On March 19, the Girls of Colour at Penn will honor the next award winners whose work has promoted training, cultural range and optimistic change on campus and on this planet. To register to attend, go to https://tinyurl.com/3fzkzrm3.
Joann Mitchell Excellent Legacy Award
LaShauna Connell is the newly appointed director of the Pre-Skilled Preparatory Program in Biomedical Sciences and Well being Professions at Lincoln College. Previous to this appointment, Ms. Connell labored for 15 years on the College of Pennsylvania in numerous roles that allowed her to construct her abilities as an administrator, skilled and versed in range recruitment, pupil providers, and pupil outreach and retention at larger training establishments. Ms. Connell is a graduate of Penn State College with a BS in training rehabilitation providers/counseling and Penn with a grasp’s diploma in counselor training/larger training focus. She can also be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is obsessed with training, particularly problems with enhancing alternatives for underrepresented teams in STEM Careers, school entry, and alternative.
Ms. Connell introduced a degree of ardour in her service to the Girls of Colour at Penn (WOCAP) because the 2009 WOCAP Chair and the chair of the Logistics Committee for the previous 10 years. Her skill to arrange and orchestrate numerous volunteers is unparalleled. Her poise is all the time encouraging and evokes confidence, particularly when the surprising occurs on the day of the occasion. Ms. Connell included the phrase, “we’re girls of shade. I’m she and he or she is me” into WOCAP packages. This phrase has been part of the Awards Program yearly since 2009 and has been acknowledged as being probably the most memorable contributions to this system. Due to her contributions to our group, we’re presenting her with the Joann Mitchell Excellent Legacy Award.
Antoinette Coward-Gilmore is the founder, CEO, and inventive director of Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble, a Philadelphia based mostly multicultural, up to date trendy dance firm based in 2006. She is a devoted neighborhood servant, who has used the humanities as a optimistic car for social and neighborhood change and constructed her dance firm with the mission to “educate, empower and create the subsequent era of well-rounded arts advocates and residents by presenting distinctive dance works, collaborating with artists throughout genres and delivering high-impact residencies.”
Within the Kiswahili language, the phrase “nia” means “function.” As an ensemble, Danse4Nia has chosen to bop with a function—to encourage themselves and others towards optimistic private, social, and cultural change. Ms. Coward-Gilmore has labored tirelessly to unfold the worth of the humanities for social change by way of her dance firm’s annual efficiency season, residencies, partnerships and different college and community-based packages. The choreographic content material of Ms. Coward-Gilmore’s personal work and of the opposite items carried out by her firms showcases excellence in ballet, Horton method, and up to date motion vocabularies and has cemented each Danse4Nia and Nia-Subsequent as ensembles identified for drawing audiences in with their passionate model of efficiency.
Ms. Coward-Gilmore was not too long ago honored as considered one of Philadelphia’s Main Girls: Movers & Makers within the Arts. Due to her inventive contributions to social change, we acknowledge her with the Girls of Colour Group Award.
Sherisse Laud-Hammond is the director of the Penn Girls’s Middle (PWC). On this function, she helps college students, workers, college, and all Penn neighborhood members by way of counseling and modern programming associated to girls’s assist and advocacy, gender fairness, and interpersonal violence. Her distinctive management has remodeled the bodily house and the branding of the PWC to make it really feel extra welcoming. Her distinguished service has enabled her to positively have an effect on the lives of scholars, college, and workers all through the Penn household by way of elevated programming.
Ms. Laud-Hammond has a longstanding document of being an efficient collaborator at Penn, spearheading a Hurricane Katrina aid initiative, taking part on the search committee for Open Thoughts for Africa, and advising college students in a number of twin diploma packages. A Philadelphia native, she is a longtime member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a board member of Inspiring Minds Larger Philadelphia, a nonprofit group whose mission is to interact, encourage and empower youth to succeed in their full potential by way of training. Due to her contribution to the Penn and Philadelphia neighborhood, we acknowledge her with the Girls of Colour Employees Award.
Graduate Scholar Award
Olutosin Owoyemi is a second 12 months medical pupil on the Perelman College of Medication on the College of Pennsylvania and a 2018 graduate of The Johns Hopkins College with a BS in molecular & mobile biology. At Johns Hopkins, she cultivated her passions by mentoring underrepresented minority school and highschool college students and advocating for the social wants of Baltimore Metropolis sufferers and households at a Johns Hopkins pediatric clinic. On the Perelman College of Medication, Ms. Owoyemi serves because the Chapter Co-President of the Scholar Nationwide Medical Affiliation, a company that serves to assist future Black medical doctors and marginalized communities. Via this function, she has been in a position to advocate for College-wide adjustments targeted on personally and professionally supporting college students underrepresented in drugs, supporting Philadelphia’s minoritized communities, and educating the subsequent era of physicians inside an antiracist framework. To proceed to push for the subsequent era of culturally delicate and socially acutely aware physicians, Ms. Owoyemi serves as a Johnson Students mentor to Penn premedical undergraduates and sits on the Perelman College of Medication Admissions Committee. She additionally serves because the Affected person Advocacy and Training Chair for the student-run College Metropolis Hospitality Coalition neighborhood medical clinic and volunteers with the CHOP Household Connects social wants useful resource program. In pursuit of her scientific objectives, she continues to conduct analysis in oncology and pulmonary drugs with a objective of addressing disparate outcomes and a non-diverse doctor workforce. Due to her dedication to supporting underrepresented communities together with girls and minorities, we honor her with the Girls of Colour Graduate Scholar award.
Undergraduate Scholar Award
Sciaska Ulysse is a senior on the College of Pennsylvania majoring within the organic foundation of habits (neuroscience) with minors in healthcare administration and chemistry. Initially from Roselle, New Jersey, she has served in management roles in a number of organizations at Penn and is especially devoted to growing illustration of Black college students in healthcare fields. Throughout her freshman 12 months, Ms. Ulysse joined the Moelis Entry Science (MAS) program on the Netter Middle for Group Partnerships to raised perceive and serve the West Philadelphia neighborhood, in addition to to share her love for the sciences. She additionally participated within the Instructional Pipeline Program, which is a collaborative program between the Netter Middle, Perelman College of Medication, and Penn’s College of Veterinary Medication that gives native highschool college students from backgrounds underrepresented within the medical subject with mentorship and publicity to healthcare careers. This program additionally helps educate native highschool college students on cut back important well being disparities affecting minorities and their communities. Within the final three years, Ms. Ulysse has helped introduce neuroscience, cardiology, gastroenterology, and veterinary drugs ideas to college students at West Philadelphia Excessive College and Sayre Excessive College by way of hands-on, inquiry-based actions. Because of her distinctive work with a number of Netter Middle packages, Ms. Ulysse was invited to affix the Netter Middle Scholar Advisory Board. Along with her work with the Netter Middle, Ms. Ulysse has been contributing to the Minority Affiliation of Pre-Well being College students (MAPS) for a number of years, first because the exterior affairs chair, then as vp, and at last this 12 months as President. As a result of she is an aspiring MD, MBA, who’s obsessed with attenuating the disparities in well being, particularly in girls’s well being and low-income areas, we acknowledge her with the Girls of Colour Undergraduate Scholar Award.
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