March 24, 2016

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE– John A. Logan College will host a panel presentation “Women and Girls: Conversations across Generations” on Tuesday, March 29 at 12 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Room at the college. The event is free and open to the public.

Toyin Fox, director of diversity and inclusion at JALC and chair of the college’s diversity advisory committee, organized the event as part of the college’s celebration of National Women’s History Month.

“March is National Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is ‘Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,’” Fox said. “We have a wonderful panel of women coming who will share some real-life stories of their public service, their thoughts on how far women have come, and their thoughts on some of the critical issues affecting women today. I hope they will also be sharing their ideas on expanding economic opportunities for women.”

Angela Calcaterra, Coordinator of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, academic advisor, and TRIO mentor at Logan, is one of the panelists.

“I was a little surprised when Toyin asked me to be on the panel because I don’t tend to think of myself as a leader,” Calcaterra said. “That may be a feminine trait that a lot of women have. We don’t see ourselves as leaders. But I did take a leading role in establishing the Logan Professional Staff Association at the college, and I’m a great believer in advocacy and public service. I’ve always wanted to help people and animals so I’ve done a lot of volunteer work at the Women’s Center and different humane shelters.”

The other panelists include Gloria Campos, City of Murphysboro Council Woman and Chair of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly; Melissa Cauthen, Volunteer Recruiter at the Women’s Center in Carbondale; Sharon Harris-Johnson, PhD, Jackson County Treasurer; and Brandi Husch, JALC Student Trustee.

“We have a group of diverse, accomplished women participating in this forum, and I invite everyone to come and join in the discussion,” Fox said. “Audience members will be able to ask questions, and I think this event will be both interesting and informative.”

The event is sponsored by JALC’s Diversity and Inclusion Office and the college’s chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. For more information contact Fox at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8586.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.