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College Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Fellows for 2021-22 Announced

Dr. Camille Hall recently announced the 2021-2022 College of Social Work Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Fellows which includes Dr. Andrea Joseph and Assistant Professor Christy Hickman, along with Eva Ludwig as the student fellow.

Dr. Andrea Joseph
Dr. Andrea Joseph is an assistant professor at the Nashville campus. She is a course instructor and serves as the course leader for SWK 538-Culturally Relevant Practices with Diverse Populations. As a recipient of the 2020-21 Social Justice Innovation Initiative (SJII) grant, Joseph brought students to the annual Black Girls Equity Alliance summit and established a social justice podcast. Joseph is a member of the Committee for Equity and Inclusion, is a certified trainer for the Critical Conversations model, and regularly participates in the Inclusive Pedagogy faculty development seminar, Black Indigenous Multiracial People of Color affinity group. In her application, Joseph said, “I believe that serving as one of the first Diversity and Inclusion Fellows will be a transformative experience for myself and the college.”

Christy Hickman
Assistant Professor Christy Hickman is a faculty member at the Knoxville campus and brings a wealth of clinical knowledge to the group. She is an experienced course instructor and served as the faculty advisor to Social Justice Initiative Student Group. Hickman is an active member of the Committee for Equity and Inclusion, team co-chairperson for the SW 538 Culturally Relevant Practices with Diverse Populations, is a certified Critical Conversations trainer, and is a co-facilitator of the Inclusive Pedagogy Faculty Development Seminar. Recently, Hickman began a doctoral program of study where her research will focus on LGBTQQIAP populations with an emphasis on people who identify as transgender. In her application, Hickman stated, “As a person who embodies both dominant and marginalized identities, I simultaneously long for an inclusive and equitable environment, while recognizing my responsibility to actively engage in creating it.”

Eva Ludwig
Eva Ludwig is a second year MSSW, Evidence-Based Interpersonal Practice concentration student at the Nashville campus. As an undergraduate, she was one of 10 to 12 students awarded the Posse Leadership Scholarship. Posse awards full-tuition scholarships to high school seniors from cities all over the country. These student groups conduct workshops on racism, sexism, homophobia, culture shock, and what it means to bring diversity to a college campus. A letter of support written by Kim Mallory, Associate Professor of Practice and Director of Field Education stated, “I have observed Eva using her knowledge and skill to challenge both classmates and faculty by calling people on issues of racial justice and white supremacy.” 

This cohort of fellows will work under the direct supervision of the Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion Camille Hall. The scope of their projects will have them working closely with the ADEI, CEI, members of the faculty, key offices such as the Enrollment Coordinator, Outreach & Engagement, and Field Education.  The goal is to support the Division of Diversity and Engagement’s mission of creating an inclusive learning environment for students by cultivating a welcoming environment and supporting recruitment and engagement initiatives at the UT College of Social Work.