May 28, 1999

SDSU Mentoring Program Takes Hoover High Students to South Africa

As part of a year-long mentoring program sponsored by San Diego State University, two Hoover High School students will be joining a group of women's studies scholars June 12 through 24 on a trip to South Africa to study the political roles of women in the nation's second election since the end of apartheid.

Antionette McCray and Maritza Sandoval

Sophomore Antionette McCray and junior Maritza Sandoval were chosen to accompany the scholars on the trip after an arduous selection process that included a written essay and a formal interview. Both students were recommended by the Jenna Druck Foundation, designed to encourage girls to assume leadership roles in their communities.

"The mentoring program is designed to encourage young women to take an active role in women's issues," said Kathleen Jones, professor of women's studies and director of university-wide projects at SDSU. "We'll be in South Africa within a week of the second post-apartheid elections, where women may be losing some of the representation they had acquired in the previous election. This trip is an invaluable opportunity for some talented students to examine the evolving political roles of women internationally."

Both students are engaged in extracurricular activities at Hoover. McCray is active in athletics, student government and the junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Sandoval is involved in athletics as well as in several Latina organizations. She also serves as secretary-treasurer of the Young Women's Studies Club.

San Diego State University is the oldest and largest higher education institution in the San Diego region. Since it was founded as a teacher training program in 1897, it has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 74 areas, master's degrees in 55 areas and doctorates in 10. The more than 30,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with professors and increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

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