PCC to Celebrate Women’s History Month

PCC's Tavondia Burdett, Kimberly Riddick and Vandana Srivastava, left to right, will serve as panelists March 23, when the college holds its annual Women's History Month Celebration online.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will celebrate women’s history with a panel discussion of the national 2022 Women’s History Month theme: “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”

The program, which will take place virtually due to COVID-19, is scheduled for March 23 at 1 p.m. It is free and open to the community.

Serving as panelists will be PCC’s Tavondia Burdett, Kimberly Riddick and Vandana Srivastava. They’ll be discussing the efforts caregivers and front-line workers have been making during the pandemic and will also share their thoughts on the many ways women of all cultures have provided healing and hope throughout history. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel presentations.

PCC Marketing Director Jane Power is helping organize the event as a member of the college’s Multicultural Activities Committee. She says this year’s national theme for Women’s History Month is “very timely and important.”

“Over the past two years, everyone has felt the impact of the pandemic in different ways, both physically and mentally,” Power said. “We want to make sure everyone has the tools to come out on the other side of this with a greater appreciation and understanding of what ‘healing’ and ‘hope’ mean to them and how they can achieve it.”

Burdett has been teaching PCC nursing students since 2009 and was named the Associate Degree Nursing program’s director in 2019. Riddick, who has a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and an MBA, has worked as a student success advisor with the Health Sciences Division since 2017. Srivastava is a mathematics instructor and advocate of practicing yoga to improve physical and mental health.

Near the conclusion of PCC’s women’s history program, the college will announce the recipient of this year’s Woman of Substance Award. The honor was established in 2001 to recognize and encourage outstanding women role models on the PCC campus.