Albright Staff Member Honored for Making a Difference in Students’ Lives
Albright staff member Valerie White received the 2018 Central Pennsylvania African American Museum (CPAAM) Award on Saturday, Feb. 24, at CPAAM’s annual awards luncheon. White, who has worked in the Student Accounts Office for more than 12 years, was honored for making a difference in the lives of students.
“I am truly humbled to be chosen by the committee,” said White. “It’s fantastic to know that I am making a difference in the lives of students here at Albright, as well as in the community.”
Beyond her daily work in the Student Accounts Office, White has served as an adviser for the Albright Gospel Ensemble and Praise Dance Ministries for ten years. She said she has found a passion in mentoring young adults with their daily struggles and guides them “by faith and perseverance by keeping an upbeat and open-minded personality.”
CPAAM Board President, Mildred E. Gilyard, said White is a deserving recipient. “She offers a listening ear for the students and motivates them to stay the course,” said Gilyard. “The community has enjoyed the talents of the Gospel Ensemble and the Praise Dance Ministries that were the fruits of Valerie’s labor. She also serves diligently in her church and will do whatever she can to help others succeed.”
Located in Reading, CPAAM preserves and maintains artifacts, art, papers, books and photographs that document the history and culture of African Americans in the New World, with an emphasis on Berks County and the surrounding areas. The museum also works to educate the public on the Underground Railroad, civil rights and more.