Public Health Graduate Honored with Celebration of Involvement Award

Undergraduate and graduate students who display passion for service and leadership are recognized each year at the University of Miami’s Celebration of Involvement award ceremony. At this year’s event, Daphney Dorcius, a 2015 master of public health sciences graduate, was honored with the Graduate Award for Excellence.

The award is given to one graduating master’s or doctoral student who has demonstrated superior service above and beyond what is required to complete their degree, personal integrity, exemplary character through leadership actions, altruism and support and encouragement to their peers. This is the second consecutive year that a public health sciences student has received the award.

“This award is not only the recognition of my dedication to leadership and service, but also a testament of the holistic type of education provided within the Department of Public Health Sciences,” said Dorcius, who plans to attend medical school this fall. Her goal, she said, is to continue using her leadership skills to help underserved communities.

“As a native Haitian woman, I’m devoted to fighting health disparities through research, and the promotion of health within underserved communities through volunteer activities,” she said.

The award, which was created in 1996, is co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association, the Graduate School, and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership.

Dorcius’ faculty mentors and staff from the Department of Public Health Sciences attended the April 21 ceremony on the Coral Gables campus and expressed their admiration for her passion for health equity, which is a core component of the graduate program.

“Daphney is an exceptional student leader incredibly worthy of this award, and I am confident that as a future public health physician she will be a transformative agent of change,” said Guillermo “Willy” Prado, Ph.D., M.S., professor of public health sciences.

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