MCCCD Creates Opportunities for Women

     Women Fill Over Half of District’s Executive Leadership


TEMPE, Ariz., March 1, 2021 – The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is proud to be a diverse employer, giving women ample opportunity to fill executive positions. As MCCCD celebrates Women’s History Month, the District wants to recognize the impactful women who lead its System. 

“It is an honor to work alongside so many dynamic women, whose thoughtful perspectives and influential leadership are vital to the success of our District,” said MCCCD Interim Chancellor, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. “Our System is better because of the thousands of women in our staff and faculty who support and inspire our students as effective leaders, mentors and role models.”

Women fill the majority of MCCCD’s workforce: 58 percent of employees are women, 56 percent of executive leadership roles are filled by women (including College Presidents and District Leadership), and 85 percent of the Governing Board is led by women.

The District, ranked among America’s Best Employers for Women in 2018 by Forbes, also offers professional development groups to employees and students. MCCCD’s Women’s Mentor Program, available to all Maricopa employees, provides an opportunity for guided professional development and growth through dialogue with Maricopa leaders. MCCCD also offers Women Rising, an organization that empowers female students with student-led chapters across the District.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, MCCCD is also encouraging community members to attend virtual events at many of the Maricopa Community Colleges throughout March. Events explore topics including gender roles, representation in film, and reproductive rights, in addition to hearing from powerful women in speaker series. All events are free and open to the public.

Forging Equality: Empowering Women in the Workplace

March 11, 2021 

Virtual Event | 10 a.m.

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Join Chandler-Gilbert and Glendale Community Colleges for a live conversation with Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, and Laura Brady, Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Anheuser-Busch InBev, to explore what leaders can do to empower women in the workplace.

Women's Empowerment Event

March 8, 2021 

Virtual Event | 5 - 6:30 p.m.

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Join Mesa Community College on International Women's Day as its ASMCC Student Government kicks off Women's History Month with a Women's Empowerment Panel featuring inspirational leaders from our community. This engaging discussion is led by the all-female executive board of ASMCC. Panelist include:

  • Mary Cameli, Chief of Mesa Fire Department

  • Jen Duff, Vice Mayor of the City of Mesa

  • Keana Sears, Mesa Public School Governing Board

  • Dr. Lori Berquam, Interim President of MCC

  • Megan McGuire, Faculty Librarian at MCC

Women's History Month Presentation 

March 10, 2021 

Virtual Event | 1 p.m.

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Student Ambassadors from Mesa Community College have worked together to create a presentation of important and powerful women throughout history. Join this student led presentation highlighting many of the courageous women who have made a profound impact on history, society, and culture.

Thunderbird Dialogues: Objectification of Women in Media

March 24, 2021 

Virtual Event | 12 p.m.

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Join Mesa Community College for Thunderbird Dialogues: Students Having Real Conversations About Real Issues, which are student-led discussions to engage in constructive and respectful dialogue while sharing their views and experiences. The students in Paul Harasha's Gender and Society class (SOC 212) will be leading three Thunderbird Dialogue discussions this semester, including this event in March.

Focus Group: Not a Victim, A Survivor of Many Things

March 24, 2021 

Virtual Event | 12 p.m.

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Join Mesa Community College for a dual lecture with Professor Rod Golden and Bobbi Sundberry, Director of Kaity's Way, the first organization in Arizona to focus on bringing awareness to teen dating violence and providing education on healthy relationships.

Black History Year: Alicia Scott

March 25, 2021 

Virtual Event | 1:30 p.m.

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Join Mesa Community College for a presentation being held in collaboration with MCC's Black History Year programming. Alicia Scott is the Senior Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Talent at ON Semiconductor. During this event, Ms. Scott will be discussing STEAM field jobs and being a woman of color in her field. In her role as an engineer, she is striving to change the oppressive language in the Engineering world. Click here to read Ms. Scott's bio.

HERstory: A Showcase of Female Voice

March 26, 2021 

Virtual Event | 6 p.m.

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In honor of Women’s History Month, Mesa Community College will be hosting a live virtual event featuring poetry, music, video performances, art, and much more. 

How to participate:

  • Perform at the live event (read a poem, sing a song, share a video, perform a dance)

  • Participate in the online showcase (send in a picture of your artwork, video, poem)

Sign up to participate here.

Women’s Herstory Virtual Art Showcase

Throughout March 2021 

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Visit Phoenix College’s virtual art showcase featuring music, art, dance, theater, writing, ASL Interpretations and fashion design that highlight the female experience. Featured artists include PC students, faculty and community members.

Powerful Voices: Movie Watch Party Marathon

March 1, 2021 

Virtual Event | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Join Phoenix College for a watch party featuring movies and documentaries that highlight powerful female voices.

Real Talk Series: Reproductive Rights

March 2, 2021 

Virtual Event | 12 - 1:15 p.m.

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Join Phoenix College for an honest discussion on what your reproductive rights are and learn about how these laws are made.

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: Toxic Gender Roles

March 3, 2021 

Virtual Event | 12 - 1:15 p.m.

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Visit Phoenix College for a panel that explores rigid gender norms, the pink tax, and other forms of feminine oppression.

Miss Representation Film and Discussion Series 

March 4, 2021 

Virtual Event | 1 - 2 p.m., 6 - 7 p.m. 

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Join Phoenix College for a film series and discussion that questions the way women and girls are depicted in the media; and how these portrayals can limit their potential. Entertaining commentaries from powerful women, who have overcome the stereotypes, help make this film a must-see.

LatinA/LatinE: Unpacking Gendered Spanish Language

March 30, 2021 

Virtual Event | 4:30 p.m. 

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Join Scottsdale Community College’s Center for Civic & Global Engagement and the World Languages Department for a thought-provoking lecture in honor of Women’s History Month. This presentation will offer a closer look into language and the construction of gender, with a focus on the language of women in Spanish. Dr. Cristian Lopez Villegas is a life-long lover of the study of human language and everything related, and teaches at both South Mountain Community College and Arizona State University. Presentation will be in English.


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About the Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.