Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
The Department supports the University’s core values encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community. The University does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. See the University’s non-discrimination policy for more details.
even this acknowledgement is an incomplete document as we work to fill the gaps about the history of this land
The Department of English and Comparative Literature recognizes the land and sovereignty of Native and Indigenous nations in Chapel Hill, in North Carolina, in North America, and across the world. We acknowledge that UNC’s land history includes a dispossession of people who first lived here, a dispossession that profited the University at the expense of sovereign indigenous nations.
As members of the faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, we write to express our alarm about the recent denial of tenure of Nikole Hannah-Jones for an endowed Knight professorship at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
Asian American Center Director Dr. Heidi Kim on March 16 shootings in Atlanta. It gives me great sorrow to write to all of you again about anti-Asian violence, but I wanted to reach out in the wake of last night’s shootings.
George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Akiel Denkins…And too many more. A movement powered by generations that include our own students and alums- the Black Lives Matter Movement- has taken up the call. The Department of English & Comparative Literature supports the movement for Black lives.
Dailihana Alfonesca, a Literature, Medicine, and Culture master’s student, finds herself—and success—in creative writing. Alfonesca was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Cathy Choi, a 2021 graduate who completed an ECL minor in Medicine, Literature, and Culture recently published a comic in Literature & Medicine.
Congratulations, Prof. Christmas on this prestigious award!
Sophomore Victoria Wlosok will be publishing her debut novel in 2023. “How to Find a Missing Girl,” is a sapphic YA thriller that follows amateur teenage detective Iris Blackthorn as she investigates the disappearance of her cheerleader ex-girlfriend—who also happens to be the creator of a notorious local true-crime podcast about Iris’s missing older sister.
Meet Denise Stroud, who recently won the spring 2022 Bland Simpson writing award!
As we continue to highlight the wide array of students in the DOECL, we’re turning our attention to non-traditional student Latonya Dalton,