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For immediate release — Feb. 25, 2008

(MESQUITE, Texas) – In honor of Women’s History Month, the Eastfield College business and fine arts division will sponsor a panel discussion with women from across the Dallas area who are featured in the book “Chicanas In Charge: Texas Women in the Public Arena.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, March 3, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. in room 100 of the EFC Science Building.  
The panel will feature women who are the first Hispanics leading the way in state and city government; the news media; and the Dallas County Community College District’s Board of Trustees, including:

  • Anita N. Martinez, first Hispanic on the Dallas City Council and founder of the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folkloricò
  • Mercedes Olivera, columnist for the Dallas Morning News
  • The Honorable Lena Levario, presiding judge for the 204th District Criminal Court and the first Hispanic appointed to the State District Court bench in Dallas County
  • Elvira Reyna, the first Hispanic woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican
  • Dallas City Council member Pauline Medrano
  • Diana Flores, the first Hispanic elected to the Dallas County Community College District’s Board of Trustees
  • Martha Sanchez Metzger, DCCCD trustee, District 4

This panel is an informative presentation by some of the most influential leaders in the community. The purpose of the panel discussion is to illustrate the importance of the Core Curriculum to each student’s academic foundation and to careers in fields such as politics, education, journalism and history. At a time when demographics are changing and many Hispanic women are entering college as first-generation learners, this program is timely and the topic is relevant.
For more information, contact Yolanda Roncal with Eastfield College at 972-860-7026.
Eastfield College, one of the seven Dallas County Community Colleges, is located at 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite, just north of I-30.

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