Multicultural Programs, Zeta Pi Omega, the Latina Leadership Coalition, as well as the Center for Multicultural Engagement welcomed 145 CI students, staff, administrators, faculty and surrounding area community members to the 10th annual Women’s Recognition Luncheon on March 29, 2011.

Each year, Multicultural Programs hosts a Women’s Recognition Luncheon to honor women who foster the growth and development of our community through leadership, service and dedication. Multicultural Programs was dedicated to meeting the event objectives of:

  • Creating networking and student mentoring opportunities;
  • Educating on issues related to women’s history; and
  • Fostering an inclusive environment.

This year’s event honored the National Women’s History Project theme, “Our History is Our Strength,” and was particularly important to us in California for we are celebrating our 100-year anniversary of voting rights for women in this state.

Any member of the campus community could nominate an exceptional female leader that has fostered the growth and development of the community. Since CI’s history is based upon the strength of our Mission Pillars, we asked that individuals nominate women on the basis of their contributions to:

Integrative Approaches
Experiential and Service Learning
Multicultural Perspectives
International Perspectives

2011 honorees were:

  • Ms. Raquel Montes and Ms. Cristina Miranda, 2011 Women’s Recognition Luncheon Student Award
  • Dr. Marie Francois, 2011 Women’s Recognition Luncheon Faculty Award
  • Ms. Breana Christie, 2011 Women’s Recognition Luncheon Administrator Award
  • Ms. Jessica Easterly, 2011 Women’s Recognition Luncheon Alumna Award
  • Ms. Janice Jones, 2011 Women’s Recognition Luncheon Staff Award
  • Ventura County Commission for Women, Community Organization Recognition

Photo of Debbie Gravelle presenting Breana Christie with the Administrator Award.

Ms. Debbie Gravelle, assistant to the Dean of Students, presents the 2011 Women’s Recognition Luncheon Administrator Award to Ms. Breana Christie.

Photo of Kari Moss presenting Jessica Easterly with the Alumna Award.

Ms. Kari Moss, EOP counselor, presents the 2011 Women’s Recognition Luncheon Alumna Award to Ms. Jessica Easterly.

Photo of Dr. Jane Sweetland presenting Janice Jones with the Staff Award.

Dr. Jane Sweetland, associate vice president for Student Affairs – Enrollment Management, presents the 2011 Women’s Recognition Luncheon Staff Award to Ms. Janice Jones.

Photo of Dr. Dennis Downey and Dr. Steve Elson presenting the Student Award.

Dr. Dennis Downey, CI faculty member, and Dr. Steve Elson, CEO of Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families, presents the 2011 Women’s Recognition Luncheon Student Award to Ms. Raquel Montes and Ms. Cristina Miranda.

Photo of Jennifer Chapman presenting the Community Award.

Ms. Jennifer Chapman, coordinator of Multicultural Programs, recognizes the Ventura County Commission for Women (VCCW) as a community organization that represents CI’s Mission Pillars.

Pictured from left to right:   Ms. Debra Bagley, member of VCAC Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and current chair of the VCCW; Ms. Shante Durisseau, president of VCAC Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and past chair of the VCCW; Ms. Jennifer Chapman, coordinator of Multicultural Programs; Ms. Carmen Hurd, past chair of the VCCW; and Ms. Diana Goodrow, past chair of the VCCW

Photo of Dr. Sawyer with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority members.

Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, vice president for Student Affairs, welcomes community members from the VCAC Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Ventura County Commission for Women to the Women’s Recognition Luncheon.

Photo of the 1911 Suffragists.

Pictured from left to right:  Ms. Jessica Easterly, CI alumna, Mr. Damien Peña, associate vice president for Student Affairs, Dr. Genevieve Evans-Taylor, executive director of ASI, and Ms. Christine Thompson, ASI Budget Analyst and Facility Specialist, rally for the Women’s Right to Vote with 1911 Suffragists, played by members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Thousand Oaks.

Photo of students with the 1911 Suffragists.

2011-2012 orientation leaders along with Ms. Kirsten Moss-Frye, associate director of Access, Orientation and Transition Programs, support the Women’s Right to Vote with 1911 Suffragists, played by members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Thousand Oaks.

Photo of student leaders.

Student leader hosts, Ms. Shannon Marie Walker, Ms. Lindsay Noble and Ms. Krista Mae Castillo Leung prepare to present at the Women’s Recognition Luncheon.

Photo of student leaders.

Student leader hosts, Ms. Noelle Bourdro and Ms. Jasmine Cooper welcome guests to the Women’s Recognition Luncheon.

Photo of the Male Leadership Alliance.

Members of the Male Leadership Alliance along with their advisor and Student Affairs Budget and Operations analyst, Mr. Janson Chapman (center) enjoy the Women’s Recognition Luncheon. 

Photo of Winifred Elam performing "Ain't I a Woman?"

Ms. Winifred Elam performs Sojourner Truth’s 1851 speech, “Ain’t I a Woman,” at the Women’s Recognition Luncheon.