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Heritage & Health Series Program

Women's History Month 2021

Three Women

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World Changing Women

Dedicated to Minnijean Brown Trickey & in Honor of Kamala Harris.

SKIP TO A WEEK: MAR 1–5 | MAR 8–12 | MAR 15–19

Check out upcoming WHM events.

Visit this site for most current WHM event listings and Zoom access information. Please put your first AND last name when entering Zoom.

Monday, March 1

Film Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
10–11:15 a.m.

Featuring FC Professor John Fox & FC Equity Librarian Laura Gamez!

If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request it via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at


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Boasting an exceptional cast and production team, and based on Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed 2010 nonfiction best-seller of the same name, this HBO Films drama tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African- American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line, known as HeLa.

Told primarily through the eyes of Lacks’ daughter Deborah (Oprah Winfrey) and journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), the film chronicles Deborah’s search to learn about the mother she never knew, and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, from cancer to polio to radiation to AIDS, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

Wednesday, March 3

College Hour I: Women’s History Month Opening Ceremony
Noon-1 p.m.

Let’s celebrate Women’s History Month (WHM) with Foothill Family, honoring our “Ladies in Leadership” with student speakers, employee panel, & music!

If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request it via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at WATCH RECORDING

Thursday, March 4

Lecture Series I: The Immortal Sunflower Poetry Reading
2–3 p.m.

Featuring Sophia Falco, a recent UCSC Alumni! 

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Poet Sophia Falco will be reading from her award-winning chapbook The Immortal Sunflower (UnCollected Press, 2019) among other newer poems from her forthcoming full-length poetry collection: Farewell Clay Dove (UnCollected Press). The Immortal Sunflower is a voyage of the mind navigating through intense feelings that expose raw emotions rooted in a troubled psyche, and ultimately the transformation into the light...these highly imaginative, vulnerable, and powerful poems uniquely take on an otherwise typically invisible and often devastating illness—bipolar disorder. Sophia Falco, an individual who is affected by this, captures suffering and hope in unconventional ways including imagery that transcends earth into outer-space. Falco graduated magna cum laude from The University of California, Santa Cruz in June 2020 along with the highest honors in the Literature Department. Read more information about Sophia Falco at her website: 

Friday, March 5

Lecture Series II: Empowering Women Through Microcredit
10–11 a.m.

Featuring speaker Desiree Lyons from Namaste Direct.

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Des Lyons will be sharing with us a microcredit organization targeting women in Guatemala. Namaste Direct creates a new paradigm for Guatemalan women by contributing to those who fight to support their families and themselves by starting small businesses, despite facing vast obstacles.

Monday, March 8

International Women's Day!

Artist Presentation Talk: Meaning in Materials, Textile paintings and sculptures
Noon–1 p.m.

In honor of International Women's Day, the Women's History Month Committee is featuring history maker FC Art History Professor Cynthia Brannvall who says, "Textiles are potent signifiers of labor, trade, industry, slavery, luxury, baptisms, weddings, funerals, gender, and history.  My engagement with textiles is the interstitial space between craft and fine art, the past and the present, painting and sculpture, landscape and portrait, abstraction and representation, history and the present. In particular, I explore the contradictions of whiteness in textiles as something pure, stained, fragmented, constructed, degraded, broken and enduring. My textile artworks are composed from stained and heavily worn vintage lace, seams, trim, ruffles and bindings structured in a grid form. I imagine the abstract patterns in the material as protein folds of DNA that cross bodies of water and continents, and cross the bodies of ancestors. I intend the textile patterns to evoke text, music, history, and the presence and work of women. My choice in materials and composition strives for a conceptual tension between that which is whole and broken, precious and fragmented." 

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Cynthia Brannvall is an art historian and a multimedia artist who teaches art history as a full time faculty member of Foothill Community College. She is a California native of African American and Swedish descent. Cynthia has undergraduate degrees in Art Practice and Art History from UC Berkeley where she was a Phi Beta Kappa and a Ronald E. McNair scholar and was awarded the Departmental Citation for her research in Art History. She has an MA in Art History from San Francisco State University with an emphasis on Modern and Contemporary art. An advocate and ally for social justice and equity, Cynthia’s artwork explores identity formation envisioned in an imagined deep time terrain of memory, reclamation, and the geographies of forced and voluntary migrations. Her artwork has been selected for juried group exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Washington DC. She has affiliation with SF Moma Artists Gallery and Chandra Cerrito Gallery.

Tuesday, March 9

Lecture Series III: BLM & Women’s Movement
3:15–4 p.m.

Featuring the Honorable Shay Franco-Clausen! Shay is the Ignite Program Director of the West Coast Region, Director of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, Community advocate and Leader, Chair of the SCC Human Trafficking Commission, and Corresponding Secretary of the California Democratic Party, Black Caucus. 

