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Past Events

Fall 2022

Women of Color Annual Awards Celebration
October 2, 2022

woci awards 2022

Georgia Tech’s Office of Minority Educational Development (OMED) in partnership with The Women of Color Initiative (WOCI) Atlanta Collaborative in Higher Education, invite you to attend the 2022 Women of Color Awards Celebration, October 2, at 12:30 p.m., Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

Join us for an afternoon celebration with engaging interactive collective and breakout room (small table) dialogue on best practices, community building, and activism for cultivating initiatives to support women of color. 

A keynote conversation w/ three dynamic leaders:

  • Nicole Keaton Hart, Principal Product Manager, Microsoft
  • Dr. Carol Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Emory University
  • Valarie Mackey, President & CEO, WrightNow Solutions

We will hear from leaders in advancing women within research, industry, higher education, and community. Participants will also enjoy a special performance by local dance company, Price Performing Arts Center, the musical sounds of DJ BombJalaam  and the awarding of five awards for significant contributions in scholarship, social justice, STEM, and community building.

We will accept nominations until September 15 (you can RSVP to attend through September 27). Please continue below to find requirements for nominations. All nominees will be invited to attend and 2 additional guests will be accommodate through the generous donations of our sponsors.

Location and parking details will be provided via email to registered participants no later than September 28.


WOCI Atlanta Collaborative in Higher Education is a city-wide strategic partnership between the Center for Women at Emory, Office of Minority Educational Development (OMED) at Georgia Tech, Office of Racial and Cultural Engagement at Emory, Spelman College Women Research and Resource Center, STEM Atlanta Women, Inc, and Women’s Resource Center at Georgia Tech.

Our aim is to develop a multi-dimensional network committed to enhance the advancement of women in industry, research, and higher education through advocacy, accountability, cultural awareness, leadership development, recognition, cultivation of productivity spaces, and strategic collaboration.

2021-2020 Award Celebration highlights and honorees-Learn more!

Call for Nominations:

DUE DATE – Thursday, September 15, 2022 

The Women of Color Initiative (WOCI) Atlanta City-Wide Collaborative in Higher Education, Women of Color Awards will honor women of color (or a group of women of color) among Atlanta colleges and universities or in the greater Atlanta area who have made notable contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • social justice, activism, policy reform, or advocacy that advances multicultural understanding at the intersection of gender equity.
  • higher education scholarly endeavors or administrative and professional accomplishments that significantly enhances the advancement women in industry, research, and academia within fields that women of color are traditionally underrepresented.
  • community building on- or off-campus, to create an inclusive and respectful environment that is committed to the advancement of women and addressing disparities at the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender.

Four categories:

  • WOCI Outstanding Undergraduate Student(s) Impact Award
  • WOCI Outstanding Graduate Student(s) Impact Award
  • WOCI Outstanding Atlanta Faculty Impact Award
  • WOCI Outstanding Atlanta Staff Impact Award
  • WOCI Outstanding Atlanta Community Leader Impact Award

Nominations must include:

  • A letter of nomination (1-2 pages), no more than 1,000 words
  • The nominee’s updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • A recent high-resolution photo of the nominee, if available.

An additional letters of support , no more than 800 words, is required if self-nominating.

The nomination form and accompanying nomination materials must be submitted online, no later than 11:59 pm EST on September 15, via the following 

Recipients will be announced and honored at the WOC Awards Celebration and Brunch on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Awards and monetary gift to the winners in each category will be distributed directly to the awardee. All nominees must be in attendance.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Sybrina Y. Atwaters, or Ashaki Wilham,


Sunday, 2 October 2022 - 12:30pm

Spring 2022

Pre-Finals Wellness Bootcamp
April 23, 2022

woci april 23

A Day in the Life: Women of Color Academic and Industry Professionals
Sponsored by Accenture
March 10-11, 2022

woci day in the life of a professional

Women's Basketball Pre-Game Fellowship and Game Watch
February 20, 2022

woci basket ball event


Fall 2021

Women of Color Bootcamp
November 14, 2021

woci boot camp

Women of Color Annual Awards Celebration
September 26, 2021

woci annual awards

The Women of Color Awards Celebration was our first collaborative event to span GT Women’s Resource Center, Emory University, and Spelman College. The virtual event took place in September and was a glorious celebration of women of color of our past, present, and future. We celebrated women from all walks of life for their contributions to industry, academia, research, and the greater community. Coca-cola flavor scientist Ashaki Wilham was the keynote speaker and the event was closed out with performances from both Emory Alas and Price Performing Arts Center.

