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Billingsley Awardees 201604.17.2016

The CoSW’s Institute for Families in Society and the African American Studies Program presented the 2016 Andrew Billingsley Faculty and Community Awards to Dr. Tisha Felder, USC College of Nursing, and Mr. James T. McLawhorn, Columbia Urban League, during the annual Robert Smalls lecture on March 30, 2016. The awards reflect the partnership between the two entities to jointly honor the legacy of Dr. Andrew Billingsley whose extensive body of work highlights the strength and resilience of African American families.

Dr. Tisha Felder, Andrew Billingsley Faculty Award winner, focuses her work on breast cancer prevention and control, with the goal to develop culturally responsive interventions that support mothers who desire to breastfeed and to improve evidence-based cancer care in African American and otherdisadvantaged populations. Mr. James T. McLawhorn, Andrew Billingsley Community Award winner, has initiated job training programs for African American women, fathers and youth; created multiple youth leadership initiatives; helped place foster children into permanent homes; and has promoted understanding and civil rights attainment in the Columbia area.

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