Profiles of Excellence


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Mona Ahmed

Communications Specialist
Graduate, BS Journalism and BA Political Science
 

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • 2019 KU Graduate, BS in Journalism and BA in Political Science
  • Winner of KU Undergraduate Research Award and additional travel award
  • Presenter, 2019 College Language Association, “Biracial Identity in The Hate You Give
  • Creator, HBW’s 35thAnniversary Timeline
  • HBW Blogger:
    • “Q&A with Nikita Haynie,” 02 Feb 2019
    • “Four Ways to Commemorate Dr. King on MLK Day,” 01 Jan 2019
    • “Four Reason to Say Yes to Voting,” 06 Nov 2018
  • 2018 Intern, Public Affairs, Kauffman Foundation 

 

Shelia Bonner

Affiliate
Doctoral Student, ABD, American Studies
 

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Presenter, College Language Association, Raleigh, NC
  • Co-presenter, Black Bibliographia Conference, “The Black Book as Tradition and Innovation: From Textuality to Materiality, From Theory to Practice,” University of Delaware
  • Graduate Assistant for Programming and Community Engagement, The Commons



 

A. D. Boynton, II 

Co-coordinator, Black Literary Suite 2019
Doctoral Student, English
 

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Author, "August Wilson, Afrofuturism, & Gem of the Ocean,” Open Cultural Studies2018; 2: 274-282
  • Author, “Remembering as Resistance and Challenging Whiteness,” The Essay Review
  • Editor, Journal of Science Fiction
  • Presenter, “Queering the Vampire in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling,” College Language Association, Raleigh, NC
  • Collaborator, Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Commons, Emily Taylor Center, Lawrence Public Library, and the Sexual Assault and Prevention and Education Center at KU
  • HBW Blogger, “A Review and Reading Companion to Noname’s Room 25” 02 Oct 2018







 

Arnab Chakraborty

Project Manager, Black Book Interactive Project
Doctoral Student, ABD, English
 

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Presenter, Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black, "Black Book Interactive Project: Methods, Applications, Refinements and Hurdles," University of Maryland
  • Co-presenter, Black Bibliographia Conference, “The Black Book as Tradition and Innovation: From Textuality to Materiality, From Theory to Practice,” University of Delaware
  • Book Reviewer, Black Leopard, Red WolfScroll.In, 21 Apr 2019
  • GRA Dissertation Awardee


 

Alysha Griffin 

Affiliate, Black Book Interactive Project
Doctoral Student, Theatre
 

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Leading Role, Sycoraxby Susan Gayle,KU Theatre
  • Assistant director, production coordinator, and production designer, Edge of Red
  • Presenter, College Language Association Conference, Raleigh, NC
  • Presenter, Black Bibliographia Symposium, “The Black Book as Tradition and Innovation: From Textuality to Materiality, From Theory to Practice,” University of Delaware
  • Assistant director, by Chasing Godsby Paris Clayton, KU Theatre and New York Repertory  collaborative 
  • HBW Blogger, “An Open Letter to Chancellor Girod,” 07 Aug 2018





 

Morgan McComb

Co-coordinator, Black Literary Suite
Writer and Producer, GEMS Initiative
Graduate, MA English 2019

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • 2019 KU Graduate, MA in English Literature and Literary Theory. 
  • Writer and director, Naomi Long Madgett: Literary Gem
  • Co-coordinator of 2019 Black Literary Suite, "Researching While Black: The Project on the History of Black Writing at 35 Years”
  • HBW Blogger:
    • “Women’s History Month: Naomi Long Madgett,” 08 Mar 2019
    • “The Great American Read: America’s Best-Loved Literature Centers Whiteness, Not Diversity,” 06 Dec 2019
    • “Performance in Morgan Parker’s and Tommy Pico’s Poetry,” 17 Oct 2018
  • 2019 Enter Class, PhD Program in English, University of Mississippi

 

Ellee Montena Rogers

Researcher, Mass Incarceration Symposium
Sophomore
 

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Emerging Scholar, Center for Undergraduate Research 
  • Presenter, 22ndAnnual Undergraduate Research Symposium, KU Center for Undergraduate Research
  • Freshman Honor Awardee
  • HBW Blogger, “Zero Tolerance Policy: The Realities Underneath,” 11 Oct 2018





 

Vincent Omni

Office Manager
Coordinator, Black Literary Suite 2020
MFA Student, Creative Writing

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Winner, 2019 College Language Association Fiction Contest.
  • Co-editor, Recovering Untold Stories: An Enduring Legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision(Kansas University Libraries, 2018).
  • Panelist, Hall Center for the Humanities’ Place, Race & Space Seminar – Recovering Untold Stories: An Enduring Legacy of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision.
  • HBW Blogger, “No Saint,” 18 Feb 2019

 

DeAsia Paige

Social Media Manager
Senior, Journalism and African American Studies

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Manager, HBW Social Media
  • Arts and Culture Correspondent,University Daily Kansas
  • Chair, Diversity Board, William Allen White School of Journalism
  • 2019 Intern, Editorial Division, Vice
  • HBW Blogger:
    • “Four Lesser Known Speeches by Dr. King,” 01 Jan 2019
    • “Four Ways to Commemorate Dr. King on MLK Day,” 01 Jan 2019
  • Blogger, deasiapaige.com

Christopher Peace

Affiliate, Black Book Interactive Project
Doctoral Student, English, Rhetoric and Composition

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Panel Chair, “Religion, Spirituality, and Culture in Caribbean Spaces,” Unexpected Caribbean Symposium
  • Graduate Intern, 30th Annual ZORA! Neale Hurston Festival
  • Speaker for the Charla de Merienda Presents: Spirituality and Resistance in the Americas ​for Lawrence Talks!
  • Workshop Leader, BBIP Grantee Workshop, College Language Association, Raleigh, NC
  • Blogger and Interviewer:
    • “Counterpublics, Pubic Intellectuals, and Exodusters: An Interview with Frank Farmer, Part I, 08 Jul 2019
    • “Counterpublics, Pubic Intellectuals, and Exodusters: An Interview with Frank Farmer, Part I, 27 Jun 2019
    • “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens,” 03 Apr 2019


 

Hamza Rehman

Database Specialist, Black Book Interactive Project
Graduate Research Assistant
MFA Candidate, English 

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Expanded the BBIP Metadata archive with a number of African-American texts
  • Extracted metadata from hundreds of African-American texts for BBIP
  • Workshop Leader, BBIP Grantee Workshop, College Language Association, North Carolina


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Jennifer M. Wilmot

Affiliate
Former Project Coordinator
Doctoral Student, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Accomplishments for 2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Co-author, “From Spirit-Murdering to Spirit-Healing: Addressing Anti-Black Aggressions and the Inhumane Discipline of Black Children,” Multicultural Perspectives
  • Presenter, The Crooked Room Conference, St. Louis, MO
  • Presenter, American Educational Research Association Conference, Toronto
  • Presenter, KU Langston Hughes Center Diverse Dialogues Series
  • Panelist, HBW Mass Incarceration Symposium
  • Lecturer, Spotlight Lecture Series, KU Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Feature, I'm First Too​ Commemorative Poster recognizing first-generation student success at KU
  • Member, University of Kansas Graduate Studies Advisory Committee, Re-Imagine Subcommittee
  • Founder, Women of Color Book Club, Highland Park High School, Topeka, KS
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