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Cabrini Professor Earns “Exceptional” Honor from YWCA

Posted on 4/30/2020 9:43:16 AM

Cabrini University Associate Professor of Education Colleen Lelli, EdD (’95), will be honored at the YWCA Tri-County Area 25th Annual Tribute to Exceptional Women on June 22. (The event, to be held at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, PA, was rescheduled from March 24.) Director of Cabrini’s Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education, Lelli shares this recognition with 35 other Montgomery County women working to empower young women.

“These women are fearless leaders whose impact on women and girls in our country is undeniable,” YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Castillo said in a statement.

Lelli has interacted with students of all ages and backgrounds over her 25-year career as an educator. Much of her research, writing and advocacy focuses on women and children enduring abusive environments. Through the Jordan Center, Lelli educates teachers, leaders, and others on how domestic violence and trauma affect children. She estimates the Jordan Center has reached more than 15,000 individuals with professional development opportunities, trainings, and conference presentations since its founding in October 2017.

John Jordan, Colleen Lelli, EdD ('95), and Barbara Jordan at the October 2017 launch of the Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education

Lelli also serves as PreK–4 w/Special Education Program Coordinator at Cabrini, devoting considerable work and research to developing instructional strategies for special education and building resilience in students with special needs.

“I believe that great leadership and great teaching come from building relationships,” Lelli said. “I strive to foster relationships with my students and colleagues by emphasizing the individual strengths each person brings to the table.”

In addition to her roles at Cabrini, she serves on the boards of Delaware County Women Against Rape and Laurel House, a domestic violence agency aiding individuals and families in Montgomery County.