30 A B W

Association of
Black Women in
Higher Education
“Building on 30 Years of Achievement:
Leadership, Scholarship, and Service”
October 9–11, 2008
Hosted at and by Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Please ask any member of the conference planning committee or Princeton
University community members for suggestions of places to go, things to do, or
ways to get around. More information can be found at:
Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding
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Taxi Stand (on Nassau Street-in front of main gate)
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Parking is available on campus from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. in Lot 21 (see map) and in any
space other than those marked “Visitor”. The Blue Line of the free P-Rides Campus
Shuttle travels in a clockwise loop from Lot 21, with stops at Guyot/Ivy Lane (good
for Frist, Woodrow Wilson, Friend Center, Nassau/Charlton and South Campus).
Dear Friends:
On behalf of Princeton University I would like to welcome you to our campus and
community and to wish you every success as you celebrate 30 years of “leadership, scholarship,
and service.” I am delighted that the Association of Black Women in Higher Education has
chosen to mark this milestone by gathering in Princeton, and I look forward to meeting many of
you in the coming days.
The issues that your conference will address are enormously important, not only for
individual women of color but also for our nation’s colleges and universities. Unless the
academy embraces the black experience in a way that advances the careers of aspiring scholars,
welcomes talented students from all backgrounds, and cultivates the skills and affirms the
contributions of every employee, it will fail to mirror the diversity that has always been—and
will increasingly be—a defining feature of American society. And in failing to mirror this
diversity, American higher education will also inhibit the ability of our nation as a whole to
In today’s highly competitive global knowledge economy, we cannot afford to ignore the
talents and disregard the dreams of women of color and other under-represented groups. Both
fundamental equity and national self-interest demand that they—that you—be greeted as warmly
and supported as unreservedly as those who have always felt at home in the academy.
I am grateful to the ABWHE for all it has done since 1978 to encourage women of color
to realize their potential within American higher education and to overcome the barriers that
stand between them and this goal. You have set an example of engagement and determination
that this conference will renew and all of us can follow.
Shirley M. Tilghman
Dear Conference Participants,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 30th
anniversary celebration of the Association of
Black Women in Higher Education in Princeton,
New Jersey.
We are pleased to be able to partner with
members of the Princeton University campus
community for this landmark occasion as we
celebrate 30 years of achievement in scholarship,
leadership, and service. This year’s conference has brought together
some of the most dynamic women leaders in higher education from
across the country. Speakers representing various perspectives
within the academy (scholarship, research, and practice) will present
and discuss the history, legacy, and impact of black women in the
academy. They will also highlight the past achievements as well as
contemporary challenges faced by black women in the 21st century.
The conference will also offer an excellent opportunity for you to
meet with other women leaders from across the country to network,
collaborate, and share ideas on how to advance women in the
We have a great line-up of keynote speakers, including:
Thema Bryant-Davis, Psychologist, and Assistant Professor,
Pepperdine University
Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor, Princeton
Julianne Malvauex, President, Bennett College for Women
Shirley M. Tilghman, President, Princeton University
While you are here, please also take time to explore the beautiful campus
of Princeton University, which provides for an ideal setting of the 30th
anniversary event. We are fortunate that coinciding with the conference,
there are several local events taking place during your time here, including
Parents Weekend; a performance of Herringbone at the McCarter Theatre
Center for the Performing Arts; and a performance of “An Evening of
Choro-Jazz From Brazil” by the The Choro Ensemble. See www.princeton.
edu for more details.
I look forward to meeting all of you during what promises to be a most
stimulating and enjoyable event!
