Award winning actress and political activist America Ferrera will visit UMass Boston January 31 for the kickoff of the Women's Leadership Initiative, a new program coordinated by the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement.
The goals of this new program are to provide female students with more opportunities for skill development, raise awareness of gender inequality and social injustice amongst women leaders, and empower female students to be active participants across disciplines, active citizens in communities, and leaders in future careers.
Ferrera will speak about how race and class have affected her career and success.
The event kicks off on Tuesday, January 31, at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center 3rd floor Ballroom. A meet and greet reception follows.
America Ferrera is best known for her fearless portrayal of Betty Suarez on ABC television’s hit comedy Ugly Betty, a role that earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen awards. Ferrera’s impressive debut in the Patricia Cardoso film Real Women Have Curves, which screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, garnered her a Special Jury Award for acting as well as Independent Spirit Award and Young Artist Award nominations. She was most recently seen on screen in The Dry Land, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and which she also executive-produced.
Ferrera served as an artist ambassador for the global humanitarian organization Save the Children and recently raised more than $44,000 to build a new elementary school in Mali. She was the 2010 recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation's Inspira Award, and the recipient of the 2011 Global Action Award for Childhood Development and Education for her work with Save the Children in Mali. In March 2011, Ferrera was named the 2011 national recipient of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy Award for her commitment to helping lead underprivileged families and youth to a better life and education.
For more information, call the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement at 617.287.6077.