From Manila, Philippines to Dayton, Ohio

By UD Women's Center

maiella-hollanderThe Women’s Center and Women's and Gender Studies Program (WGS) welcomes Maiella Hollander as the new Senior Administrative Secretary. The Women's Center is a close partner of WGS and both are located on the second floor of Alumni Hall. In addition, the staff of the Women's Center and WGS work together on programs, advocacy, and educating the campus community on how gender intersects with other factors and oppressions, such as race and class, to shape all of our lives. Maiella supports both departments in achieving their respective missions and goals.

Maiella is originally from San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines, and has been in the United States now for about a year. She is a graduate of De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, and brings with her 21 years of corporate experience in diverse roles such as Administrative Support, Banking, Leadership Development, and Call-Center Operations Management.

What initially drew you to UD?

The staffing agency, Manpower Dayton, placed me in a temporary position in the Office of Multicultural Affairs this past Spring. Once that position ended, I knew I wanted to work at UD permanently. I feel so lucky that this position fell into place at the right time for me.

You’ve been in the U.S. about a year. What are some of the things that surprised you the most about the U.S. and Ohio?

The four seasons! In the Philippines, we just have wet or dry, but here we have four seasons. I want to take my son sledding when we get snow this winter. Also, the traffic rules are new to me. In the Philippines, no one follows the speed limits. Here, they are enforced with police officers who will fine you. In addition, in the U.S., there are turning lanes, and you can go right on a red light, whereas that is not the case in the Philippines. Finally, in the U.S. I feel that the taxes work for you. In the Philippines, 30% of your paycheck goes to taxes, but we don’t have government-sponsored healthcare, good roads, or quality schools. Here, I feel like I see where my taxes are going.

What do you enjoy most about living here?

I love just the whole environment. There is lots of open space and so many parks. Back home, if I wanted to go to the park to be outside and to play Frisbee, it took about 45 minutes with traffic to arrive there. Also, the people are so friendly.

What do you like most about being a woman?

Being able to give birth to a human being, to give life, is incredible.

Who is one of the most important women in your life and what did she teach you?

My mother is one of the most important women in my life. She taught me the value of hard work, and how to be financially responsible for yourself. In addition, she taught me by example how to love and serve your family.

Are there any issues related to women that you are passionate about?

The harassment women face in their daily lives. Also, I am passionate about changing the inequality in pay of men and women. I did not know about the wage gap until I got to the U.S. The reality is, discrimination in pay is there.

What excites you about working for WGS and the Women's Center?

The people! Also, I like that what I am doing really matters. I have worked at bank, at a call center, but this is the only place where I feel like what I do may impact the life of someone in a really big way. Here, we are doing so many good things for women, through programming and other initiatives like getting lactation spaces.

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