Alumnae

Alumnae News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Virtual Career Day, actual career experts

    Career Day is always an exciting event at Mayfield, and this year’s was even more so. For our first Virtual Alumnae Career Day, we welcomed almost 60 alum professionals—more than double last year's number!—to talk about their work in the arts, business, engineering, entertainment, media/journalism, law, marketing/communications, health/medicine, and psychology. (Scroll down to see the full list.)
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  • From Harvard to Haiti: learning by teaching

    Harvard sophomore Elisa Gonzalez ’19 has been a full-time volunteer teacher at a Haitian orphanage since August, and is also remotely mentoring Mayfield math students.

    “The whole expedition to Haiti really began with my freshman year at Harvard being moved to virtual classes. Knowing that the following semester would also be virtual, I decided I wanted some time off to refocus and be able to tackle the challenges of online school in the spring. A fellow Harvard student and I decided to look into international experiences, and came across the Have Faith Haiti (HFH) Mission, a Christian school and orphanage led by writer and philanthropist Mitch Albom.
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  • Solving our "social pandemic" with anti-racist education

    “Racism is making us sick. Like any infectious illness, racism is highly contagious and transmittable through social institutions to individuals who, in turn, become carriers.” — Lora McManus ’14, Women of Color in Headships: Uncovering Experiences of Discrimination and Microaggressions

    A diversity practitioner and aspiring Head of School, Lora McManus ’14 is determined to forge her own path into an educational leadership role. But, as she found in her master’s thesis, the prospects are less than encouraging. She describes her research into the discrimination experienced by women of color who lead independent schools as “intrinsically personal and professionally humbling.” Of the more than 1,600 members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), only 51 heads of school identify as both a woman and a person of color. 
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  • Actions Not Words in Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    by Leah Weidman ’11, Alumnae Council Communications Co-Chair

    In 2015, Kate Morin walked through the Bellefontaine gates as Mayfield’s new Head of School ready to listen, learn and love—to serve our Mayfield community with “trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person,” as our Holy Child mission demands. And, despite a five-year focus on expanding schoolwide programming to address issues of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDEI), the global racial reckoning of summer 2020 heightened the urgency of addressing the impact of systemic racism within our community. Mayfield’s alumnae stepped up in record numbers to help bring a new vigor to the school’s commitment to racial justice, and their generous contributions have kickstarted a new era of growth at 500 Bellefontaine, from the classroom to the boardroom.
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  • Marina Marmolejo ’13 builds DreamKit to empower homeless youth

    When Marina Marmolejo ’13 graduated with her Master’s from the Yale School of Public Health with an idea for an app to support young people experiencing homelessness, she had her work cut out for her. Now, young adults can earn DreamKit points by attending community-hosted events like case management meetings, parenting classes and resume-building workshops, and they can use these points to “buy” food, hygiene products or even haircuts. As they build new skills, members can also use their DreamKit profile like a resume to find jobs, housing and mentors. Marina assembled a dedicated team, including youths who have faced homelessness, to build and scale the app, but then COVID-19 hit, and she had to reconsider her entire organizational model.
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Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.