KCC hosting presentation on feminism, Latina identity March 8

A text graphic promoting KCC's upcoming Center for Diversity event titled "Latina Feminism & Ethno-Racial Identity"

The Kellogg Community College Center for Diversity and Innovation will host a free presentation on feminism and Latina identity next week on campus in Battle Creek.

The presentation, titled Latino Feminism and Ethno-Racial Identity, is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Kellogg Room in the Student Center on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

Leading the presentation will be feminist writer and speaker Patricia Valoy, who will guide the audience through an exploration of Latina identity and how experiences, cultures, languages and ethno-racial identity shape feminist thought in the United States. The discussion will also cover topics including multiculturalism, privilege, disenfranchisement and language both in the U.S. and Latin America; ways in which feminists in the U.S. can build solidarity; and how Latinas can use their unique experiences for mobilization and the empowerment of their community.

Valoy is an engineer and STEM advocate with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Columbia University, where she focused on construction management and structural engineering. As a writer, speaker and STEM chairperson for the Women’s Information Network in New York, Valoy speaks and writes on a variety of issues affecting the Latina community, including racism, immigration, cultural and religious pressures and living at the intersection of two cultures. She also combines her experiences as a Latina and a woman in a male-dominated field to advocate for women and girls considering careers in STEM fields.

For more information about this event, contact KCC CDI Program Assistant Tha Par at part@kellogg.edu or 269-565-2123 or visit www.kellogg.edu/kcccdi.

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