Immediate:  March 1, 2023

Nassau Community College Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 1, 2023, Garden City, NY — Working in close collaboration with faculty, staff, and students and the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs, the Office of Affirmative Action and the Student Activities Office at Nassau Community College provides opportunities for the College community and general public to engage in meaningful programming that recognizes, examines, and values historical legacies of women in America. 

The College’s Women’s History Month programming events are being offered through the Women’s and Gender Studies Project.  For additional information contact


Executive Vice President, New York State United Teachers, Jolene T. DiBrango
Thursday, March 2, 2023
11:30 am - 12:45pm via Zoom
Zoom Registration link

Jolene T. DiBrango was elected executive vice president of New York State United Teachers in April 2017. She oversees NYSUT’s Research and Educational Services Department and the union’s professional development arm, the Education & Learning Trust. She leads NYSUT’s advocacy with the New York State Board of Regents and State Education Department. DiBrango also leads and facilitates NYSUT’s Women’s Committee, which is dedicated to fighting for gender and wage equality and equal access to education and healthcare for all women.

New York Times Bestselling Author and National Book Award Finalist Ibi Zoboi
Thursday, March 2, 2023
1:00 - 2:15pm
Location: Tower Building, 11th Floor or via Zoom
Zoom Registration Link

Ibi Zoboi was born in Haiti. When she was four, she immigrated to New York with her mother. Zoboi is the author of numerous titles including American Street (2017), which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in Young Adult’s Literature, a Time Magazine Best Book Of All Time, and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year; Pride (2018), a contemporary remix of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; and My Life As An Ice Cream Sandwich (2020), a moving middle-grade debut of a girl finding her place in a world that’s changing at warp speed.

Legal Aid Society Attorney Chanel F. Smith
Monday, March 6
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
CCB 252-253 and via Zoom
Zoom Registration Link

Smith has been an attorney at the Legal Aid Society since 2016, where she represents children and youth in Family Court. She is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law 2016 and St. John’s University undergrad 2013. Outside of her job, Smith teaches law to high school students on the weekends at Adelphi University through its STEP Program. She is also a mock trial coach at St. John’s and is involved with various BAR associations and mentoring programs. Smith will discuss the vicarious trauma that is associated with doing public service work when you represent communities you identify with. This conversation will help discover ways to cope and manage the stresses faced to avoid burn out. 

Award-Winning Poet Maya C. Popa                               
Monday, March 20, 2023
11:00 am -12:15pm and 2:00 - 3:15pm via Zoom 
Zoom Registration Link 11 a.m.

Zoom Registration Link 2 p.m.

Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and author of Wound is the Origin of Wonder (W. W. Norton, 2022), and American Faith (Sarabande, 2019), which was a recipient of the North American Book Prize and a runner-up in the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, judged by Ocean Vuong. She is also the author of two chapbooks, both from the Diagram Chapbook Series: You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave and The Bees Have Been Canceled, which was a PBS Summer Choice.

Poet and Educator Rooja Mohassessy
Monday, March 27, 2023
11:00 am  -12:15 pm and 2:00 pm - 3:15pm via Zoom 
Zoom Registration Link 11 a.m.

Zoom Registration Link 2 p.m.

Rooja Mohassessy is an Iranian-born poet and educator living in Northern California. She is a MacDowell fellow and a graduate of the Pacific University MFA program. Her first poetry collection, When Your Sky Runs Into Mine, was the winner of the 22nd Annual Elixir Poetry Prize and will be forthcoming from Elixir Press in 2023. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Poet Lore, RHINO Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, CALYX Journal, Ninth Letter, Cream City Review, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, Bare Life Review, Potomac Review, The Florida Review, New Letters, International Literary Quarterly, and elsewhere. 

LGBT 101: Interactive Workshop
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
11:30 am -12:45 pm via Zoom
Zoom Registration Link

This interactive workshop provides an introduction to the LGBT community by defining common terminology, explaining the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, and exploring both risk factors and resiliencies. The training will conclude with a discussion of best practices to create safer and more supportive environments for LGBT people.

Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming & Non Binary (TGNCNB) Experience (T201)
Thursday, March 30, 2023
11:30 am -12:45 pm via Zoom
Zoom Registration Link

This educational and interactive training will improve understanding of the unique experiences of people who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary (TGNCNB). We will discuss some of the various ways in which TGNCNB people may or may not transition and how to support each person’s individual journey. Topics covered will include knowledge of the social and health needs of the community, creating safer and more affirming spaces, and identifying local TGNCNB affirming resources.

Media Contact:  Lindsey Angioletti | | C:  (516) 320-0695

About Nassau Community College

Nassau Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, provides a comprehensive public college experience designed to transform lives through higher education. Serving 14,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, NCC offers more than 80 programs that lead to the associate’s degree or certificate. Through on-campus and online offerings, the College educates local and international students, and boasts 168,000 alumni. Situated on 225 acres in Garden City, Long Island, the college grounds reside in historic Nassau County, one of the most desirable locations to live in the United States and an epicenter for business and careers. Since 1959, NCC has earned a nationwide reputation for academic excellence, affordability, and ease of transferability to four-year schools. 

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