Women's History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. [https://womenshistorymonth.gov/]
St. Philip's College is celebrating Women's History Month (WHM) beginning March 1, 2023. The 2023 WHM schedule features events for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. The diverse schedule of virtual programs and events strives to motivate, inspire and enlighten the SPC community in honor of National Women's History Month.
Women's History Guest Speakers
Edith Orozco was born in Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico, and immigrated to the United States to pursue her education. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Incarnate Word and her Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Information Assurance and Security from Texas A&M University, San Antonio. Since 2002 she has been employed in higher education, working her way up from IT positions into teaching and leadership roles.
Ms. Orozco has over 25 years computer networking and cybersecurity experience and holds several information technology (IT) certifications that include Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, CompTIA Security+ and Certified Ethical Hacker. One aspect of cyber work she particularly enjoys is recovering data for people who thought they’d lost it forever. In 2016, Ms. Orozco brought her cyber expertise to teaching and became an Associate Professor here at St. Philip’s College. Her favorite types of teaching involve breaking technical information down so that all of us can understand it. While Ms. Orozco was Program Director and Chair of the Business Information Solutions Department, its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA Program earned #1 rank in San Antonio and the St. Philip’s College cybersecurity program earned a designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and is now ranked 8th in the Nation for Best Online Program in Cybersecurity for an Associate of Applied Science degree. Ms. Orozco still serves as a member of the College’s adjunct faculty for the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense at St. Philip’s College.
In 2019, Ms. Orozco became the Dean for Academic Success in Applied Science & Technology for the Martin Luther King campus. As Dean, she oversees three departments which are Automotive Technology, Business Information Solutions, and Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts. Dean Orozco supports all three departments with their recruitment efforts, curriculum, international partnerships, and compliance with the College’s accrediting agency, SACSCOC, as well as program accreditors, including Automotive Service Excellence, the American Culinary Federation, and the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration. Through her leadership, she has sought to drive progress, manage positively in periods of change, inspire others to trust, and to support new ideas.