Deborah Posner

Get to Know Dr. Deborah Posner, Key Presenter at the Continuous Improvement Conference 

Dr. Deborah Posner has an unwavering passion for education. The associate vice president for the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness has used her innovative approach to guide Broward College on a successful path to accomplishing its goals. Her experience comes from years of working in academia and corporate business, and she’s excited to share her knowledge at the upcoming Continuous Improvement Conference being hosted by her department in July.

Passion for Education

The South Florida native has taught middle school, high school and at the college level for more than 20 years. As a professor, she specialized in math, advertising, marketing and financial management. She was drawn to the field of education by her parents, both math teachers with more than 30 years of experience.

Even though she enjoyed the classroom, Deborah had a desire to do more. She transitioned to administration as an associate dean, dean, district director and then her current role at the College. Along the way, she spent time in the corporate and government realm as a senior business analyst in project management and quality assurance. She enjoyed the challenge of working for private institutions, but fell in love with the community college model of open access and affordability.


Deborah takes pride in leading the strategic planning process by setting the right goals and measures. She and her team are there to support each department as they work to ensure the College provides the best programs and services to students. Once strategies are implemented, the focus turns to the continuous improvement cycle in the never-ending search for ways to do even better.

Her favorite part of her job is what she does with FAST (Find, Analyze, Sort, Transform) teams. This is where she puts the Lean Six Sigma principles into practice through the formation of cross-functional teams. Lean Six Sigma is a globally recognized methodology for maximizing operational efficiency as well as an enterprise-wide business strategy with direct bottom line impact. A certified black belt within the program, Deborah will offer her Lean Six Sigma white belt workshop for free to conference attendees. The program normally costs $199 to take through the Continuing Education department.

Deborah is always looking for opportunities to share her vast acumen to an assortment of audiences. She has presented across the country including to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) with President J. David Armstrong, Jr. and in an airplane hangar filled with aviation executives at the Lean Summit in Tampa.

The Continuous Improvement Conference

She is excited to see her vision for a Continuous Improvement Conference realized at Broward College. The Continuous Improvement Conference is designed to help industry professionals achieve operational and performance excellence. Deborah is among a list of successful business leaders who will share best practices and expertise on issues related to establishing and achieving strategic goals to leadership.

The conference will be hosted at the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus and will begin with a welcome social event on Sunday, July 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A day-and-a-half of program will follow on Monday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included. Registration is $300 and limited to 70 attendees.

To register and for more information, visit

Bold Beauty Project displaying images at library

Debbie Brecker: A Model for Bold Beauty

Debbie Brecker CyclingLights, makeup, costume changes, the flash and click of the camera all characterize Debbie Becker’s six-hour photo shoot. It’s her first time as a model and she’s excited. It’s more work than she anticipated but it will be worth it.

Debbie isn’t your ordinary model posing for famous designers or a fashion catalogue – using canes due to having cerebral palsy, she’s doing the shoot to empower women.

“I had a hard time as a teenager,” she recalled. “I didn’t feel attractive, desirable or that I was getting the same attention from young men as my peers. I carried a lot of those negative feelings with me for a long time.”

Debbie is featured in the exhibition of the Bold Beauty Project at the North Regional Library on the Broward College North Campus from May 29 to August 31. The exhibit focuses on women with varying disabilities as seen through the lenses of award-winning photographers. The goal is to elevate and celebrate the strength, sensuality, and spirit of resilience and courage of women. For participants as well as viewers, it creates a transformative experience while expanding the concept of what it means to be beautiful.

Using Her Uniqueness as Purpose

Bold Beauty Project displaying images at libraryDebbie became involved in the Project after seeing the exhibit twice. She was impressed by its message and contacted the organizers. They responded and asked her to be part of the Broward College exhibit, which is coincidentally where she also works as a Student Affairs specialist and counselor. The experience, she says, changed how she views herself.

“I started to view my body differently, not focusing on the parts that don’t work which is what I used to do but on my beauty as a person, and as a woman. I’ve realized that the limitations really don’t matter; it’s how I feel about myself and what I project from the inside.”

She is already using her experience to encourage students in her role at the College. On her office wall are photos showing her athletic accomplishments. Among them, adaptive snow skiing in New Zealand, a shot of her crossing the finish line in a 10K walk for cerebral palsy in Australia, and skydiving.

“I reference those pictures when I work with students [when] I can tell their self-esteem is low or when they are getting impatient because they want to progress more quickly through their degree. I let them that ‘what matters is that you finish the race and not how long it takes you to get to the finish line.’”

More about the Bold Beauty Project

The Bold Beauty Project was founded by Shelly Baer, a Tedx speaker who engages in dialogue on the beauty of disability. For Debbie, there is no greater reward than helping others see their beauty. “I want people who come to see the exhibit to walk away realizing that as human beings we all have something beautiful about ourselves and when we chose to focus on the negative, they become hidden, but when we acknowledge our beautiful traits then they can be appreciated and acknowledged.”

