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Dona Yarbrough, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Women
Emory University


Dona Yarbrough, Ph.D, Director, Center for Women, Emory University.

Dona Yarbrough became the director of the Center for Women in the fall of 2008. Before coming to Emory, she was the director of the LGBT Center and a part-time faculty member in Women's Studies at Tufts University in Boston. Dr. Yarbrough received her Ph.D. in English at the University of Virginia with specializations in gender, race, and sexuality studies. At Virginia she was also the Director of Programs at the Women's Center, coordinator of the Hues Leadership Network for Women of Color, and an award-winning teacher. She holds certifications in rape crisis counseling and sexual education.

Dr. Yarbrough approaches women's issues with a highly intersectional lens, viewing gender as inextricably connected to other key cultural markers such as race, class, and sexuality. As director of the Center for Women, she focuses on identifying and eliminating institutional barriers for women at Emory; cultivating a university culture of diversity, gender equity, and inclusion; providing education on gender issues; and developing partnerships with community organizations focused on women. Some of her specific areas of interest include issues for women of color, the role of women in environmental justice and sustainability movements, and transgender identities and theories.

Among her many honors, Dr. Yarbrough received a Mary Lilly Research Grant from Duke University in 2002 and a NASPA Award for Exemplary Programs in 2007. In 2003, she won the Modern Language Association's Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay for an article published in American Literature. She has been an invited speaker and workshop presenter at a number of universities, including the University of Connecticut and Harvard University; and she has presented papers at many national and international conferences, including the National Women's Studies Association Conference, the American Studies Association Conference, and the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations.

This spring, she will teach IDS 385WR: Mississippi Delta: Poverty and Promise in America’s Poorest Region, an engaged learning course in which students will spend spring break building homes with Habitat for Humanity in Leland, Mississippi.

Dr. Yarbrough is a member of the local organizing committee for the biennial symposium of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, which will take place at the Emory Conference Center September 24-28, 2011.