SJC establishes a local chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges

San Jacinto College (SJC) has established a local chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) to offer support and maximize the potential of women working in higher education.

Dr. Sarah Janes, vice president of Continuing and Professional Development Operations, will serve as president of the SJC chapter; Dr. Toni Pendergrass, vice president of instruction at SJC South, will serve as president-elect; Dr. Catherine O’Brien, dean of teaching and learning, will serve as secretary; and Niki Whiteside, vice president for educational technology, will serve as treasurer. South campus President Dr. Maureen Murphy serves as president-elect of the national AAWCC.

“This is a very valuable organization for women,” said Janes. “Members will learn about professional development, particularly to women working in higher education. Our primary goal will include activities for women that benefit the internal or external SJC community. However, anyone can join.”

Membership is open to all faculty, staff, students and administrators. Annual dues, from date of membership establishment, will be based on an individual’s income level. Janes said the chapter will announce the first meeting in the near future, which will cover finalizing the chapter charter and defining major functions and focus.

“I am looking forward to working with the chapter members to support educational and leadership initiatives that strengthen the college and the community,” said Pendergrass.

The American Association for Women in Community Colleges is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).