Kathryn Morgan Award Winners
The Black Cultural Center bestows several awards which recognize the achievements and contributions of members of the Swarthmore Black community. These awards are exhibited in the Black Cultural Center.
The Kathryn L. Morgan Award, established and bestowed upon its namesake in 1991, honors someone chosen by students for their significant contributions to the College’s Black community. These are the recipients.
From 1986-1993, Gloria Thomas Walker worked as associate director of admissions and director of minority recruiting to increase the enrollment of students of color. Honored 1992-93.
Jane James worked for 30 years at the College, primarily in ITS, and retired in 2006. Her husband, Chuck James, taught in the English Literature Department 32 years, retiring in 2005, the same year a literary prize was established in his honor. Together, they have mentored and supported generations of Swarthmore students, alumni, and colleagues. Honored 1996-97.
For 26 years, Linda Echols served as the director of Worth Health Center. She also oversaw student groups and had stints as a dean, equal opportunity officer, and BCC director. Many alums know her home as “Hotel Linda." Honored 1997-98.
Maurice Eldridge '61 retired in 2016 as vice president for community and college relations after 27 years at the College. His enduring support of the Chester Children's Chorus has been critical to its longevity and success. A community service award named in his honor was established in 2016. Honored 2000-01.
Yvette Johnson worked in dining services from 1994 to 2008. Honored 2005-06.
Vivian Hart has worked in Environmental Services for more than 30 years. She is also a longtime member of the Learning for Life program. Honored 2006-07.
Professor of History Allison Dorsey's academic interests include the history of African Americans, the 20th-century civil rights movement, and African American film. She is a past Black Studies program coordinator and is the founding director of the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program. Honored 2008-09.
Darryl Smaw came to Swarthmore in 2002 and retired as senior class dean and associate dean of multicultural affairs in 2011. Honored 2010-11.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies Nina Johnson studies culture, race, and mobility. She is a past Black Studies program coordinator and her current research focuses on the impacts of mass incarceration. Honored 2013-14.
Assistant Professor of Black Studies and Educational Studies Cheryl Jones-Walker taught at Swarthmore from 2007-2015. Honored 2014-15.
Associate Professor of French Micheline Rice-Maximin is a longtime member of the Black Studies Program Committee. Honored 2015-16.
After more than 20 years in Dining Services, Don Thomas is affectionately known as the Mayor of Swarthmore. Honored 2016-17.
Provost and dean of the faculty Sarah Willie-LeBreton came to Swarthmore in 1997 as an assistant professor of sociology. She is a three-time past coordinator of Black Studies. Honored 2017-18.
Cynthia Jetter '74, former director of community partnerships and planning at the Lang Center, is known for her longtime service and leadership in the Chester community. Honored 2017-18.
Nakia Waters joined Swarthmore in 2017 as program coordinator of the Black Cultural Center and first generation/low-income initiatives. Honored 2018-19.
Noted sculptor and Professor of Studio Art Syd Carpenter is a longtime member of the Black Studies Program Committee. Honored 2018-19.