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Miami Waterkeeper on Panel for 2017 Florida Region Mini Honors Institute: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Beta Pi Theta chapter answers the question, “What are the three major obstacles keeping our oceans from being healthy?


Across July 21 - 23, 2017 Miami Dade College’s (MDC’s) Beta Pi Theta chapter hosted the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Florida Region Honors Institute at the Hialeah Campus. The institute included three days of compelling speakers on this year’s topic: How the World Works: Global Perspectives, which sparked thought-provoking discussions and provided leadership development opportunities to students. Miami Waterkeeper was honored to participate for day three, as part of a panel discussion with Rescue a Reef, discussing protection of our Florida waters. 

Miami Waterkeeper’s Kelly Cox, left, and Rescue a Reef’s Stephanie Schopmeyer, right, fielding student questions


After participating in the panel, Kelly Cox, Staff Attorney and Program Director for Miami Waterkeeper was interviewed by the Beta Pi Theta chapter team, who are developing an, “Honors-in-Action Project” marine conservation-themed. Honors-in-Action seeks to investigate a real-world community problem and collaboratively come up with a collaborative solution through service or advocacy. This program gives students an opportunity to develop a topic of interest beyond the classroom as they work together to research, collect, and analyze resources. The students’ sought Kelly’s guidance in effort to understand perspectives and narrow their project focus and theme. They aim to uncover three major obstacles keeping our oceans from being healthy and devise workable solutions. We’re so excited to see where their research takes them for their project!  

Beta Pi Theta Honor-in-Action Project group interviewing Kelly Cox 


About Phi Theta Kappa: Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year college students. Since its founding in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has recognized the academic achievements of students in associate degree programs. Approximately 135,000 of the most outstanding two-year college students are inducted into membership in Phi Theta Kappa each year. Phi Theta Kappa offers students opportunities for engaging in scholarly activities, earning academic scholarships, providing service to the community, developing and practicing leadership skills, and enjoying fellowship with other scholars. Learn more at http://www.ptk.org/


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