Department Resources

Members of the 2019/2020 Diversity Committee
Members of the 2019/2020 Diversity Committee Back row, from left to right: Aleah Brown, John Bridger Gilmore, Cassander Smith (Chair), and Joe Welty. Front row, from left to right: Sarah Cantrell, Lauren Cardon (Diversity Initiative Co-Coordinator), Jenifer Park (Diversity Initiative Co-Coordinator)


Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee solicits, collates, and acts upon information regarding institutional diversity efforts in the department. The Committee is responsible for producing an annual report on all diversity efforts in the Department for inclusion in the Department’s annual report. This committee is composed of Tenure-Track/NTRC faculty (one of whom serves as committee chair), Full Time Instructors, and a and undergraduate student.

Members of the 2020/2021 Committee (not yet pictured): James Andrew Crank (Chair), Yolanda Manora, Lauren Cardon (Diversity Initiative Co-Coordinator), Jenifer Park (Diversity Initiative Co-Coordinator), John Bridger Gilmore, Christopher Love (Exec Committee Representative), Amanda Snyder, Kaitlyn McClung, Sam Braht

Diversity Initiative

Two Chair-appointed co-coordinators work with the Chair, the Diversity Committee, and other interested parties within and outside of the department to promote and support diversity within the department and its programs. These efforts also extend outside the department, whether through outreach activities or through sponsorship or partnership with other agents and groups affiliated with the university.


Members of the ToCC
From top left clockwise, Spring and Fall 2020 elected GTA-chair, Aurielle Lucier (MFA candidate), and co-founders, James Eubanks (Ph.D. candidate, CRES), Khadeidra Billingsley (Ph.D. candidate, CRES), and Jenifer Park (faculty).


TOCC (Teachers of Color Caucus)

The TOCC is a support system established by teachers of color who are committed to providing a safe space for all teachers of color, including Writing Center consultants, large-lecture TAs, Literature, and Composition GTAs, to receive support through dialogue, sharing and development of resources, and community-building events. This committee is chaired by a GTA.


AAWE (African American Women in English)

AAWE, African American Women in English, is a race-specific support group in the English Department designed to retain and nurture the intellectual development of African-American students. It began as a group for women but has since expanded to include African Americans of any gender identity. The mission of AAWE is to provide fellowship, a sense of community, and professionalization opportunities for its members.