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File #: 210124    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/11/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/18/2021
Title: Commending Dr. Brenda A. Allen for being named one of the 10 most dominant historically black college leaders for 2021, and congratulating Lincoln University for earning the historic gift of $20 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
Sponsors: Councilmember Parker, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21012400, 2. Signature21012400
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Commending Dr. Brenda A. Allen for being named one of the 10 most dominant historically black college leaders for 2021, and congratulating Lincoln University for earning the historic gift of $20 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

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WHEREAS, Dr. Brenda A. Allen currently serves as Lincoln University's 14th President. She has been aggressively implementing a strategic plan designed to ensure Lincoln's place among great liberal arts institutions. The plan builds upon the University's strong legacy of using the liberal arts as the vehicle for producing world leaders who are globally engaged and committed to social justice. The current investments prioritize enhancing academic quality and improving operational effectiveness with projects such as revising the curriculum, increasing support for faculty teaching and scholarship, expanding co-curricular opportunities, and restructuring the administration; and

WHEREAS, Before becoming the first female president of the nation's first degree-granting institution for African American students, Dr. Allen was recognized for her academic and administrative achievement at various other institutions; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Allen's first step in her academic career was when she was inspired to study psychology during her Advanced Placement Psychology course at her Newark, New Jersey high school. Her white teacher told her that it was a "fact" that African Americans were intellectually inferior to whites. Allen, knowing this was not true, went on to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Lincoln University. At this historically black college, she was inspired to pursue a higher education. She earned a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Developmental Psychology from Howard University. Her research focus was on interactions between ethnicity, education, and student achievement, particularly for African American children; and

WHEREAS, After earning her degrees, Dr. Allen served as...

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