All posts tagged: feature

Dr. Emerald Archer- An Ambassador for Unstoppable Women

By Caitlyn Keeve   As the only women’s university in Los Angeles, and as our Unstoppable mission suggests, we are a community that persists towards the line of equality. In the past year, a number of Centers have been introduced with that same underlying spirit of daring advocacy. The Center for the Advancement of Women is a welcome addition to our campus-wide commitment to extend the conversation surrounding gender parity and activism. Dr. Emerald Archer, the Center Director, sees it as the first “outward and public-facing” space for both faculty and students at Mount Saint Mary’s University. In short, all the events and unique programming hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Women are meant to be both interactive and thought-provoking for students, faculty, staff, alumnae and community members. Although the message of empowerment is never far away from any one office or classroom, so far in her first year, Dr. Archer has worked with faculty and staff to produce our major gender equity initiatives on campus. Leadership, Research and Advocacy are the three …

5 Black Women Who Deserve Recognition

By Simone Soriano February (the shortest month of the year) is known for being Black History Month, but it is also Women’s History Month as well. While numerous black women deserve mention in this article, here are just five black women that deserve recognition. 1) Ida B. Wells (1862 – 1931) Long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Wells refused to give up her seat on the train. When a gang of men forcibly removed her from the compartment, she later sued the company and won. Her most significant achievement was her anti-lynching journalism- documenting lynches down in the south and exposed them for the horrors that they were. 2) Marsha P. Johnson (1945 – 1992) Johnson was transgender, a drag-queen, and a significant player in the LGBT rights movement. Johnson helped led the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York when police officers raid the Stonewall Inn to arrest people for the grand crime of being Gay(Tm). 3) Bessie Stringfield (1911 – 1993) Beginning in the 1920s, Stringfield …

Flying Through Life with ‘Lady Bird’

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan in ‘Lady Bird’ (Photo Credit: LA Times) By Beatriz Garay Lady Bird deserves all four of its Golden Globe nominations and so much more. Lady Bird was released on November 3 and is the first film to get the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes – ever! It has been nominated for thirty-three awards across international platforms. I had the opportunity of attending a special screening of Lady Bird on Thursday, December 14 in Hollywood where the audience was able to converse with director Greta Gerwig and get an insight into her process for directing her film. Greta with her director of photography Sam Levy. (Photo Credit: Grace Hill Media)   The writing and the dialogue in the film are spectacular. This film is extremely relatable and authentic to the real, tough, and uncomfortable experiences teenagers go through in life. The film explores teenage struggles of fitting in and finding one’s identity, all while trying to keep a sane and moderately stable persona at home. Lady Bird is not your typical ‘Disney fairytale’ …

Making Sacrifices to Pursue a Lifelong Goal

  Jared De los Reyes, a second-year pre-nursing major with a minor in film and media, has gone through several obstacles in his two years at Mount Saint Mary’s University to get to where he is at today. Jared who is involved in many clubs and organizations such as WISH, Latinas Unidas, Women in Film and Media and others has had to manage all of these organizations along with peer tutoring and working at the library. “You have to make a sacrifice,” says Jared. “Sometimes you can’t hang out with friends because you have to worry about yourself first.” As a male pre-nursing student, he understands the pressure of getting accepted into the program since he is considered a minority but continues to strive to become the best student he could possibly be. Jared wants to be successful for his grandparents because they have been his biggest supporters and he plans to become the best possible nurse or film student he can be. Check out his story!

A Twin Relationship That Keeps Growing

  By The Athenian Print Garret and Grant Vita are senior twin nursing majors about to walk on stage with their Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing on May 8, 2017. From being born just one minute apart to going to the same school since they were kids both brothers are ready to reminisce their time at the Mount and move forward as future nurses. Applying to the same universities, you would think that their relationship would be rock solid but before college Garret and Grant’s relationship was a little rocky. “Our relationship has gotten better because we are here to help each other, instead of fighting about grades.”   During their spare time, both twins enjoy spending time at the gym. They use the time at the gym to play basketball and lift weights. Throughout their entire four years they have been a part of the intramural basketball team and Pangkat Filipino. They have been devoted to both of these organizations since their freshman year. One piece of advice that both twins would tell male nursing …

When The Ignorance Is A1

Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Vice President For those of you who may not know, foot binding, also known as “lotus feet” is a ritual in China where parents wrap their daughters’ feet so tightly in efforts to form a point-like shape. The painful practice causes bone deformity, causing some women to lose their ability to walk because their feet become so small. This long and painful procedure is endured by many girls and women for the attraction of men, as small feet are a beautiful feature in the culture. I bring this to your attention to inform those who may have seen Amber Rose’s IG post this morning. In a meme, the model laughed at a picture of a woman’s foot who had been bound that read “When the head is A1,” laughing at the idea of your toes curling up. As a proud feminist, I was completely offended. For Amber Rose to claim to be a part of the feminist community is a joke after this post. I assume she does not know what …

Democracy is only as strong as participation

Written by Cindy Carrillo, President This year’s Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California emphasized a recurrent message by all speakers, but one in particular phrased it as: “democracy is only as strong as participation.” President Ann McElaney-Johnson introduced the first speaker Mayor Eric Garcetti who was followed by Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez, Maria Echaveste, and Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro. The conversation ended with a panel led by Mary Melton, editor-in-chief of L.A. Magazine, with Rodriguez, Echaveste, and Kanyoro that allowed the audience to ask questions via Twitter. At the end of every speaker’s speech, a similar message was delivered; a call to action accessible to everyone willing to create change and be a part of a better tomorrow. But how many asked. Mayor Eric Garcetti advised not to “look into big titles for change,” but rather, “[m]ake change where you are.” Students were encouraged to look into their neighborhoods to make a change in the local level and slowly move up. Nancy Kirschner-Rodriguez suggested reaching out to local women’s centers or any other organization …