MCCCD Celebrates Women’s History Month with Film, Discussion, and Speakers

Mar, 8 2022

Women's History Month

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 and faculty offer perspectives and expertise that make our District better, and I am honored to celebrate them this Women’s History Month,” said Dr. Eric Leshinskie, MCCCD Interim Provost . “I also want to take a moment to recognize the impactful women who guide our System in District leadership positions and in our Governing Board. I am incredibly fortunate to 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. View all District events here.

Women and Their Work; Art and Art History Lecture Series

March 8, 2022

In-Person and Virtual Event | 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

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In-person location: Pecos Campus - CHO 110

2626 E. Pecos Road, 

Chandler, AZ. 85225

Join Chandler-Gilbert Community College 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.

Women’s History Month Events Calendar

Throughout March 2022

In-Person and Virtual Events 

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Join Estrella Mountain Community College for a month-long series of events celebrating Women’s History Month.

Visiting Voice: Melissa Denizard

March 8, 2022

In-Person and Virtual Event | 4 p.m.

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Password: GWSpeaks

In-person location: Copper Room (IE Building Room 1302) at GateWay Community College Washington

108 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Join GateWay Community College to explore how one voice from Generation Z, Melissa Denizard, is mobilizing for justice and positive change, engaging and educating on Black Feminism, Black liberation, and righting historical injustices on college campuses.

Virtual Netflix Watch Party, featuring RBG

March 8, 2022

Virtual Event | 4 - 5:40 p.m.

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Join Glendale Community College for a screening of documentary RBG, which details Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life and landmark work on women's rights.

*Please note, participants will need their own Netflix access. 

PSI Beta & Women Rising Present Dr. Ali Faris, PsyD

March 2, 2022

Virtual Event | 12-1 p.m.

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Join Mesa Community College for a 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. 

Defeat Racism @ Work: Intersectionality Between Gender and Race

March 4, 2022

Virtual Event | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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Join Paradise Valley Community College as Patricia Davis, founder of Defeat Racism at Work Enterprises, leads participants in a discussion around intersectionality focused on gender and race.

Live, Virtual Performance: Curie Me Away!

March 2, 2022

Virtual Event | 6-7 p.m.

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Join Phoenix College for a critically acclaimed theatrical performance of Curie Me Away!, featuring the story of Marie Curie and her groundbreaking research on radioactivity, which has been recognized by two Nobel Prize awards. The performance is virtual, live, and will require both a pre-registration and free, virtual ticket for admittance.

Women in STEM Careers

March 24, 2022

Virtual Event | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Join Rio Salado College for a webinar on Women in STEM Careers, featuring speakers including Professor Nichole Neal, a Chandler-Gilbert Community College Physical Sciences and Engineering faculty member, and Dr. Tara Nkrumah, assistant research professor in the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State University.

The Unicorn Experience: Finding Your #UnicornMagic

March 29, 2022

Virtual Event | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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Join Scottsdale Community College to hear from award-winning STEM advocate, diversity & inclusion champion, and tech leader, Jamila Parham, as she shares her inspirational story and practical tips for how young girls and women can create their own #unicornmagic and stand out in every environment they're in. This event is cosponsored by Mesa Community College.

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