March 6-30: Celebrate Women's History Month at SRJC

February 1, 2017

Santa Rosa, CA —The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Women’s History Month Committee presents a series of thought-provoking speakers and cultural presentations from March 6 through March 30th.

They Call Me Q poster

This year’s program features three film screenings, an award-winning solo play, as well as insightful lectures and discussions such as:

  • They Call Me Q” (performance by actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani)
  • NEEMO 21 Mission Overview” (lecture by Dr. Dawn Kernagis, diver for NASA’s NEEMO mission)
  • CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” (film screening and panel discussion)
  • The Life and Legacy of Berta Cáceres” (presented in Spanish)
  •  Live concert by Taína Asili (Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, and poet from New York)

The month-long event series is free, open to the public, and will take place throughout SRJC’s Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses. Parking permits are required and available on campus lots.

The complete calendar of Women’s History Month events, including descriptions, are available at

Highlighted Events:

Music and Writing for Social Change” featuring Taína AsiliTaina Asli SRJC Poster
Monday, March 13, 12:00-1:00 pm, Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa

Taína Asili will offer inspiration from her 20-year career writing songs that seek to reclaim power and challenge injustices. The Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, and poet from New York will discuss how her work is part of a legacy of songwriters for social change. Asili will also share how she incorporates her work into social justice activism. In 2015, the Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc. recognized her as one of their “40 under 40 Rising Stars.”

CD signing to follow. A live concert will also take place later in the evening (see below for details)Co-sponsors include: SRJC Arts & Lectures, Student Equity, Student Government Assembly, Multicultural Events Committee, Latino/a Faculty Staff Association, and the Women's Global Leadership Initiative

Live Concert with Taína Asili
Monday, March 13, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Center, Santa Rosa

After a successful performance at the women’s march in Washington D.C., musical artist Taína Asili will perform songs from her two latest CDs recorded with La Banda Rebelde. The concert will showcase a blend of social justice songs from various musical genres including Afro-Latin, reggae, rock, and hip-hop.

"NEEMO 21 Mission Overview"(lecture)
Monday, March 6, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa

Research scientist Dr. Dawn Kernagis will recount her experience working with NASA as part of the NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) 21 crew living in an underwater habitat for eight days to research effects of long duration space operations. She has been a leader of numerous underwater research/conservation projects around the world since 1993. She was inducted into the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame, and in 2016 was selected as one of six crew members to join NASA’s 21st undersea mission NEEMO. The event is co-sponsored by SRJC’s Arts and Lectures.