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April Wilson
April s a Clinical Instructor at UTC. She obtained her BSW from the UTC in 2011 and her MSW from Southern Adventist University in 2013. For the past six years, she has worked primarily with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. While working in a community-based program, she has served in various positions aiding families experiencing trauma. In her most recent role, April was charged with the responsibility of implementing a systems-based approach to intimate partner violence in Chattanooga/Hamilton County. Prior to becoming a full-time clinical instructor in the program, April served as an adjunct faculty member in the UTC Social Work program as well as a field instructor for students. April is a local trainer on issues affecting families as well as a Building Strong Brains (BSB) Trainer for the State of Tennessee aimed at educating members of the community of the impact of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) and the developing brain.

Fostering a Sense of Belonging among Female African-American Faculty and Staff at UTC (Co-Presenter with Kendra Duncan, Dr. Carmen Lewis, Dr. Shekila Melchior, and Sherese Williams)

 

African American women in the academy differ in experiences, background, and beliefs; however, they are connected in their struggle to be accepted and respected, and to have a voice in an institution with many views (Collins 2001) . This panel will examine the experiences of African-American faculty and staff at UTC. The purpose of this session is to provide insight and tools for improving these experiences and creating a more inclusive experience at UTC. Participants will gain an understanding of the African American faculty and staff experience related to issues of racism, discrimination, and microaggressions. Participants will also be given the opportunity to discuss the ways in which these experiences impact faculty and staff in both their academic and social environments. Finally, participants will leave with ideas of creating a sense of belonging on campus.