Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) President Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson was awarded the Community Impact Award by the Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) on Saturday, June 8, 2019, for her commitment to create more equity in Los Angeles.
Under McElaney-Johnson’s leadership, MSMU was ranked by the New York Times as the number one college for overall mobility compared to hundreds of other selected private colleges. It ranked MSMU as the most successful at helping students move up to greater income levels compared to what they could have expected before attending college. The Mount has one of the highest proportions of Pell Grant recipients in the nation for private colleges.
MSMU predominately serves women of color, representing 83 percent of the undergraduate student body. Sixty-eight percent are Latina.
“I am truly moved. I accept this incredible honor on behalf of the students and graduates of Mount Saint Mary’s University who make an impact on this community every single day,” said McElaney-Johnson. “I am so humbled every day by our students’ determination and their perseverance. We are not just educating students to graduate. We are preparing them to be unstoppable leaders in their communities.”
In addition to McElaney-Johnson’s honor, the MABF awarded Mount Saint Mary’s University alumna Karla Ballesteros ‘16 with the Steven Espinoza Immigration scholarship to be used during her final year of law school.
MABF is dedicated to providing financial assistance to men and women of Latino heritage who intend to pursue careers in law.