Sandra Morgan: Her battle with sex trade began with one kid

The OC Register
Her battle with sex trade began with one kid


Battling human trafficking?

It’s no easy task.

Sandra Morgan knows this first hand.

While living in Athens, Greece in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Morgan, a pediatric nurse, came to realize that many of the people working in the city’s brothels weren’t there by choice. The question she then asked herself was what could she do about it.

Today, she’s director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University.

Fighting human trafficking is a big part of what she does.

Tomorrow, (Feb. 1) Vanguard will commemorate Freedom Day, the 147th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.

Yet slavery – in the form of involuntary servitude or its equally horrific cousin, “debt bondage” — is anything but abolished, even in Orange County.

In all, about 27 million people around the world – including some 100,000 in the United States – are victims of human trafficking, according the U.S. State Department.

For many who learn about that uncomfortable fact, the first instinct is to find a way to help directly. But unless you’re in law enforcement, that tactic can backfire, putting you and the people you’re trying to help at risk.

So, can the average person really make a difference?

Morgan’s career shows how it’s possible.

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Fourth Annual Environmental Sustainability Conference

Despite a slowly recovering economy, green business continues to be one of the world’s fastest growing industries. With the rising prices of energy, “going green” is imperative now more than ever. Vanguard University’s chapter of Students In Free Enterprise will once again serve the Orange County business community and university students by showcasing top industry leaders in the reform for sustainable business. The Environmental Sustainability Conference returns Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 to Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

The event’s influential keynoters are Jennifer Schwab of Sierra Club Green Home and Andrea Robinson of ARC Sustainability. Both are leaders in bringing environmental initiatives into their business culture. Jennifer Schwab is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Sierra Club Green Home. Developed to help Americans make their homes more energy efficient, SCGH educates consumers on how to improve the sustainability and health of their homes. “I am concerned about the green movement losing momentum at the consumer level. Adverse economic conditions are forcing the average citizen to focus on day to day survival, and while still sympathetic to environmental concerns, it seems that people aren’t embracing sustainable living as a top priority. That is why I am happy to speak to college students: to help instill in them a sustainable living ethic that becomes part of their everyday life, forever.” said Jennifer Schwab.

Andrea Robinson is the Founder and Director of ARC Sustainability, an environmental and corporate social responsibility consulting firm based in Los Angeles. Andrea was responsible for the comprehensive sustainability efforts and carbon footprint for the 2008 Democratic National Convention as the first-ever Director of Sustainability & Greening for the convention. “Smart business leaders know that sustainability is not a trend and that restoration is the goal. Beyond being simply the right thing to do from an ethical perspective, sustainable businesses are efficient businesses. They understand the impacts of their resource use and supply chains, as well as the growing power of the informed consumer to choose socially and environmentally responsible products. The CEOs, CFOs and companies that are going to have relevance in the future are the ones determining how to not just survive, but how to thrive sustainably.” Said Andrea Robinson.

The day will educate and empower attendees with ideas and resources for implementing innovative and sustainable business and life practices. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with speakers and prominent business leaders during the interactive workshops and exhibitor fair.

Featured Speakers include:
• Tyler Merrick, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Project 7
• Mike Levin, Executive Director, CleanTech OC
• Spencer Brown, Founder & Chief Tree Hugger, Rent A Green Box
• Jeff Duggan, Co-Owner & Founder, Portola Coffee Lab
• Evan Marks, Founder & Director, The Ecology Center
• Nicole Suydam, Vice President of Development, Goodwill of Orange County
• Kallie Dovel, Founder, 31 Bits
• Vera Chang, West Coast Fellow, Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation

The Fourth Annual Environmental Sustainability Conference continues Vanguard University SIFE’s tradition of gathering the Orange County business community for a unique and interactive educational experience. To register for the Environmental Sustainability Conference go to #VUGreenConf

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise)

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better and more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,500 college and university campuses in 40 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, participating university students, academic professionals and industry leaders are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change. For more information, visit Learn more about Vanguard University SIFE at CONTACT: Samantha Hawkins (916) 494-9145

Vanguard Alum to be installed as First Asian American President of a P.C.(U.S.A.) Seminary

Vanguard University alumnus Rev. Dr. Frank Masao Yamada ’90 will be installed as the first Asian American President of a P.C.(U.S.A.) Seminary in Chicago, IL. McCormick Theological Seminary recently announced the upcoming inauguration of its 10th president, the Rev. Dr. Frank Masao Yamada. The inauguration will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10am at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago. The inauguration will be preceded by activities centered on the inaugural theme, The View from 2040: The Futures of Theological Education, including an education and service partnership event addressing immigration reform and refugee rights and a panel discussion featuring diverse and distinguished leaders in the academy and church.

More information can be found online at

For additional information on Vanguard University Alums making a difference in the world, visit

Department of English Chair, Dr. Karen An-Hwei Lee, named among “Emerging Scholars” for 2012

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine Profiles Top “Under 40” Scholars in Annual Special Report

FAIRFAX, Va. — Diverse kicks off 2012 with its annual edition recognizing rising stars in the academy. In its Jan. 5th edition, Diverse profiles 12 “under 40” scholars from around the country who are making their mark in the academy through teaching, research and service. These outstanding scholars serve as an inspiration to both students and colleagues.

Diverse, then Black Issues In Higher Education, first published its “Emerging Scholars” edition in 2002. It has remained one of the magazine’s most popular editions since its inception. Diverse editors select honorees from a pool of candidates recommended by various scholars, department chairs, university public information officers, and others.

Each scholar is selected based on research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study, and uniqueness of field of study.

The “Emerging Scholars” for 2012 are:

  • Dr. Magdalena Bezanilla, Associate professor of  biology,  University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Dr. Majel Boxer, Assistant professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Fort Lewis College
  • Dr. Kristian Brown, Adjunct assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering,  Wayne State University
  • Dr. Alexes Harris, Associate professor of sociology, University of Washington
  • Dr. Jenny Lee, Associate professor, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Karen An-Hwei Lee, Professor and Chair, Dept. of English, Vanguard University
  • Dr. Geanncarlo Lugo-Villarino, Postdoctoral fellow, Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale, Toulouse, France
  • Dr. Osagie K. Obasogie , Associate professor of law, University of California, Hastings
  • Dr. Mariel Vazquez,  Associate professor of mathematics, San Francisco State University
  • Dr. Franklin West, Assistant professor of animal and dairy Science, University of Georgia
  • Dr. Byron Williams, Assistant professor of computer Science and engineering, Mississippi State University
  • Dr. Frances Williams, Associate professor of engineering, Norfolk State University

For over two decades Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has been America’s premier source of timely news, provocative commentary, insightful interviews and in-depth special reports on diversity in higher education. Savvy individuals who appreciate the crucial and ever-changing role that higher education plays in the lives of students, professionals, their families, and their communities make reading Diverse a regular reading habit.

On Theater: Eggington, Milgrim set pace in 2011

The Daily Pilot

On Theater: Eggington, Milgrim set pace in 2011
by Tom Titus
December 29, 2011

The late playwright Horton Foote influenced the choices of both individual artists who stood above the crowd in local theater in 2011.

Foote wrote the play “A Trip to Bountiful,” the movie version of which won its star, Geraldine Page, an Oscar in 1985. He also penned the screenplay for Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which guided Gregory Peck to Hollywood gold in 1962.

Today, two performers who recently assumed these familiar roles on local stages, stand to be applauded once again. They are Paul Eggington and Lynn Milgrim, the Daily Pilot’s Man and Woman of the Year in Theater for 2011.

Full Article from the Daily Pilot