If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request it via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at



Wednesday, March 10

College Hour II: Female Leadership & Mental Health Student Panel
Noon–1 p.m.

Join Project Hope Club in interviewing an all Female Student panel in a discussion surrounding Mental Health, Leadership, and Education!


Thursday, March 11

Lecture Series IV: Women’s Appreciation & Sexual Harassment Awareness
11 a.m–Noon

Featuring FC Professor Che Meneses & Ohlone College Professor Elaine Henderson!

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Elaine Henderson is part of the Communications Department at Ohlone College and runs her own consulting business of sexual harassment training

Women In STEM Panel
Noon–1 p.m.

Featuring Dr. Kaishauna Guidry, M.D. & FC Alumni Marissa E. Yáñez!



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Dr. Kaishauna Guidry is an end-of-life mobile physician based in Southern California. She was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School, then stayed local to attend UCLA. Go Bruins! She has been married to her husband, Javelin Guidry, for almost 24 years. They reside in Murrieta, California and have three young adult children: Javelin K., Elisha, Kailah.

Dr. Guidry received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a minor in Education Studies in 1997. She then taught elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District for a brief time until starting a family with her college sweetheart. They settled in Long Beach, California with Dr. Guidry caring for her family as a stay-at-home mom. After spending 14 years taking care of her children and community through church, youth sports organizations, PTA, etc., she decided to pursue a career in medicine.

As an aptly termed “non-traditional premed student” she attended Long Beach City College, where she tutored science courses. She also took post-baccalaureate coursework at Cerritos College where she served on the Dean’s Advisory Board and as President of the PreMed Club. Once accepted into medical school, she and her family moved to Texas for her matriculation to Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Guidry subsequently matched into the Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Program. The family happily returned home to California for her training.

Dr. Guidry is a strong healthcare advocate who is passionate about combating healthcare disparities across medical specialties and providing pre-med mentorship to aspiring physicians. She is determined to empower youth for improved diversity in the pipeline of medicine. Her hobbies include traveling to beaches, fine dining, and football—Go LA Rams!

Marissa Elena Yanez, PhD is a former scientist/engineer turned fierce passionate "STEMinist" who works tirelessly and methodically to create, lead and scale programs that empower young women from underserved communities to lead the next generation of computer science innovation. A proud alum of Foothill College, Marissa first discovered her love and talent in STEM through the Foothill-DeAnza partnership with NASA Ames where she took an internship in Mechanical Engineering. After transferring to U.C. Berkeley and double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science she pursued a PhD at the University of Washington in Bioengineering where she focused on identifying cheap efficient and affordable ways to create diagnostics for health issues in developing countries using microchips and nano-particles. After working for several years as a Scientist at SRI International she moved to Washington DC to work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Institutes of Health where she focused on identifying innovative ways to streamline and improve healthcare quality, and led efforts to better align scientific innovation at the NIH with the needs of the public health.

In 2014, Marissa followed her ultimate passion to empower society's most vulnerable populations by providing them the tools and infrastructure to become creators and leaders of technological innovation. She founded her own non-profit (Empoder) and has created and led programs in NYC, Silicon Valley, Mexico and Ghana to empower the most vulnerable populations through holistic computer science and STEM education based programs. She has worked with leading institutions including Facebook and Laboratoria in LATAM to understand how society and institutions can connect with and help empower local communities and is fiercely dedicated to creating systems and infrastructure that empower the most vulnerable to achieve equality and success through technology.

Friday, March 12

Assertive Women, Consent & Title IX
Noon–1 p.m.

In today's ever-changing environment it is vital for women to have an assertive voice. Assertiveness techniques, when used effectively, can enhance almost every aspect of your work and life. Knowing which tools and techniques to use, and how and when to use them, is critical. This workshop for women gives you the opportunity to practice fundamental assertiveness skills and to share your concerns with other women in a supportive and encouraging learning environment. The last portion of the workshop will focus on Title IX. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits gender-based discrimination and harassment in educational programs and activities at institutions.



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Psych Services Counselor Lisa Slede will be facilitating the workshop. Dean of Student Affairs and Activities and Title IX Coordinator, Leticia Maldonado will go over the different components of Title IX.

Tuesday, March 16

Women & Transfer Workshop
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Transferring to a college or university requires patience, research, and hard work. In this presentation, students will learn about their options for transferring to 4-year universities, including women’s colleges. Students will also learn about the resources, activities, and services to assist them on their transfer journey. Our Transfer Center team is here to help!

For Zoom access, please RSVP with your first and last name and Foothill student ID to the Transfer Center at Students will be emailed the Zoom link on the day before the presentation.


Friday, March 19

Destress Before Finals
Noon-1 p.m.

This workshop will blend guided meditation and relaxation techniques to help students destress before finals week!


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