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MSMC’s fight for women’s education

Written by Julia Ruiz, Editor-in-Chief 

In 2013, director Richard E. Robbins released his documentary Girl Rising, capturing the adversity young women face when they are denied an education. Mount St. Mary’s College’s Associate Director for Learning Assistance Programs Dr. Micah Daily plans to change that by tutoring young women around the world via web chat.

After talks with the college’s directors and vice presidents, Daily received the funds to purchase the film’s rights to screen the movie on campus during the Spring 2014 semester. The student body responded well, showing interest in the fight for women’s education. Although her initial plan was to create awareness and raise money for the organization, Daily soon thought about a hands-on approach.

“Collecting money is great and nice and awareness is wonderful, but we all kind of ache to do something directly,” Daily said.

With the help of the Scholar Mentor Club and MSMC’s Peer Tutoring Program, Daily plans to tutor young girls living in third world countries who are not allowed to attend school.

“To be denied [an education] is, not only an injustice, but it is preventing women from reaching their absolute potential to help their community, their nation, and the world,” President of the Scholar Mentor Club Jamila Valiente said. “The Scholar Mentor Club is partnering with Dr. Daily in hosting many events in the future [and] in the coming years, we hope that the Scholar Mentor Club will continue to help Dr. Daily in her aspiration to tutor young women beyond traditional means”

This “global community service,” as Daily puts it, is still in the works.

“How to reach out to these girls? We don’t know yet,” Daily said. “What we do know is that we have the ability to do it, and we have the backing of the college for us to proceed with the project.”

Small steps are in plan to spread awareness, including fundraising events and four additional screenings of Girl Rising later this semester:

November 18th: Chalon’s Hannon Theater from 4:00-6:00pm

November 25th: Doheny’s Rose Auditorium from 12:00-3:00pm

November 26th: Chalon’s Hannon Theater from 4:00-6:00pm

December 4th: Chalon’s Hannon Theater from 4:00-6:00pm

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