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Diversity & Climate

2010 UWM Diversity Fellows (May 2010)


I am pleased to announce the 2010 UWM Diversity Fellows. In its second year, the Diversity Fellows Program (DFP) is designed to diversify our course offerings and summer faculty by providing underrepresented graduate students nearing the end of their programs the opportunity to teach and conduct research at UWM during our summer session. The DFP enables our departments to interact with some of the nation’s finest future faculty prior to their graduation. While at UWM, the Fellows hone their teaching skills, interact with our faculty, experience the climate and culture of their respective departments, and get to know Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.

This year, we received approximately 90 applications from institutions across the nation for six positions. Listed below are the 2010 Fellows and the courses they are teaching this summer:

Eric Anthony Grollman is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at Indiana University, where he specializes in sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, and social psychology. He earned his MA at Indiana University and his BA, with Honors and Distinction, at the University of Maryland. Eric is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He has been published in the UMBC Review: Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works and is a reviewer for The Sociological Quarterly. Eric also blogs for the Kinsey Institute, founded the Campus Coalition for Sexual Literacy, and served as a facilitator for Crossroads (LGBT graduate student organization). He is a member of the American Sociological Association, the Association of Black Sociologists, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Black Gay Research Group. He will be teaching Sociology 255: Sociology of Sexuality.

Kiron Johnson is a doctoral candidate in History at New York University, where she received the Henry M. MacCraken Fellowship and specializes in 19th century U.S. history, gender, and sexuality in African-American history. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, where she was an honor student. Kiron presented her paper, “The Southern Dream: Charlotte Forten Grimké and African-American Migration South During the Civil War and Reconstruction,” to the Graduate Association for African-American History at the University of Memphis. She is a member of the Women’s Writing Collective and Co-Founder of Historians of Color. Kiron was also a member of the Alpha Alpha Zeta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and served as a Parliamentarian for the National Council of Negro Women. She will be teaching History 410: Civil War and Reconstruction: The United States, 1861-1877.

Simanique Moody earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics at New York University. She earned her MA at New York University and her BA, summa cum laude, at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Moody has received many fellowships, including the Ford Dissertation Fellowship, the Ford Pre-doctoral Fellowship, and the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship. She has been published in Language and has two more manuscripts under review. Dr. Moody was invited to speak at Oxford University and Stanford University and has presented at numerous conferences. She served on the organizing committee for New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 34 and also as an abstract reviewer for that volume. She is a member of the Midwestern Modern Language Association, the Linguistic Society of America, the Society for Caribbean Linguistics, the Linguistics Association at New York University, and Graduate Students of Color at New York University. She is fluent in Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole; and partially fluent in Brazilian Portuguese. For summer 2010, she will be teaching Linguistics 468: Language in its Various Forms.

Nishiki Tayui is a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Indiana University. She earned her BFA, magna cum laude, from Portland State University and her AA from Tokyo Gakuen Women’s College. She has several publications to her credit, including New American Painters – MFA 87, The Visual Communication Quarterly, and the Asian Reporter. Nishiki has won several awards, including the International Enhancement Grant, the Overseas Program Fellowship, and the Florence Heidel-Slatzman Scholarship. She has had numerous exhibitions/performances, including eight solo/curated shows. Nishiki was a member the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She will be teaching Art 208: Color Concepts.

Lauren D. Thomas is a doctoral candidate in Engineering Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she is the recipient of the prestigious EIGER NSF IGERT fellowship and specializes in enhancing STEM education. She earned her MS at Norfolk State University and her BS at Spelman College. Lauren has been published in the Georgia Journal of Science and has made several presentations, including the 2009 Frontiers in Education Conference, 2009 Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, and 2009 National Society of Black Physicists. She is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, and the Optical Society of America. Lauren has also served the community with Digital Connectors and Techno Scholars. This summer she will be conducting research on surface plasmon resonance grating sensors. She will also collaborate in writing an NSF proposal for engineering education, focusing on optics.

Calvin L. Warren earned his Ph.D. in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University. He earned his M. Phil., with Distinction, and his MA from Yale University, and his BA, magna cum laude, from Cornell University. Dr. Warren is a recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship and the Collins Higgins Courage Award. He also received a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Mellon Mays Dissertation Fellowship, Beinecke Research Fellowship, A. Mellon Graduate Travel Research Fellowship, and Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Warren has been published in the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Journal and has numerous conference papers and presentations to his credit. He is an educational consultant for the New Haven Public School District’s Talented and Gifted Program, and serves on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut and the Yeshua Project in Bridgeport, CT. He will be teaching Africology 362: Philosophy and Thought in the Afroworld II.


The entire campus community is invited to attend a reception welcoming the Fellows to campus on Monday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Union Fireside Lounge. For additional information, please contact Cheryl Andres at 414-229-2721.




Johannes Britz
Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dean and Professor
School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee