In 2014, five dental hygiene students enrolled in Mount Ida College’s dental hygiene degree program, became the first dental hygienists to travel abroad to Quito, Ecuador, located on the slopes of the Andes Mountains, to provide preventive dental expertise. Mount Ida partnered with Child Family Health International to offer a study abroad program providing rich and diverse experience for these dental hygiene students, allowing them to improve their cultural competency, broaden their dental public health knowledge, and allow them to interact with dental health professionals in a variety of health care settings. The study abroad program is supported by Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities division. During the 2013-2014 academic year, 49 students received funding from Santander Universities for travel scholarships as a result of this collaboration.Their journey is featured in an International Educator magazine article on the benefits of  U.S. dental programs embracing international education experiences.


Jacyn Stultz, Department Chair of dental hygiene at Mount Ida, accompanied students Nicole Cantello, Jennifer Arias, Jessica Fogg, Yesenia Santos and Julie Carlson on the week-long trip to Ecuador.  A valuable learning experience, the trip presented students with a language barrier and a completely different environment than they are used to in the United States. With the help of dental professionals, they provided cleanings, restorations and examinations for more than 450 patients in one week ranging from infants, preschool, children, teenage mothers, adults and elders. Students also introduced “Preventive Dental Hygiene” to patients with little or no knowledge of oral health.

While in Ecuador, students immersed themselves in Ecuadorian culture through cuisine, Spanish language classes and learning local customs through living with an Ecuadorian family for the duration of their stay. They also visited low income community health centers and local hospitals. On their last day in Ecuador, our students had the opportunity to educate and examine 300 public school children from ages three to six.  Dressed as the tooth fairy, one Mount Ida dental hygiene student delivered toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children and all of the children received a hands-on tooth brushing lesson in Spanish.  Many of these children have never owned their own toothbrush and if they did, they had to share it with family.


“It was an experience of a life time,” “humbling,” “transformational,” “the best experience I ever had,” and “grateful,” were just a few of the student’s comments after returning home to Mount Ida.

“This opportunity positively impacted our lives and the lives of others. We hope to reach out and touch many other people as they have so profoundly touched ours,” the group concluded.

For more information about international travel programs at Mount Ida, please visit our Center for Global Connection’s webpage.

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.