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Valerie Dorsey Allen, MSW, DSW

  • Director, African-American Resource Center, University of Pennsylvania

  • Lecturer, MSW Program

Dr. Valerie Dorsey Allen is a 2010 graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) DSW Program. Her dissertation entitled Educational-Entertainment as an Intervention for Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence is published online at ProQuest and Scholarly Commons. She has also co-written articles with Dr. Phyllis Solomon on the same topic for multiple peer reviewed journals. Currently, the Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s African-American Resource Center, Dr. Allen is focused on addressing the needs and interests of the Penn community and on improving the quality of life for faculty, staff, and students with a particular focus on those of African Descent. Additionally, she has been a lecturer at SP2 and at Rutgers University School of Social Work. She has also been a field placement liaison and field practice supervisor for Penn Graduate Social Work students.

Dr. Allen has extensive experience as a counselor, career development officer, and administrator with the Dept of Labor Job Corps Program. She has developed and presented workshops on many topics including Violence prevention/interventions, Work-Life Balance, Cultural Diversity, Racism, Social Change, Sexual Harassment, and Parenting. Dr. Allen serves as the National President of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education; was the 2005 Conference Chair for the PA Black Conference on Higher Education Eastern Region; and is an associate of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Coalition.

“With a husband, two children and a full-time job, I needed a program that would accommodate my lifestyle and respect the knowledge and experience that I bring.”

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