Empowering and advancing women in the workplace, community and world is an underlying theme within the practice and educational focus of Lauren Lek, Ed.D., Head of School at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP). For the past three years, Dr. Lek has been a tremendous supporter of the STEAM academic initiative, which recognizes the academic disciplines of science, technology, and math as equally important as engineering and the arts. This past year, the graduating class saw 30 percent of its graduates pursuing STEM majors in college, which is double the co-ed national average.
A communal effort of several local organizations, the Better a Block community block party brought San Diegans of all walks of life together. While there was food and fun, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Police Chief Sally Zimmerman, and local organizations participated in the event to provide access to resources and support to those in the community. The highlight of the day was the giveaway of turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners to families of those less fortunate. Booths from many community organizations were present sharing services and information including PAWS and the San Diego Humane Society.
In what was truly a group effort by Pacific Ridge School and the community, parents and students organized a donation event to provide much needed support to Veterans Village and Canine Companions for Independence/Wounded Veterans Initiative. They not only donated needed items, but also their personal time to the two veteran oriented, local organizations.
In early December, San Diego Humane Society’s Special Response Team rescued 78 dogs from a very sad hoarding situation in El Cajon. The team discovered these dogs living in horribly unsanitary conditions with dirt and feces piled up around them inside the house. Worse, most of the dogs had never been outside.
Eduardo Cervantes ’17 and Claudia Domínguez ’18 were recently honored as the University of San Diego’s inaugural recipients of the Comité México Scholarship, endowed in 2015 to support students from Mexico and of Mexican descent.
It all started with the decision to empower some of San Diego’s struggling neighborhoods. Earlier this year, Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFT program was implemented locally with the purpose to help hundreds of San Diegans become homeowners. Building upon that foundation, Wells Fargo recently awarded $500,000 to local organizations.
As a former professional tennis player, I have been around the best trainers, coaches, mental health professionals and nutritionists in the world. Now, I am a mom committed to leading a healthier life to be the best version of me for myself and my son.
I am so proud to be from Tijuana and know so many amazing people that are finding success internationally like Javier Plascencia who has put México on the highest level of Baja-Med cuisine. Born in Tijuana, Baja California, México he got the inspiration on becoming a chef by watching his parents work at their restaurants. He pursued his dream of becoming a chef by attending at the Culinary Arts School of San Diego. Before returning to Tijuana, he dedicated his time to work at hotels and restaurants around San Diego and later traveled the world to explore the flavors and different styles of cuisine that would inspire him forever.
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