Convocation speaker part of year-long celebration of Still Overcoming
Lula Morton Drewes ’67, the first African American student to enroll in the regular B.A. degree program at Transylvania, will return to her alma mater as academic convocation speaker on September 15 at 7 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium.
Drewes’ appearance will be a keynote event in Still Overcoming: Striving for Inclusiveness, a year-long celebration and discussion of the beginning of a more enlightened attitude toward racial and ethnic diversity that her arrival on campus in the fall of 1963 has come to symbolize. Additional speakers, scholarly presentations, panel discussions, film screenings, and musical and artistic events are among the other activities being considered.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Drewes come back to Transylvania for convocation and for our program of celebration as we look back on some of the formative events in the university’s history relating to tolerance and openness,” said Eduardo Nino-Moreno, director of campus diversity and inclusion, who is coordinating Still Overcoming.
Drewes is a clinical psychologist and licensed wellness coach living in Berlin, Germany, with extensive clinical, consulting, and teaching experience. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, stress and crisis management, wellness, and women’s and multicultural/expatriate issues.
She has worked in private practice and in a variety of family counseling, mental hospital, and academic settings, including Germany Mental Hospital, the Boston University Overseas Program in Germany, Harvard University, the Alice Solomon Technical University in Berlin, and the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Schweinfurt, Germany, among others.
Drewes is currently a volunteer for the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Service, and she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Africa. She is a writer and the founder of Reach Well, a wellness program for those seeking peace and power in their personal and professional lives.
After graduating from Transylvania with a psychology major, she pursued graduate studies at the University of Erlangen in Germany, then earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University. She has completed post-doctoral studies at the Free University of Berlin and the Wiesbadener Continuing Education Program for Psychotherapy in Berlin.