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Nadal headlines Women's History Month Events at STLCC-Florissant Valley

February 18, 2015

Cecilia Nadal  
Cecilia Nadal

In celebration of Women’s History Month, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley with host a variety of events throughout March on campus, 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”

The kickoff celebration is on March 3. It will feature a panel discussion and presentation. A group of mothers from North County will talk about the dangers of the West Lake landfill and its connection to the Cold Water Creek waste. They will share scientific data that support the connection to the toxins from the landfill and Cold Water Creek to the number of cancer and lupus reports. 

At 12:30 p.m., students in the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program will give presentations about the projects they have been developing to give back to their home countries. The presentation takes place in the Multipurpose Room in the Student Center.

A “Celebration Circle” follows at 2 p.m. in the quad, where women on campus will come together in a circle of celebration that focuses on mind and body wellness. 

On March 4, Cecilia Nadal will give the keynote address, “Weaving the Stories of Our Lives.” The event takes place from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Terry M. Fischer Theatre. Nadal is the founder and executive director of Gitana Productions Inc., an arts and education organization that uses music, dance, drama and education as vehicles for bringing diverse groups together in acceptance and mutual understanding. The community-based Global Education through the Arts program serves African-American and immigrant/refugee youth that live in shared neighborhoods, helping them to understand each other and work in effective teams through arts and leadership training.

Nadal currently is producing “Black and Blue,” a play that explores the complex relationship between the African-American community and police. Inspired by recent events in Ferguson and written by Lee Patton Chiles, the play will debut this spring.

Nadal has been recognized for her work locally and nationally by a number of organizations. Most recently, she was one of 38 selected from 800 candidates for the “Purpose Prize Award” sponsored by Encore.Org, an organization that recognizes the social innovation of people 60 and over.

She is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and was recognized as one of the Women of Achievement Award winners for cultural enrichment in St. Louis. Nadal was selected by St. Louis Magazine as a “St. Louis Luminary” and was the recipient of the YWCA Leadership Award for her work as founder and CEO of Productive Futures, Inc.

For a complete schedule of events, which are free and open to the public, visit www.stlcc.edu/whm. For more information about Florissant Valley's events, contact Janice Nesser-Chu at jnesser@stlcc.edu.