Nanette Vega Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Multicultural Education

Nanette Vega, M.A., Executive Director of Programs for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recognized for her contributions to ACPA: College Student Educators International at the organization’s annual convention in Montreal on March 8.

Vega received two awards – the ACPA Coalition of Multicultural Affairs (CMA) Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Multicultural Education and the ACPA Latin@ Network CASA: Community Advancement and Service Award for significant contributions made to the Latin@ community.

Vega has volunteered with ACPA for more than 10 years. She has served in several capacities, including Latin@ Network Chair and most recently the CMA Next Generation Liaison.

“I am greatly humbled and honored to receive these awards,” said Vega. “I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the ACPA Coalition of Multicultural Affairs and the Latin@ Network for this honor. ACPA has been my professional and personal development home for many years. I am also proud to serve an institution that supports me in my professional development.”

At the convention, Vega also presented “Pipeline Programs: Supporting First Generation College Students” with colleague Erik Colon of Binghamton University. The presentation highlighted the Miami Model for Health Professions Program that aims to build diversity in the health and allied health professions, especially medicine, by providing students from underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to successfully compete for admission to schools in these fields.

The program, a partnership between the medical and Coral Gables campuses, is supported by University of Miami Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, and Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. For more information on the Miami Model Program, please visit the program’s website.

A native of Massachusetts by way of Puerto Rico, Nanette is pursuing a doctoral degree through the University of Miami Higher Education Leadership Program.

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