Maria Angelica Garcia is a strong woman with a commitment to equality. She entered Saint Mary’s as a first generation college student and has gone on to earn her master’s in social work and administration from San Diego State University. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership at San Francisco State University. She says she is grateful for her SMC education because it aligns with Dr. Martin Luther King’s words: “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Garcia returned to the SMC community to become director of the High Potential Program. She works daily to promote the education of underprivileged students and give them the skills they need to help them excel. “I am proud to be a person that represents the hard work, dedication and passion that my family has for working for social justice and equity in our marginalized communities,” she says.

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40 Years/One Night, a "Gaela" celebration recognizing the 40 Influential Women of Saint Mary's, will be held on Sat., Nov. 6 in the Soda Center. It begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a raffle and a silent auction. The keynote speaker will be Kristine Carlson, co-author of the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. Go to stmarys-ca.edu/womeninphil for tickets and more information.

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