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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

Language adapted from the UNC Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Asian American Center, in consultation with the DEI.
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.

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Statement on BOT’s Decision Regarding Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Appointment

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.

ECL Supports Professor Heidi Kim’s statement on the March 16th shootings in Atlanta

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.

ECL’s Statement of Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement

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.

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Featured Stories

ECL Undergraduate Ash Chen’s poetry exhibited at Eno Arts Mill

ECL Undergraduate Ash Chen’s poetry was ehibited at the Eno Arts Mill, run by the Orange County Arts Commission, in the Coalesce 2024 exhibition. Click here to read more!

2024 Frank B. Hanes, Writer-in-Residence, Terrance Hayes

2024 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence, Terrance Hayes, will give a reading on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30pm in Moeser Auditorium. The reading is free and open to the public.

DOECL Ph.D. Candidate Hannah Skjellum-Salmon Awarded Community Engagement Fellowship

Skjellum-Salmon was selected for the 2023 Community Engagement Fellowship through the Carolina Center for Public Service to fund their collaboration with local drag artists in Durham, NC.

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Student Spotlights

Undergraduate Victoria Wlosok to Publish Novel

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.

Student Spotlight: Denise Stroud

Meet Denise Stroud, who recently won the spring 2022 Bland Simpson writing award!

ECL student Latonya Dalton.

Student Spotlight: Latonya Dalton

As we continue to highlight the wide array of students in the DOECL, we’re turning our attention to non-traditional student Latonya Dalton,

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Our History

Timeline of 225 Years of Rhetoric, Writing, Film and Literature at Carolina

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