Ameenah Shakir, an assistant professor of African American history at Florida A&M University, will present a lecture examining Helen Dickens' leadership of the Pan American Medical Women's Alliance (PAMWA), which was comprised of doctors from Peru, Mexico, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the United States. Dickens served as PAMWA president from 1968-1973. Under her leadership, PAMWA included a sustained effort to increase membership of women of African descent. Specifically, her research questions how differing notions of race and ethnicity informed women's medical professional organizations across transnational boundaries. It will conclude with the effects of PAMWA on women's minority medical school enrollment.