Three Black Women Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

Barbara White, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, received the Presidential Citation for 2012. The award, created in 1979, is given to individuals who personify the university’s commitment to transforming lives. Dr. White was named dean of the School of Social Work in 1993. She was the first African American dean at the university. She stepped down from her post last year.

Dean White holds a master of social work degree and a Ph.D. in political science from Florida State University.

Treva Lindsey, an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Missouri in Columbia has received the university’s 2012 Faculty Achievement Award in Diversity. Dr. Lindsey also is an affiliate faculty member for the university’s Black studies program.

In 2010 Dr. Lindsey received a Ph.D. in history at Duke University.

Lonieta Aurora Thompson Cornwall, an assistant professor of visual and performing arts and director of choral studies at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue. The award is the highest honor the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen.

Dr. Cornwall holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. She earned a second master’s degree from the Union Theological Seminary and an educational doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University.


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