El Camino College Honors Four Women of Distinction
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El Camino College Honors Four Women of Distinction

Four successful women were recently honored at the 2018 El Camino College Women’s History Month & Wall of Fame Luncheon. Honorees recognized for their dedicated service and contributions to the community include Anne-Marie Mowad, Shanna Potter, Dottie Wine and Helen Young.

“The 2018 Women of Distinction honorees are an impressive group of leaders who make daily contributions to their communities,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “We are so pleased to honor these women who have inspired countless others through their work and example.”

Nominated by friends, family and colleagues, award winners were selected by the ECC Women’s History Month Committee, based on their contributions to women’s and girls’ causes and community service that align with this year’s National Women’s History Month theme, “NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

All honorees must live or work within the El Camino Community College District. The accomplishments of these award winners will be featured on the El Camino College Women’s Wall of Fame (in the Schauerman Library) throughout the year, and their names will be engraved on a plaque that is a permanent part of the display. 

El Camino College Women of Distinction 2018 Profiles 

Anne-Marie Mowad is the 21st century technology resource teacher at Jane Addams Middle School in Lawndale, overseeing a Google Chromebook pilot program that puts laptops into the hands of middle schoolers. She has also served as an athletic coach, student newsletter adviser and student mentor. She is the Jane Addams Middle School liaison for the American Association of University Women AAUW), a leading voice that has been promoting equity and education for women and girls for more than 130 years. Anne-Marie has recruited countless Jane Addams Middle School students for the AAUW Tech Trek, a weeklong hands-on camp that seeks to inspire girls to enter science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. 

Shanna Potter has been teaching chemistry at El Camino College since 2009. Outside of the classroom, she has served on the college's Division Curriculum, Academic Technology, Scholarship, and Campus Safety committees, as well as the Academic Senate. She participated in the ECC PRIDE leadership academy and in the Transforming STEM program sponsored by UC Berkeley and California State University, Dominguez Hills. Shanna regularly volunteers with ECC's Onizuka Space Science Day, a STEM outreach activity serving about 1,000 area youngsters and has been the co-adviser for the American Chemical Society student chapter at ECC. In the community, she volunteers at Arlington Elementary School. Numerous ECC students have listed her as their most-inspiring professor at graduation each year.

Dottie Wine has been an LGBT activist for over 40 years. In 1978, she began working with the Whitman-Brooks Foundation for lesbian and gay support. In 1989, she moved to the South Bay and was dismayed to find that there was no centralized gathering spot for the LGBT community in the area. She became the founding president and board co-chair for the South Bay LGBT Center, coordinating the formation of the group as a nonprofit educational and support organization. Dottie spent eight years working with the South Coast Interfaith Council, and 20 years volunteering extensively at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach. She has volunteered her time for the National Organization for Women, the American Association of University Women, and the National Women's Political Caucus. 

Helen Young worked as a counselor and was also director of the Transfer Center and Honors Program at West Los Angeles College for 13 years and has been working at ECC since 2016. She is known for her student advocacy and her ability to go above and beyond for students. She is currently the director for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Transfer Guarantee Project, forming statewide articulation agreements with nine institutions of higher learning for all California Community Colleges. Thanks to the transfer guarantee and trailblazers like Helen, women at California Community Colleges have a clear pathway for admission.

April 6, 2018