M. Celeste Nicholas Professional Development Award Winners
Graduate students (pictured below), Erin Ruth McCoy (Humanities); Laneshia R. McCord (Social Work) and Erica Caton (Social Work) are the recipients of the 2012 Dr. M. Celeste Nichols Professional Development Award. They will be recognized at the Women’s Center ECS Empowerment Luncheon on November 14th at the University Club.
Erin Ruth McCoy, Humanities
McCord, Social Work
Erica Caton, Social Work
The Dr. M. Celeste Nichols Professional Development Award is intended to honor the memory of Dr. Margaret Celeste Johnson Nichols and to further the mission of the University of Louisville Women’s Center to “promote women’s equality, increase women’s self-reliance, and highlight women’s contributions to all cultures and societies.” Dr. Nichols was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Louisville’s Department of English. She graduated in 1992 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Composition. Her dissertation topic was “The Rhetorical Structure of the Traditional Black Church.” Prior to receiving her doctorate, she was an instructor at the University of Louisville for six years, teaching courses in African American literature, honors English, and basic writing. While at U of L, Celeste was a close friend and mentor to many. After graduating, she taught at Kentucky State University and at Bellarmine University before her death at age 45 in 1996.
The award is sponsored by the U of L Women’s Center, the Commission on Diversity & Racial Equality (CODRE) and
Dennis C. Golden Torchbearer Endowment through Student Affairs.