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Women Breaking Boundaries: Elected Officials to Speak on Campus

By Whitney Frasier

There are many theories as to why some job fields are male-dominated, but it’s no secret that there are unique challenges that exist for women who are emerging into these sectors. Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has created a forum intended to bring these obstacles to light.

A creation of President Haynes and University Council members Rita Brandin and Linda Bailey, the Women Breaking Boundaries speaker series was developed to introduce students to exceptional female leaders in these types of careers.

Leading the efforts to plan these once-a-semester speaking events is a steering committee with representatives from across the campus including Community Engagement, Student Affairs, University Advancement, and the Office of Diversity, Educational Equity, Inclusion and Ombud Services.

“We encourage students, faculty, staff and community members to attend and hear the stories of our panelists,” said Sarah Villarreal, chair of the speaker series steering committee. “It’s a valuable opportunity to gain insights into the challenges and triumphs women experience along their career paths as successful women in non-traditional fields.”

Each event will include three to five female panelists discussing a common theme, followed by a Q&A session and networking opportunity. The theme for the fall event is Elected Officials. Panelists include:

  • Olga Diaz, Councilwoman, Escondido City Council, District Three; Panelist
  • Marie Waldron, Member, California State Assembly, 75th District; Panelist

“We’d like to cover a broad range of leadership roles that women hold within our communities,” said Christine Lee, another member of the steering committee. “We inspire to build awareness and encouragement through this speaker series, demonstrating that women can and are ‘breaking boundaries.’ ”

Light refreshments will be available. All events will be recorded and posted to the website for future viewing.

For more information, contact Christine Lee at 760-750-8752.

What: Women Breaking Boundaries Speaker Series

When: Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: University Student Union Ballroom, CSUSM

Tickets: RSVP

Students: FREE
Faculty/Staff: FREE
Community: $25 (includes parking)

Directions and Parking

CSUSM is located at 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit Visitors may purchase a daily or timed permit in any general parking lot utilizing the daily permit machines.