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Valerie Jarrett (left), President Barack Obama's senior advisor and now on the board of his foundation, joined daughter Laura, a CNN anchor, launched the Finding My Voice series, a conversation between mothers and daughters


Mount event gives lessons in leadership, relationships and more

Despite their powerful positions and fame, the Jarretts faced very common insecurities, challenges, and relationship ties

July 7, 2022


Celebrating 50 years of Title IX

Mount Saint Mary's, in partnership with The Representation Project, hosted a special event to celebrate 50 years of Title IX.

July 1, 2022
The movie


Examining the role of Black women in the civil rights movement

A film screening and discussion with the filmmaker provided a unique history lesson

May 18, 2022

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A covalent bond: Women and STEM

Mount student participates in powerhouse panel about women’s colleges, STEM and national defense.

April 6, 2022


Tracking California women's health and wellness

Mount Saint Mary's releases comprehensive report on women’s health and well-being at a public event with thought leaders.

March 28, 2022


Honoring Maya Angelou’s Legacy

The Mount Community celebrates poet and civil rights activist to become the first Black woman to appear on a U.S. quarter.

March 17, 2022


Aiming for tangible change

Despite the demands of multiple roles, Emerald Archer successfully manages the chaos because she focuses on her passion

March 11, 2022
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Women's wellness amidst a pandemic

Mount Saint Mary’s will release the 2022 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California on March 24 on a virtual event

March 9, 2022
Helen Umana '21 participated in GenHERation Connection through the Mount. There, she met the mentor from Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.who would offer Umana a position following her graduation.


Alumna kickstarted career through program during senior year

GenHERation Connection gave a student not only a mentor for her last year of college but her current boss

January 10, 2022


Shattering the glass ceiling

LA County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell discusses women’s leadership and California politics with Mount students.

October 27, 2021

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FitzGerald receives prestigious recognition

Leah FitzGerald, PhD, FNP, FAAN, has been selected to be a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy).

August 19, 2021
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Congressional Action Aims to Help Women’s Colleges

Appropriations bill recognizes the unique role of women’s colleges in advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education.

July 28, 2021
Presenters from this spring’s Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California event include (from left, top row) Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Alisha Haridasani Gupta, Maria Hinojosa, Mekala Krishnan and Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl. (From left, bottom row) City Council President Nury Martinez, Supervisor Holly J Mitchell, Michaela Pereira, Maria J. Prados and Jane Wurwand.


Spring Report Event Focuses on Effects of COVID

This year's Report was very specific, examining the effects of COVID-19 on women and girls in California

May 4, 2021
Holly J. Mitchell (left), our Legislator in Residence and LA County supervisor, and state assembly member Cristina Garcia (right) discussed a variety of topics in the latest speaker series event from the Center for the Advancement of Women.


The Future Is Female

The annual Legislator in Residence speaker series featured politicians Holly J. Mitchell and Cristina Garcia.

May 3, 2021

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Women’s Leadership Launches Student-Run Podcast

Tune in to a variety of topics and listen to women leaders from all areas of the University

March 29, 2021


A ‘Blueprint for Change’

Our Report Has Inspired a Decade of Change -- at the Mount and Throughout the State

February 26, 2021
Building women leaders is a fundamental part of a women and gender studies major, and it's also at the core of the Mount's mission. These three students are taking a break from a leadership conference in the 2018-2019 academic year.

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A New Major for Fall ‘21

The popular women's studies and leadership minor will have company in a women and gender studies major, starting this fall.

February 3, 2021
Aichi Kitalyi, PhD, who spearheaded the Carole Cole scholarship program, seen here in 2010 with the first group of scholars.

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Girls in Tanzania Get Chance at Bright Future

Mount alum provides hope to orphaned girls in Tanzania through educational opportunities

February 2, 2021


Mount Releases Collectif 2020

MSMU and the Women’s College Coalition (WCC) come together to investigate the value of women's colleges.

January 13, 2021


Mount President Featured in The Business Journals

President McElaney-Johnson discusses higher-ed leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic in a recent interview.

January 12, 2021

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Empowering Students

Alum Sonali Bridges ’98 has been breaking down barriers for women in education since she started at the Mount.

November 5, 2020


Latinx Heritage Month: Gloria Alvarez ‘05

Gloria Alvarez ’05 reflects how the Mount community helped to grow her pride in her heritage and shape her career goals.

