DVC spotlights Women’s History Month

Tyler Elmore, Co-editor-in-chief

Diablo Valley College is hosting a multitude of events in honor of Women’s History Month.

History professor Melissa Jacobson wants more students to get to know the organizations in our community that they can become apart of.

Linda Gordon, aside from being a Humanities professor, is an award-winning author who has written many books including a biography of the famous photographer Dorothea Lange. Jacobson was able to get in contact with her to ask her to speak at DVC and she agreed.

Jacobson couldn’t believe she had agreed and was a little unsure as to how they would facilitate her coming all the way from New York.

“I didn’t know how we would be able to afford it so I reached out to some of the organizations in our community,” she said.

The National Organization for Women, American Association of University Women, and the Contra Costa Historical Society were just a few of the organizations that helped to organize the event. 

With some DVC students feeling as though there is a lack of social interaction between each other, the events for this month were created to bring more students together.

“When I show this flyer to people, the first thing they say is that it is so inter-disciplinary,” she said.

Aside from the guest speaker, there will be a panel discussion about “Women in the Media” that will be moderated by history professor Mickey Huff who is also the advisor for the Project Censored club on campus.

Photography students will be showing some of their work, as well as students from the art department in San Ramon, all inspired by Dorothea Lange. 

“I couldn’t have done this without the help of the new professor we hired at the San Ramon Campus, her name is Brigitte Schaffer,” Jacobson said. “She will be running the film screening that we are hosting at the San Ramon campus.”

All of these events are free to students that would like to come. A list of times and dates can be found on the Women’s History Month page on DVC’s website.

Jacobson said these events are designed to uplift and educate students on reaching their full potential.

“Our theme for these events is ‘dare to be ambitious,'” she said. “And I think that is something that we all need to be, you know to try it, just throw ourselves out there, otherwise nothing will happen.”