Sara Irene Benavidez

Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts: Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP)


Dallas, Texas

My Greatest Supporters

My sons, Cinque & Iccauhtli, for supporting me by allowing my studies to work their way into our daily plans.
Dawn for lending me her "Mom Cave" anytime I needed to give my studies my undivided attention.
Mom for babysitting when college & work deadlines were due simultaneously.
My nieces & nephews (fosters) for times I unenrolled to help raise you was an education on its own and time well spent.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite time were my early days in the LEAP Program. Thank you Saint Mary's for flying our professors to teach our class of 15 to 20 retired dancers every Monday night in the boardroom of a hotel in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.  It was an amazing college experience. I am also very fond of these last terms when I really zeroed in on my area of focus and applied that focus to my future career.

My Next Chapter

Next, I will be working towards launching a Mediation practice specializing in Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice.

Favorite Quote

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” –
— Nelson Mandela