Diamond Awards to shine in March

February 25, 2020

As an annual tradition, EPCC and the Diversity and Inclusion Programs are ready to celebrate the spirit of diversity for Women’s History Month.


The tribute will take place this March and envisions 2020 with valiant women leading the way for the twelfth annual Diamond Awards Ceremony. 


This ceremony will be composed of a panel discussion, where 40 women will be honored for their achievements in a luncheon organized by the Diversity and Inclusion Programs at EPCC.


According to the grants manager of the event, Arlene Alarcon, recipients will receive a diamond-shaped statue as  recognition.



The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate the hard work of full-time female employees at EPCC, where each department of the college selects up to 40 winners each year.   


As Director of EPCC Diversity Programs, Olga Chavez, stated to the El Paso Herald-Post in 2019, “Women’s History is important to remember the milestones women have achieved.” 


Every year a special keynote speaker is invited to attend and congratulate the growth of women spirit leadership. Many state and local personalities have joined the ceremony, such as U.S. Representative, Veronica Escobar, and Estela Casas from KVIA-7 in 2017. 


This year EPCC Board Trustee of district four, Christina R. Sanchez has  been selected to be the special speaker of the luncheon.  Sanchez became part of the EPCC Board of Trustees in January 2019, succeeding Selena N. Solis after she was elected for El Paso District Judge. 


Women’s History Month is a presidential proclamation that began with the declaration of President Jimmy Carter in February 1980, dedicating the first week of March to women.


Over the years, the commemoration became extended to the whole month of March.  


Numerous organizations in the entire country have demonstrated their appreciation of their female employees and coworkers in honor of their work. 


EPCC student, Irasema Grijalva, said, “I believe Women’s History Month is beneficial to those women pursuing a career such as myself, pursuing one in the engineering field.”    


The Diamond Award Luncheon will take place in the EPCC Administrative Services Center A300 on March 12 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The community is invited to attend the ceremony to meet and join the celebration of women’s hard work.


Tickets start from $17 each and are now available to buy from any EPCC campus cashier or online by visiting the EPCC events website. 


Seating is limited and the sale of tickets will close on March 6. 


For more additional information about the Diamond Award Ceremony, contact Arlene Alarcon at (915) 831-6763 or by visiting the EPCC web page.  


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