Yvonne Carter Williams

“Yvonne Williams has been a leader and role model for faculty members and administrators throughout the nation,” notes Neal Abraham, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at DePauw. “She founded one of the first black studies programs at a liberal arts college, guiding the development of a major and a department, mentoring faculty members and programs throughout the region, and providing wise academic leadership to the College of Wooster as Dean of the Faculty.”

257_521565082242_3315_nYvonne Williams receives the Athena Award.


The ATHENA Leadership Award® was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment—qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model®. The Award is unique in both scope—local, national and international—and the ATHENA mission upon which it is based. The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to a woman —or man— who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.”


We, at DePauw, were fortunate to recruit her to the Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished University Professor at the time of her retirement from The College of Wooster. She has provided wise counsel to many colleagues at DePauw, mentoring new faculty members, and contributing to the development of a new course, Introduction to Black Studies, and the approval by the faculty of a major in Black Studies. She has also organized the informative and provocative Boswell Symposia which have addressed such important issues of race and racial justice, the definition of Black Studies and its contributions to the Academy, and the relationship of racism and the media. These symposia have attracted speakers of national and international renown and have drawn broad student and faculty participation.”

– Dr. Abraham (DePauw University)




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