Gateway Community College (GCC) will be hosting its first annual women’s conference on Friday, April 27, that will feature several speakers including keynote speaker Dr. Elsa M. Nunez, president of Eastern Connecticut State University.
This free “Girls Rock!” event will take place on GCC’s Long Wharf campus at 60 Sargent Drive in room 160. Check-in and breakfast will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the program will run from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Other speakers include: Myra Reddish, MSN, a member of the GCC nursing faculty, who will discuss issues surrounding a woman’s body from age 18 on; Roxanne Walker-Canton, assistant professor of new media at Fairfield University, who will discuss the impact of the media on women’s self-esteem; and Ayisha Dabre, president and CEO of Personal Vision Image Consulting, LLC, who will discuss what a woman’s clothes say about her and dressing for today and the future.
"We hope to provide our female students with the tools to ensure their success,” said Kellie Danso, a GCC counselor who is co-chairing the committee that created the event along with Acting Registrar Maribel Lopez. “We will motivate and inspire them to go on with their education and become productive members of our community, paving the way for the next generation.”
GCC is one of the state’s fastest growing community colleges and the 10th largest institution of higher education in Connecticut. GCC offers 95 associate degree and certificate programs and serves more than 11,000 credit and non-credit students each year. GCC serves students in 24 towns and cities in the greater New Haven area, including: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Bridgeport, Cheshire, Clinton, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, Stratford, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge. For more information, visit www.gcc.commnet.edu.