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Women of Color at Penn


Our services include workshops and informational sessions, and many advertised events throughout the year.

You can call (215) 898-0104, come by AARC @ 3643 Locust Walk, or check us out on Facebook to find out about upcoming programs and events.

Notice: "We value academic freedom and open expression. The views and opinions expressed by presenters are those of the speakers during programs listed on this calendar and do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Pennsylvania or the African-American Resource Center."

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The Queen's Tea, the Noontime Networking Lunch Series, Annual Women of Color Day, and Leadership Academy are some of the events sponsored by the Women of Color at Penn. There are additional programs offered throughout the year. Details of the events are presented below.

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.

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: The third Friday in June
Where: University City Sheraton Hotel, 3549 Chestnut Street

Please join us! Go to Program Registration.

Noontime Networking 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

Please join us! Reservations are required. Go to Program Registration.

Leadership Academy

The leadership academy was the dream-child of Joann Mitchell and was actualized under the WOCAP Executive Chairing of Desirae Cesar. It has been developed for women of color who wish to understand, navigate and develop skills essential for a successful career in higher education and other advancement opportunities.

This is accomplished by exposing participants to thought leaders at the university; sharing best practices and research of University leaders; exploring how to leverage one's network as well as how to identify and utilize mentors; developing communication and negotiation skills as well as learning how to do individual branding and marketing that will take you to the next level in your leadership journey.

When: TBA; occurs once a month over a six-month period
Where: TBA

Women of Color at Penn Bulletin Board

To learn about the events and programs, go to the Women of Color at Penn bulletin board.

If you would like to have an event or program listed email information to:

Yolanda Washington, ywash@seas.upenn.edu
Mattie Simbarcelos, simbaa@wharton.upenn.edu

Annual Women of Color Day

The National Institute for Women of Color (NIWC) has proclaimed March 1st National Women of Color Day. Penn, UPHS, Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospital seek to increase our awareness of the talents and achievements of women of color. Recognize women in our community whose special commitment and dedicated service to their workplace, or the Delaware Valley have made a difference. We hope you will join us for the annual uplifting and inspirational day-long celebration.

Event Information

The daylong celebration takes place on the 3rd Friday in March from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. The Awards Program will take place in the Grand Ballroom, Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street. Vendors also on site.

Please join us! Go to Program Registration.