MIIS Students Found NGO:

One Less-Una Menos 

has proven itself as a Strong Human Trafficking Awareness Organization

Sheena Nayak, Alethia Jimenez, Michelle Gregory and Mindy Chiang

Alethia Jimenez, Sheena Nayak,  Michelle Gregory and Mindy Chiang

by Amy Beck

When I asked Mindy Chiang, one of the co-founders of One Less-Una Menos, about the most important lesson she has learned at MIIS, she told me that she learned not shy away from trying to do something big. And Mindy certainly has done something big. Along with four of her classmates, Mindy started an NGO, One Less-Una Menos, a human trafficking awareness organization. Mindy and the other founders, Alisha Ngyuen, Sheena Nayak, Michelle Gregory and Alethia Jimenez, were inspired to create One Less-Una Menos after their team project for their Data Analysis class. The project compared the degree of women’s empowerment to the incidence of human trafficking. They quickly found that there is not a lot of data on human trafficking, the main source being the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. One of their main conclusions was that, “the TIP report is not the most neutral take on Human Trafficking.”

So, they wanted to do something. Their first idea was to publish the paper and take it to a conference: get the word out and hopefully spark change. Instead, they took a longer, harder route: they founded One Less-Una Menos, to pursue the same goals.

One Less-Una Menos has already had a strong impact in its approximately yearlong life. Its mission is based on the Three Es: Educate the public about human trafficking; Empower victims; and Eradicate Human Trafficking. They partnered with university students and local government officials in Teluca, Mexico to hold a two-day awareness campaign.  Co-founder Alethia led the training program, focusing on education and human trafficking-related issues. The event was a success, and the local government invited One Less-Una Menos back to hold another awareness campaign. One Less-Una Menos is still looking for funding.

On MIIS’ campus, One LessUna Menos held a human trafficking awareness week in Fall 2008. The week-long campaign featured four main events. The first was a panel discussion with Sergeant John Vaneck, San Jose Policy Department Anti-Trafficking Task Force; Lynette Parker, J.D. Law Professor at Santa Clara University; Special Agent Alex Kosanetz, San Jose FBI; and Sister Sheila Novak, co-director of the Salvatorian Anti-Human Trafficking Project. The panel discussed what Human Trafficking is, the current reality of human trafficking in California, and what the government is doing about it.

The second event was a week-long campaign of letter writing to local congress people to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which guarantees funding for domestic and international awareness programs, promotes measures to prevent Human Trafficking, and mandates the annual TIP report. They are happy to report that the Act was reauthorized.


Alisha Ngyuen, Alethia Jimenez, and Michelle Gregory at the Letter Writing Campaign


The third event was a film screening of, “Trade,” a dramatization “inspired by Peter Landesman’s chilling NY Times Magazine story on the U.S. sex trade, “The Girls Next Door,” TRADE is a thrilling story of courage and a devastating expose of one of the world’s most heinous crimes.” http://www.tradethemovie.com/synopsis.html The final event was a women’s self-defense class with a karate instructor.

Una Menos hopes to hold a project similar to the Mexico awareness campaign in India this year alongside the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in Kerela, India. This time, the workshop will have a more participatory approach. They will work with trafficking victims from Nepal and other neighboring countries into India to do a vulnerability assessment. Una Menos will analyze what the women need and write grant proposals for possible joint initiatives with SEWA.

They also plan to hold another Human Trafficking awareness week on campus. Raising awareness in the United States is one of their fundamental goals. They are currently in the process of applying for tax exemption to be a 501(3)(c) organization.

If you want to support One Less-Una Menos, Mindy and the other founders encourage you to attend their events. If you’re passionate about the cause, get involved! Do something! Tell your family and friends about Human Trafficking. Be part of the awareness campaign: help One Less-Una Menos spread the word one person at a time. If you want to know more about One Less-Una Menos, get involved or join them, contact Mindy (mindy.chiang@miis.edu).


New TLC Workshop this Friday


FGSIB Ranked by the Aspen Institute

Fisher Graduate School of International Business Profiled by the Aspen Institute as a Top Socially Responsible MBA Program 


The Fisher Graduate School of International Business has been profiled by The Aspen Institute in their recently published “Guide to Socially Responsible MBA Programs:  2008 – 2009.”  The Fisher School is currently ranked 40th among the Global Top 100 schools for demonstrating significant leadership in integrating social and environmental issues into its MBA curriculum.

Since 2003 The Fisher Graduate School of International Business has been consistently ranked as a socially responsible MBA program by Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial research survey looking at how well social and environmental issues are incorporated into the training of future business leaders. The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education, a program of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, published the data from the 2007 Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey for the first time ever in a guide marketed to both prospective MBA students and the business education community at large.

Invitations to participate in the 2007 survey were sent out to over 600 internationally accredited business schools with in-residence, full-time MBA programs. Schools receive an overall ranking, and are also ranked on four main categories: 

       Student Opportunity measures the number and enrollment of courses with social and environmental content;

       Student Exposure is a measure of teaching hours dedicated to considering social and environmental issues;

       Course Content is a breakdown of selected courses that highlight the role of mainstream business in improving social and environmental conditions; and

       Faculty Research notes relevant articles published in leading academic journals.

The Fisher School ranked 40th overall in the survey, and received special recognition for Course Content (13th), Student Opportunity (26th) and Student Exposure (35th).

 According to The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education, The Fisher School “….offers an excellent number of courses featuring relevant content, and does a truly extraordinary job in those courses explicitly addressing how mainstream business improves the world.”

 For more information on the Fisher School’s profile in the survey, please visit www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org

Spaces Available at this Friday’s Advising Retreat!






We are proud to present the

V-Day Monterey Institute of International Studies benefit reading of

“A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer”

Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Children

Informational Meeting on

Wednesday, February 25th 

At 6:30 pm

In Morse room A 101

We are looking for people (Women AND Men) for the following groups:

1. Actors – Perform readings on stage

2. Art Design – Help with the set design, ads and program design

3. Volunteers – Help with ticket sales, ushering and set-up

4. Publicity and Marketing – Help with connecting sponsors and the media to promote the event

5. Production team – Will be in charge of all the steps behind the scenes of the show


If you are interested in participating, show up on Wednesday the 25th at 6:30 or contact Michelle Seivers at michelle.seivers@miis.edu for more information.

5 reasons why MEN should participate

 Your Mother, Sister, Girlfriend, Wife and Daughter!

Weekly Poll


TLC (Teaching and Learning Collaborative) offers weekly workshops in Kade on Fridays… This week’s info is below