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Carlmont Students to Host First-Ever Women's Conference

Students have organized the conference, "Aspire to Inspire," to bring awareness to gender discrimination in the workplace.

Carlmont High School’s Students Offering Support (“SOS”) will host its first annual women’s conference, “Aspire to Inspire,” on Feb. 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM in the school's Performing Arts Center (“PAC”). The conference is free and open to the public.

The presentation will consist of SOS leaders and a select group of respected women, including four former Carlmont students, who have personally experienced gender discrimination.

Notable speakers include Lauren Chief Elk, who rescued a young girl who was being sexually assaulted at a De Anza College party in 2007; Nora Razon, a recipient of San Mateo Young Women of the Year; and Christina Nelson and Megan Papay, co-founders of Freda Salvador shoe line.

Carlmont’s Students Offering Support, a peer-helping-peer program to support students, deliver educational information, and mediate disagreements among student, is hosting the conference to bring awareness to women gender discrimination in the workforce.

This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, please visit Carlmont High Schools’ website http://www.sequoiadistrict.org/chs.

About Carlmont High School’s Students Offering Support Program

Shelley Bustamante has been Carlmont High School's counselor for the past 16 years. During most of her time at Carlmont, she's been running a peer-to-peer support program known as Students Offering Support to help students combat bouts of stress, depression and anxiety, sometimes to what feels like an unmanageable degree.

Maureen Campbell and Sharon Yoerg, two former Woodside High School teachers, created the structure of SOS who encouraged Bustamante to implement the program at Carlmont High. When she agreed to take it on, the program focused on freshman students' transition from middle school to high school.

Thirteen years after SOS was established, the program evolved into a well-known, campus-wide program that Bustamante leads today. The program involves hundreds of Carlmont's students, about 40 of whom are core leaders who help run many of SOS’ operations.

For further information, please contact Steven Tsujisaka by email stsujisaka@carlmonths.org.

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