Makeba L. Clay, President
Association of Black Women in Higher Education
Princeton University, Office of Human Resources
(Friday lunch sponsor)
Princeton University, Office of Institutional Equity
and Diversity
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public
and International Affairs
Princeton University, Graduate Office of Diversity
(Saturday luncheon sponsor)
Princeton University, Office of Communications
Princeton University, Office of the Vice President,
Campus Life
Princeton University, Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and
Cultural Understanding
Princeton University, Program in the Study of Women
and Gender
American Council on Education, Office of Women in
Higher Education, NJ Network
HERS Institute-Higher Education Resource Services
ABWHE 30th Anniversary Conference
Thursday, 5 – 7 pm
Check in and Registration (Hyatt Regency Princeton, Princeton, NJ)
Thursday, 7 – 8 pm
Welcome Reception (Hyatt Regency Princeton, Princeton, NJ)
Friday, 8 – 9 am
Continental Breakfast — Shultz Dining Room, Robertson Hall
Friday, 9 am – 6 pm
Bernstein Gallery, Robertson Hall
Market Fair — Vendors and conference participants will showcase
their products and services
Friday, 9 – 9:20 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks — Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Makeba Clay, President, ABWHE
Friday, 9:30 – 11 am
Concurrent Sessions
History and Impact of Women in Higher Education
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Stephanie Evans, Assistant Professor of African-American Studies
and Women’s Studies, University of Florida
Noliwe Rooks, Associate Director, Center for African American
Studies, Princeton University
Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education
Bowl 16, Robertson Hall
Janet Smith Dickerson, Vice President of Student Life, Princeton
E. Royster Harper, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of
Karen McLaurin-Chesson, Associate Dean of the College and
Director of the Third World Center, Brown University
Friday, 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions
Building a Diverse Workforce in Higher Education
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Myrna Adams, former Vice President for Institutional Equity, Duke
Lynette Chappell-Williams, Director of the Office of Workforce
Diversity, Equity and Life Quality, Cornell University
Robert Martinez, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Princeton
Roads Taken: Career Paths in Higher Education
Bowl 16, Robertson Hall
Jacqueline Brice-Finch, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Coppin
State University
Jacqueline Brice-Finch, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Coppin
State University
Joyce W. Guthrie, Associate Dean for Student Services, College of
Business, James Madison University
Njeri Nuru-Holm, Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Cleveland
State University
Beverly J. O’Bryant, Dean, School of Professional Studies, Coppin
State University
Tanya R. Saunders, Assistant Provost and Dean of Interdisciplinary
and International Studies and Director of International Programs,
Ithaca College
The participants of the roundtable will discuss their diverse and
divergent paths in reaching their present positions in the academy.
They will explore topics such as teaching, mentoring, training, administration, and leadership. The participants will examine career
changes, horizontal versus vertical moves, calculated risk-taking, and
weighing options.
Educational Access: The Experiences of Black Girls and Young
Bowl 2, Robertson Hall
Dannielle Joy Davis, Assistant Professor, University of Texas–
Dannielle Joy Davis, Assistant Professor, University of Texas–
Tiffany Russell, Doctoral Candidate, Georgia State University
Ra’Quel Shavers, Research Associate, Louisiana State University,
School of Social Work
LaShawnda Lindsay, Doctoral Candidate, Georgia State University
Lawanda Cummings, Doctoral Candidate, Georgia State University
Denise Davis-Maye, Associate Professor, Auburn University
Exposure to risk factors such as early pregnancy, poverty, violence,
racism, and sexism impedes African American girls’ and young
women’s matriculation through high school and access to postsecondary education (Habrowski et al, 2002). Research focusing on
barriers to academic success for African American girls is limited.
Therefore, the purpose of this panel centers upon much needed
discussion of how some risk factors inhibit African American female
success in school. The panel will feature research articles from the
Sisters of the Academy Special Issue of Black Women, Gender, and
Families: Women’s Studies and Black Studies Journal. Papers that
will be discussed include:
• “Educational Access and the Black Female Experience” by
Dannielle Joy Davis
• “Pear Trees and Poetry: Exploring How African America
Female Graduates of a Private Boarding School Carve an
Identity” by Tiffany S. Russell
• “The Impact of Title IX: Educating Pregnant and Parenting
School Age Girls“ by Ra’Quel L. Shavers
• “Mentors’ Reflections on Developing a Culturally Responsive
Mentoring Initiative for Urban African American Girls” by
LaShawnda Lindsay, Lawanda Cummings, and Susan
Friday, 1 – 2:30 pm Keynote Luncheon
Shultz Dining Room, Robertson Hall
Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College for Women
Friday, 2:45 – 4:15 pm Presidential Perspectives on
