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STLCC-Florissant Valley celebrates Women’s History Month
February 28, 2013
In celebration of Women’s History Month, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will host a variety of events throughout March. All events will be held on campus at 3400 Pershall Road.
The kickoff celebration will feature the keynote address "Motherhood and the Necessity for Invention," by Rhonda Broussard. The event will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, in the Terry M. Fischer Theatre.
Broussard has taught French in public schools in New York City, Connecticut, California and St. Louis, and has earned National Board Certification, the most prestigious teaching credential in the United States. Growing up in Louisiana, she was inspired by the idea of the francophone world and has dedicated herself to continuing to explore the connections between francophone regions. As a result, in addition to learning French since childhood, she has studied and conducted research in metropolitan France, Cameroon and Martinique. Broussard began her education reform career as a teenage staff member with the Breakthrough Collaborative in New Orleans, Kansas City and San Francisco.
Broussard is the founder of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS), a charter management organization that operates The French School, The Spanish School and The Chinese School, and will eventually provide Missouri’s first K-12 immersion and international baccalaureate education continuum.
Under Broussard’s direction, SLLIS is developing future elementary campuses with language immersion in Japanese, Arabic and other lesser commonly taught languages to provide communities with even greater niche academic skills.
Other Women’s History Month highlights include:
- “Who Does She Think She Is?”, a film viewing and discussion about the societal push for women to choose between art and motherhood;
- "Women Making a Change in Times of War," a presentation and viewing of the innovative way the women of Liberia tried to end the war that had cost them so much; and
- Gilman’s "The Yellow Wallpaper: Storytelling as a Catalyst for Change," a presentation that discusses biographical details of Gilman’s life, the creative and literary elements of her short story, the socio-historical context of its moment of production and its effects on the treatment of mental illness.