JJC Women’s Fair to Feature Paula Gomez as Keynote Speaker

The second JJC Women’s Fair will be an event for students, the community and their families on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Joliet Junior College Main Campus, located at 1215 Houbolt Road, in Joliet. The fair will be held in the lower level of the J-Building. Parking and admission are free.
Emmy-award winning bilingual journalist Paula Gomez will be the keynote speaker at the fair. Gomez will begin her presentation at 10:30 a.m.
In addition to Gomez’s presentation, a wide variety of other resources will be available at the fair, such as beauty services, information tables from social and governmental services, details from the JJC GED and ESL courses, information about government assisted programs for childcare, and information about JJC’s childcare center. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will also be present so students and the community can learn more about what they have to offer.
“I would like for attendees to be empowered with the information and resources so they can continue on with their education, with a GED, learning English as a second language, or continuing on with their career,” said Patricia Santoyo-Marin, JJC’s Latin student support specialist.
Santoyo-Marin, who is organizing the fair, said the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs chose Gomez as the keynote speaker because she often focuses on education in her work.
Gomez currently works as a general assignment news anchor and reporter for Univision Communications. She also reports for the TV segment, “Es el Momento.” She graduated from the University of Miami in 1998, and moved to Chicago in 1999. She has been nominated for nine Emmys, and has received two for her work with Univision Communications. Additional awards Gomez has received include the Prestigious Journalism award, Hispanic Media award, and the Chicago Headline Club and Society of Professional Journalists’ Peter Lisagor award for best TV reporter.
In 2011, Gomez was the only woman on a three-journalist panel chosen to interview candidates for Chicago mayor after Richard Daley finished serving six terms.
For more information about JJC’s Women’s Fair, contact Carolyn Powers with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 815-280-6709 or cpowers@jjc.edu.

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