Greater Philadelphia Chapter

sheilaAs President of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education, Inc., Greater Philadelphia Chapter (ABWHE), it is my pleasure to welcome you to our organization. I want to take this time to share a brief summary of the vision and activities of ABWHE and its seven chapters.

ABWHE was founded in 1978 by thirteen women with a vision for an organization that would advocate, support, promote and advance the efforts of Black women in higher education, as well as encourage the next generation of higher education aspirants. Since ABWHE’s founding, the organization has mentored numerous members through the dissertation and tenure process; awarded scholarships to young men and women pursuing higher education; highlighted the achievements, awards, and promotions of Black women in the academy; shared job opportunities; sponsored international conferences in Morocco and Ghana; monitored local and national legislation’s impact on people of color; and provided a hand to hold or a shoulder to lean on when needed.

I have been a member of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of ABWHE for the past five-and-a-half years, and this is my first term as President. My goals during my tenure are to increase the membership and visibility of ABWHE, spearhead the upcoming 2017 National conference to be held in Philadelphia, PA, and to increase the funds available in our chapter’s treasury.

If you are a current member of ABWHE, I hope that you will become more involved in the activities of the Association and assist in shaping its future. If you are a former member of ABWHE or feel that, after reading this, ABWHE can be of value to you in your personal and professional endeavors, I invite you to join ABWHE and play an active role in the organization by voicing your concerns and interests and helping to identify ways in which ABWHE  can further assist you.

Remember, ABWHE can only effectively function in a process of continuous improvement and is reliant on the dedication, commitment, and spirit of its membership.

I welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact me at sam.abwhe@gmail.com.

Sisterly yours,

Sheila A. McMillan, MBA

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
~Maya Angelou