June 2014 – 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.

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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.

June 2014 – 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.

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“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.

June 2014 – Mount Ida College has been ranked by Animation Career Review as one of the top schools for game design and development for its game art, animation and digital visualization degree programs.

Animation Career Review ranked Mount Ida #68 in the Top 75 Schools for Game Design/Development in the U.S.

In 2014, the School of Design at Mount Ida announced two new majors in the fields of design and development including a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Digital Visualization and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animation.

“Our new majors in the School of Design in the areas of game design and development—animation and digital visualization—really reflect what is happening in the marketplace right now and for the future,” noted Jason Donati, Dean of the School of Design.

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A degree in digital visualization enables students to focus on the power of communication through animation and visual media and has three concentrations: architectural, medical and legal. The program is designed to prepare students for job placement in the growing visualization industry.

The career-focused animation program will give students the opportunity to develop storytelling and character design while offering hands-on training on cutting-edge software, coupled with classroom instruction from industry leading professionals.

For more information on Mount Ida’s School of Design academic programs, please visit our degree homepage.