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Celebrating Women's History Month

Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

"The National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2024 celebrates The theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions.

Women who advocate for equality, diversity and inclusionDuring 2024, we recognize the example of women who are committed to embracing everyone and excluding no one in our common quest for freedom and opportunity. They know that people change with the help of families, teachers and friends, and that young people in particular need to learn the value of hearing from different voices with different points of view as they grow up.

Today, equity, diversity and inclusion are powerful driving forces that are having a wide-ranging impact on our country. As members of families, civic and community groups, businesses and legislative bodies, women are in the forefront of reevaluating the status quo. They are looking anew at what harmful social policies and behaviors exist and, often subtly, determine our future. In response, women in communities across the nation are helping to develop innovative programs and projects within corporations, the military, federal agencies and educational organizations to address these injustices.

It takes courage for women to advocate for practical goals like equity, diversity and inclusion when established forces aim to misinterpret, exploit or discredit them." (Source: National Women's History Alliance)

Women's History Month Q&As

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we will be sharing stories from across Green River College of the diverse career experiences and challenges overcome and the unique paths taken to joining the Gator family. Click on the stories below to learn more.

Kit Alson, interim VPEDI

Meet Cathy "Kit" Alston

Interim Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Cathy “Kit” Alston was recently announced as interim Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She first joined Green River College in 2017 as the Director of Workforce Education. Since 2020, she has serve as Dean of Transitional Studies and Wellness and Health Science, Wellness & Education Divisions. Prior to GRC, Kit worked at South Puget Sound Community College, Hopkinsville Community College and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Kit recently shared her journey to GRC and how she found inspiration along the way as part of our 2024 Women's History Month Q&A series.

Read more from Kit

Meet Dayna-Joy Calubaquib

Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation | Assistant Coach Women's Basketball

Dayna-Joy Calubaquib first joined Green River College as a point guard for the Gator's 2017-2018 Women's Basketball Team. She returned to GRC as an assistant coach in 2019 while simultaneously earning her Bachelor's in Education, K-12 with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESEL) from Central Washington University.

In 2022, Dayna-Joy was announced as the new Assistant Director of Athletics, joining the only all female atheltics department in the conference. Dayna-Joy recently shared her journey to GRC and how she found inspiration along the way as part of our 2024 Women's History Month Q&A series. You can see her answers below.

Read more from Dayna-Joy

Dayna-Joy Calubaquib stands in front of a basketball hoop

What is Women's History Month?

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.

Did You Know? Women’s History Month started as Women’s History Week . . .

Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year.

In 1980, a consortium of women’s groups and historians—led by the National Women’s History Project (now the National Women's History Alliance)—successfully lobbied for national recognition. In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.

Read more by the National Women's History Museum