America Ferrera

Stepping Up: The Power of Resilience

Public Lecture

September 12, 2013; 7:00 PM
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Mount Holyoke College
This event is free with priority seating for MHC community.
Limited seating for general public. Doors will open at 6:15 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible & Listening Device Access

At the request of the artist's agent, this event is closed to the press.

Award-winning actress America Ferrera will share her passion as an artist ambassador for social change and reflect on her own background and those of others world-wide who are fighting for equality and dignity.


America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her fearless portrayal of "Betty Suarez" on ABC's hit comedy Ugly Betty. This breakthrough role has earned Ferrera an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen awards.

Ferrera is currently starring in and producing Ryan Piers Williams' independent film X/Y opposite Amber Tamblyn. She most recently received a Lortel nomination for best actress in BETHANY off-Broadway in a role the NY Times calls, "beautifully modulated."

Ferrera also recently wrapped production on Diego Luna's biography, Chavez, which centers on the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Portraying his wife, "Helen Chavez," Ferrera starts opposite Michael Pena and alongside an impressive cast including Rosario Dawson and Gabriel Mann.

Ferrera was seen in David Ayer's crime thriller, End of Watch, also starring, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Michael Pena, and Cody Horn. She also appears in Todd Berger's comedy It's a Disaster opposite Julia Stiles and David Cross. The film premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.

In addition to her film lineup, Ferrera appeared in the four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, the Half The Sky project. The series, which was shot in 10 underprivileged countries, delivered audiences with an intimate and dramatic portrayal of the women and young girls in the world that live under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Ferrera joined reporter Nicholas Kristof, and actresses Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, in an inspiring program that captivates the struggling and empowering stories of females fighting for change.

 See America Ferrera's Full Biography Here