WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) - Alabama State University's Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Tuskegee University's Director of the Integrative Biosciences PhD Program were two of eleven individuals that were honored at the White House on Tuesday.
Doctor Tommie Stewart and Doctor A. Deloris Alexander were at the White House in Washington D.C. to receive the Champion of Change Award. The award recognizes faculty and staff members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Stewart, a native of Greenwood, MS, earned her bachelor's degree from Jackson State University, her master's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her doctorate from Florida State University. Stewart was the first African American female to earn a doctorate from the FSU school of Theatre.
Alexander is a second-generation college graduate and is the second person in her family to earn a doctorate. Alexander also leads programs designed to increase both diversity and America's competitiveness in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The award was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.