Women’s History Month Spotlight: Women of Global Campus

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we want to highlight a handful of the many successful and dedicated women of Global Campus. 

Continue reading to learn more about the significance of Women’s History Month and what it means to the Global Campus team. 

Diamond West, Program Manager 

How long have you been with GC, and what is your position/what do you do?

I have been with Global Campus for one year. I started as a Recruiter for some of our online non-credit professional certificate and graduate programs. At the beginning of 2022, I was promoted to the position of Program Manager. In my current role, I oversee and manage the entire lifecycle of some of our continuing education programs.

Who are some of your female role models or inspirations?

I am fortunate to have strong women in my family to look up to. They come from all walks of life, but they are tenacious and have so much drive. When the odds were stacked against them simply because of their gender and the color of their skin, they persevered. In addition, I am extremely lucky to work with amazing women here at Global Campus who serve as my daily inspiration.

Favorite quote by a woman?

What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. –Oprah Winfrey.

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month allows me to reflect on our history and how we got to where we are. It’s a month to honor the women who are/were comfortable with being uncomfortable. Each year, I learn about a woman I’ve never heard of who inspired change in her community. That, to me, is incredible. To know that there were women like me who struggled through this life to make the next generation better than their own.

Miffy Yuan, Director of Semester at SDSU Programs

How long have you been with GC and what is your position/what do you do?

I started with Global Campus back in 2010 as a part-time Recruitment assistant. Currently, I am the Director of Semester at SDSU Programs. Besides program management and operations, I am also involved in lead nurturing and student management and advising.

Who are some of your female role models or inspirations?

Mother Teresa, Malala Yousifazi, Ruth B. Ginsburg, Naida Murad, Sheryl Sandberg

Favorite quote by a woman?

I never dreamed about success, I worked for it. –Estee Lauder

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

To me, Women’s History Month serves as a reminder to us women and the world of how far we have come, and how much we are still fighting for (equality and respect for women, for example) in today’s world. It is also an inspiration and encouragement to all females out there, that we can conquer these challenges if we support one another. 

Noel Bezette-Flores, Chief Student Experience Officer and Associate Dean 

How long have you been with GC and what is your position/what do you do?

I have been at Global for a little over a year. I currently serve as the Chief Student Experience Officer and Associate Dean Student Services

Who are some of your female role models or inspirations?

Women like Malala faced adversity, including being shot by the Taliban, yet exhibited bravery in the face of violence and threats. She believes that education is an undeniable right and has maintained a steadfast pursuit of women’s rights and education. Her shield is her thoughts, words, and books.

Favorite quote by a woman?

We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced. –Malala Yousafzai

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear. –Aung San Suu Kyi

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s history month means a time to honor and reflect on the progress of women. Historically, women were disenfranchised, unable to fully participate in the economy. There were trailblazers and I like to reflect on their capacity to put fears aside and focus on the creation of a more equitable society.

Lindsay Vance,  Senior Director, Instructional Design

How long have you been with GC, and what is your position/what do you do?

I joined Global Campus in July 2020–when a majority of campus was working remotely. I lead the Instructional Design team; we collaborate with instructors and members in small groups and individually to implement best practices in teaching, learning, and course design. We also recommend tools and technologies that make courses more engaging and streamline course delivery. In leading this team, I see it as my mission to highlight the immense talent here at Global Campus, and I’m so fortunate to work with such a talented team of designers, program partners, and faculty members.

Who are some of your female role models or inspirations?

I’ve always been inspired by female writers whose words have transformed how I see the world and myself: bell hooks, adrienne maree brown, Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich, Virginia Woolf, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zadie Smith, Alice Munro, Grace Paley… the list goes on.

I also draw inspiration from my mother and grandmother–both fiercely independent women who could make magic out of the ordinary.

Favorite quote by a woman?

You are never stronger…than when you land on the other side of despair. –Zadie Smith

Simple awareness is the seed of responsibility. –Jenny Odell

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month is a time to reflect, celebrate, and appreciate the many steps towards gender equality that we’ve taken in the past, and to approach the path ahead of us with the strength of those who went before.