Darris is a proud alumna of the Brock Scholars Program, having earned her B.A. in English as well as philosophy and religion at UTC. During her undergraduate career, she partnered with fellow students, faculty, and administrators to develop and formalize the Women’s Studies major concentration in Humanities. She also served as a student consultant with the Writing Center, a resident assistant with Housing and Residence Life, and was the inaugural Student Assistant Director in Honors. Darris was named a 2006 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council, an award recognizing honors students for outstanding research and contributions to scholarship, for her departmental honors thesis in philosophy and religion, “The Virgin Mary: A Paradoxical Model of Christian Womanhood/Feminine Religiosity for Roman Catholic Immigrant Women of the Nineteenth Century,” later published in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council. She participated as co-presenter in several National Collegiate Honors Conference sessions as a student representative for UTC. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, and brings years of experience in student services as former manager of student programs with Harvard Law School. In the Honors College, Darris provides primary guidance for the High-Achieving Mocs Living-Learning Community and the Innovations in Honors programs, offering academic advising and support for programming, community building, residence life, and civic engagement.