March is Women’s History Month, so there’s no better time to reflect on important women who have made an impact in our world, nation, and even in our local communities. It’s also a great time to recognize the everyday contributions and work of women all around us, including our very own CPCC students!
I’ve had a great opportunity this year to play a role in the inaugural Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership program at CPCC. Dr. Ruth Shaw was CPCC’s second college president, and she was a trailblazer in seeing the need for CPCC to open local campuses that would eventually serve more than 70,000 people in our community. After Dr. Shaw left CPCC, she served as president and CEO of Duke Power Company, now Duke Energy. She remains an active participant in our community and is still a loyal supporter of the College. As a result of her generosity, the CPCC Foundation created the Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership Program at CPCC.
This leadership program aims to connect women to one another and to a supportive network of faculty, staff and community mentors; to inspire women to assume leadership positions and celebrate their own achievements; to nurture female leaders by encouraging them to creatively solve problems; and, most importantly, to foster a deeper awareness of the many roles women play and their contributions to society.
I’m so excited and proud of this year’s scholars who are readying themselves to take on the world. They are mothers, daughters, future machinists, social workers, medical professionals, entrepreneurs and, most of all, leaders. They are like many of our students – juggling multiple responsibilities, looking forward to their future academic and career goals, and balancing all that comes along with being a college student in today’s world. Many of them have shared that without the Ruth G. Shaw Scholars Leadership program, they would have missed out on some important opportunities to grow and connect – both inwardly and with others they met along the way. We look forward to providing the same educational and enriching experience for future scholars.
If you are interested in participating in this unique leadership opportunity, please visit the Student Life website for the 2015-2016 application. Applications are due back in Student Life by April 27, 2015. If you are interested in learning more about the program and speaking with a recent graduate of the program, we invite you to attend our upcoming event:
Film Screening of Girl Rising
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Central Campus, Overcash Building – Tate Hall
Screenings at 9 AM and 12 PM
Reception between screenings at 11 AM
Girl Rising is a moving documentary tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change. Girl Rising unites girls, women, boys and men who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. The Ruth G. Shaw Scholars will show excerpts from the film and lead a short discussion about the girls featured in the film and the impact of education in their lives.
Associate Dean of Student Life/Co-Facilitator of the Ruth Shaw Scholars Program