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MDC Celebrates Women’s History Month with Free Cultural and Educational Programs for the Entire Community

Women's History Month

Miami, March 19, 2010 - For the entire month of March, Miami Dade College (MDC) has hosted an array of activities to commemorate Women’s History Month. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Presidential Proclamation that designated March the month during which communities throughout our nation would celebrate women’s history. 

There are numerous events still being held through the end of the month at all eight MDC campuses. The events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. The events help provide awareness, inspire, and provoke healthy dialogue about a number of cultural and social concerns, such as domestic violence, religion, politics, business, and more. 

On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, MDC’s Center for Community Involvement will host the Bollywood Benefit Bash: Fundraiser Showcasing South Asian Culture, which will include dances and henna tattoos, to celebrate and empower Muslim women. The evening will include a panel discussion on women in Islam and a presentation on Pennies for Peace, an organization devoted to educating Muslim children in the isolated areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. There will also be a distinguished panel of guests from local universities who will discuss the popular misconceptions surrounding women in Islam and American-Islamic relations; a question-and-answer segment with the panelists, a Bollywood dance performance, and crafts for sale. The Bollywood Benefit Bash will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at MDC’s West Campus, 3800 N.W. 115th Ave., Room 1101, in Doral.  For more information about this event or to donate funds, contact Sasha Shakih at 305-237-2485. 

Other events being held college-wide include:

Women in Business: Jennifer Laudermilch, a director at Price Waterhouse, will give a presentation on the historical role of women in business and the outlook for the future. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Kendall Campus, 11011 S.W. 104th St., in the Conference Center/Room K-413. For more information, contact Estrella Iglesias at 305-237-2293. 

Female Fun Facts – Medical Issues Discussion: Join health professionals for an informative and participatory panel discussion on Monday, March 22, 2010 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Medical Center Campus, 950 N.W. 20th St., in the Student Life offices. Also at Medical Center Campus on Monday, March 29, 2010, from noon to 1 p.m. is the Balancing It All: Living a Stress-Free Life seminar. There will be tips for women on how to create balance and live a more productive and stress-free life. For more information about these events, call 305-237-4213. 

Florida Women in History: Well-known South Florida historian and MDC history professor, Dr. Paul George, will lead this presentation done in partnership with the United Faculty of Miami Dade College (UFMDC), at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Room 2147, in North Miami. For more information, contact Diane Sloan at 305-237-1869. 

Women’s Health Fair: MDC Medical Center Campus students will provide free screenings for event participants, including blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, blood sugar, heart disease, obesity, and Body Mass Index. The fair will be held Tuesday, March 23, 2010 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center, 6300 N.W. Seventh Ave., in the Atrium. A Women’s Health Awareness Symposium will be held in Room 1103 at the Meek Center on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 6 p.m. The symposium’s presenter is Dr. Cheryl Holder from Right Weight Management, LLC, and will focus on health issues affecting women of color. For more information about these events, contact H. Leigh Toney at 305-237-1999. 

Defensive Tactics: Lieutenant Steven Tarrago from the Miami Dade School District police department will teach women the basic skills to protect themselves and how to act quickly should an unexpected attack occur. The seminar will be hosted by Master Steven F. Tarrago, and will be conducted during two sessions on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from 10 to 11 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the West Campus, 3800 N.W. 115th Ave., in Room 1101, in Doral. Also at the West Campus, a faculty presentation on Domestic Violence and the violence among teenagers and young women will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Room 1101. For more information, call 305-237-8993.   

Women in Design: A Lunch and Lecture, presentation by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, dean of the UM School of Architecture, on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 11:30 a.m., at the Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 2106, downtown Miami. Also, Women in Technology: Even in these tough economic times, the engineering and tech fields offer great career opportunities for women. Prominent women talk about what it takes to get into these rewarding fields on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 11:15 a.m. in Room 7128. Refreshments provided. For more information, call 305-237-3875.

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
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