The Florida Education Fund (FEF), an organization that provides an avenue to ensure that educational advancement is possible for minorities, honored Dr. Guillermo “Willy” Prado, dean of the University of Miami Graduate School and professor of public health at the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, with a presidential award at their annual conference this year.
The president’s award was created to provide an honorarium to individuals who make outstanding contributions to the McKnight Fellowship Program. The program, which was established in 1984, is designed to address the under-representation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with PhD degrees to teach at college and university levels.
Dr. Lawrence Morehouse, president and CEO of FEF, said “I’ve known Dr. Prado for three and a half years and he has been substantially supportive of not only the McKnight fellows that are matriculated at the University of Miami but of fellows from other partner institutions. He is a fine scholar in his own right. A great researcher. He’s not only a bright genius, but he’s also a humanitarian.”
“He sits on the selection and review committee, which is comprised of deans of graduate schools from all over the state. They will convene here in Tampa and then select the students that we give awards to,” said Dr. Morehouse. “And what that entails is doing a careful and thorough review of their applications, which consists of four to five hundred files. So, Dr. Prado has played a major role in that process.”
Dr. Prado has also developed and conducted workshops for fellows all around the state to train them on how to develop competitive proposals to get their project funded.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 08