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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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  • Dr. Reena Vishwanath Thomas ’98, practices and teaches neuro-oncology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

    Stanford doctor, researcher and diversity director credits Mayfield with cementing her confidence early on

    There is a long list of things that makes Dr. Reena Vishwanath Thomas ’98 a memorable figure, from her impressive medical and academic accomplishments to the zeal she brings to every endeavor, from motherhood to fitness. But after a conversation with Reena, if you remember nothing else, you will remember her laugh. It is unrestrained and unforgettable. It’s the kind of laugh that manages to be both irreverent and inclusive, as if to say: the world may have gone crazy, but the two of us are in on the joke.
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  • Laura was recently honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the U.S. Government to outstanding young scientists.

    Award-winning physicist Dr. Laura Sinclair ’00 says being in all-women math and science classes at Mayfield was ‘a gift’

    Dr. Sinclair, whose pioneering work in optical clocks and precision laser measuring tools has been nationally lauded, says her high school STEM studies were a chance to develop a solid sense of her own identity before entering her field as a “minority”—a female scientist. 

    “It gave me some space to figure out who I was before I hit the trend of less than half of the students in my math and science classes being women,” Laura said.
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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 21 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.