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Women’s History Month: San Diego

2015 Women's History Month Heroes - KPBS

Congratulations to our 2015 Local Heroes of the Year: 

      Shara Fisler
      Executive Director  
      Ocean Discovery Institute 

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Shara Fisler is the founder and executive director at the Ocean Discovery Institute, a nonprofit organization that uses ocean science to empower young people from urban and diverse backgrounds to become the science and conservation leaders of tomorrow. Ms. Fisler, a former member of the adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego, has published multiple journal articles on the work of ocean discovery and has received several awards including: CBS Earth 8 Eco Ambassador Award (2012); Wetlands Recovery Program Community Stewardship Award (2011); Sunset magazine’s Coastal Heroes Award (2010); the Western Society of Naturalists’ Naturalist of the Year Award (2010); the San Diego County Clean Water Award (2004) and the San Diego River Park Foundation Education Award (2004). She holds a bachelor’s in Environmental Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and master’s in Marine Resource Management from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

      Starla Lewis
      Transformational Love and Life Teacher 

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Starla Lewis founder of C.E.L.L. (Celebration of Everlasting Love and Life) was born and grew-up in segregation in Springfield, Missouri. Lewis’ childhood experiences started her on a lifelong path of advocating for love and acceptance.

Lewis has had many roles: poet, author, transformational speaker, educator, life coach and mother. A workshop she led, “Hair-itage” encourages women of color to celebrate their hair in all its natural forms. She has served on San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women, the boards of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the I Am My Sister mentor program and the California Black Women’s Health Project. As Professor of Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College., she believes her purpose is to learn just as much as it is to teach, and advocates for lifelong learning.

In 2015 she was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame. In addition, for Black History Month in 2014 she curated an exhibit for the Women’s Museum of California, showcasing San Diego’s leading African American women, the exhibit was displayed in San Diego’s City Hall.

View KPBS Womens' History Month Honorees for 2014

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