Cora Ingrum Receives Special Recognition Award at 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference

Cora Ingrum, Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs at Penn Engineering, has been selected to receive a Special Recognition Award in the category of College-Level Promotion at the 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference. This award recognizes professionals in higher education who lead successful, timely programs that generate interest in STEM among women, racial and ethnic minorities and that fit the needs of society and the corporate and public sectors.

Ingrum has led what is now known as the Office of Multicultural Programs at Penn Engineering since its inception in 1973. She has held a range of positions and titles over the last 40-plus years, but their common theme has been the recruitment, retention and support of underrepresented students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“Cora is a legendary force of nature in this regard, having worked tirelessly for over four decades to mentor and foster the careers of scores upon scores of students at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond,” notes Eduardo Glandt, Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering.  “She succeeds because her mentees know of her genuine interest in their progress, of her efforts on their behalf, and of her affection for them, which is always reciprocated.”

The Women of Color STEM Conference is sponsored by the Foundation for Educational Development, which was founded in 1993 to promote career opportunities in engineering, science, and technology to historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields through professional and career development, educational programs, awards programs, and career placement opportunities. Ingrum will be presented with the award on Friday, October 24, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan.