Women's History Month

Join us for events, conversations, and activities that celebrate and honor Women’s History Month.                             

Fireside Chat with Dr. Generals

March 11, 12 to 1 p.m. | Winnet Lobby       

Student speakers will share views and experiences on several topics. Join us for lunch and an engaging discussion.

Bisexual Health Awareness

March 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Bonnell Lobby

The Queer Student Union will be celebrating Bisexual Health Awareness Month. Learn more about Bi and Pan identities, and meet members of our Queer Student Union.

Women’s History Month NERC Luncheon

March 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | NERC, Room 124

Join us for lunch and women’s history trivia. You’ll have a chance to win prizes, including books by women authors.         

Poetry Slam: A Black Woman's Experience

March 14, 2 to 4 p.m. | Winnet Building, Room S2-3

Join us for a reading from the catalog of poems created by Queen Mother Sumaki Kenya Shan, detailing her existence and experiences as a Black woman in America. Audience participation is encouraged, and light refreshments will be served.                     

Queer Performance: How to Be a Gender Cannibal

March 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Black Box Theater, BG-21

John Jarboe (she/her) of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret invites students to develop personal and autobiographical performance pieces to express themselves through performance art.    

Auto Tech Demonstration and Panel

March 20, 1 to 3 p.m. | CATC, Rooms 141 and 150

1 p.m.—Panel discussion with Q & A about car repair, how to work with mechanics/dealerships, and other tips specifically for women. Hear from keynote speaker Patrice Banks from Girls Auto Clinic Light, enjoy a light lunch and test your knowledge with women’s history trivia for prizes.

2 p.m.—Car repair shop demos and hands-on instruction, led by student Amber Arbia

Self-care Giveaway for Single Student-Parents

March 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Winnet Building, Room S3-9

Single parents can stop by on National Single Parent Day to pick up a self-care pack and get other resources at the Women’s Outreach and Advocacy Center.

Success Stories: Women Breaking Barriers and Making Waves

March 25, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28

Campus Social | 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The event kicks off with a campus social featuring delicious food, beverages, and exciting giveaways. It's the perfect opportunity to mingle, network, and discover the resources and services offered by the Career Connections Department and the Women's Outreach and Advocacy Center. Learn about the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and how you can get involved right here at Community College of Philadelphia.

Panel Discussion | 1 to 2:30 p.m. | Student and Alumni RSVP | Faculty and staff, please email Michelle Lopez to RSVP

Celebrate the resilience and achievements of women who have shattered barriers and made significant waves in their respective fields. Following the social, dive into an enriching panel discussion with four dynamic women who have remarkable success stories to share. These trailblazers have broken countless barriers throughout their career journeys. Hear firsthand about their triumphs, challenges, and ongoing battles in industries where women are often underrepresented. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and gain valuable insights from our esteemed panelists. Let's come together to celebrate Women's History Month and pave the way for a future of equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Diane Deese, vice president of Community Affairs at VITAS Healthcare, has earned the distinction of being the first Black woman to ascend to the C-Suite level within the company. VITAS Healthcare, a Fortune 500 company, boasts a workforce of over 12,000 employees, with Black or African American individuals comprising only 12% of its personnel. Diane has been dedicated to improving access to quality end of life care in underserved communities for more than two decades and is recognized by VITAS as the company’s foremost expert on diversity in hospice.
  • Vero Kompalic is a Venezuelan filmmaker and painter whose creative endeavors and scholarly pursuits are centered around postcolonial feminist discourse. She has authored publications delving into various aspects of this discourse, including analyses of the sexual transgressions depicted in Catherine Breillat’s films and the radical implications inherent in the cinema of Mariana Rondon.
  • Paige Wood is an award-winning independent filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and creative consultant. Recently, she supervised the production of diverse projects like an animated pilot, a video game, a children’s book, and a podcast under the Rise-Home Stories Project, aimed at transforming dominant narratives through media-making. Beyond her independent work, she also imparts her knowledge as an adjunct instructor teaching film producing at Wayne State University.
  • Darielle Davis boasts over a decade of experience in web design and development, marked by impactful collaborations and projects. Notably, she partnered with the Philadelphia Fire Department to develop a pioneering mobile app focused on fire prevention and safety. Additionally, Darielle contributed her expertise to create an interactive butterfly experience for the renowned Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Currently, she serves as the founder and owner of Yellow Rocket Digital, championing inclusivity and diversity in the tech sector, while also imparting knowledge as an adjunct professor at Drexel University.

