In 2014, the Maricopa Community Colleges implemented a female diversity initiative to support female students throughout our District. We believe that our students represent the future leaders in our community. In 2015, the District Office and the ten colleges have worked aggressively to establish the female empowerment networks, known as Women Rising, to support this effort. Throughout the year, Women Rising students participate in activities, functions, and programs that promote academic success, leadership, networking, health and wellness and professionalism. Our goal is to help students connect with their college, commit to student success, and complete their academic goals. 

Currently, the Women Rising Program is a thriving student success initiative. Students have participated in District-wide, college-level, and community events. The following are some of the community programs/services Women Rising programs have participated in:

  • Achieving My Purpose (AMP)
  • Fresh Start Women's Foundation
  • Dress for Success
  • HerStory
  • They Call Me Q
  • Bridging Cultures
  • Arizona Veterans Standdown
  • Self-defense workshops
  • Helen’s Hope Chest
  • Open Mic
  • Her Voice
  • Streetlights USA Gala

For more information, please contact:  Donna Lopez Martinez