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“Women of Heart” To Be Honored at UCR March 27

“Women of Heart” To Be Honored at UCR March 27

(February 21, 2002)

The University of California, Riverside will honor the spirit and achievements of six Inland Empire women from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the UCR Commons Dining Room, as part of National Women's History Month.

The “Women Sustaining the American Spirit Luncheon” is the third annual event to honor women from Riverside and San Bernardino counties whose accomplishments significantly impact the lives of individuals in the Inland area. The theme of the event is “Sharing Stories of Women of Heart: Past, Present, and Future.”

This year’s honorees are: businesswoman Carrie Dao Allan; physician Lucille Fostevedt; the late historian Jacquelyn Haywood; honor student Lael Hutchinson, administrator Jacqueline Mimms; and San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles.

KNBC news anchor Colleen Williams will be Master of Ceremonies and Marta Macias Brown, President/CEO, The Brown Foundation, will give the keynote address.

“For girls and women, learning women’s achievements extends their sense of what is possible,” said organizer Adrienne Sims, director of the Gender Education and Resource Services (GEARS) office at UCR. “For all of us, knowledge of women’s strengths and contributions builds respect and nourishes self-esteem – crucial to both youth and adults, now and in the years to come.”

Honorary chairs of the event are Cheryl Brown, publisher of the Black Voice News and Marie G. Kuffner, MD, Immediate Past President, California Medical Association. UCR’s administrative analyst, Patricia Singleton, and the Rev. Phalia Louder will provide musical entertainment.

The event is sponsored by a variety of Inland Empire businesses and organizations.

Cost is $45 before March 15 or $55 after that date. Parking will be free in Lot 6, with shuttle service to the event. The conference is free to UCR students with identification. For registration, or for information about corporate sponsorships or display tables, please call (909) 787-3337.

Women of Heart Award Recipients

Carrie Dao Allan

Born in Chungking, China at the start of World War II, Allan escaped with her family from Communist China. She went on to become a tremendous entrepreneur and one of the most community-minded women in the Inland Empire. Along with other recognitions, she has been honored with the Riverside County Outstanding Professional and Service Award and the City of Palm Springs “Bob and Carrie Allan Day.”

Lucille Fostevedt, MD

The first full-time female physician in Coachella Valley, Fostevedt led efforts to integrate women into the local medical community. While a single mother of four, she yet removed barriers, dismantled stereotypes, and opened doors for other women doctors. She is the first woman to be elected president of the Riverside County Medical Association.

The late Jacquelyn Haywood, PhD

Raised in the segregated “old” South, Haywood was described as courageous in the face of adversity. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, she and four colleagues across America developed a college textbook that highlighted minorities as an integral part of the American fabric. When she passed away last year, she was a Professor Emeritus in History and Black Studies, UCR.

Lael Hutchinson

From a blended household of five teenagers, Hutchinson is a mentor to two younger cousins who came to live with her when their mother died from colon cancer and father died in a fire. A member of the Principal Advisory Committee at San Jacinto High School, she was recently awarded the Governor’s Scholarship for exceptional scores on the California SAT 9 standardized tests.

Jacqueline Mimms, Ph.D.

Starting her career as a secretary, Mimms trudged up the ladder of success to receive a Ph.D. in Educational Management from UCR, become the campus’ Director of the Budget, administering a $165 million operating budget, and then work as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Relations. She now provides leadership on many exciting initiatives, including partnerships for underserved students, as the recently hired Assistant Vice President of School/University Partnerships at the UC Office of the President

The Honorable Judith Valles

Born in San Bernardino to parents newly arrived in the United States from Mexico, with seven other children, Valles has become one of the state’s most stalwart citizens. With a Master of Arts degree from UCR, she has worked as President of Oxnard Community College, Coastline Community College, and Golden West Community College. Recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives as Outstanding Woman of the Year, she now holds public office as Mayor of the City of San Bernardino.

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