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MCCCD celebrates Women’s History Month with events

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In Celebration Of Women’s History Month, The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Is Hosting Virtual And In-person Events Across Many Of The Maricopa Community Colleges, Exploring Topics From How To Thrive In A Male-dominated Career To STEM And Intersectionality Between Gender And Race. (Photo Courtesy Of Maricopa Community Colleges)

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is hosting virtual and in-person events across many of the Maricopa Community Colleges, exploring topics from how to thrive in a male-dominated career to STEM and intersectionality between gender and race.

“The thousands of women who make up our staff, faculty, and student body offer perspectives and expertise that make our District stronger, and I am honored to celebrate them, especially during Women’s History Month,” said Dr. Eric Leshinskie, MCCCD Interim Provost. “I also want to recognize the impactful women who support our students on a day-to-day basis, who guide our System in leadership positions, and who serve on our Governing Board. I am incredibly fortunate to learn from and work alongside such dynamic role models every day.”

The District, ranked among America’s Best Employers for Women in 2018 by Forbes, is proud to employ 6,818 women across the District’s workforce, in addition to the majority of upper leadership. Of executive leadership roles, including College Presidents and District Leadership, 56% are filled by women and 85% of our Governing Board is led by women.

MCCCD also offers a Women’s Mentor Program, available to all Maricopa employees, providing an opportunity for guided professional development and growth through dialogue with Maricopa leaders. In addition, the District offers Women Rising, an organization that empowers female students with student-led chapters across the District.

Below is a sampling of this year’s Women’s History Month events. All events are free and open to the public.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Women’s History Month Events Put that are hosted by Chandler Gilbert: (In Partnership with SWE (Society of Women Engineers), SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), Engineering Club and Women Rising)

Women and Their Work; Art and Art History Lecture Series

Women and Their Work; Art and Art History Lecture Series presents Sara Madandar In-Between Spaces from Studio to Gallery. Join us for a lecture by Sara Madandar, an Iranian multi-disciplinary artist based in New Orleans. The lecture highlights Madandar’s creative processes, her recent body of work, and her journey as an artist after immigrating to the United States living in-between spaces—a common thread for those who experience dislocation and migration. The event also includes a conversation moderated by CGCC Visual Arts Faculty, Professor Michael Ceschiat, and Dr. Roja Najafi.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 2:30pm-3:45pm, Virtual & In-person at CHO 110
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STEMinist Series: Kimberly Williams Branch

Join us as Kimberly talks about being in the STEM field. Kimberly has spent the last 10 years solving critical business problems for Diageo across North America, Latin America, Africa, and the UK. She has served as the Co-Chair of Diageo’s African Heritage Business Resource Group (AHEAD) for the last 6 years and has been pivotal in developing the company’s global Inclusion & Diversity strategy. Kimberly takes service seriously and has served on the Board of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council as well as Shore Community Services, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Kimberly is also a proud Rotarian. Kimberly has a passion for traveling, learning new languages, is fluent in Spanish, loves Latin and Swing dancing.

Thursday, March 10, 2022 | 4-5pm, Virtual & In-person at IRN 104
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STEMinist Series: Dr. Delphine Longrie

Delphine Longrie is originally from Belgium where she obtained a Master’s in Engineering at the University of Ghent before deciding to pursue a PhD in Physics. Her thesis was on the design of reactors and processes to enable Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) on powders for battery and catalysis applications. She is currently the Co-Chair of Medtronic Women’s Network (MWN) Tempe Hub and the Secretary of the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) Phoenix Hub and is focusing on inspiring women to choose a career in STEM through both platforms. Being the only member of her extended family to have pursued higher education, she is engaging with younger women and girls to encourage them to pursue technical careers by describing her path in engineering and sharing her passion for sciences.

Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 5pm-6pm, Virtual & In-person at IRN 104
RSVP Link and more detail:

Women Woodworking Workshop

Workshop being led by Student Life staff member Justina Burks. Join us as we build benches that will be dedicated to the two kindness labyrinths.

