Women’s History Panels Feature Local Leaders


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The discussions will showcase distinguished females telling personal stories of succeeding in their career fields.

San Jacinto College is celebrating Women’s History Month by hosting panel discussions on the three main academic campuses titled Women in Leadership.

The panels, hosted by the offices of Student Engagement and Activities (SEA), will feature successful women leading in typically male-dominated career fields.

South Campus SEA Specialist Samantha De La Rosa anticipates the panelists’ “rise to leadership” stories will motivate students to consider their plans for the future.

“We hope that students will be inspired to move forward on their career paths,” she said.

The practice of showcasing successful females began last spring when SEA expanded its regular leadership workshop to commemorate Women’s History Month. As a result, the event celebrates women while continuing to offer students the chance to learn from accomplished leaders.

“Listening to the women in our communities’ own personal stories allows the students to relate to them on a more personal level…,” SEA Administrative Assistant Ginnette Ruelas said. Moreover, she added, attendees can potentially network and make new friendships and professional contacts.

“I hope that our events give our students a way to meet and make connections with each other, as well as take in inspiration to want to strive for the best in their futures,” Ruelas said.

While the Women in Leadership Panel is an event for students to learn from leaders, De La Rosa said it is also an occasion to acknowledge contributions from local citizens.

“By putting the spotlight on successful women,” De La Rosa said, “it allows our students to celebrate the women in our community that are making an impact.”

Women in Leadership takes place: March 26 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Interactive Learning Center (S12) on the South Campus; March 27 at 11 a.m. in Room 200 of the Student Center (N12) on the North Campus; and March 28 at 11 a.m. in Room 155 of the Interactive Learning Center (C1) on the Central Campus.