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Shirley Tilghman, President, Princeton University
Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College for Women
Joann Mitchell, J.D., Vice President of Institutional Affairs,
University of Pennsylvania
Friday, 6 – 7 pm Networking/Cocktail hour
Icahn Lab
Friday, 7 – 10 pm Keynote Dinner
Icahn Lab
Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, Psychologist, and Assistant Professor,
Pepperdine University
Followed by “Inspirational Expressions” — Spoken Word, Dance,
Poetry presentations
Saturday, 8 – 9 am Continental Breakfast
Shultz Dining Room, Robertson Hall
Saturday, 9 – 3 pm
Bernstein Gallery, Robertson Hall
Market Fair — Vendors and conference participants will showcase
their products and services
Saturday, 9:45 – 11:15 am
Concurrent Sessions
Building on the ABWHE Experience: Reflections on Leadership,
Scholarship, and Service
Bowl 16, Robertson Hall
Jacqueline A. Kane, Associate, University of New York State
Education Department
Presenters: Patricia M. Carey, Assistant Provost and Steinhardt
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, New York University
Beverly Harrison, J.D., Associate Vice President for Human
Resources and Labor Relations, Nassau Community College
Jacqueline A. Kane, Associate, University of New York State
Education Department
Bernadette W. Penceal, English Unit Head, Opportunity Programs,
New York University
Maria Vallejo, Provost and Chief Executive Officer, Palm Beach
Community College, Lake Worth Campus
A panel presentation by ABWHE founding members on how their
involvement in ABWHE influenced their leadership, scholarship, and
service in their careers.
Building Ladders and Climbing Rungs: Exploring Viable Strategies of
Activism within Academic Circles
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Maria S. Johnson, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology and Public Policy,
University of Michigan
Presenters: Maria S. Johnson, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology and
Public Policy, University of Michigan
Kenyatha V. Loftis, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science and Public
Policy, University of Michigan
Aren’t I a Scholar? Social Identities, Power, and Privilege in the
Johnson will have participants brainstorm various social identities
and the implications of those identities in academic settings. Participants will have the opportunity to think about how privilege and
marginalization create unfulfilled needs for certain groups within the
Un-knotting the Ties That Bind: Traversing Institutional Boundaries
of Association
Loftis describes the unfulfilled needs of women of color graduate
students, motivating the creation of the Public Policy Debate Society
(PPDS) as a mechanism to address them. PPDS works to engage
its membership in discourses that fuse general concerns (that is,
networking with policymakers; gender, race, and ethnicity on display
in the academy; theoretical and concrete meanings of having policyoriented research agendas; and ways to present politically charged
research) with discipline-specific advice from Ph.D.-holding women
of color across the academy.
The concluding activity will assist participants to identify and address
the unique challenges of academics with diverse backgrounds.
Saturday, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Concurrent Sessions
From My Mind’s Eye Comes the Storm — Through My Heart Comes
A Nation
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Chemene Crawford, Dean of Student Affairs and Instructor, College of
Southern Nevada
Chemene Crawford, Dean of Student Affairs, and Instructor, College
of Southern Nevada
Ann Johnson, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and
Instructor, College of Southern Nevada
The African American female has played a tremendous role in the
making of America. We often balance family, professional endeavors,
and civic duty to improve the quality of our lives and the lives of our
children. In doing so, we weather the storms and occasionally cause
the storms, if need be. However, through our hearts, minds, and
souls, we have not only catapulted our history to new levels, we have
propelled a nation to greatness. These efforts go from grassroots to
global significance. As women and educators, it is important that we
champion this message for the benefit of all people. Who better to be
chosen for this task?
Presenters will share personal experiences and their paths to success as well as discuss historical milestones establishing the African
American woman as a driving force in America. The presenters will
examine ways that we as educators can renew and reinforce our
young African American women as leaders and the eye of the storm,
with global effectiveness, for a better America.
Obsidian Dreams: Emic Perspectives of ABWHE in Minnesota
Bowl 2, Robertson Hall
Tina Louise Tyler, Graduate Fellow, College of Education and Human
Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Tina Louise Tyler, Graduate Fellow, College of Education and Human
Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Lena Jones, Faculty, Department of Political Science, Minneapolis
Community and Technical College
Obsidian: mineral-like, but not a true mineral because as a glass it is
not crystalline; in addition, its composition is too complex to comprise
a single mineral.
