2022 Alumnae Recognition Awards

Marlborough graduates are confident, compassionate, and committed to each other, their communities, and to leading lives of purpose. We are thrilled to announce the recipients of this year's Alumnae Awards.

 

Each year, we celebrate our incredible community of alumnae with a series of awards. Read on to learn more about our 2022 award winners. 

Woman of the Year Award

Since 1974, Marlborough School’s Alumnae Association has been honoring outstanding alumnae with the Woman of the Year award. The Woman of the Year serves as an inspiration to all alumnae and students. They are accomplished, enthusiastic, and have contributed positively to the quality of life around them. They embody the spirit of Marlborough. They are a proud Marlborough alumna who has created a place at the table and has worked to change the world for the better.

With this annual award, we seek to reflect the depth and breadth of our alumnae community and celebrate the remarkable impact of Marlborough women in action.

2022 Woman of the Year: Dr. Eraka Bath ’89

To say that Dr. Eraka Bath’s personal and professional accomplishments are many, varied, and impressive would be the understatement of the century. A leader in the field of child and adolescent forensic psychiatry, her research is focused on youth in the criminal legal system. Since 2007, she has worked as the consulting psychiatrist to the Los Angeles County Juvenile Mental Health Court and has partnered with child welfare and probation systems to advance youths’ access to and engagement in mental health, substance use, and reproductive health services.
 
Dr. Bath also serves as an Associate Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Vice Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) and the DGSOM Senior Advisor to the Antiracism Roadmap. In this capacity, she works to promote health equity and racial justice in medicine with an emphasis on eliminating health inequities and increasing the representation and the successful professional development for Black, Latinx and Native American medical students, physicians in training, and faculty in academic medicine.  Her work in the JEDI area includes dismantling structural racism, centering community and equity principle in biomedical research, and increasing the cultural humility and knowledge of racism’s impact on health for physicians in training.
 
She is a federally funded research scientist with national recognition as a thought leader in her field. She received tenure at UCLA a few years ago – no small feat in academic medicine.
 
In addition to her incredible professional work, Eraka is also a dedicated mother and Marlborough community member, serving on both the Board of Trustees and Alumnae Leadership Board. As her nominator wrote, “Dr. Bath embodies all that a Marlborough Woman of the Year should be – she is accomplished, enthusiastic and has contributed to the quality of life of the most vulnerable, including youth impacted by commercial sexual exploitation in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. She is proud to be an alumna of Marlborough and to be a Marlborough parent; her daughter Noa is in the Class of 2026. She describes the intergenerational alumnae experience as ‘purple joy.’ Her leadership in equity, diversity, and inclusion is invaluable to combating systemic racism. Through her passion and work, Dr. Bath is – quite literally – changing the world. On top of all of this, Dr. Bath is a fun and engaging woman and dedicated friend.”
 
We are thrilled to honor Dr. Eraka Bath as Marlborough’s 2022 Woman of the Year.

 

20Y Award

First awarded in 2020, Marlborough's Alumnae Association awards the 20Y Award to a young alumna who exemplifies the core values of Marlborough through their personal and professional endeavors. This award is open to all alumnae who graduated from Marlborough within the past 20 years. With this annual award, we seek to recognize and celebrate the diversity, successes, and passions of our young alumnae community.

2022 20Y Award Winner: Ileana Najarro ’11

Ileana got her start in journalism at Marlborough’s UltraViolet, the student newspaper. In elective courses, she learned how journalism offered an opportunity to indulge in her love of storytelling while also helping to inform others and provide a platform for voices that often go unheard. 


While attending Stanford University – where she majored in communication – she worked for The Stanford Daily and helped lead a revival of Stanford’s Chican@/Latin@ magazine El Aguila. She also secured internships at Eastern Group Publications, the Santa Monica Daily PressThe Washington PostThe New York Times and The Wall Street Journal’s Mexico City bureau.

Ileana is now a staff writer at Education Week covering how race and opportunity plays out in K-12 education, including highlighting the experiences of students and educators of color. She previously worked for the Tampa Bay Times and the Houston Chronicle, where her stories explored the intersection of race, business, labor and the military. She won the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Elaine Rivera Civil Rights & Social Justice Award for a series on how a Texas law would impact undocumented immigrants.

She is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants and is based in St. Petersburg, Florida with her little dog, Toto.

We are thrilled to honor Ileana Najarro as the 2022 winner of the 20Y Award.


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