Dr. Willena Kimpson Price is Director of the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center and Affiliate Faculty, Africana Studies Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs campus. Prior to assuming the position at UConn in 1993, she was head of the Gifted and Talented Program, Center for Inquiry, Syracuse City School District, Syracuse, New York.
Dr. Price is a graduate of Spelman College (B.A.) of Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the State University of New York—Oswego (M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction) where she also earned her Certificate of Advanced Study/6th Year Certificate in Education Administration & Chief School Administrator. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Ph.D.) and her Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Connecticut.
She is the recipient of the NAACP Hall of Fame Award for Service and Dedication, University of Connecticut; the Women’s Center Diversity Committee, Women of Color Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to the University of Connecticut and for excellence in leadership, achievement, and service; the 2011 Dr. Frederick G. Adams Award for Excellence in Education, University of Connecticut African American Alumni Council; a Certificate of Appreciation, awarded for “commitment and unwavering support to students and the African American Alumni Council,” University of Connecticut; the Greater Hartford NAACP W.I.N. Award for exceptional work in the Greater Hartford Community; and of the INROADS, New England Region, Inc., Champion of the Year Award. In 2015, she was honored as one of the Top 100 Blacks in the State of Connecticut by the Connecticut State Chapter of the NAACP. Dr. Price was one of the awardees of the 2017 100 Women of Color Awards, which honored 100 women in the Greater Hartford area who have become positive role models and displayed long-term commitment to the betterment of their community. The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has proclaimed March 24, 2017 as “Dr. Willena Kimpson Price Day.” Governor Dannel P. Malloy has recognized Dr. Price for her work with the Greater Hartford NAACP.
Lynne Alexander is the University Specialist at the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center. Lynne graduated from UConn in 2015 with her B.A. in English and B.S. in Allied Health Sciences and in 2016 with a B.A. in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
During her time as an undergraduate, Lynne was honored with the UConn 100 Years of Women Scholarship, the Frances and Irving Seliger Memorial Award, the Kristie Ann Wood Endowment Scholarship and the inaugural AACC Extraordinaire Award. She is a member of Iota Iota Iota, the Women’s Studies Honor Society, Alpha Mu Gamma and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Lynne was highly involved with the Center as an undergraduate and jumped at the chance to work with the Center post-graduation.
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