Chestnut Hill College and the Sisters of Saint Joseph will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) on Nov. 5 by holding an event on campus, “ASEC@20.”
The event, which will be held in the rotunda of St. Joseph Hall, will feature presentations by numerous speakers, including Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., the president of Chestnut Hill College, and Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG, the executive director of ASEC. Sister Draru has extensive experience on gender, education, and sustainable development in Africa. Prior to her role as executive director, Sister Draru worked for 15 years at Uganda Martyrs University, one of ASEC’s partner institutions, where most recently she served as dean of students.
Established in 1999, ASEC’s goal is to facilitate access to education for women religious in Africa that leads to enhancement and expansion of the education, health, economic, social, environmental, and spiritual services they provide. Chestnut Hill College and the Sisters of Saint Joseph are two of its founding members.
Chestnut Hill College holds “ASEC@20” on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. at 9601 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. The event is free and open to the public.