The definition given to this type of igneous rock is the definitive metaphor for many black women in higher education. This rock gives off a
black, glassy look, yet it is comprised of various minerals; just as we,
women, are. Our stories are rooted in pain, sacrifice, strength, and
struggle. Our stories are supported with spirituality, love, perseverance, inspiration, and determination. In an effort to shed light on the
plight of black women in higher education, the Minnesota chapter of
the Association of Black Women in Higher Education embarked on a
journey this year to place faces and names with the dreams that have
yet to be told by these women, those of the women who founded and
continue to strengthen our local membership. This project delves into
the lives of these women through semi-structured interviews and artifacts collected that enrich the “portraits” of these women, creating
a “living” history of the Minnesota chapter.
Academic War Strategies for Black Women in Higher Education
Bowl 16, Robertson Hall
Tuesday L. Cooper, Dean, Long Island Center, SUNY Empire State
Cecilia Douthy Willis, Associate Professor, School of Human Services, Springfield College
Tuesday L. Cooper, Dean, Long Island Center, SUNY Empire State
Professor Angela Mae Kupenda, Mississippi College School of Law
This session will offer strategies for Black women in academics, both
as administrators and faculty members. The session will be divided
into three parts. The first will directly address administrators; the
second will focus on faculty; and the third will be interactive with the
audience to address overlapping issues. A brief description of the
first two parts is below:
Part I: Practical and Intellectual Ammunition (Advice) for Female
This part will offer practical advice for women who are currently in,
or seek to enter, upper-level administrative positions in academe.
The presenters hope to achieve the following objectives: a) provide
a framework for creating and sustaining an administrative career in
higher education; b) use humor to explore the perils and challenges
of academic administration; c) provide real-life examples to highlight
the necessity of being prepared for administrative work; d) discuss,
and provide examples, of the benefits of seeking a mentor and
advocate in the field; and e) discuss and review a case study to help
participants apply strategies learned in the session. All participants
will receive an annotated bibliography.
Part II: War Strategies for Black Women Faculty— Losing Battles with
Dignity while Winning Wars Victoriously
Often Black female faculty may find themselves in what may seem like a
war. And, it may seem like a war they cannot win. The panel will propose
several war-like strategies to help black women, pre-tenure and posttenure, to ultimately win the war, even if they lose some of the battles,
including defining goals of engagement; obtaining intelligence; identifying and nurturing allies; following through with public relations work;
making calculated power stands; using cost-benefit analyses; and losing
dispensable battles to win the ultimate victory.
Saturday, 1:15 – 3 pm
Closing Luncheon/Awards Ceremony
Multipurpose Room, Frist Campus Center
Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and the
Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
Award Winners:
Claudia Mitchell Kernan
Lifetime Achievement Award
Clara Awe
Leadership in Higher Education Award
Mahlet N.Mesfin
Graduate Student Award
Thema Bryant-Davis is a faculty
member in the Graduate School of
Education and Psychology at Pepperdine
In 2007, the American Psychological
Association awarded her the Emerging
Leader of Women in Psychology Award
for her scholarship and clinical work on
violence against women. Her research
expertise is in the cultural context of
trauma, particularly child abuse, partner
abuse, sexual assault, and the societal
trauma of racism. Bryant-Davis is the author of Thriving in the Wake of
Trauma: A Multicultural Guide, and she is also published in the journals
The Counseling Psychologist, Professional Psychology: Research and
Practice, and Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. In addition, she serves on the
editorial board for the journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research,
Practice, and Policy. On a global level, Bryant-Davis was selected as an
American Psychological Association representative to the United Nations
where she provided education, advocacy, and monitoring of member states’
mental health policies for three years; she currently serves as the global
and international issues chairperson for the Society for the Psychology of
Thema Bryant-Davis is a licensed psychologist, poet, dancer, motivational
speaker, minister, and life empowerment coach. The North Carolina Arts
Council named her Emerging Artist of the Year. She is the former coordinator
of the Princeton University SHARE Program, a sexual violence intervention
and prevention program. Her work has been featured on BET and PBS
as well as in the Boston Globe, Trenton Times, Herald Sun, and Black
Entertainment Television’s Weekend Magazine. Bryant-Davis completed
her doctoral studies at Duke University and her postdoctoral training at
Harvard Medical Center. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New
Connections Initiative Grantee for her work on the sociocultural context
of interpersonal violence. Her work is based in an interdisciplinary
understanding of spirituality, culture, and psychology.
