Director of Media Relations
MORAGA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2009) â€“ Anita Perez Ferguson will spend a week at Saint Maryâ€™s College of California from Feb. 23 through Feb. 27 as this yearâ€™s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. The Fellows program, administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for seminars, workshops and lectures.
Anita Perez Ferguson has served as President of the National Womenâ€™s Political Caucus and was appointed by President Clinton to Chair the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation. She was also White House Liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. Perez Ferguson has trained women in leadership and political skills in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Her books include Women Seen and Heard and A Passion for Politics. Hispanic Business magazine named her to its list, â€œThe 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States.â€
During her weeklong visit to Saint Maryâ€™s, Perez Ferguson will visit classes and speak with student groups. She will also deliver a lecture titled â€œPlanning versus Panic: Facing An Uncertain Futureâ€ on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Soda Center. Additionally, she will conduct the womenâ€™s leadership workshop, â€œConfidence, Competence and Conflict: Women as Agents of Change,â€ on Feb. 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For more than three decades Visiting Fellows have introduced students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. Saint Maryâ€™s College has participated in the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program for 17 years.
Saint Maryâ€™s College, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate, graduate and extended education programs. The Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.