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WOMEN OF COLOR AWARD WINNERS


Valley Ranch ISD. The weekend workshops focus on science, chemistry and physics.


Ms. Joyner-Loyd is also responsible for a 26-week after school science workshop. The 26-week workshop program is now three years old. Average enrollment is 35-40 students each school year.


She believes exposing elementary students to STEM programs gets them interested in science while young. Ms. Joyner-Loyd would like to see increased funding for STEM education in


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elementary and high schools. She feels that is the best way to prepare students to compete for careers in science.


Over the past 10 years, Ms. Joyner-Loyd has logged more than 5,000 volunteer hours in activities that mentor youth in education and social development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. She received two Department of the Army, Army Commendation Medals and several Department of the Army, Army Achievement Medals while in the military.


Women of Excellence’s (W.O.E.) Divas, Diamonds and Denim event. At first, I did not want to attend. Mainly, I did not want to attend because it was a rainy Saturday, I did not really know anyone attending, or what to expect. However, my mother encouraged me to attend, and I was really thankful she did.


Although there were multiple on-going activities, the event was very well organized. I learned a lot of crucial information about how to take care of myself, to include acting like a young respectable lady with proper manners. Also, I found the event very informative because there was good information about the dangers and life-long impact of sexting and maintaining age- appropriate relationships with boys.


Moreover, the most fascinating aspect was the insight the all- male panel provided about how and what the guys my age truly think when it comes to friendships and boy/girl relationships. I liked this aspect of the event most because the panel members were young and seemed very sincere about not wanting girls to make poor choices and ruin their lives. Also, I appreciated the discussion about sexual predators and what they do to young and old girls. I needed the reminder to always be cautious when on Facebook and other social media networks.


Tatonya Holman


Senior Community Management Specialist Naval Air Systems Command


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here are many women who can be said to passionately mentor younger women to achieve their personal goals. But when one receives an unsolicited letter from one of those “younger women,” you know you have served “the cause.”


Tatonya Holman, who currently serves as a Senior Community Management Specialist for Command Strategies, Force Planning, and Analysis Department within Corporations, at Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) in Patuxent, Md., is one such woman.


Here’s the letter. Dear Ms. Holman,


My name is DS, and I am 14 years old. Recently, I attended the 36 WOMENOFCOLOR | FALL 2014 www.womenofcolor.net


Overall Ms. Holman, this was an awesome experience for me to come to the Divas, Diamonds and Denim event. I enjoyed learning and meeting new people, which is very hard for me. I want to thank you for the hard work you and the ladies of W.O.E. selflessly invested in this evening, filled with amazing guest speakers, spiritual, curse-free rap music, and relevant, interesting topics young girls my age need to hear more often. Thanks to you and your community outreach efforts, I am a step closer to being better prepared in the future when faced with sticky, uncomfortable situations, which is every day in the life of a teenager.


For participating in this and other life-changing events, Ms. Holman has earned the Women of Color Community Service Award.


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