Dakendo Michel

Dakendo Michel

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Dakendo Michel

FGCU graduate Dakendo Michel turned his experience as a student in the service-learning program into a full-time job after graduation.

A native of Haiti who was raised in Fort Myers, Michel is talent search coordinator for FGCU’s Office of TRIO & Outreach Programs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social work magna cum laude from FGCU after attending Edison State College (now Florida SouthWestern State College).

Michel enjoys “helping those who need me — mostly minority students from the Lee County School District,” and he sincerely believes in the theory that “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Michel’s remarkable achievement of 1,234.5 service-learning hours was achieved in only two years. “Receiving the opportunity to give back to the community and being honored as the 2015 College of Health Professions and Social Work undergraduate Student of the Year are some of my most memorable memories,” he says.

While a student, Michel served as a youth development and empowerment service ambassador for the Office of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement, a member of Student Support Services and Golden Key Honor Society and also was vice president of Phi Alpha Honor Society.

Former FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw fostered a feeling of family among the campus community that served as a positive reinforcement for Michel, he adds. “I never felt like service-learning was something I had to do.”

Service learning is in Michel’s plans for the future, he says, adding, “I dream of winning the Nobel Peace Prize.”