day (CSD.)

Led by the Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness team, the event brings more than thirty organizations to campus for a career and informational fair about the different institutions that serve the Broward County community. Among the institutions present this year are the Florida Highway Patrol, the FBI, the Davie Police Department, Florida Atlantic University Police Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Broward Health.

“It’s very important for us to connect with the community we serve,” says Lieutenant Yanko Reyes, public affairs officer of the Florida Highway Patrol. “The only way for us to know how to properly help people and make sure that we are doing our job correctly is to talk to them and understand their problems. Events like this, Campus Safety Day, are the perfect opportunity to create that connection and build a strong relationship between law enforcement and community.”

“This is also an opportunity for the Campus Safety team here at the College to have strong student and staff engagement,” adds Campus Safety Lieutenant John Labandera.

Campus Safety at Broward College

Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness DepartmentNational Campus Safety Awareness Month is meant to create the path towards a public and transparent discussion about the safety issues that affect College campuses. At Broward College, the Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness (SSEP) department works year-round to create the safest environment possible for students, faculty, staff, and everyone who visits any of Broward College location.  As a result, Campus Safety Day was designed as an opportunity to encourage engagement and to discuss the procedures and guidelines that the College abides by as it relates to campus safety.

“We want to let everyone know what the resources are that we offer to our college community and inform them about some of the innovative safety features that we have on our campuses,” says Labandera.

Among those features are the RAVE Guardian app, available to students, faculty, and staff to connect them directly, and in real-time with campus safety officers. The app provides tools such as a call directory, a campus safety call button, and a safety timer which serves as a virtual escort for someone walking alone on campus.

The SSEP also develop and provide emergency plans that include hurricane and active shooter preparedness guides.

The last Campus Safety Day will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Campus.

Have a desire to help your community? Explore the rewarding career opportunities in Public Safety, Nursing, and Emergency Medical Services at Broward College.

Broward College offers many resources to guarantee a safe environment at all of our campuses and centers. Learn more at SSEP.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations at Broward College

It’s all about being proud of where you come from and celebrating the history of your ancestors. Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) celebrates and observes the culture, contributions, and impact the Hispanic and Latino heritage have had on the United States. The Hispanic population is the second-largest group in the U.S. with 58.9 million or 18 percent of the 327.2 million people who reside here.

To recognize their contributions to the nation, in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson established Hispanic Heritage Week and 20 years later, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended the celebration to a month-long period that starts on September 15.

Celebrate Your Roots

Hispanic Heritage MonthBroward County is known for its diversity, and Broward College is no different. Students represent more than 100 countries, and Hispanics currently make up 39 percent of the entire student population. To celebrate and honor the culture and contributions of these students, the College hosts several events for the Hispanic community to come together.

These events will feature food, art, and music. We picked a few taking places across our main campuses.

  • Student Life at the Hugh Adams Central Campus will kick-off the celebrations with a cooking class on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in building 19, room 106.
  • North Campus will host a Hispanic-themed club rush on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Breezeway of building 46. At the same time, a Hispanic Heritage open mic will take place in room 126.
  • The Judson A. Samuels South Campus will host art-driven events, beginning with a discussion on the LGBTQ Experience in the Latinx Community on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 9:00 a.m. in building 68, room 191.
  • And, later that day, a Bilingual Conversation (Poetry & Religion) will take place at 6 p.m. in the same place.
  • On Thursday, Sept. 19, a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with live music will start at 11:00 a.m. in the Breezeway in building 68.

Regardless of your cultural background, join the celebration, and be part of the mind-opening experience of attending college in one of the most diverse cities in the U.S.

Broward College takes pride in the diversity of its student body. If you’re looking to connect with people of all backgrounds, you can join organizations such as the International Student Association or Hispanic Union Club. You can visit Student Life for more information.

9/11 display at IPS

Remembering 9/11 – Broward College holds events honoring victims

It’s been 18 years since the terrorist attacks where 2,977 people lost their lives. Each year, the nation comes together to remember the victims of September 11, 2001, more commonly referred to as 9/11. As part of the national sentiment and intention of never forget, events are held across the country to honor those who lost their lives, their families, and educate the younger generation about this tragic event that changed the world.

At Broward College, several departments including Student Life and the Institute of Public Safety (IPS), host events on campus to bring the community together in remembrance and this year is no different.

9/11: Where were you?

9/11 DisplayIPS will host a viewing of 9/11: where were you? A documentary from the National Geographic commemorative collection on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. There are two viewings at 8 a.m. and another at 11 a.m.

The event is organized by Benjamin Botero, a faculty member of IPS and winner of two faculty innovation grants funded by the Aspen Institute for his projects Gamification in the Classroom and Teaching and Learning with Images and Artifacts. With the funds received for the latest project, Botero acquired several items and artifacts related to 9/11 to create a permanent display in remembrance of the attacks.

“We should never forget as a country the impact and devastating effects of such horrible attack upon the United States,” says Botero. “It is imperative that we honor all law enforcement officers, firemen, first responders, and civilians involved, both victims and survivors, to show the world that Americans are resilient.”

Student Life Events

A 9/11 remembrance luncheon was hosted by Student Life North Campus on Sept. 11, at 12:30 p.m. The Judson A. Samuels South Campus also held an event at 12 p.m. remembering the attacks and the victims.