Queer Performance: Variety Show

March 25, 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. | Black Box Theater, Room BG-21

Come and see the performances developed by our students after they attended a workshop with John Jarboe (she/her) of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret just one week ago!         

WAVE Self-defense Session for Students

March 26, 12 to 2 p.m. | Athletics Center, Second Floor Aerobics Room

WAVE is a practical and empowering safety and self-defense program that offers tools for avoiding and interrupting violence. We empower participants to choose the options that are best for them in their own situation. Our classes are trauma-informed and designed to empower individuals and build their confidence. You don’t need to be an athlete to learn self-defense! WAVE is for people of all genders, skills, abilities, sizes and body types.          

Trans Day of Visibility

March 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Bonnell Lobby

Join the Queer Student Union to celebrate the Transgender Day of Visibility! Learn more about Trans identities, meet members of the QSU, and find out how you can attend the larger Philadelphia celebration on Sunday, April 14.

Leading Ladies: Empowering the Community Women’s History Month Lunch (Invite Only)

March 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Winnet Building, Great Hall, Room S2-19

Students will be recognized for their work with the Women’s Outreach and Advocacy Center, and you’ll learn about the new Women’s Emergency Fund and how you can contribute. Join the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation for a panel discussion featuring:

  • Sue Daugherty, CEO of MANNA. Sue, a 1995 Community College of Philadelphia graduate, joined MANNA in 1999 as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). At MANNA, Sue has held several positions prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Sue garnered national recognition in June 2013 when she co-authored a key study, “Examining Health Care Costs Among MANNA Clients and a Comparison Group” published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. This research study examined the health care cost savings associated with MANNA’s model and has ongoing impact on nutrition policy nationwide. Sue has presented MANNA’s work at conferences and meetings across the country, and has also testified in front of the United States Congress.
  • Kimberly McGlonn, Founder and CEO, Grant Blvd. Kimberly credits her passion for activism and advocacy to her upbringing on the north side of Milwaukee, where she experienced ample exposure to the harsh realities of poverty and marginalization. The inspiration to establish Grant Blvd. stemmed from a determination to serve not only marginalized communities but also the planet itself. Kimberly’s collection reflects this commitment, utilizing no new fabric and conserving water resources. For her, sustainability extends beyond environmental concerns to encompass a commitment to hiring womxn, particularly those who are returning citizens, immigrants, or navigating homelessness. Grant Blvd's overarching mission is to create clothing that is unquestionably stylish while anchoring design principles in the ongoing struggle for justice and reform.
  • Kimberly Sheard, Director of the Gender Wealth Institute at Women’s Way. Kelly works to advance a feminist economic agenda that supports the collective power of all women in this region. She believes in the power pf organizing, relationship building and public problem solving. Prior to this role, Kelly worked in adult education, civic engagement and youth development.  She is and a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Film Screening: “Art of Survival”

March 28, 4 p.m. | Winnet Building, Room S2-3

This short film documents the activities in a Kensington storefront that offered snacks and a chance for individuals to make art for three years in the heart of Philadelphia’s drug crisis. Following the screening will be a discussion with the filmmakers, founding artist Lisa Kelley, and specialist Michael Worthy about substance use, art, and community in Kensington.  

Ongoing Initiatives

Period Product Drive | Drop off at Women’s Center, Winnet Building, Room S3-9

The Period Poverty Project, a period advocacy group, is led by student Angie Orozco, a Parx scholarship recipient. The group provides CCP students with free and accessible menstrual products. Visit the Amazon wish list.

CORE Survivor Group – 12 to 1 p.m., Mondays through April 22 | Join us on Zoom      

Guided by experienced WOAR Crisis Advocates, CORE is a 10-session program that covers a variety of topics related to trauma and healing. Students may attend individual sessions on a drop-in basis. This online group offers knowledge and support to help trauma survivors and their loved ones. Come and join us in a safe space where you can talk through common feelings after trauma, build new coping skills, establish healthy boundaries, and more.   

Women’s Center: Create and Connect – 12 to 1:30 p.m., Thursdays through April 22 | Winnet Building, Room S2-8

Join us for a weekly drop-in meetup to work on creative projects and build connections in a fun, low-pressure setting! This is a space to share your lived experiences, support each other, connect with wellness services, and decompress.