Mount Ida alumna Nurys Camargo is helping to empower the next generation of female leaders in Massachusetts through her organization CHICA Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization for Latinas ages 14-18 from low-income and underserved communities in the state.

Camargo founded CHICA Inc., (The Chica Project) in 2011 and for the past three years, has provided young women in Massachusetts with leadership workshops, mentoring and summer internships, all with the goal of developing a network of mentors to foster the growth of Massachusetts’ Latina leaders.


As detailed in the Boston Magazine article entitled, The Power of Ideas: Nurys Camargo of the Chica Project,” through leadership clinics held each month, approximately 150 Latin-American mentors recruited by Camargo gather to help young women “learn to dress for interviews, apply for internships and gain cultural awareness to counter stereotypes.”

“I’m a teacher without a classroom, and a coach without a field,” Camargo is quoted as saying in Boston Magazine.

The success of Camargo’s The Chica Project is displayed in the enthusiasm and dedication of the young women whom it touches.

“I realized I’m not the only Latina trying to get somewhere in life,” says Lawrence sophomore Natalia Castillo in the article.

In 2010 and 2011, Camarago was recognized as El Planeta’s Power Meter Most Influential Latino in Massachusetts. She was honored in 2012 at the first-ever Next Generation Latina Awards in New York City presented by Latina Magazine, in partnership with The National Council of La Raza and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Camarago graduated from Mount Ida with an Associate’s Degree in 1995 and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1997. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, and a certificate in Health and Human Service Management from the Latino Health Institute at Suffolk University.

She has held significant roles on various political campaigns throughout her career including John Kerry, Barack Obama and Deval Patrick. She is currently an executive at AT&T.

In 2013, Camarago was recognized by Mount Ida as a Distinguished Alumni. This award recognizes outstanding alumni that are thriving in their careers and giving back to their communities.

View Camarago’s complete profile in Boston Magazine.

The National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida College is pleased to invite you to register for our 30th annual  Summer Institute on Grief and Loss from July 21 to July 25, 2014. The five-day Institute features leading experts in thanatology, professional networking and more. To register, visit


The Summer Institute on Grief and Loss is designed for professionals in a variety of settings who work with people who have experienced loss and grief. Participants gain an understanding of current issues in the field of loss and grief counseling and become better able to make assessments and informed referrals. The program includes a series of five workshops on a variety of timely topics including:

  • Living with HIV/AIDS: challenges & strategies; responding to persistent PTSD, grief and loss in minority, aging and GLBT communities presented by Donna Gallagher (APRN-C, MS, ANP, FAAN, MA); Jim Campbell, Chair National Association on HIV Over Fifty; Lenny Alberts, MD; and Shirley Royster, Peer Advocate and Educator.
  • The Impact of Traumatic Loss: A workshop for loss & bereavement caregivers presented by Jack Jordan.
  • Beyond Gender: Understanding the ways men and women grieve presented by Ken Doka.
  • Exploring the Healing Power of Hope and Miracles: For ourselves and others presented by Lucille R Marchand (BSN, MD).
  • Pediatric Palliative Care along the Life Cycle with presenters Joanne Wolfe (MD, MPH); Emma Jones, MD; Rachael Menius (MSN, CPNP-AC, CPON); Janet Duncan (MSN, CPNP); and Marsha Joselow, LISCW.

Each daylong workshop provides six continuing education credits for social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, nurses and psychologists.

Institute participants have the option of registering for individual workshops or for the entire week.

For complete workshop descriptions, and to learn more about registration, please visit our Institute webpage.

Mount Ida College fashion design alumna Kelly Gustafson ’14 is one of several Boston area designers featured in the Boston Herald as an up-and-coming designer to watch.

Gustafson was spotlighted for her menswear collection by fashion writer Erica Corsano, who also served as a judge at the 2014 Mount Ida Fashion Show Exposed in Boston. Corsano noted that Gustafson’s take on menswear, inspired by the likes of “Rick Owens and Japanese brands,” made a memorable impression at its premiere during the fashion show.


“It’s rare to find young menswear designers who turn heads with their work,” writes Corsano.

Read more on Gustafson’s collection featured in the Boston Herald’s article entitled “Keep an eye on these young designers” here.

To learn more about the fashion design program at Mount Ida, visit our fashion degree homepage.