The Black Experience in the Wyoming Valley topic of lecture
Patterson is the great-granddaughter of Samuel Patterson who served in the "Colored" 5th Massachusetts Calvary during the Civil War. She earned a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Organization and an M.S. in Education with a concentration in Educational Development Strategies from Wilkes University. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in higher education at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on African American women in leadership positions in higher education from 1852-1900.
Patterson is the director of the Office of Multicultural Services at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Her office serves as a support system for approximately 1,500 African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American and International students. She is primarily responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating programs and policies that affect the recruitment and retention of minority students, faculty and staff. She has taught courses in African/African American Studies and Higher Education at Penn State and currently teaches Black Women in America and African American History at IPFW.
Patterson is a member of the Fort Wayne Mayor’s Affirmative Action Council, NAACP, Wilkes University Advisory Council and IPFW’s Diversity Council. She serves on the board of directors of Healthy Cities, Homebound Meals, United Way Race Dialogue, and the YWCA. She is also the owner and manager of CAP Diversity Consulting and Training where she is frequently called upon for consultation in large and small industries.
This program, sponsored by the Campus Environment Team and Student Activity Fee, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 675-2171.