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"Women of Color Celebration"
Will Be Wednesday, March 28

Posted March 9, 2001

HOLLAND -- Hope College will host its fourth annual "Women of Color Celebration," featuring testimonials, a keynote address and a light supper, on Wednesday, March 28, at 5 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The evening's theme will be "Women of Color: Dismantling Barriers through Courageous, Conscious, and Caring Efforts." The keynote speaker will be Dr. Donna Talbot, who is an associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University. In addition, selected members of the Hope faculty, staff and student body will share testimonials regarding their experiences as women of color.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by Friday, March 23, and cost $6 for the general public, $3.50 for Hope students not on the college's meal plan and $1 for students on the Hope meal plan. Tickets will be available at the Student Union Desk in the DeWitt Center through Thursday, March 15, and in the Student Development Office in the DeWitt Center on Friday, March 16, and Monday-Friday, March 19-23, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The dinner and testimonials on March 28 will run until approximately 6 p.m., with the keynote address immediately following. Limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for those unable to attend the dinner but wishing to hear the address.

Talbot's scholarly and professional activities focus on multiculturalism, diversity and professional training. She has given numerous national and regional presentations, and has published several book chapters and scholarly articles.

Her responsibilities at Western Michigan University include coordinating the Student Affairs Graduate Program. Her other career experiences have included spending two years developing the Office of Multicultural Affairs and working as a clinical counselor at Dickinson College. She was a judicial staff member at the University of Maryland, a volunteer HIV counselor at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, D.C., and a teacher with the Peace Corps in Ghana.

Talbot completed her doctorate in college student personnel administration at the University of Maryland in 1992. She completed a master's in special education at Lesley College in 1985, and a bachelor's in sociology at Amherst College in 1981. She also holds an Ed.S. (educational specialist) from the University of Florida.

She is a nationally certified counselor. Among other honors, she received the "Annuit Coeptis" Award for outstanding emerging professionals from the American College Personnel Association in 1993.

The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street. The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.

The event is sponsored by the college's Office of Multicultural Life. Additional information may be obtained by calling the office at (616) 395-7867.

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