The Los Angeles chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (LA-ASF) recently recognized Althea Alexander, assistant dean for student diversity in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, with the Fellowship Spirit Award at the organization’s Celebration of Service, held April 8 in Los Angeles.

The Fellowship Spirit Award recognizes extraordinary achievement by those working to promote the work of LA-ASF, and whose life example has influenced and inspired others. Alexander has served as an active board member of the Los Angeles chapter since its inception in 2007.

“We are so pleased to honor Althea with our Fellowship Spirit Award,” said John Su, MD, director of LA-ASF. “She is an inspiration not only to students but to fellow academics and others working to improve the lives of our most vulnerable community members. Our work at the Los Angeles chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship would not have been possible without her significant and impactful contributions throughout the years.”

The Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program is one of 14 Schweitzer Fellowship programs throughout the United States and in Lambaréné, Gabon, at the site of The Albert Schweitzer Hospital. Fellows are graduate students who commit to a year of service, learning effective strategies and leadership skills to address the social factors that impact health. In doing so, they model their service after the life example set by pioneering physician-humanitarian and Nobel Peace Laureate Albert Schweitzer.