Cultural differences and commonalities were the focus of a Women’s History Month program cosponsored by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women and the Raritan Valley Community College Office of Multicultural Affairs.
“A Woman’s Story: A Celebration of Culture” was held March 30, 2017, at the RVCC conference center in Branchburg, NJ. More than 100 people registered to attend. Women – and men – were invited and encouraged to bring their daughters, mothers, sisters and other female relatives and friends. The program consisted of presentations by a five-member panel of women from a variety of cultural backgrounds who discussed their experiences as immigrants to the United States. A question-and-answer period followed.
“Through these speakers’ stories we got a sense of how women can change the world,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh, commission liaison. “Although we may come from different backgrounds, we have many commonalities. This was a perfect topic to wrap up the celebration of Women’s History Month.”
|"A Woman's Story" panelists pictured left to right are Dr. Vaseem Firdaus of Franklin, Yijun Lu of Montgomery, Karen Vaughan of Jackson, Ana Pareja of North Plainfield and Poonam Mittal of Raritan.
|The panelists were joined by Freeholder Pat Walsh, commission liaison, and members of the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, along with the event's RVCC organizer. Pictured left to right are Freeholder Walsh, Commission Chair Janice Fields, Ana Pareja, Commissioner and panelist Dr. Vaseem Firdaus, Karen Vaughan, Yijun Lu, Poonam Mittal, Commissioners Stella Ayala, Smriti Agrawal, Sara Sooy and Marti Kalko, and RVCC Dean of Multicultural Affairs Richeleen Dashield.