The photography exhibits have been featured at major international art shows in different parts of the country, including Art Basel Miami. The Bold Beauty Project has plans for growth, with a replication model in the works so that other cities can reproduce the project. The South Florida team behind the Bold Beauty Project is an all-volunteer team of diverse professionals supporting the non-profit.

To learn more about the Bold Beauty Exhibit at Broward College visit the Eventbrite page.

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Broward College Offers Free IT Certification Boot Camp

If you’re pursuing a degree in Information Technology (IT), work with computers, or even if you’re just a tech lover, you already know that it is one of the fastest growing and most competitive fields. That’s why experts recommend getting qualified industry certifications to complement your education.

codeKnowing that certifications are valuable tools to put you ahead, Broward College faculty in the IT department organized its first boot camp scheduled from May 10 -15.

What’s an IT Boot Camp?

A boot camp offers workshops that cover large areas of curriculum over a specified period, usually no longer than a week. In addition to some theory, you also will get hands-on practical preparation, and that’s important in IT!

Benefits of Getting IT Certification

  • Studying for a certification can increase your understanding of the technology.
  • IT certification will certainly give you an advantage when hiring managers look at your resume. Competition for IT jobs can be stiff, and having a certification is a significant advantage compared to those who don’t have one.
  • Getting certified can lead to higher job compensation.

 What Broward College IT Boot Camp Offers

This IT Boot Camp will help you gain well respected industry certifications that complement current degrees and internships. In addition to the workshops and practical experience, there will be practice tests for the Industry Certification and lots of coffee and snacks.

Coursework to be covered:

  • CompTIA – A+
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • Linux+
  • Cloud+
  • Project+
  • Microsoft Office Specialist

As a certified testing center, the College will offer vouchers and extended hours will be provided, for immediate testing.

Visit CSIT Bootcamp to register. You must use your college email when registering to be accepted.

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Come Celebrate Earth Day

33888483401_b2e7a94104_zApril 22 is Earth Day!

Children refer to it as Earth’s birthday, but it’s really the day when we pause to recognize the earth and all that it provides. It’s also an opportunity to take action and prevent its degradation.

This year, efforts are dedicated to environment and climate literacy. There are plenty of ways you can get involved at Broward College. Don’t just sit idly by, come participate in activities that will protect the planet. The events were kick started with the inaugural Science and Agricultural show on Central Campus, on Saturday, April 8 but there’s lots more upcoming.

From fairs to film festivals, join us as we celebrate our planet:

Central Campus                            

Friday, April 21

Simulating Biological Control’s Impact on Invasive Plants

Bo Zhang, University of Miami

4 - 5 p.m., Building 1008/105

Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 22

Beach Clean Up

Secret Woods Nature Center, Fort Lauderdale

8:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Perfect opportunity to give back to the community and help our environment.

To RSVP come to Student Life, Building 19/106 or email us at


South Campus 

Tuesday, April 18

Earth Week Fair – Environmental Science Student Presentations and Local Environmental Groups33888486581_d58e73a2ef_z

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Building 68, Southern Breezes and the Breezeway

This Fair puts together a collection of environmental science displays and presentations from students, faculties and clubs.


Wednesday, April 19

Earth Week Environmental Film Festival                

8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Building 66, Room 139


Wednesday, April 26

Underwater Neighbors: The Ecology of Two Octopus Species in a Shallow Coastal Environment

Hosted by Chelsea Bennice, Florida Atlantic University, Department of Biology

2-3 p.m. Building 66, Room 139


North Campus

Monday, April 17     

Movie Monday, Environmental Film Festival

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Building 46 Coffeehouse


Tuesday, April 18

Environmental Film Festival

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Building 46 Coffeehouse


Poetry Readings, Prof. Joyce

12:30-2 p.m., Building 46 Breezeway


Wednesday, April 19

Student Projects

Hosted by Prof. Bancalari and Prof. Eisenberg

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Building, 46 Breezeway

                  12:30 p.m. -2 p.m., Building, 46 Breezeway

A display of projects related to earth science and the environment.


33977001386_9fff150b8c_bThursday, April 20

Ecosystem Tour

Hosted by Prof. Eisenberg

8:45-9:25 a.m., departs from picnic tables in front of Building 57

This campus tour explores environmental issues affecting the local community, identify natural resources and endangered species through a knowledgeable tour guide from one our experts.


Pan'Ku students

P’an Ku Carries Lasting Legacy at Broward College

P'an Ku magazine students posing

The offices of P’an Ku often bustle with activity as the staff of dedicated editors and writers work to produce the next edition of the award-winning literary magazine at Broward College. Since 1964, the publication has showcased the written and artistic talents of its students.

Vicky Santiesteban is in her third year as advisor, but the English professor was a member of the P’an Ku team back when she attended the institution around 1984. As each edition comes together, she marvels at all the painstaking time and devotion put into P’an Ku by the students. It’s truly a labor of love for this dedicated group as they juggle their classes with hours making the magazine. Editors have to sift through more than 300 submissions and then carry out the arduous task of narrowing the field for publication.

