Lectures and Events

Queen's Tea

In 2005 Oprah Winfrey held a private luncheon where “legends” in art, entertainment, and civil rights were greeted and paid homage to by the “young’uns” during one phase of her “Legends Ball”.

Two women with vision, creativity, and clarity of thought talked about the Legends Ball and said to each other, “Why can’t we do something very similar in scope here at Penn?" So they put their heads and hearts together and crafted the “Queen’s Tea.” Those two women were Dr. Valerie Allen and Mrs. Afi Haywood.

Queens Tea Table Setting 2016

Queens Tea Table Setting

In May 2006 the African-American Resource Center, at the University of Pennsylvania, hosted its first Queen’s Tea, and established what has become a tradition at the University. The Queen’s Tea is a formal gathering that traditionally brings women from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds together in a regal setting that celebrates “them.”

It is traditional for faculty, staff, students, and women from the surrounding community to don their summer dresses, gloves, and beautiful hats as they dine on a deliciously catered buffet and digest inspiring words from a local author and/or other inspirational speaker(s). Yes this is “our” time as women come together to relax in the inspiring company of each other.

When: Friday, June 21, 2019

Where: University City Sheraton Hotel, 3549 Chestnut Street

Noontime Network Lunch Series

The WOCAP Noontime Networking Lunch Series is an informal gathering that by design brings together faculty, staff, students, and community from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds to network and share their research projects, dissertations, personal stories, travels, writings, service to their communities, artistic talents. It also is a mechanism for introducing new employees to the Penn community.

When: Usually the 3rd Wednesday of the months September – May

Where: Penn Women’s Center living room or the Arch Bldg. Room 108

September 19th
Kusum Soin
Showcasing Inspiring Women of Color & Communities at Penn
A WOCAP Kick-Off Event
Arch Building

October 17th
Hong-Mei Li – Success without Stress (A SKY Seminar)
Penn Women’s Center

November 21st
Penn Women’s Center

December 19th
Tiffany Thompson on “LGBTQ Culture”
Penn Women’s Center

January 16th
Special (MLK) Evening Program—Val Cade

February 20th
Rhina Duquela
Penn Women’s Center

March 20th
WOCAP 30th Annual Awards Luncheon
Inn at Penn

April 17th
Jazmyn Pulley
The need for sororities and fraternities on college campuses
Penn Women’s Center

May 15th
Penn Women’s Center

Additional Programs

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (Penn Team)
When: Saturday, October 28, 2018; 12-2 PM
Where: Cooper River Park – Jack Curtis Stadium (New Jersey)
More information

Chair Yoga
When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018; 12-2 PM
Where: LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

End of the Semester Happy Hour. Appetizers provided, cash bar.
When: Friday, December 7, 2018; 5-7 PM
Where: University City Tap House, 3925 Walnut Street

View the Women of Color at Penn bulletin board of events and programs: If you would like to have an event or program listed send information to: Yolanda Washington at ywash@seas.upenn.edu or Mattie Simbarcelos at simbaa@wharton.upenn.edu