A WARM WELCOME FROM THE PRESIDENT OF
THE ASSOCIATION OF BLACK WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION, INC.
Greater Philadelphia Chapter
Greetings & Salutations Sisters,
I felt privileged and humbled when asked to serve as President of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education, (ABWHE), Philadelphia Chapter. Many prestigious women have served in this role before me and my wish is to honor their legacy during my tenure.
Since its inception in 1977, ABWHE has served as a forum for developing strategies to improve the quality of education of Black people and has remained committed to aiding Black women in the academy in fulfilling their own aspirations as well as encouraging black youth to pursue their education.
For ABWHE Philadelphia to remain vibrant, active, and to move to the next level of prominence I have outlined a few of my goals:
We will grow our membership. Remember who recruited you into ABWHE and what you gained as a member and as a leader. Was it a helping hand that was offered; the kindness felt; was it the mentoring received; or the sisterly affection and inclusion and maybe it was the knowledge you gained in the process? Whatever it was, it is worth being replicated, repeated, and shared. There are not many safe spaces afforded us, especially in the academy and we need this one to thrive as well as survive!
We will focus on our financial stability. We are a non-profit organization and much of the profit we receive comes from membership dues. With a solid financial foundation, we will be able to actualize many of our foreseen goals.
We will build collaborations. There is strength and power that comes from building collaborations with like-minded organizations that align with our goals and mission.
I hope you will join in this endeavor. If you are a member, stay as we grow. If you were a member, come back .. we still need your voice and talent(s). If you are looking for an organization just like us, contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://abwhe.org/pages/membership-application
With the strategic strength and focus of a dedicated, professional and forward-thinking membership we can and will be “FIERCE and RELEVANT” indeed!
Yours in ABWHE & Service,
President, ABWHE Philadelphia
Staff Assistant, African-American Resource Center