This year’s award recipients were:

Nettie Brown – Outstanding Student Impact

Joyce Davis – Outstanding Staff Impact

Dr. Carol Henderson – Outstanding Faculty Impact

Davietta Jenkins Knight, P.E. – Outstanding Industry/Community Impact

Alexis Parker, Erin Ojeda, Ireland Saniah Battle, Alondra C. Stafford – Featured Student Group

2020 Award Celebration highlights and honorees-Learn more!

Spring 2021

Black History Month Lecture Watch Party
featuring Angela Davis

February 10, 2021

woci watch party


Fall 2020

Women of Color Annual Awards Celebration
September 20, 2020

Spring 2020

A Day in the Life of the Black Professoriate
funded through the PEGS grant

Fall 2019

WOCI Fall Kickoff
Sponsored by bp

Taste of Africa
in partnership with the African Student Association
November 8, 2019

WOCI In the Community Bootcamp


Spring 2019

"Good Work" Mini Retreat
with Dr. Tiffany Johnson and Ona Hawk

Self-Care con la Comunidad
February 28, 2019

WOCI BWI Cultural Session: Addressing Cancel Culture
February 20, 2019

WOCI Spring 2019 “A Day in the Life of the Black Professoriate” funded through the PEGS grant.

An intimate campus experience for Black women interested in graduate studies. In alignment with the goal of Georgia Tech's Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development to increase the quantity and quality of graduate students and improve their educational experience, as well as the mission of the Office of Minority Education and Development (OMED), WOCI hosted a 2-day graduate education event for Black women.

WOCI Speaker and Student at  event

WOCI Fall Kick-off, sponsored by BP

Women of Color Initiative (WOCI) kick-off brought together a standing-room-only crowd! Three community circles, three cohorts, two transformative professional practices, and three programmatic events were all launched under WOCI during yesterday's event. The fourteen women from the original 2016 BWI cohort were honored for their pioneering efforts and sacrifice in raising awareness regarding the needs of women of color matriculating at Tech.

six women receiving awards

Taste of Africa

WOCI partnered with ASA to bringing talented women of color to the Georgia Tech community to inform, educate and engage students in advancing their cultural understanding of African/Africa diaspora fashion design, art, and cultural practices. These practices are known to be empowering and transformative in the identity formation process.

flyer for taste of africa a past event

WOCI In the Community Bootcamp w/  local WOC fitness guru Jackie Velez.

WOCI partnered with Jackie Velez who lead participants through a tough bootcamp. This event helped our students learn about cross training and how to incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives. Nothing like sweating it out with friends! 

WOCI “Good Work” MiniRetreat with Dr. Tiffany Johnson and Ona Hawk

WOCI partnered with these two WOC who have ample experience in wellness and good living. They lead participants through a number of yoga journaling exercises in order to help develop “good work” practices.  

WOCI BWI Cultural Session – Addressing Cancel Culture 

BWI ambassadors planned and led this event. They discussed the cancel culture and the impact it has had on the black community.

cancel culture past event


 WOCI LWI Cultural Session – Self-Care con la Comunidad 

LWI ambassadors planned and led this event. They discussed the difficulties of prioritizing self-care in the Latinx community. In addition they discussed clips of representation of the Latinx community in media, how it has changed over the years, and how it has impacted how the general community views them as women. 

woci self care past event 





For Information about Focus or OMED: Educational Services, please contact:

Sybrina Atwaters, Ph.D.
Director, OMED: Educational Services