Their hard work is often praised and rewarded. Each year, the magazine participates in the Florida College System Activities Association Conference. At the most recent 2016 Awards Banquet, P’an Ku won 18 awards, including a top prize in poetry and the distinction of General Excellence.

The publication also marked another milestone when editors attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP) in Washington, D.C. This was the magazine's first time to present on the national level. The P'an Ku editors were among more than 30,000 participants, and they had the opportunity to meet with writers, editors, agents, and presses. Everyone was stunned at the quality of the work.

A release party is hosted for each issue to acknowledge the effort by the staff and celebrate the talent of the contributors. Santiesteban has seen a number of memorable moments from these gatherings.

“I remember one older man who brought his wife and eight-year-old son,” she said. “He read his work, and you could see the pride in that family. The boy looked up proudly at his father reading from the podium. That is one of the defining moments for me; that we can honor someone’s work in such a way.”

The next Release Party for P’an Ku is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 in Building 33, Room 1110 inside the Willis Holcombe Center in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

For more information on the publication or to submit your work, visit the P’an Ku website.

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month at Broward College

Black History Month has been observed for more than 40 years in the United States, celebrating and honoring African American figures from all walks of life who have impacted our world. No matter what campus you are on, there are numerous free events throughout February:

Must-See Events

Barrington Irving Talk
Tuesday, February 14, 2 p.m.
Building 3, Room 100

In 2007, then 23-year-old Captain Barrington Irving was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the youngest person and first black pilot to fly solo around the world. He has traveled to 50 countries and conducted more than 30 STEM expeditions. Barrington developed a “Flying Classroom”, curriculum which transforms the way students learn STEM. He created the nonprofit Experience Aviation offering hands-on STEM-based programs and career guidance to middle and high school students in Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher Talk
Monday, February 27, 11 a.m.
Building 3, Room 100

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher was thrust into the limelight after the Charleston shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015. It’s where she served as associate pastor for congressional care, preached and led the women’s ministries of the church. Since losing her mother and eight others in the tragedy, Risher has been outspoken about gun laws and national spokesperson for advocacy groups such as Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense. She also has appeared on CNN and been interviewed by a number of other media outlets. For more information on the below listings, visit here.

If You’re in the Area, Check Out

A. Hugh Adams Central Campus

• Festival of Icons
Wednesday, February 8, 11 a.m.
Building 19, Patio

• Author of Black Miami
Wednesday, February 15, 1 p.m.
Building 3, Room 117

• Journey of the Drums
Wednesday, February 22, 12 p.m.
Building 19, Patio

Judson A. Samuels South Campus

• “I and I: The Politics of Self-Love” Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 15, 4 p.m.
Art Gallery

• “Space Apes” performed by Joshua Jean-Baptiste
Thursday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
Performing and Cultural Arts Theatre (PCAT)

North Campus

• Black History Month Movie Series
Monday to Thursday, February 6 to 9
11 a.m. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Building 46, Room 126 (Coffeehouse)

• Drum Circle
Tuesday, February 21, 12:30 p.m.
Building 46, Room 152

• Black History Month Luncheon
Tuesday, February 28, 12:30 p.m.
Building 46, Room 152

Willis Holcombe Center in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

• Malcom X Panel
Tuesday, February 21, 12:30 p.m.
Building 33, Room 1110a

• Journey of the Drums
Thursday, February 23, 12 p.m.
College Plaza

beauty initiative

Beauty Initiative Hosts Event at Broward College to Provide Hygiene Products for Homeless

BeautyInitiative1A little bit of kindness can go a long way.

More than 50 volunteers found that out on a recent Saturday when they helped the Beauty Initiative fill bags of hygiene products on Central Campus.

The packing party prepared 353 bags from a collection of more than 10,000 sanitary donations for women in need throughout the community. These bags were distributed in the South Florida area and were given to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and Police Homeless Task Force. The officers keep the bags handy when on patrol and have them at their disposal when they identify someone who can use feminine hygiene and beauty products.

Within one hour the assembly line had completed a majority of the project. The volunteers worked in tandem, organizing the collection of products and putting them in each bag. Spirits were high as they knew their efforts were making a difference.

Ashley Eubanks, who founded the Beauty Initiative in April, was happy to host the gathering for a cause at Broward College. Sponsor organizations were generous enough to contribute as well. Among them was Clean the World, which lent a helping hand by donating 500 soaps, and students from Phi Theta Kappa stopped in to offer cake to the hard-working helpers.

“I can't begin to express my gratitude to the entire Broward College staff for allowing us to host our packing party. Just when we thought we would have to cancel the event…the College made it possible,” Eubanks said.

Eubanks hopes to continue wobeautyinitiativerking with Broward College as she continues to build a network of partners for future drives and packing events.

Another initiative the nonprofit focuses on is teaching beauty, etiquette and self-care. This includes holding workshops taught by beauty professionals for school age girls to build self-esteem and feel good about themselves. For more information on the organization or to help, visit