Miami Dade College Students Attend Inauguration Academic Seminar

The inauguration seminar is the final installment of a three-part academic seminar series at The Washington Center

Miami, Jan. 12, 2017 – Miami Dade College (MDC) students traveled to Washington, D.C. this week for the start of the Inauguration 2017 Academic Seminar.  This year’s theme, Elevating Political Discourse, is particularly relevant given the contentious nature of the presidential campaign in 2016.

Students will take part in daily interactive programming–including guest lectures, small group discussions and budget/policy simulations. Following the programming, students will use the afternoons to meet in groups with faculty leaders, participate in visits to leading organizations and tours of popular, historic D.C. sites.

“Seminar participants have an opportunity to witness the most important event in our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power,” said TWC President Chris Norton. “I think our conversations during this seminar will have a multiplier effect on participants, who will continue this discourse at their institutions, in their careers and in their communities.”

Some 300 students from select colleges and universities are expected to attend the two week seminar. Since 1985, thousands of students have attended the Inauguration seminar. To date, it remains the only national academic program of its kind and size.

“The seminar provides MDC students with the unique opportunity to experience firsthand our nation’s democratic and political process and to witness history in the making,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Miami Dade College’s President. “Since MDC is known as Democracy’s College, we are dedicated to preparing students for lifelong civic engagement. Thanks to The Washington Center, we are able to provide our students a wonderful foundation toward this goal.”

For more information about the seminar,  visit our website.   Live updates from Inauguration 2017 will be posted daily at

About The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College (MDC) is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the America, with more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses and outreach center offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biological sciences, and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a major sculpture park and large art gallery and theater systems. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information please visit