October 6, 2020
A portion of the WCC representatives who participated in a recent WCC meeting. Mount Saint Mary's President, Ann McElaney-Johnson, is in the bottom right corner of this screenshot.


Women's College Coalition: One Year at the Mount

Recent MSMU event attendees reaped the rewards of the WCC's close ties to the Mount

September 30, 2020
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie, lead strategist, diversity, equity & inclusion at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, spoke about implicit bias with MSMU's Emerald Archer, director for the Center for Advancement of Women


Leadership Lessons in Times of Change

Panelists covered a variety of topics: the value of women's colleges, implicit bias, social justice and poetry

September 30, 2020
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Deferred Yet Conferred

It may not have been the Commencement anyone anticipated, but the graduates of 2020 celebrated with gusto nonetheless

August 26, 2020
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Faculty profile: JoAnna Novak

An obsession with a word is the genesis of a book of poetry

August 26, 2020
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Data Unveiled at First Virtual 2020 Report Event

Postponed by COVID-19, the 2020 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ hosted the first of its three events

August 25, 2020
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Elena Brower: "Compassion in Times of Deep Healing"

Virtual guest speaker, a renowned author and teacher, guides attendees through exercises designed for mindful compassion

August 20, 2020
Kerrie Klein BSN ’07 Kaiser Permanente, Panorama City


In the Trenches With COVID-19

One positive effect from the coronavirus: “It has reinvigorated a lot of healthcare workers. We feel a solidarity"

August 20, 2020
A woman pointing to a sign wearing hospital scrubs


Chanell Jackson ‘12: A Detour to Her Dream Job

A detour to her dream job takes this nurse back full circle

August 20, 2020
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Meet Our New Vice President for Student Affairs

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Linda McMurdock, PhD

August 20, 2020
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Update from the Center for the Advancement of Women

A letter from the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women, Emerald Archer.

July 15, 2020
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Sharing Her Passion With the Next Crop of Nurses

Stacy Gruenloh ’07 BSN, who was an undergraduate dance major and a Radio City Rockette, is now a labor and delivery nurse

May 12, 2020
Cecilia Pimentel


No Kid(ding) This Nurse

Pimentel’s desire to be a nurse was solidified at the Mount

May 7, 2020
Samantha De La Torre '21


Helping Fellow Students with Wellness

Samantha De La Torre ’21 is a Wellness Coordinator for the Doheny Campus.

March 30, 2020
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GEARYS to Sponsor Center at the Mount

The Center for the Advancement of Women announces partnership with GEARYS

March 10, 2020


Adthenians Team Competes

The “ADthenians” is a team of 11 women from different years and majors competing at the National Advertising Competition

March 9, 2020
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Helping Students with an Alum Network

Helen Boutrous founded the Mount’s award-winning Mock Trial and Moot Court teams.

March 2, 2020
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Alum Gives Back to Mount Students

Dianne (Plou) Schautschick ’65 loves Mount students, and it shows.

February 24, 2020
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MSN Student Receives CACN Scholarship

Ms. Britteney Guinhawa (MSN) was awarded the CACN Nursing Education Scholarship.

January 24, 2020
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Alumna Curates Art Show

Sofia Gutiérrez Calderón ’92 brings exhibit on migration stories to the Mount.

January 21, 2020
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Patricia Corrales ’86

“As a prosecutor, our aim is to do what is just and what is right.”

January 16, 2020
Psychology Assistant Professor Michelle Samuel (second, left) joins three of the student authors – (from left) Caitlyn Keeve, Carmen Ramos and Carla Canas – at a student psychology conference where they shared their research work.


Journal to Publish Article

The American Journal of Undergraduate Research Journal to Publish the Mount’s Gender Disparities Article

December 2, 2019
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Michelle French-Holloway

Her varied work experience shaped her mission to help students answer questions about who they are.

November 26, 2019
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Kathleen Perez '21

I am unstoppable because I am a person who defeats challenges and who doesn’t give up.

November 26, 2019
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Voter Engagement Seal Awarded

Mount Saint Mary’s received a gold seal for achieving a student rate between 40% & 49%.

November 20, 2019
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Powerful Women Speak at MSMU

MSMU welcomed California Senator Holly Mitchell and Board President of LAUSD Mónica García to the Doheny Campus.

