West Chester University
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
for LGBTQA Services and Special Projects
233 Sykes Student Union
Dr. MeeCee Baker has established a scholarship endowment in memory of her parents and sister. Bob and Dorothy ’47 Baker and Beth O. Baker, ’77 all passed away in 2006-2007.
Beth Baker was a student at WCU. During her time at WCU, Beth as an extraordinary ally to her gay and lesbian friends. As a straight woman, she spoke up for the rights of gays and lesbians at a time when doing so could have resulted in dire consequences. She supported her fellow students as they created the first GSU and began meeting on the 9th floor of Wayne Hall.
In 2006, Dorothy Gilson Baker passed away. She was a teacher who has been remembered by her students as a kind, open-minded woman. She modeled compassion for others and taught the importance of valuing oneself.
Bob Baker was a kind-hearted man who encouraged the women in his life to do whatever they felt called to do. He was a believer in finding one’s passion and following it.
Dr. MeeCee Baker and her daughter, Libby have generously established this fund to support three awards. Each award is $500.
The general criteria for each award include:
The Beth O. Baker ’77 Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has been an exemplary LGBTQA Ally.
The Dorothy Gilson Baker ’47 Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has served as a role model for gender identity and expression issues, contributed to research or teaching about gender identity and expression, or has advocated in the community for inclusion of gender identity in policies and practices.
The Bob Baker Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has challenged the parameters of gender roles by pursuing a non-traditional career or major, contributed to research or teaching about challenging proscribed gender roles, or has been an advocate for those who challenge proscribed gender roles.