Women of Color Awards:

Call for Nominations February 5

To the University Community:

The National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) has designated the first day of Women's History Month as National Women of Color Day. For the fourteenth consecutive year, Penn, UPHS, Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospitals and the Delaware Valley community will recognize those individuals who have conscientiously endeavored to increase respect for Women of Color. We hope you will join us for this uplifting and inspirational celebration.

The Luncheon Planning Committee is finalizing plans for the Fourteenth Annual Awards Luncheon which will be held at the Penn Tower Hotel, Friday, March 2, noon-2 p.m.

As in past years, the Women of Color Awards honor faculty, staff, graduate/professional and undergraduate students--affiliated with Penn, UPHS, Presbyterian or Pennsylvania Hospital--who have demonstrated: outstanding leadership; distinguished service; positive impact on the community; and commitment to enhancing quality of life for and/or serving as a role model for Women of Color.

Nominations are also being sought for the Dr. Helen Octavia Dickens Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of its first recipient. In 1991, Dr. Helen O. Dickens was nominated for an award of merit, but it quickly became apparent that Dr. Dickens was no mere candidate. Dr. Dickens overcame racism, sexism and rejection to enter the field of gynecology and obstetrics back in the 1930s. She became one of the first African-American women to graduate medical school, headed the OB/GYN departments at Mercy Douglas Hospital and Penn and pioneered the development of teen pregnancy and medical minority affairs programs. Dr. Dickens maintained her practice, continued to teach, recruit students and worked tirelessly to increase the presence and permanence of Women of Color at Penn. Her contributions to the enhancement of our community spanned a period of over 50 years.

Criteria for nominee:

  • The nominee must currently be an employee of the University of Pennsylvania, UPHS, Presbyterian or Pennsylvania Hospitals.
  • Have no less than 25 years of service with the above institutions or the community.
  • Have worked to increase the presence and permanence of Women of Color at the above institutions or in her community.
  • Candidate should stand out in the field in which she is employed.
  • Have innovative approaches to service in the same field.
  • Show community service activities; including but not limited to having a significant impact on her community and having a passion for sharing of self with others.
  • Paragraph of examples of the nominee's accomplishments that span 25 years should be included.
  • As supporting data, a resume or CV will be accepted.
  • All data (not including resume or CV) should be in written form and should not be more than three pages.

If you would like to nominate someone for both distinctions, please visit www.upenn.edu/ccp/WomenofColor.html, print and fill out the nomination form and mail it to: African-American Resource Center, 3537 Locust Walk/6225, no later than February 5.

Copies of the nomination form are also available from the African-American Resource Center, 3537 Locust Walk, 2nd floor.

--Jeanne J. Arnold, Director, African American Resource Center

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 18, January 16, 2001