Mesa College to Host Live Satellite Broadcast

(Campus Discussions to Engage Community on Global Issues)

Wednesday, October 22 & Thursday, October 23


Mesa College is one of only eight California Community Colleges that will host a live, two-day satellite broadcast of The Women’s Conference 2008 that begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, financier Warren Buffett, recording artist Bono and CNN correspondents Christiane Amanpour and Campbell Brown are among featured speakers – as well as conference hosts Governor Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver.

            Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to attend the live telecast at the college’s Learning Resources Center (LRC). To maximize the viewing audience, each presentation and panel discussion will be repeated during Wednesday and Thursday in Rooms H117-118. Campus moderators will use these speeches as a platform to stimulate a dialogue about the challenges facing the nation and what students can do to help themselves and others.

San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance M. Carroll, Mesa College President Rita M. Cepeda and more than 10 Mesa College professors will participate in the campus discussions.

The Women’s Conference, to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, sold out within three hours and will have more than 14,000 attending. Shriver then to turned to the community colleges because she said her “goal is for millions of people to have access to The Women’s Conference wherever they may be and to be inspired to ‘be who they are’ and to serve as great architects of change in their own communities.  I’m thrilled that Chancellor Carroll and President Cepeda are reaching out to students and sharing with them the inspirational and empowering conversations delivered by some of the world’s greatest hearts and minds.”

Chancellor Carroll described this conference as a ‘once in a lifetime” opportunity for many who will be attending the event at Mesa College.  “Community colleges are local institutions,” she said, “and students do not often have a chance to be in a real-time conference where national and international leaders present their ideas.  To have speakers of this stature come to our local classrooms electronically will be a tremendous experience for our students.”

President Cepeda stated, “Mesa College is honored to host this unique learning opportunity which will engage the entire campus on global discussions that involve economics, political science, women’s studies and social empowerment."