Philip Poczik '01, coordinator of Multicultural Programs and an adjunct professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, was recently awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Drexel Chapter of the NAACP.
Poczik was chosen for his ongoing work with Drexel’s minority community. Nakisha Lewis, president of the Drexel chapter, said Poczik's numerous hours spent collaborating with student groups, genuine concern, and his dedication to diversity made him the ideal candidate.
“To receive an award in honor of a man who is universally recognized as one of the greatest human rights advocates of all time is a wonderful affirmation for the path I have chosen for my life,” said Poczik.
Throughout the year, Poczik organizes cultural events and diversity workshops for Drexel. He is also a professional diversity trainer and storyteller.
He was also named a 2006 Vagina Warrior, in conjunction with the Drexel University Department of Performing Arts production of “The Vagina Monologues,” by Eve Ensler.
The awards were presented to “new activists and leaders who are working to end violence against women in their communities.”
Vagina Warriors are the women and men who have often experienced violence personally or witnessed it within their communities and dedicated themselves toward ending such violence through effective, grassroots means.
Poczik has conducted diversity workshops and teaching college courses on the topic of sexism since 2001. He organized a White Ribbon March campaign for men in 1999, while an HWS. That event included a march by men, a speak-out by women survivors of rape and abuse, and a candlelight vigil in honor of women who had lost their lives to violence.
Poczik is a member of the Philadelphia Consortium of Universities VAWA grant; a grant dedicated to raising awareness about violence against women on college campuses.
He is also a consultant for Communities in Schools. In 2004-05, he visited 17 different high schools in Philadelphia to offer motivational speeches for urban teen mothers. In addition to his activism he is a professional storyteller and has told the story “Hills …” countless times to university students, high school students, and professional organizations. The story deals with how men and women can support each other in decision-making.