Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, welcomed California Senator Holly Mitchell, in conversation with Mónica García, Board President of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), to the Doheny Campus on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Their conversation highlighted the importance of creating an environment for all children to succeed in school, including those in immigrant families.
When asked about the best part of her job, García said, “The most fun part of my job is to be a community voice, and to represent kids that want to learn and kids that can.” After 18 years on the Board of Education, she also spoke about the magnitude of her contributions to the LAUSD, which includes operating a $12 billion budget, making policies that benefit all students, and moving towards equity in all areas that affect schools in District 2.
“LAUSD is the largest school district in the country with an elected board. We have so many children who have fought amazing and harsh realities and what they want is to be a part of our society and a part of our community. From Koreatown, East LA, Dodger Stadium to USC is all my district… and the goal is to get every student to graduate with a quality education,” said García.
Both Senator Mitchell and Mónica García emphasized the value of women’s experiences as leaders and the implications of equity when women and girls begin to own their power.
Both students and staff were empowered to ask questions and connect with the speakers after the presentation. The event was co-hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Women and the Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice. To learn more about past and upcoming events, please visit www.msmu.edu/caw.