The University of Pennsylvania realized their letter had gotten lost in the mail. So they sent alumna Dr. Ann Dapice, Lenape-Cherokee, their impressive announcement by e-mail.
“Wow!” the 75-year-old Dapice replied. “I’m overwhelmed.”
And with good reason. The university had bestowed upon her their Helen C. Bailey Award that recognizes an outstanding education alumnus or alumna who has brought recognition and status to the University of Pennsylvania and who has made a distinctive contribution to the field of education and to the Graduate School of Education, including contributions made through research, exceptional professional involvement, or publications.
As it turned out, a colleague had nominated her. Other colleagues wrote letters of support. And the university agreed.
Dapice, director of Education and Research at T.K. Wolf, Inc., received her Ph.D. in psychology, sociology, and philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught courses in the social sciences, philosophy, and Native American Studies at a number of universities, among them the University of Pennsylvania, Widener University, and Penn State University.
She contributed to ICTMN’s Circle of Violence series: Domestic Violence: When Will We Learn?
She consults with the University of Pennsylvania on development of Native American programs where she is founder/chair of the Association of Native Alumni. Her cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research is reported in professional journals, books, and academic presentations regionally, nationally and internationally, and in newspapers, radio, television, and the internet. Recent publications include book chapters in an international volume on Violence and Abuse by Praeger-Greenwood Publishers: “Stalking of Indians, Coincidence or Conquest?”; “Violence in the Brain”; “Betrayal, Revenge and Religion: Selective Denial of Violence”; “Bullying Then and Now.”