We Celebrate Women’s History Month!

Throughout March, Queensborough will celebrate Women's History Month with a series of engaging events highlighting the groundbreaking roles that women scientists play in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

As a leader in community college higher education, Queensborough is renowned for the number of students it engages in undergraduate research across the academic disciplines, and STEAM is an initiative designed to further female student interest in academic areas traditionally dominated by men.

Associate Professor Constance Williams

Archivist and Deputy Chief Librarian, Associate Professor Connie Williams talks about Queensborough’s origins, its famous visitors, and why students find the Kurt R. Schmeller Library so welcoming and comfortable. The keeper of our history for more than 25 years, Connie maintains records and determines the function, authenticity evidentiary value of the College’s vast records, such as every edition of the student newspaper, Communique and all of NY State Republican Senator Frank Pavadan’s legislative records (the Senator’s efforts helped create and maintain the nearby Alley Pond Environmental Center). Connie also shares her own education history and her trajectory from Ann Arbor Michigan to Bayside, Queens.

Associate Professor Dr. Elizabeth Toohey

Associate Professor of English, Dr. Elizabeth Toohey teaches journalism and advises the Queensborough student newspaper, Communiqué. A regular contributor to The Christian Science Monitor, she reviews novels, and nonfiction works in women’s studies, film and American culture. Here, Dr. Toohey talks about her current focus on community college journalism, diversity in newsrooms and her review of the novel Behold the Dreamers by the Cameroonian-American writer Imbolo Mbue.

Assistant Professor Dr. Rochelle Nelson

An immigrant and community college graduate, Dr. Rochelle Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology. Mentor, teacher, and researcher, Dr. Nelson says, “Community college really helped develop me into the person I am today!” It’s one reason why she feels so strongly about mentoring, coaching, and reaching out to students. In this conversation, Dr. Nelson talks about her own history, education, and her research on what is known as broken heart syndrome. She also shares how she works with immigrants and first-generation college students to remove any obstacles in their way so they can become empowered, confident and successful in their studies and their lives.

Assistant Professor Dr. Stephanie Rost

Archaeologist and anthropologist, Dr. Stephanie Rost, Assistant Professor in the History Department of Queensborough, takes us to Iraq and talks about her findings and the historical geography of late 3rd millennium B.C. southern Mesopotamia. In this conversation, Dr. Rost talks about her archaeological field project, The Umma Survey, and her collection of archaeological data pertaining to ancient settlements, watercourses and ancient landscapes. She discusses how she and colleagues are able to reconstruct the geographic context of this early state economy.

Why are there still so few women in science?

Three Queensborough scientists talk about their own research, long-standing biases and gender stereotypes that steer women away from science, and how they’re working together to educate emerging biologists, chemists, psychologists, and others.


This video is part of Queensborough Conversations: A series of exchanges and discussions with Queensborough faculty about their current research, projects, and community engagement.


Dr. Anuradha Srivastava, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, conducts research in the field of public health and has made significant contributions in the areas of neglected tropical diseases, including malaria.

Dr. Kimberly Riegel, Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at Queensborough Community College, studies acoustics with a focus on supersonic aircraft.

Dr. Jody A. Resko, Assistant Professor of Education/Psychology in the Social Sciences Department who has investigated trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in children, is currently researching pre-service teachers’ negative attitudes towards math.


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Women's History Month Events

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.