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15th Annual Women of Color Day Awards:
Call for Nominations February 18

To the University Community:

The Women of Color Awards are given in recognition of individuals who have conscientiously endeavored to increase respect for women of color at Penn, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Presbyterian, Pennsylvania Hospitals and the Delaware Valley community. Annually, awards are given in three categories: faculty/staff, graduate and/or professional student, and undergraduate student.

Award Criteria: Nominees must be affiliated with Penn, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Presbyterian or Pennsylvania Hospital and have demonstrated:

  • Outstanding leadership
  • Distinguished service
  • Positive impact on the community
  • Commitment to enhancing quality of life for and/or serving as a rolemodel for women of color
  1. How has the nominee contributed to the betterment of the community?
  2. Identify nominee's involvement in activities that are beyond the scope of the individual's job or coursework.
  3. Identify a problem within the Penn, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Presbyterian, Pennsylvania, or Delaware Valley community that has been effectively addressed by the nominee.
  4. What are the distinguishing qualities or characteristics that make your nominee appropriate for the Women of Color Award?
  5. Please add any additional information about your nominee, which you believe, would be helpful to the Awards Subcommittee's selection process.

The nominiation form must be returned no later than February 18, 2002.

Nominations are also sought for The Dr. Helen Octavia Dickens Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is named in honor of the late Dr. Helen Octavia Dickens, 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. From her early childhood, Dr. Dickens was fascinated by the miracle of birth. She 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 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Dickens headed the OB/GYdepartment at Mercy Douglas Hospital and University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dickens pioneered the development of teen pregnancy and medical minority affairs programs. She 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 towards the enhancement of the Philadelphia community spanned a period of over 50 years (Almanac December 11, 2001).

Criteria for nominee:

  • The nominee must currently be an employee of The University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Presbyterian or Pennsylvania Hospital.
  • 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
  • - 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 3 pages.

Nomination forms may be obtained via the Web Site at: or from the Resource Centers.

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

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 19, January 22, 2002


January 22, 2002
Volume 48 Number 19

In a message to the University community, President Judith Rodin notes that Penn must "take corrective steps now if we want to maintain a balanced budget."
Dr. Dawn Bonnell has been named Trustee Term Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Gary Molander has been named the Allan Day Term Professor.
Dr. Virginia Richards has been named the Kahn Term Professor.
An update on BEN Financials' first two weeks in operation includes a new Advisories web page for users.
The Division of Public Safety's Advisory Board seeks the input of the University community on their recommendations for expanding the PENNCard policy.
Interested in finding out about HERS, the summer institute for women in higher education? Two information sessions will provide the details. now contains a free on-line clinical trial match and referral service for patients who are attempting to locate all available treatment options.