of Color Awards: Call for Nominations
the University Community:
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.
Criteria: Nominees must be affiliated
with Penn, University of Pennsylvania
Health Systems, Presbyterian or Pennsylvania
Hospital and have demonstrated:
impact on the community
to enhancing quality of life
for and/or serving as a role
model for women of color
has the nominee contributed to the
betterment of the community?
nominee's involvement in activities
that are beyond the scope of the individual's
job or coursework.
a problem within Penn, University
of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Presbyterian,
Pennsylvania Hospital, or Delaware
Valley community that has been effectively
addressed by the nominee.
are the distinguishing qualities or
characteristics that make your nominee
appropriate for the Women of Color
add any additional information about
your nominee, which you believe, would
be helpful to the Awards Subcommittee's
nomination form must be returned to
the African-American Resource Center
(AARC), 3537 Locust Walk/6225, no
later than February 21, 2003.
are also being 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.
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/GYN department
at Mercy Douglas Hospital and the
University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dickens
pioneered the development of teen
pregnancy and medical minority affairs
programs. She maintained her practice,
continued to teach, recruited 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
nominee must currently be an
employee of the University of
of Pennsylvania Health Systems,
Presbyterian or Pennsylvania
no less than 25 years of service
with the above institutions or
worked to increase the presence
and permanence of women of color
at the above institutions
or in her community.
should stand out in the field
in which she is employed.
innovative approaches to service
in the same field.
community service activities;
including but not limited to:
-having a significant impact on her community
-having a passion
for sharing of self with others
a paragraph of examples of the
nominee's accomplishments that
span 25 years.
supporting data, a resume or
CV will be accepted.
data (not including resume or
CV) should be in written form
and should not be more than
forms may be obtained via the Web
Site at: www.upenn.edu/ccp/WOCAP/.
Robinson, Chair, Women of Color Planning
Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 20, February 4, 2003