JJC Invites the Community to Celebrate Women’s HERSTORY Month

Joliet Junior College invites members of the community to celebrate the triumphs and struggles of women throughout history with several educational events during the month of March for Women’s HERSTORY Month.

This month-long celebration will feature a number of guest speakers, discussions, and special activities that are dedicated to celebrating women and their successes and highlighting strategies and steps for progress.

In 2016, JJC welcomed writer Amy Dickinson for the annual Women’s History Month Community Luncheon.

All events (with the exception of the community lunch) are free and open to the public, and will be held on the Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

JJC Multicultural Pathway Coach Martha Villegas Miranda said she hopes to educate both students and community members on the empowerment of women, their accomplishments and their contributions to society.

“It’s important to celebrate HER-Story Month because we need to celebrate the amazing courage and accomplishments of women in our country and around the world who have helped to advance the rights of women,” she said. “Even in 2017, women issues are being discussed and we need to make sure our voices continue to be heard and we continue to be bold for change.”

All Women’s HERSTORY Month programs are co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

For more information, contact Martha Villegas Miranda at mvillega@jjc.edu or (815) 280-2829.

The following events are scheduled at JJC to celebrate 2017 Women’s HERSTORY Month:

Community Lunch with Tracy Chou: Thursday, March. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Patrick Haley Mansion
JJC is hosting this event together with Joliet Township High School and Exxon Mobil. Attendees will hear from speaker Tracy Chou, a software engineer well-known for pushing diversity in technology and who was profiled in Vogue and WIRED for her advocacy.

#BeBoldForChange – International Women’s Day Celebration: Wednesday, March 8, 11:30 a.m., A-1002
Join us as we celebrate the global day by acknowledging the achievements of women while calling for great equality.  In collaboration with the International club and Latinos Unidos at JJC, the public is invited to learn about women stories and accomplishments from women around the world.

A Conversation with Ada Deer, a Woman of Courage: Wednesday, March 22, 1 p.m., Joliet Junior College Library Event Area
Meet Ada Deer, a nationally recognized social worker, political activist and former University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member as she joins the JJC community for an open dialogue. Refreshments will be served. Special signed posters from the National Women’s History Project will be raffled.

Basic Self-Defense for Women: Wednesday, March 29, 12:30 p.m., U-Auditorium
Attendees will learn easy and effective techniques in this basic self-defense class for women. This program will be taught for free by JJC Police Officer Chris Luttrell, a nationally certified instructor. Please RSVP for this event inside the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs with Carolyn Powers at (815) 280-6709 or cpowers@jjc.edu.



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