Isa Torrealba Lecture ScreenshotOn Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Academy (WMLA) and SMCCCD Study Abroad hosted a Global Speakers Series event – critical conversations with global leaders – in celebration of International Education Week. Over 45 students, staff and faculty attended. Dr. Isa Torrealba from Veritas Universidad in San José, Costa Rica, presented on Machismo/Marianismo and Matriarchate: A Cultural Perspective from Latin America. The topics covered during the lecture were:

  • The Costa Rican cultural context
  • The LATAM context: Basic definitions and different perceptions
  • Current discrimination issues impacting women
  • Women’s role in different ethnic groups: The Bribri´s matriarchate versus the Ngobe´s non-matriarchate

We look forward to offering more opportunities to connect virtually with academics and activists from around the world in Spring 2021. Keep an eye out for upcoming events!

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College.  For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Stephanie Wells

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