women's history month

MCIU is celebrating Women’s History Month! 🌟 This March, join us in honoring the remarkable contributions of women who have played and continue to play a pivotal role in transforming the landscape of education.

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Women's History Month - Priscilla Bell, Mabel Negrete, and Stephanie Mach

Priscilla Bell, Mabel Negrete, and Stephanie Mach

In 2017, three Indigenous women, Priscilla Bell (Taino), Mabel Negrete (Native Chilean) and Stephanie Mach (Dine), organized an Indigenous Peoples’ Day (IPD) celebration and education event in Philadelphia. They had experienced firsthand the ill effects of the systemic erasure of Indigenous peoples in the United States and were motivated to create change. Particularly in Philadelphia, where 23,000 Native Americans live, but no federally recognized Tribal Nations exist, lack of representation and awareness negatively impacts policy, court decisions, and public support for Native communities, creating a void that is filled with appropriation, toxic stereotypes, and misperceptions. Their Indigenous Peoples’ Day event sought to counter this narrative and honor the history, heritage, and culture of the Lenni-Lenape (the original people of Lenapehoking), the Tiano (Indigenous Carribeans) and all the Native Americans from across the Americas living in the region today.

Judith Rodin

Judith Rodin

Judith Rodin is a pioneer, innovator, change-maker and global thought-leader. For over two decades Rodin led and transformed two global institutions: The Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. A ground-breaking executive throughout her career, Dr. Rodin was the first woman named to permanently lead an Ivy League Institution and was the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation’s president.

Dr. Rodin’s leadership ushered The Rockefeller Foundation into a new era of strategic philanthropy that emphasized partnerships with business, government, and the philanthropic community to address and solve for the complex challenges of the 21st century.

At Penn, Dr. Rodin presided over an unprecedented decade of growth and progress that transformed the institution, its campus, and the community, engineering a comprehensive, internationally acclaimed neighborhood revitalization program in West Philadelphia. She has authored more than 200 academic articles and chapters, and has written or co-written 15 books. Her most recent book, published by Wharton School Press, is entitled Making Money Moral: How a New Wave of Visionaries is Linking Purpose and Profit.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Nominee to become the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

This nomination is the result of a thorough and rigorous process by the White House to name a qualified nominee with strong experience, character, integrity, and dedication to the Constitution and rule of law.  Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is an exceptionally well-qualified jurist whose credentials, experience, and evenhanded approach to the administration of justice make her an outstanding candidate for the Supreme Court.

Last year, Judge Jackson was confirmed by this Senate on a bipartisan basis to serve on the D.C. Circuit.  Before her confirmation to the D.C. Circuit, Judge Jackson served on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  She was confirmed to this role unanimously and issued more than 500 opinions on cases involving a range of important issues—from the separation of powers to the reach of the Fourth Amendment to collective bargaining rights.  She additionally has prior experience as a Vice Chair and Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, as a federal public defender, as a lawyer in private practice, and as a law clerk at all three levels of the federal Judiciary, including for Justice Breyer.

The historic nomination of Judge Jackson is an important step toward making the Supreme Court look more like the nation as a whole.

Katya Echazarreta

Katya Echazarreta

Katya’s roots started in Mexico where she was born. Her family moved to the US when she was about 8 years old. Growing up in the US was difficult at first due to the language barrier, but she worked hard and was a fluent English speaker within two years. Her mom instilled a strong work ethic and always encouraged her to follow her passions. Space, Math, Astronomy, and Physics have interested her for as long as she can remember and she never lost sight of that growing up.

Katya graduated high school and enrolled in San Diego City College to study Electrical Engineering despite various setbacks. After three years she transferred to UCLA where she obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. During her time at UCLA, she interned at NASA JPL. Eventually, she transitioned to a full-time engineering position and worked on 5 NASA missions including Perseverance and Europa Clipper. Currently, Katya is pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She has received an Honorary Doctorate for her humanitarian contributions to society as well as contributions to technology. On June 4th, 2022, Katya became the first Mexican-born Woman in Space after being selected by Space for Humanity for a mission to analyze the “Overview Effect”.