Valerie Dorsey Allen, LSW, DSW


Valerie Dorsey Allen, DSW, 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. Her dissertation entitled Educational-Entertainment as an Intervention for Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence is published online at ProQuest and Scholarly Commons. She has also co-written articles with Dr. Phyllis Solomon on the same topic for the Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community and The Journal of Human behavior in the Social Environment. Dr. Allen is focused on addressing the needs and interests of the Penn community and on improving the quality of life for faculty, staff and students with a particular focus on those of African Descent.

Valerie Dorsey Allen

Robert Edwin Carter, Jr. MSW

Associate Director

Robert Edwin Carter, Jr. affectionately known as Brother Robb is the Associate Director of Penn’s African-American Resource Center and part-time instructor for the School of Social Policy and Practice and the Graduate School of Education. He currently co-directs the Men’s Resource Center, a counseling program primarily for adults who have been abusive within their intimate relationships and challenged with managing their anger. Brother Robb is also the co-founder of TheUnity Performance Art Ensemble; a member of Keepers of the Culture Philadelphia’s Afro-centric Professional Storytelling Group, Inc., sits on the board of the Center for Aids Research, and is a Lifetime Broad Member of Women Organized Against Rape. His latest published work was as a contributing author in the book “Playing with Anger: Teaching Coping Skills to African American Boys through Athletics and Culture.” (Praeger Publishers 2003)

Robert Edwin Carter, Jr., MSW

Colleen Winn, MPA

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. She has been at AARC since August 2007 and is AARC's link for faculty, staff, students, campus organizations and community partners. She has over 20 years of counseling, program planning, and training development experience. She holds a B.S. in Social Rehabilitation/Social Service from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She also sits on the board of the Center for Aids Research and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Colleen Winn

Contact Information

3643 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3199
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