THIS EVENT WILL EXPLORE THE VARIOUS WAYS in which colorism affects African Americans and provide ways to address the phenomenon. Colorism is defined as the allocation of privilege and disadvantage according to the lightness or darkness of one’s skin. Join Dr. Ufuoma Abiola for a discussion on the Politics of Hue.
UFUOMA ABIOLA is Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Advising at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Penn). She is also a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn. Dr. Abiola completed an Ed.D. in Higher Education at Penn, where she also earned an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education along with the Certificate in College and University Teaching; Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; and the Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies. She also received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Child and Family Studies from Roosevelt University; and earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies from Boston College. Dr. Abiola’s dissertation, which explores colorism and Black Ivy League undergraduates, won a 2018 Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE). With a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education, Dr. Abiola is the Founder, Creator, and 2012-2017 President of We Support Diversity of Mind (WSDM) at Penn GSE. Dr. Abiola is also Co-Creator of the Wharton Successful Transition & Empowerment Program (STEP) at Penn. She has published numerous scholarly works, presented at many national conferences, and received multiple awards.