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.
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.
Omari Akil Presents “Inclusive Design Practices in Tabletop Gaming”
This February, Durham-based game designer Omari Akil visited the Greenlaw Gameroom to discuss the story and successes of their game design studio and publishing company, Colorway Game Labs.
DOECL Faculty Black History Month Recommendations
Check out what the DOECL faculty recommend for reading, listening, and watching this Black History Month!
Meet the Faculty: Destiny Hemphill
Meet Professor Destiny Hemphill, the 2022-23 Kenan Visiting Writer in the Creative Writing Program.
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!
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,