Reynolds Community College recently recognized Women’s History Month with a celebration entitled “Empowerment: Connecting the Past, Present and Future” in the Workforce Development Conference Center located on the Parham Road Campus.
The celebration, sponsored by the college’s Multicultural Enrichment Council, featured established women from our community sharing their paths to success and young women from Virginia Union University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond and Reynolds Community College talking about their future plans and goals.
The program featured a luncheon with keynote speaker Del. Jennifer McClellan, Virginia House of Delegates. Other event speakers included Christy Coleman, President and CEO of the American Civil War Center at Tredegar, Allison Bogdanovic, Executive Director, Virginia Supportive Housing, Patience Salgado, Social Impact Artist and Kindness Worker, Paula Peters and Tracy Gilpin of Reynolds Community College, Wanda Hernandez of Virginia Commonwealth University, Wei Kang of the University of Richmond, and Jasmin McKay of Virginia Union University. Reba Hollingsworth of “CBS 6 This Morning” served as mistress of ceremonies for the fifth year.
“Helping to carry my parents’ legacy is making sure every child in Virginia, whether they grow up in Gilpin Court, or Galax or Fairfax County, that they have access to a high quality and free public education and they have the resources and the confidence so they can be whomever they want to be,” noted McClellan. “Somewhere out there is a little girl that is just a nerdy as me, just as curious as me, that maybe does not have the same resources I had. My job is to give it to her.”