RSVP Link:
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 12-3pm, In-person at the SC Pavilion Patio

STEMinist Series: Sandy Vos

Sandy Vos will talk about her education and 20+ year career in new product development for high volume manufacturing. She will share her personal story of dreams, challenges, failures and successes in the Engineering industry.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 5pm-6pm, Virtual & In-person at IRN 104
RSVP Link virtual and in-person:

Estrella Mountain Community College

Self Care and Healing

Join the Women’s History Month and our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committees for a bit of self-care!

Take care of yourself; think of yourself first. Be well so that you can care for others and accomplish what you want to do. Tune into a special presentation about self-care and healing. Afterward, please drop by our special self-care table to pick up some quick do-it-yourself self-care products!

Date: Wed. March 2, 2022 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | DIY Table Stations: 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Location, Virtual Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 967 1886 3084
Passcode: 585981

“Hidden Figures” Film Showing

Join the Women’s History Month committee for a FREE film screening of Hidden Figures!

Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Date: Tues. March 8, 2022 | 2 – 4:15 p.m. 

Location EMCC Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Psychology Club Event – Gender Identity

Join the Psychology Club and Psi Beta for a discussion about transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) issues and the important challenges they pose to our assumptions about gender. We will be viewing the video podcast “Man Enough” featuring poet/writer/scholar ALOK (vaid-menon) and stopping to discuss and reflect on the important points that ALOK makes in this truly transformational interview.

Students will be provided with the full video link because you won’t want to watch this only once!

Date: Mon. March 21, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.

Location Virtual,
Google Meet

Or join by phone
‪(US) +1 346-704-5158‬ PIN: ‪967 270 973‬ #Free

Phenomenal Women in Policing

Hosted by Professor Cheryl Gipson-Thurman, the Phenomenal Women in Policing panel is composed of women in high-ranking law enforcement positions. They will share their stories of how they made it to the top of their career fields and the challenges they incurred along the way. The audience can ask questions. This event is open to anyone interested in law enforcement.

Date: Mon. March 24, 2022 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location Virtual
Join by Webex

Meeting ID: 24875817674
Password: Y2XwmFTmm33
(US) +1 602-666-0783‬ (toll)
Access code: 2487 581 7674 Free

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Join is for a riveting and thoughtful discussion about the plight of “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women”.

Date: Tues. March 29, 2022 | 12:00 p.m.
Location Virtual 
– Stay tuned for more details. 

GateWay Community College

DEI 101 Series: Gender & Sexuality

Participants will learn definitions and fundamental concepts around gender, sex, and sexual identities, and explore how these relate to their own lives and work.

Date: Wednesday 3/23 at 12:30pm or Thursday 3/24 at 5pm

Location: Hybrid (in-person or virtual attendance available)

In-person: Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (MA 1150) at GateWay Community College Washington Campus

Virtual: Google Meet (register for appropriate link)

Registration link:

Let’s Talk About Women’s History in Film!

As part of recognizing Women’s History Month, we are exploring some incredible women through FREE movies brought to you by GateWay’s Library streaming services. Watch the movie whenever you can, then stop by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Center in MA 1150 or join online during the following dates to share your thoughts and hear from other viewers!

Wed. 3/9 @ 12pm – Ohero: Kon – Under the Husk

Ohero: Kon – Under the Husk (28 min.) follows two Mohawk girls on their journey to become Mohawk women. Friends since childhood, Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are members of the traditional community of Akwesasne on the U.S./Canada border. Together, they undertake a four-year rite of passage for adolescents, called Ohero:kon, or “under the husk.” The ceremony was nearly extinct due to colonialism and intergenerational trauma, but was revived in the past decade by two traditional leaders and continues to grow back.

Wed. 3/30 @ 12pm – Sonita

The award-winning documentary, Sonita (92 min.), follows the life of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran who strives to become an independent musical artist. Threatening this dream is the reality that her family plans to arrange a marriage for her that will provide them with a dowry of $9,000. This story tells the struggle of navigating different desires and goals between generations.

