California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis Celebrates Women's History Month with East Los Angeles College

March 20, 2024

By Kevin Jimenez


March 21, 2024

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California Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis Celebrates Women's History Month with East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, CA — During Women’s History Month, East Los Angeles College (ELAC) hosted their inaugural President's Women's History Month Teatime Celebration to highlight the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history.

This luncheon & teatime, sponsored by the ELAC Foundation and Transtech Engineers Inc., aimed to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds to celebrate the remarkable achievements of women from diverse cultures and backgrounds. It was an afternoon filled with inspiration, appreciation, and camaraderie, as ELAC honored the contributions of women within the ELAC community and beyond.

"We are thrilled to host our first Women's History Month Luncheon/Teatime Celebration and to welcome Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and other esteemed panelists to our campus," said ELAC President Alberto J. Román. "This event serves as a testament to the strength, resilience, and achievements of women in our community and beyond. We look forward to a meaningful dialogue and a memorable celebration."

Distinguished guests, including esteemed panelists and community leaders, graced the occasion. Notably, California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, the first woman ever elected to this prestigious position in the state, was among the panelists. She was joined by Dr. Martha Garcia, President & CEO of Mt. San Antonio College, and Lenore French, President & founding member of Transformation Arts. Their participation underscored the significance of empowering women and promoting gender equality in leadership roles.

“Community colleges are the foundation of California’s higher education, providing accessible pathways for millions of students to achieve their dreams,” said Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis. “More than half of the nearly two million students served by our community colleges are women. It was an honor to celebrate the accomplishments and the history of these women at the inaugural President’s Women’s History Month Celebration at East Los Angeles College.”

ELAC faculty and staff in attendance were also encouraged to showcase their unique style, with prizes awarded for the best-dressed individuals and the most outstanding hats. This celebration was an unforgettable occasion, highlighting the importance of unity, solidarity, and empowerment.

To view a recap of the panel discussion and event please visit the ELAC YouTube channel.

About East Los Angeles College: ELAC is the largest of nine two-year community colleges within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), More information about ELAC is available online at Follow ELAC on social media, Instagram @ELACHuskies, X @EastLACollege, and Facebook @Eastlacollege.