plan to make sure that the environment will never become a victim
of public indifference.”
flute, guitar, sax and I sing,” says the bundle of energy
who goes by the name of Gina Amador-Davis. “And there’s
a four-track recording studio in my room where I write music and
get it all recorded.” Gina performs all these activities
during the flurry of preparations leading up to her fall transfer
to UCLA. “It’s my third year at SMC,” she says.
“I’ll be transferring as an Honors student and I don’t
mind saying it’s been hard work.” But hard work is what
seems to put Gina in overdrive.
the Mark and Florence Simpson scholarship award, Gina has been
a tireless volunteer for various environmental causes. “I
helped set up Santa Monica’s water conservation program,”
says Gina who has a permanent position with our local fire department.
She’s also been active with the Rainforest Action Network
and in organizing boycotts of various industrial giants. “I
was studying business for a while,” says Gina. “But
now I’m into environmental studies. Then it’s on to
law school to be an environmental lawyer and save the planet.
is the lifeblood of responsible people, according to Gina. “I
think daily about all I have to do to become a lawyer,” she
says. “And sometimes it’s daunting. But ecological consciousness
is up, so I’m optimistic. Money and power alone shouldn’t
be what dictates how policy gets made in this country,” she
continues. “And as a lawyer, I’ll be able to help.”
Professor Susan Sterr with providing some breakthrough teaching
at SMC. “She unlocked my writing and gave all of us a sense
that there was nothing we couldn’t do,” says Gina. Salsa
dancing draws Gina to the clubs for the few moments of free time
she has. But her real weakness is pet stores where, “I’m
always in trouble because I’m always dragging something home