Doctoral candidate Khadijah White is the Graduate Student Honoree Award winner for the 2012 Women of Color at Penn (WOCAP). She will receive her award at the 25th annual Women of Color at Penn Day conference on Friday, March 16. Details are in the Penn Current.
The WOCAP program recognizes the talents, achievements, special commitment and dedicated service given to Penn, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Delaware Valley communities. It recognizes individuals who have conscientiously endeavored to increase respect for women of color through leadership, service, positive impact on the community, and a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for women of color.
Ms. White, who is a candidate for a doctoral degree this year, has had a longstanding leadership role in the Fontaine Society at Penn. According to her nomination, she undertook several initiatives to support doctoral student retention and completion by students of color. Ms. White promoted informal mentoring and networking through monthly “Faculty Chat and Chew” sessions, she organized “Dissertation Bootcamps,” to provide peer support and structure to help students make timely progress, and she instigated a Fontaine speaker series at Annenberg to bring in outside distinguished guests.
According to her nomination letter, “In addition to her Fontaine service, while at Penn Khadijah has been a volunteer lecturer with the alternative high school, the Thomas Rubino Academy in Trenton, NJ, where she led discussions and assigned writing tasks about race, politics, gender, and education with at-risk high school students.” Working part-time as a media instructor at WHYY, she helped Philadelphia high school students create a documentary about their community.