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  • Now in my seventh year at Elon, I've experienced many memorable moments. For example, in Spring 2006, I taught the course, "Booked! Sentenced! Barred! African American Narratives of Confinement" (ENGLISH 239). When I walked into the predominantly Black classroom, everyone applauded. Students soon explained that the class was a first in their careers and that they are never the majority in their classrooms. It was one of the most fun and memorable experiences in my teaching career. The majority black demographic no longer exists in this class or any other I teach at Elon, and I'm pleased that more and more, Black Studies classes at Elon are reflecting America's multicultural and multi-ethnic makeup. My other memorable moment came with the realization of what it means to be a Black faculty member at Elon and what that symbolizes to so many people. Back in 2005, I remember the moment when I was the only Black female who worked in Carlton, along with our environmental staff worker. This phenomenon still exists in many pockets across our campus, but I'm also pleased that diversity is a priority for our institution and things are improving. Elon is a special place. It is always evolving, striving to be better, not just to live up to its mission and values, but as it strives for greater national and international recognition. Blacks will continue to be important and ground-breaking members of this community and I'm so happy to work here!