Center for Women Staff
Center for Women at Emory (CWE) reports to the Provost’s Office and serves faculty, staff, students, and the community. We promote gender equity and inclusion, develop women leaders, and provide education on gender issues. Our signature programs are listed here.
Associate Vice Provost for Community and Diversity
Director, Center for Women
Dona Yarbrough directs the strategic plans and programs of the Center for Women and provides leadership to the enterprise-wide Advisory Council on Community and Diversity and the Office of Community and Diversity’s Portfolio Working Groups. She also leads efforts focused on faculty/senior administrative recruitment and retention strategies and diversity-related policies and practices. She is co-PI with Professor Leslie Harris of Emory's Arcus Foundation Grant supporting scholarship on black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. She has been at Emory since 2008 and loves working here and being an active citizen of Atlanta. Yarbrough is also a proud member of the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2013. Before coming to Emory, she was the director of the LGBT Center and a part-time faculty member in Women’s Studies at Tufts University. Yarbrough received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and has taught numerous courses related to gender, race, and sexuality studies and early 20th-century American literature. She is a recipient of the Modern Language Association's Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay in lesbian, gay, queer studies.
Assistant Director, Center for Women
Chanel Craft is currently a PhD candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She holds a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She sees herself as a scholar-activist with areas of specialization in US Third World feminism, hip-hop feminism, cultural studies, critical media literacy, and critical prison studies. She is currently completing her dissertation “Police Stay on Us Like Tattoos: Constructions of a Prison State in Hip Hop.” Her dissertation uses a US Third World feminist framework to analyze the ways in which hip-hop artists uses their cultural productions to construct their lived environments as borders between confinement and freedom. Continuing to blur the lines between activism and the academy, she organized the Runway for Peace as part of the US Social Forum, she is a founding member of the African American Studies Collective at Emory University where she was a part of the planning team for the Alien Bodies Conference, and she is a member of the Crunk Feminist Collective.
Tiffany Del Valle
Program Coordinator, Center for Women
Tiffany is currently serving her second term as President of the Georgia Women's Conference and brings with her a passion for women's issues and civil rights. Tiffany earned her B.A. in English, with a focus in women's literature from Georgia State University. She plans on pursuing her graduate studies in English with a focus in Gender and Sexuality. As a certified teacher and lifelong student, Tiffany takes a pedagogical approach to any project she undertakes and is committed to fostering a respectful, inclusive, and safe environment for the women of Emory.
Assistant Director for Community and Diversity
Program Coordinator, Center for Women
Winner of the 2012 biennial Kore Award for Best Dissertation on Women and Mythology, Shannan Palma earned her Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University in 2012 and her B.A. in English from The Ohio State University in 2000. She first joined the Center in 2010 as a Graduate Fellow to create and implement a strategic plan for integrating social media outreach in to the life of the center and later joined the staff full-time. A strategic communications and higher education professional with expertise in simplifying complex narratives, Palma is in charge of the center's communications and publicity, among other responsibilities. Committed to advocating for positive culture change within the Emory and Atlanta communities, she also works on a variety of research projects and publications as part of a data and communications team in the Office of Community and Diversity.
Lauren Guilmette is finishing her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Emory and is currently serving as a Graduate Fellow in the Center for Women for the 2013-2014 year. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Williams College in 2008, where she was one of the founding members of the Williams Women's Center, co-director of the Vagina Monologues, and a hotline trainer for the Rape and Sexual Assault Network. Since coming to Emory in 2008, she has taught courses at Emory and at Spelman College in Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, and Philosophy and Literature. Her dissertation engages the turn to "affect' in contemporary feminist, queer, and continental thought, as well as a historical lineage of philosophers concerned with the affective dimensions of ethics and politics. Here she is pictured with her favorite writer, James Baldwin, in the National Portrait Gallery.
MSV Graduate Assistant, Center for Women
Dominick Rolle supports the the Emory-Men Stopping Violence Initiative, coordinating outreach, conducting presentations, and serving as the teaching assistant for the course Male Intimate Partner Violence Against Women: Critical Issues and Concepts. As a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D. in English at Emory, his interests are mainly in 20th century African American Literature, Anglo Caribbean literature, and gender studies. Dominick received his B.A. in English from the University of Virginia in 2008. Prior to matriculating to Emory, Dominick was actively involved in social work and community building during his time in Charlottesville, VA. For two years he served as a youth counselor in a state supported home for youth and as a regional veteran peer representative for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. As a former veteran of the United States Navy who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was well suited to advocate for the needs of displaced veterans and their spouses in the central Virginia area. Through his experience in helping traumatized youth, on one hand, and veterans and their partners who are often affected by post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dominick possesses both the empathy and knowledge necessary to advocate for, support, and promote the Emory-Men Stopping Violence Initiative.