October 25, 2019
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Kim Harris, Pat Reif Lecturer

Liturgical Justice Through Sacred Song Lecture on Oct. 28 by Dr. Kim Harris

October 24, 2019
Student affairs leaders wear MSMU Votes shirts to promote civic engagement on both Mount campuses.


MSMU LEAD Institution

MSMU Again Selected as LEAD Institution to Support Civic Engagement.

October 15, 2019
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White Coat Ceremony

80 incoming nursing students entered the chapel to be cloaked with a white nursing coat by MSMU faculty.

October 15, 2019
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Women’s Leadership

The Women’s Leadership Conference brings together women to connect and learn.

October 11, 2019
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Isabel Villarreal '20

Isabel Villarreal '20 is an English and history major, an Honors Scholar, and a commuter student mentor.

October 11, 2019
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Unstoppable Alums

Striving for excellence, these three alums will be honored with Outstanding Alumnae Awards at Homecoming 2019.

October 10, 2019
Marilyn Shirk ’73


Excellence in Caring

Advocating for self-care, one nurse specialist helps lead a transformation

September 18, 2019
JoAnna Novak

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JoAnna Novak

JoAnna Novak is an assistant professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program

September 17, 2019
Vivian Slu '21


Vivian Slu ’21

Vivian Slu ’21 is a political science and philosophy major with a pre-law minor

September 17, 2019
Bernadette Robert ‘77


A gift to the world

For more than 35 years, Robert has filled a variety of leadership roles on campus

September 11, 2019
Historic photograph of MSMU nursing students

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The claim to BSN fame

The story behind the race to start California’s first nursing baccalaureate degree

September 11, 2019
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Making is Learning

Welcome to the Mount Makerspace, where students are encouraged to design, experiment, build and invent.

September 11, 2019
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Being a light to others

As a history scholar, Rausch says she learned that one person can embolden others and make a difference, one light at a time.

September 11, 2019
Unstoppable Listing (Slideshow)



That word is more than just a tagline. It’s how our students define themselves.

September 11, 2019
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The first alumnae

Looking Back: The story of Mount Saint Mary's Class of 1929

April 8, 2019


Report examines inclusion

The 2019 Report focuses on how race, age and socio-economic status shape the lives of women in California.

April 2, 2019


Feminist Theory and STEM

Collectif 2018: Professor explores her own experiences as a female engineer from the lens of feminist theory.

March 4, 2019


Inspiring lineup

First Partner of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be in conversation at the 2019 Report event

February 6, 2019

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A legacy entrusted

The CSJ Institute’s oral history project advances the stories and mission of Mount Saint Mary’s founding sisters.

September 6, 2018
Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary's University.


Making the connection

National women’s commissions gathering in Los Angeles features an MSMU flavor.

August 3, 2018
MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson was invited to deliver the commencement address to Marymount High School's Class of 2018.


‘No strangers to courage’

MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson delivers commencement address at Marymount High School.

May 30, 2018
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Ready to run...and lead

Mount Saint Mary’s hosts public campaign training to prepare more women to run for office.

May 17, 2018
MSMU hosts a day of film screenings as part of the United State of Women 2018 summit.

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Mount Saint Mary's hosts a day of film screenings as part of the United State of Women summit.

May 6, 2018
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2018 RSWG Recap

MSMU's latest research report shines a spotlight on gender inequities among California's workforce.

April 30, 2018
MSMU students participated in 50/50 Day on April 26, 2018.


Paths to parity

Students lead campus conversations on what it will take to create a more equitable world.

April 27, 2018
Participants listen to a speaker during a previous Ready to Run training.


Ready to Run '18

MSMU hosts public campaign training to prepare more women to run for office.

April 5, 2018
Rhiannon Giddens and Lara Downes

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Music Fest, MSMU-style

Women in Music Festival showcases diversity, power of music.

April 2, 2018
Women In Music: Koto

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Women in Music Festival

Special event showcases the brilliance of female musicians and music scholars.

January 11, 2018
Women in Hollywood speaker series

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Women in Hollywood

Speaker series brings media and entertainment industry experts to campus.

January 10, 2018


Center's debut

Opening a new hub for gender equity research, advocacy and leadership development.

November 10, 2017



The transformative power of a Mount education: “An Unstoppable Campaign for Mount Saint Mary’s University”

November 10, 2017