Women of Influence: Maria Mejorado '78

Maria Mejorado, who has spent more than 30 years in the field of higher education, is an associate professor in the Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department at California State University, Sacramento. Mejorado’s passion for education blossomed at Saint Mary’s through her position as tutorial coordinator. She grew into a strong student leader and was the first Latina elected ASSMC president. After receiving a B.A. in English from SMC, Mejorado earned master’s in education from Harvard and a Ph.D. in educational policy from UC Davis.

At CSU Sacramento, Mejorado helps students from a variety of backgrounds acquire leadership skills and the strength to overcome adversity. She is also director of a GED program for agricultural workers. Mejorado says she is most proud of “making a life-changing decision to become a parent later in life” and advises women to never seize every opportunity for educational development, adding: “I believe in life-long learning and growing!”

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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.