Melissa Harris-Lacewell is
an associate professor of politics
and the Center for African American
Studies at Princeton University.
She is the author of the awardwinning book, Barbershops, Bibles,
and BET: Everyday Talk and Black
Political Thought (Princeton 2004).
She is at work on a new book: Sister
Citizen: A Text For Colored Girls
Who’ve Considered Politics When
Being Strong Wasn’t Enough. Her
academic research is inspired
by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black
Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that
African Americans respond to these challenges.
Her academic research has been published in scholarly journals and
edited volumes and her interests include the study of African American
political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and
clinical psychology. Harris-Lacewell’s creative and dynamic teaching
is also motivated by the practical political and racial issues of our time.
For example, her course titled “Disaster, Race, and American Politics”
explored the multiple political meanings of Hurricane Katrina. She has
taught students from grade school to graduate school and has been
recognized for her commitment to the classroom as a site of democratic
deliberation on race.
Harris-Lacewell’s writings have been published in newspapers
throughout the country. She has provided expert commentary on U.S.
elections, racial issues, religious questions, and gender issues for many
television, radio, and print sources both in the United States and around
the world. She was a regular contributor on NPR, theroot.com, and she
keeps a political blog titled The Kitchen Table. She travels extensively
and works on behalf of local and national efforts for justice.
Harris-Lacewell received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest
University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and an
honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is
currently a student at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
In a 2007 article of the Princeton Weekly Bulletin, Harris-Lacewell’s
colleagues recognized her contributions to the academy.
“She has to be one of the most talented intellectuals of her generation,”
said Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center
for African American Studies. “She brings sophisticated quantitative
skills, a sense of history, and a synthetic imagination. That’s rare among
social scientists, and that’s why I’m so thoroughly excited and inspired
that she’s here.”
“What I like best is that she combines all this energy and cleverness
with political passion, an eye for the big picture, and a flair for
communicating ideas,” said Larry Bartels, the Donald E. Stokes
Professor in Public and International Affairs.
She is the mother of a terrific daughter, Parker Lacewell.
Julianne Malveaux is the 15th
president of Bennett College for
Recognized for her progressive
and insightful observations, she
is also an economist, author
,and commentator, and has been
described by Cornel West as “the
most iconoclastic public intellectual
in the country.” Malveaux’s
contributions to the public dialogue
on issues such as race, culture,
gender, and their economic impacts, are shaping public opinion in
21st-century America.
As a writer and a syndicated columnist, her writing appears regularly in
USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence
magazine, and the Progressive. Her weekly columns appear in
numerous newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles
Times, the Charlotte Observer, the New Orleans Tribune, the Detroit Free
Press, and the San Francisco Examiner.
Well-known for appearances on national network programs, Malveaux
is a charismatic and popular guest on a variety of shows. She appears
regularly on CNN, BET, as well as on Howard University’s Television
show, Evening Exchange. She has appeared on PBS’s To The Contrary,
ABC’s Politically Incorrect, Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor and
stations such as C-SPAN, MSNBC, and CNBC. She has also hosted talk
radio programs in Washington, San Francisco, and New York.
In addition to her columns and media appearances, Malveaux is an
accomplished author and editor. Her academic work is included in
numerous papers, studies, and publications. She is the editor of Voices
of Vision: African American Women on the Issues (1996); the co-editor
of Slipping Through the Cracks: The Status of Black Women (1986),
and The Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War
on Terrorism (2002). She is the author of two column anthologies: Sex,
Lies, and Stereotypes: Perspectives of a Mad Economist (1994), Wall
Street, Main Street, and Side Street: A Mad Economist Takes a Stroll
(1999). She is the co-author of Unfinished Business: A Democrat and A
Republican Take on the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face (2002).
A committed activist and civic leader, Malveaux serves on the boards
of the Economic Policy Institute, the Recreation Wish List Committee of
Washington, D.C., and the Liberian Education Trust.
Malveaux received her BA and MA degrees in economics from
Boston College, and earned a Ph.D in economics from MIT. A native
San Franciscan, she is founder and thought leader of Last Word
Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company headquartered in
Washington, D.C.
