Spotlight

Trinitie Terrell

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Major: Pre-Nursing
  • Minor: Psychology
  • Current Job Title: CDEI Work-study
  • Passions and Interests:
    • Passionate about building one on one relationships to help people.
    • Always aiming to make an impact in the community by helping others.
    • Passionate about fostering diversity incentives to create safe spaces on campus to allow students from underrepresented communities to feel comfortable and build a sense of community.
  • Organizations and Involvements:
    • Black Student Union
    • Nursing Club
  • Hobbies:
    • Basketball
    • Photography
    • Painting
    • Reading: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Non-fiction
  • Interesting Fact:
    • Has 40-50 pairs of shoes!

JillAnn Knonenborg

  • Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Undergraduate Major: Creative Writing
  • Undergraduate Minor: International Relations and Political Science
  • Graduate Major: Master’s in divinity
  • Current Job Title: Director of Religious Life
  • Passions and Interests:
    • Writing: Stems from her passion for professional writing hence the undergraduate major in creative writing.
    • Excited by the curious and stimulating campus environment created through dynamic relations between students and faculty.
    • Helping self-discovering college students explore their spirituality through religion.
    • Passionate about creating a social environment that values inclusion for all regardless of gender and/or race.
    • Devoted to exploring spirituality through artistic forms like writing.
    • Passionate about advocating for social justice in racial, gender and, abusive issues.
  • Organizations and Involvements:
    • Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church
    • Institutional coordinator for religious student organizations
  • Hobbies:
    • Writing and Reading
    • Fun geeky stuff: Dungeons and dragons, Musical theatre, Harry Potter
    • Activism
    • Singing
  • Interesting Fact:
    • Worked at Disney World
    • Sang the national anthem on ESPN at age 12!

Taiza Alexander

  • Hometown: Berea, Kentucky
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Major: Business Management and Marketing
  • Current Job Title: Admissions and Diversity Intern
  • Passions and Interests:
    • Passionate about building athletic career alongside her supportive teammates and coaches on the track team.
    • Constantly researching new ways to foster diversity on UE’s international Harlaxton campus.
    • Aims to create an inclusive and conducive campus community for newly admitted UE students from underrepresented communities.
    • Passionate about making a real difference on UE’s campus, both local and abroad.
  • Organizations and Involvements:
    • BSU
    • UE Track Team
  • Hobbies:
    • Making crafts
    • Spending time with family and friends
    • Shopping
    • Watching Netflix
  • Why UE:
    • Unique and exciting track team opportunity.
    • Small university environment allows for close interpersonal experiences and relationships with the campus community.
  • Interesting fact:
    • Basketball enthusiast:
      • Favorite college team: University of North Carolina
      • Favorite NBA team: Miami Heat
    • Recently visited and explored St. Louis, Missouri

Madison King

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Major: Global Business and Marketing
  • Current Job Title: Diversity Intern
  • Passions and Interests:
    • Passionate about promoting diversity on campus.
    • Aims to impact the UE campus by making resources more available for students from underrepresented communities.
  • Organizations and Involvements:
    • BSU
    • Fellows Program
    • Business Professionals of America
  • Hobbies:
    • Drawing
    • Photography
    • Running
  • Why UE:
    • Small campus community provides more opportunities to form meaningful and lasting relationships across the campus community.
    • UE’s highly acclaimed business school.
  • Interesting fact:
    • Never broken a bone!

Abagail Catania

  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Undergraduate Major: Agricultural Business Management
  • Undergraduate Minor: Legal Studies
  • Graduate Major: Master’s in Cultural and Critical Studies
  • Current Job Title: Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment and Programming
  • Passions and Interests:
    • Passionate about diversity and creating access to people from underrepresented and minority backgrounds
    • Excited about the prospects of collaborating with various departments on campus.
    • Aims to create a more diverse campus community through her dual position because it allows for a direct link between the CDEI and the Office of Admissions.
    • Passionate about creating opportunities for individuals from underprivileged communities, which is evident in the scholarship she personally funds.
  • Organizations and Involvements:
    • Posse Foundation Scholar
    • Previous Chapter President and National Officer for MANRRS
    • Ambassador for ASK.LISTEN.SAVE suicide prevention program
    • Member of Order of the Eastern Star
  • Hobbies:
    • Traveling
    • Experiencing new cultures
    • Hanging out with friends and dog (LUNA)
    • Aspiring bungy jumper
    • Theatre
    • Volleyball enthusiast
  • Why UE:
    • Changemaker environment
    • Current position aligns with her passion for youth development while fostering the growth of underrepresented communities.
    • Harlaxton program coincides with her passion for traveling and her experiences studying abroad
  • Interesting fact:
    • Studied abroad in England and Uganda
    • