AARC Staff Members and Contact Information

Penn Arts and Culture

Valerie Dorsey Allen, LSW, DSW


Valerie brings to the position extensive experience as a counselor and career development officer with Philadelphia Job Corps. She holds a B.A. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MSW and DSW from the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Carter

Robert Edwin Carter, Jr., MSW
Associate Director


Robert Edwin believes, "I am because we are." Consequently, honoring our ancestors and complimenting African and African-American excellence is essential in Mr. Carter's professional work. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of social work, education, social justice, and performance art.

Colleen Winn

Colleen Winn
Staff Assistant


Colleen brings to AARC a spirit of professionalism, enthusiasm, passion, and teamwork. She epitomizes the spirit of AARC which is centered on serving the Penn community as described in its mission statement. She has been at AARC since August 2007.

Colleen is AARC's link for faculty, staff, students, campus organizations and community partners. She has over 18 years of counseling, program planning, and training development experience. She holds a B.S. in Social Rehabiliation/Social Service from Sam Houston State University in Hunstsville, Texas and a Masters in Public Adminsistration with a concentration in Non-Profit Organization from Keller Graduate School of Management.