Hybrid (in-person or virtual attendance available)

Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (MA 1150) at GateWay Community College Washington Campus | Google Meet:

Visiting Voice: Generation Z, is mobilizing for justice and positive change

Join us to explore how one voice from Generation Z, is mobilizing for justice and positive change. Authentically creative approaches to video and music media, engages and educates on Black Feminism, Black Liberation, and righting historical injustices on college campuses.

Date: Tue. 3/8 @ 4pm

Location Hybrid (in-person or virtual attendance available)

Copper Room (IE Building Room 1302) at GateWay Community College Washington Campus | Link to join online:

Password: GWSpeaks


Glendale Community College

Women’s History Month Displays are both in the Student Union Building and GCC Main and North Libraries for the whole month of March

Netflix Watch Party featuring the documentary RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

About the Film: By turns heartfelt and playful, this documentary details Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and landmark work on women’s rights.Tuesday, March 8, 4:00 – 5:40 p.m. | Virtual Watch Party
RSVP Link: note: participants will need their own Netflix access. 

Film Screening featuring Iron Jawed Angels

About the Film: They had no vote, no political clout, no equal rights. But what they lacked under the law they made up for with brains, determination and courage. Oscar-winner Hilary Swank leads an outstanding cast in the inspirational true story of two women who dared to make a stand for women’s rights, and ended up shaping the future of America. Iron Jawed Angels: Lead, follow or get out of the way.Trailer:, March 10, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Virtual
Event Link:

Presentation featuring Nanibaa Beck: Metalsmith Matriarchs: Makers, Memory, and Reciprocity

About the Presentation: Nanibaa Beck addresses the ways Native women metalsmith integrate indigenous knowledge, practice and tradition into their craft. She focuses on four to five metal smiths with a rotation in place, person, and style. This presentation and Nanibaa’s work demonstrate the connection of Native artists to Arizona and beyond as a place and identity.Wednesday, March 23, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Virtual
Event Link:

Mesa Community College

Presentation by Dr. Ali Faris, Neuropsychologist and Psycho-Oncologist

Sponsored by MCC Psi Beta and Women Rising organizations, Dr. Faris will be discussing her field, and how she came to become a psychologist after originally spending a great deal of time in a male-dominated career.

Date: Wed. March 2, 2022 | 12 – 1:00 p.m.

Location Virtually at this link:  (no registration necessary)


Paradise Valley Community College

Women’s History Month Kickoff Event & Luncheon

Please join us for our Women’s History Month kickoff luncheon. We are pleased to have Rabbi Elana Kanter joining us as our keynote for the event. Rabbi Elana Kanter, Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute, is a graduate of Barnard College and a member of the first class of women rabbis of the Jewish Theological Seminary. She was ordained in 1989. In 1998, Rabbi Kanter received the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators for her work in Adult Jewish Learning.

Date: Thurs., March 3, 2022 | 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Location: In-person and Virtual

In-Person: KSC 1000A

Virtual: via WebEx 
Meeting ID Information
ID: 24812619676
Password: 8ezJpRCpH32
‪(US) +1 602-666-0783‬ (toll)
Access code: 2481 261 9676

Defeat Racism @ Work: Intersectionality Between Gender & Race

Join us as Patricia Davis, founder of Defeat Racism at Work Enterprises lead us in a discussion around intersectionality focused on gender and race. Intersectionality is an analytical framework for understanding how aspects of a person’s social and political identities combine to create different modes of discrimination and privilege. This session will discuss how intersectionality identifies multiple factors of advantage and disadvantage. Examples of these factors include gender, caste, sex, race, class, sexuality, religion, disability, physical appearance, and education.

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Via Zoom


Phoenix College


Curie Me Away!

Marie Curie’s groundbreaking research on radioactivity has been recognized by two Nobel Prize awards. Yet, her ability to overcome systemic discrimination may leave you feeling most inspired. The presentation includes a Live Chat and Q&A Session with the show’s creators, and performers, the troupe known as Matheatre.

