Wilkerson and Nicolai Honored with 2023 VCU PACME Awards
April 19, 2023
Two VCU School of Education Community Members Were Honored at
VCU’s 2023 Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME)
Congratulations to Faith Wilkerson, Ed.D. and Korinthia “Kori” Nicolai!
Faith Wilkerson, Ed.D. was honored with BOTH the Riese-Melton Award and the President's Inclusive Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award at Tuesday’s PACME ceremony.
Wilkerson came to VCU in 2000, earned three degrees and began working for the university. She served in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs for many years before joining the Minority Educators Recruitment, Retention and Equity Center. It recruits and retains Black educators through teacher residency programs with the goal of improving student outcomes.
“Dr. Wilkerson has been the epitome of what the university represents through its strategic plan and diversity initiatives,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
Korinthia “Kori” Nicolai was awarded the PACME Student Award. Nicolai, president of the VCU School of Education Holmes Scholars, is a doctoral student in the VCU School of Education concentrating in educational psychology.
Associate professor Sharon K. Zumbrunn, Ph.D., said Nicolai, in her short time at VCU, has already made many meaningful contributions to building community, establishing cross-cultural initiatives, advocating for equity and nurturing a welcoming and inclusive environment.
“For example, Kori’s already a national leader in conversations about race and racism in the field of educational psychology, serving in important roles at both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association,” Zumbrunn said.
Congratulations to all six VCU community members honored at the 2023 PACME Ceremony.
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Photo credit: Mary Kate Brogan.
Pictured Faith Wilkerson, Ed.D., (right) and Korinthia “Kori” Nicolai (left).