Shirley M. Tilghman was
elected Princeton University’s
19th president on May 5, 2001, and
assumed office on June 15, 2001. An
exceptional teacher and a worldrenowned scholar and leader in
the field of molecular biology, she
served on the Princeton faculty
for 15 years before being named
Tilghman, a native of Canada,
received her Honors B.Sc. in
chemistry from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1968. After
two years of secondary school teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa,
she obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Temple University in
During postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health, she
made a number of groundbreaking discoveries while participating in
cloning the first mammalian gene, and then continued to make scientific
breakthroughs as an independent investigator at the Institute for
Cancer Research in Philadelphia and an adjunct associate professor of
human genetics and biochemistry and biophysics at the University of
Tilghman came to Princeton in 1986 as the Howard A. Prior Professor
of the Life Sciences. Two years later, she joined the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute as an investigator. In 1998, she took on additional
responsibilities as the founding director of Princeton’s multidisciplinary
Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.
A member of the National Research Council’s committee that set the
blueprint for the U.S. effort in the Human Genome Project, Tilghman also
was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of
the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health.
She is renowned not only for her pioneering research, but for her
national leadership on behalf of women in science and for promoting
efforts to make the early careers of young scientists as meaningful and
productive as possible.
From 1993 through 2000, Tilghman chaired Princeton’s Council on
Science and Technology, which encourages the teaching of science
and technology to students outside the sciences, and in 1996 she
received Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
She initiated the Princeton Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, a
program across all the science and engineering disciplines that brings
postdoctoral students to Princeton each year to gain experience in both
research and teaching.
In 2002, Tilghman was one of five winners of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award
for Women in Science. In the following year, she received the Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, and
in 2007, she was awarded the Genetics Society of America Medal for
outstanding contributions to her field.
Tilghman is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the
National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the Royal
Society of London. She serves as a trustee of The Jackson Laboratory,
the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a director of
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A B W H E advocates and celebrates the accomplishments of Black women in higher education.
We support and empower sister scholars, administrators, and students through our various resources
and networks. We are a forum for development strategies to improve the quality of education for African
Mission • Promote the intellectual growth and educational development of Black women in higher
education • Strive to eliminate racism, sexism, classism and other social barriers that hinder from
achieving their potential • Communicate and document the personal and professional achievements of
Black women and men in order to preserve and increase their presence in higher education • Provide
mentorship for Black youth in order to ensure their success in higher education • Apply our talents,
strengths and expertise to advance our vision of social justice.
Services • Host international, national and regional conferences that are forums for professional
development and networking for faculty, administrators, and students • Publish a newsletter •
Circulate job opportunities • Advocate for access and equity for groups who have been marginalized
or discriminated against.
To Join Us Please contact: Felicia Edwards, e-mail ~ [email protected] ~ 609-258-7801.
w w w. a b w h e. o r g
thanks Princeton University for
such generous support in hosting
our 30th Anniversary celebration!
Conference Planning Committee
Makeba L. Clay, Co-chair, Princeton University
Melissa Lyles, Co-chair, Princeton University
Crystal Arrington, Princeton University
Deborah K. Blanks, Princeton University
Felicia Edwards, Princeton University
Gloria Gay, University of Pennsylvania
Evor Ingram, Nassau Community College
Sundaa Bridget Jones, Princeton University
Jacqueline Kane, University of New York State Education Department
Bettye Miller, Professor Emeritus, Nassau Community College
Special Thanks
Laurel Masten Cantor, Office of Communications, Princeton University
Marion Carty, Office of Printing and Mailing, Princeton University
Karin Dienst, Office of Communications, Princeton University
Tara Zarillo, Princeton University, Center for Visitor and Conference Services
Being a woman
I am the woman who holds up the sky. The rainbow runs through my eyes.
The sun makes a path to my womb. My thoughts are in the shape of clouds.
But my words are yet to come.
– Poem of the Ute Indians
No woman is without sisters, however desperate, however lacking in kin,
for all women of the world are bound together as a family, by common
– Pam Brown, Author (b. 1948)
Being True
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
– Janis Joplin, Rock Singer and Song Writer (1943–70)
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really
knew. They’rs what make the instrument stretch—what make you go beyond
the norm.
– Cicely Tyson, Actress (b. 1933)
Life Lessons
The dedicated life is worth living. You must give with your whole heart.
– Annie Dillard, Writer and Poet (b. 1945)