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The Case for First Generation Scholars

St. Mary’s Academy prepares young women to impact the world. Each tie color transforms a four-year experience into a legacy of alumnae, women of distinction. My name is Wenonah Valentine, Blue Tie ’72, founder and executive director of iDREAM for Racial Health Equity and community partner with the SMA Health Careers Program. September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month and I stand as a champion for Black mothers and babies. My experience as a first-generation scholar and student mother informs and guides faculty, student, staff and community relationships to eliminate racial health disparities and infant mortality in the LA region

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