Women of Color Awards

The National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) has proclaimed March 1st National Women of Color Day. Penn, UPHS, Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospital seek to increase our awareness of the talents and achievements of women of color by recognizing them with the Women of Color Award.

Francis Aulston

28th Women of Color at Penn Annual Awards Luncheon "Community Award" recipient - Francis Aulston

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 up to six categories: Helen O. Dickens, Joann Mitchell Outstanding Legacy, faculty/staff, graduate and/or professional student, undergraduate student, and community member.

Faculty/staff, graduate and/or professional student, undergraduate student, and community member nominees must be affiliated with University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Presbyterian or Pennsylvania Hospital, or the local Philadelphia area and must have demonstrated:

  • Exceptional leadership

  • Distinguished service

  • Positive impact on the community

  • Commitment to enhancing quality of life for and/or serving as a role model for women of color

Criteria for the Helen O. Dickens Award: Nominees must be affiliated with University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Presbyterian or Pennsylvania Hospital, other Penn affiliates, and have demonstrated over 25 years of previously recognized service and demonstrate:

  • Outstanding leadership

  • Distinguished service

  • Positive impact on the community

  • Commitment to enhancing the quality of life for and/or serving as a role model for women of color

Criteria for the Joann Mitchell Outstanding Legacy Award: Nominees must be affiliated with University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Presbyterian or Pennsylvania Hospital, and University of Pennsylvania affiliates, the Philadelphia area, have provided exceptional and/or long term service to the Women of Color Organization and have demonstrated:

  • Attendance in Women of Color Executive Planning meetings

  • Held leadership roles in the various committees

  • Created an innovative enhancement to the WOCAP initiative

  • Worked to ensure the existence of the organization for posterity (Does not preclude receipt of other WOCAP awards)

The 2018 Women of Color Awards were presented to four individuals in the following areas:

  • Faculty or Staff. Amelia Michelle Carter

  • Graduate and/or professional student. Akudo Ijeoma Ejelonu

  • Undergraduate student. Kai Kornegay

  • Community member. Vernoca L. Michael

View past awardees.

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