Millennium Fellow Spotlight

By Beth He

Kayle Valdez is a sophomore at Miami Dade Honors College, studying English and education. In the future, Kayle hopes to establish a middle school that no only focuses on academic education, but that is also rooted in world issues, grounded in an environment that encourages community involvement. As the Outreach Director of Human Rights Alliance at Miami Dade, Kayle has already demonstrated a passion for global issues and her unwavering dedication to more wide spread education regarding social issues.

Like many university students, Kayle heard about Human Rights Alliance through someone who was involved with the organization, the Vice President. Kayle was drawn to the program because of her interest in education and the organizational goals of providing a platform for global issues and a safe place to discuss them with peers.

Human Rights Alliance actively creates spaces for their members to be engaged. During each meeting, a different member chooses a topic that they would like to facilitate a round-table discussion about. There has been a wide range of topics discussed from the Syrian refugee crisis to sex trafficking to climate change. At these round table discussions, all members are invited to join the conversation, but also create change. The organization is not solely about discussion, but also centered in action. Together, members of the Human Rights Alliance at Miami Dade create a call to action.

Within the next year, Kayle and the Human Rights Alliance at Miami plan to implement three incredible projects to implement the change they want to see in the world.

1.     Hope Totes: 200 bags packed with clothes, snacks, and toiletries for sex trafficking survivors

2.     Supplies: 200 backpacks filled with school supplies for students from underserved communities

3.     Partnerships: Establish a relationship with an organization in Washington DC that works toward the rehabilitation of sex trafficking survivors

Human Rights Alliance is eager to make change in all facets of the world. They create an environment for people to express issues that need attention, and the manpower to make a change through student movements. Before Human Rights Alliance, Kayle and other students thought that in order to make a difference, they had to focus on one issue. However, now Human Rights Alliance has showed Kayle that with a team of equally passionate people, students can impact much more change that ever expected.

MCN has helped Kayle grow as a leader to take Human Rights Alliance to new heights at Miami Dade. Their organization was started by three young women who wanted to make a difference, and turn their campus into the center of global grassroots movements. By being a MCN Fellow, Kayle has received the guidance, skills, and support to make the most effective and meaningful student-led organization possible. 

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