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Mount Mercy Women in Social Sciences Program Provides Invaluable Experiences

                Mount Mercy Academy’s Women in Social Sciences Program is off and running in its first full year.  The students in the program have had the opportunity to interact with three strong female role models.

            The first experience was the opportunity to interact with two guest speakers. Katie Burd, the Buffalo area representative of Women Elect, a non-partisan group dedicated to increasing the number of women running for office in Erie County spoke to the students about her organization and its goals. Burd is an elected member of the Kenmore Village Board.

The second speaker was Angela Marinucci. She is running for Erie County Clerk with the support of Women Elect. She spoke about what it is like to run for office and how her Catholic faith has been a part of her decision.

The goal of the visit was to educate the students about the number of women involved in politics and why it is important to increase the number of women in leadership positions. The speakers also informed the students about the challenges and triumphs of running for office.

“I found it interesting to learn how long the process of deciding to run and then acting on that decision actually takes,” junior Olivia Larson (Orchard Park) commented. “It was also enlightening to learn how important the support of the family is when campaigning.”

Next the students in the Women in Social Sciences Program had the privilege of listening to Special Agent Desiree Smith. Agent Smith is a recruiter for the FBI- Baltimore Division. She spoke to the students about careers within the FBI as well as the opportunities for internships with the FBI. She gave the students important practical advice that they can use to pursue a career in the FBI.

“Agent Smith was very interesting and very passionate about her career,” junior Xoie Ferrentino (West Seneca) remarked. “She made it clear that there are many different college majors and paths to take for a possible career with the FBI and that there are many different fields within the agency.”

                The students will continue to have additional experiences and opportunities throughout the year.

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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