When artist Joshua AM Ross was interviewing MCLA students for the apprenticeship position that complemented his Fall 2021 MCLA Artist Lab Residency, he and Jeriyah Morris '22 clicked right away. Since then, the two have stayed in touch. "With no exaggeration, working with Joshua in the gallery was a life-changing experience for me," said Morris. "Joshua is not only my mentor but my friend that showed me what it's like living as a young independent artist."
MCLA held its annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, honoring students, faculty, and staff who have helped further the College's DEI efforts. These members of our campus community have created new opportunities for everyone here to advocate, learn, and get involved with DEI.
Since earning her bachelor's degree from MCLA, Penny Christman '17 has found tremendous satisfaction with her career at General Dynamics--and has received multiple promotions to reflect the passion and skill she has as a program manager.
If you're wondering how to make the most out of your college experience, Domenica Gomez '23 is a good person to ask. As a student athlete, admissions ambassador, and double major in international business and sociology, Gomez regularly advises prospective students to get involved in campus activities, ask for help, and explore new experiences. "Take risks! Join a club you might not be interested in! Try things out," she said. "You won't lose anything."
When Andy Cambi '20 started working for the City of Pittsfield Health Department, he knew he wanted to advance in his career. With hard work, mentorship, encouragement, and an MCLA degree, he did--and is now the city's director of public health.
Abby Abrahamson '22 has always had a passion for the environment--and now she's helping instill that passion in others through her work with Bio4Climate.
College is a big decision, whether you're researching schools for the first time, looking into transferring, or thinking about what to do after graduation. So what's the best way to start that process?
Jake Boillat '18 didn't realize his career path even existed until he was a student at MCLA. Now, as manager of community outreach and engagement for the Common App and Reach Higher, his work is to help remove barriers for high school students all over the country to begin a path that will lead to similar discoveries.
Down the street from campus, MCLA alumni are making a major community impact through their work at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.
To be successful, diversity, equity, and inclusion has to be threaded into everything we do--including the arts. MCLA's Institute for Arts and Humanities is a great example of how to infuse foundation-changing philosophies into programming that empowers students, spreads knowledge, and contributes to the existing body of work and research on DEI in the arts.