Important: Pre-Registration Required. Please visit the above link for free, virtual tickets. You’ll find links to other live performances there, as well.

Presented by the Phoenix College Mathematics Department, in partnership with the PC STEAM Committee.

Date: Wed., March 31, 2022  | 12 Noon – Live Stream and Rebroadcast at 6-7 p.m.

A ticket order is needed to have access to this virtual event, which is free.

Location Virtual: For info and tickets

Do No Harm: Medical Professionals On Human Rights    

Caring for patients with uteruses has become complex under laws restricting reproductive rights. Physicians, nurses, and midwives will share their experiences, including the risks they face in practice.

Important: Pre-Registration Required. Please visit the link prior to the event; you’ll receive a subsequent email with instructions to participate.

Sponsored by Phoenix College Student Life & Leadership.

Date: Thurs., March 3, 2022  | 6-7 p.m.

Location VirtualVirtual Event

Belly of the Beast     

Enjoy an award-winning documentary exposing modern-day eugenics, and reproductive injustice. Gripping accounts from incarcerated Californians adds emotion to a near-impossible battle against the state’s Department of Corrections. 

Share your reflections during a post-film discussion.

Important: Pre-Registration Required. Please visit the link prior to the event; you’ll receive a subsequent email with instructions to participate.

Sponsored by Phoenix College Student Life & Leadership.

Date: Thurs., March 24, 2022  | 2-4 p.m.

Location VirtualVirtual Event


Rio Salado College

Celebrate Women in STEM March 24

Join Rio Salado College as we celebrate Women’s History Month with a webinar on “Women in STEM Careers.” The STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).  The event will feature two keynote speakers: 

Nichole Neal (left) is a Physical Sciences and Engineering faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC). She is passionate about creating environments where every individual feels valued, specifically for underserved and marginalized populations in STEM. In 2020, Neal and student officers of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) club held the first student-led faculty training at CGCC, “Dismantling Microaggressions in STEM,” and went on to deliver the workshop at the Maricopa County Community College District and at a national engineering college.

Dr. Tara Nkrumah (right), is an assistant research professor in the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST) at Arizona State University. Her research centers on equitable teaching practices and dialogues in education and STEM. She explores how socio-political communication flows through popular culture to frame the public perception about science education for underrepresented groups and their access to STEM careers. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022  | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Location VirtualRegister for the webinar in advance here

Scottsdale Community College

The Unicorn Experience: Finding Your #UnicornMagic

Speaker: Jamila Parham, Founder, The Tech Unicorn™Cosponsored by Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community CollegeThe act and art of making magic looks easy and exciting. But behind the scenes, it takes a lot of work. Join award-winning STEM advocate, diversity & inclusion champion, and tech leader, Jamila Parham, as she shares her inspirational story. Parham provides practical tips for how young girls and women can create their own #UnicornMagic and stand out in every environment. Parham coaches women on how to hold space in male-dominated environments. She uses her story as a template to illustrate the possibilities for women—in tech and beyond. Parham empowers audiences to meet their goals and seize their maximum potential.Tuesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | VirtualVisit for more information or to attend.

More than Pocahontas and Squaws: Indigenous Women Coming into VisibilitySpeaker: Laura Tohe, current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, Writer, Librettist, and Professor Emerita with Distinction at Arizona State UniversityLaura Tohe is Diné. She is Tsénahabiłnii, Sleepy Rock People clan, and born for the Tódich’inii, Bitter Water clan. Tohe’s virtual presentation describes both the important contributions of Indigenous American women to Arizona and the US, and how these women were stereotyped in films and still remain invisible in the media. This talk presents aspects of Indigenous culture, like the rites of passage that celebrate female creativity and the transformative nature of women, and how women have contributed in significant ways, not only to their tribal nations, but to contemporary American life.Tuesday, April 5, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Virtual
Visit for more information or to attend.