College of Marin Reads "Hidden Figures"
Question: What do these amazing COM people have in common: Marshall Alemeida, Kristina Combs, Yosifah Craver, Amber Fonteno, Carol Hernandez, Gloria Kopshever, Jacek Kostyrko, Laurie Ordin, Meg Regelous, Walter Turner, selected Umoja students, Desiree Vaughn, Andrea Wang, Paul Wilson, and Christopher Yang?!
Answer: They all want you to read the book and see the movie!
Amber Fonteno, Library Technician, can often be found at the Indian Valley Library and, at least once a week, at Kentfield Library. She reflects on the contributions of those who came before her and says smart is cool! Speaking of "smart and cool," please drop by the library and check out Amber's displays celebrating Hidden Figues, forthcoming throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.
Jacek Kostyrko, Professor of Mathematics at College of Marin, discusses "Hidden Figures." He contextualizes the plight of women who face hostility in the sciences and related industries, such as gaming, and discusses the role of social structures, such as religion, and more. You should take a course with him!
Gloria Kopshever, ESCOM student and leader extraordinaire, talks about being a female chemist back in the 50s at the Armour Research Foundation in Chicago. Gloria discusses female employees getting married, a woman getting her name on a report (very similar to issue in Hidden Figures), the advantages to attending an all women's college, religious discrimination, her father's support, working with a man whose office walls were covered with pictures of nude women, and being "green."
Various COM Students, Faculty, Staff and Administrators
Longer excerpts from some of the interviews above, interwoven with more discussion from the author, Margot Lee Shetterly, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom award ceremony, featuring President Obama praising Katherine Johnson.
Human Resources Director Kristina Combs tells us about her own experiences growing up in Burma, moving to Berkeley in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement, dealing with desegregation, her parents' experiences, and much more. Check out Human Resources at College of Marin!
Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, Walter Turner discusses Hidden Figures, experiences from his family, the importance of movies and books to give us a sense of urgency, and much more. In the video, Professor Turner references these topics and books:
I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
Fences by August Wilson
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Umoja at College of Marin.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Why not take a course with Professor Turner?
Professor of Mathematics Andrea Wang rallies girls to become role models. Why not try a course with her? She also is a faculty co-advisor for Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), College of Marin's Honor Society.