Hi! I am Carol Reyes.
I am currently the Director of Global Programs at Miami Dade College, the country's largest and most diverse institution with over 165,000 students spread across 8 campuses in Miami, Florida. I am responsible for managing all international grants, global programs and special initiatives, as well as developing partnerships with foreign governments, international institutions, and the public and private sector. I recently created the country's first study abroad program for homeless and foster students (resulting in the 2017 Diversity Abroad Innovation Award), managed an international grant from the French Embassy in the U.S., collaborated with the McKinsey Social Initiative to explore education-to-workforce projects, and received the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Award. 

Previously, I managed the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Program (Western Hemisphere Division) at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York, working with the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and U.S. Embassies in 18 countries across Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. 

I am a graduate of the M.A. in International Education program at NYU Steinhardt. In the past, I interned with Fulbright Taiwan / EducationUSA in Taipei and at the Institute of International Education (IIE) / EducationUSA in Mexico City. I also spent three weeks in Ghana participating in an NYU Global Program in Accra, Ghana focused on comparative perspectives of education and diversity and delivering three laptops that I raised funds to buy for La Enobal Basic School. 

In 2009, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Taiwan, where I consulted for the Kaohsiung City Bureau of Education, led cultural programs for the U.S. Diplomatic Mission, created innovative English-teaching curricula for teachers at the city wide level and taught English to 300 third and fourth graders. 

Following my Fulbright (2010-2011), I studied Mandarin Chinese at National Kaohsiung Normal University's Center of Language and Culture Teaching in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I completed the Elementary, Intermediate and High-Intermediate levels, and successfully passed Taiwan's official Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (Level II) with a score of 91 points.

Aside from my time in Taiwan, Mexico and Ghana, I was raised in Guatemala and studied abroad in Brazil, Portugal and Ireland. 

During the school year, I volunteer with Reading Empowers, a program focused on improving the literacy and academic readiness skills of young children in Chinatown through reading and writing activities. I have also recently been invited to write for the "She's The First" blog. Read more about the work of She's The First and how to support girls' education and help create first-generation graduates around the developing world.