November was an active month for IWF Southern California member and president of Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) Mildred García. She was appointed the 2017 chair-elect of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, in addition to receiving the President’s Award from Student Affairs Educators in Higher Education, for her work in advancing the quality of student life on the CSUF campus.
She contributed an article to the Orange County Register in November, connecting themes of women in athletics to those who transcend barriers to advancement in the workplace, invoking the story of Kathryn Johnston, who in 1950 became the first girl in history to make a Little League team (posing as a boy to do so).
“Today, nearly 70 years later, while girls are now welcome on Little League teams, glass ceilings continue to impede progress for girls, women and people of color, underscoring our collective responsibility to mentor and support them. And while the glass ceilings that loom over the diverse students of Cal State Fullerton are continually broken with the mentorship of our faculty and staff, I never thought I’d see one shattered by a baseball — even as president of a university with four national championships in the sport.”
CSUF has been celebrated for being fourth in the United States in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students and first in California for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics. García was the first Latina president in the California State University system.