After attending a Leadership Luncheon with current ICA Cristo Rey students, Claire Holmes ‘78 felt compelled to share the story of ICA Cristo Rey with her colleague, University of California President Janet Napolitano. On Wednesday, February 28th, ICA Cristo Rey welcomed President Napolitano to campus. After a brief meet-and-greet with Principal Lisa Graham, Corporate Work Study Director Bill Olinger, and other school leadership, President Napolitano and friend of ICA Cristo Rey Janet Reilly joined the students in the auditorium for remarks and a Q&A session.
Claire shared her Spartan pride with the students and introduced President Napolitano who described UC’s commitment to access and affordability for California students of all backgrounds. In particular, she noted UC’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan and other grants and scholarships that currently help more than 50% of UC’s California undergraduates to attend tuition-free. She challenged the students as well: “For the many, people, organizations, and companies who stand behind your school, you are the dream—a dream of a better future.”
Following her comments there was a Q&A session facilitated by Janet Reilly. Among the topics the young women asked about were DACA, time management, overcoming personal struggles, and the experience of being the “first woman” in a number of roles.
President Napolitano applauded the fact that ICA Cristo Rey Academy’s entire graduating class of 2017 was accepted into college and she also noted that ICA Cristo Rey Students are enjoying success right now at all nine of the Undergraduate UC Campuses.
We thank President Napolitano for her work and for her taking the time to visit with our women leaders of tomorrow.