Retired U.S. Army Major General Marcia Anderson will share her experience and insights as part of "African-Americans in Times of War," a free panel discussion held in conjunction with Black History Month, from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in the Student Services Center, Room 3245, at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn campus.
Moderated by College of DuPage President and retired three-star U.S. Navy Admiral Dr. Ann Rondeau, participants will explore the trials and triumphs of African-American service men and women and the impacts on a culture during times of war.
Anderson was the first African-American brigadier general to serve as the Deputy Commanding General of the Army's Human Resources Command. She also is the first African-American female major general in the Army, Army Reserve or Active Army. Anderson was named Deputy Chief, Army Reserve in 2011 and in that role oversaw an $8 billion budget and more than 220,000 soldiers and civilians. She has been employed by the United States courts for more than 25 years, and currently serves as Clerk of United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, where she is responsible for two offices that manage and administer bankruptcy cases for 44 counties.
Anderson graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., earning her bachelor's degree in political science in 1979 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training program. She earned a law degree from the Rutgers University in 1984 and a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College in 2003. Anderson has earned several military awards, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal and the Parachutist Badge.
Panelists joining Anderson include fellow African-American veterans COD Associate Professor of Computer and Internetworking Felix Davis, COD Associate Professor of Business Peter James, COD Foundation President Sherman Neal and COD student Tanika Moore.
Additional events during the month-long Black History Month celebration include the annual African-American Read-In (Feb. 7); film screenings; visiting artist Faheem Majeed (Feb. 13); guest speaker Vicki Clark (Feb. 13); and author and motivational speaker Rodney Walker (Feb. 21). Events, locations and times are subject to change. Visit www.cod.edu for an updated list.
For more information on all Black History Month events and activities at College of DuPage, contact Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Manager David Swope at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 942-2565.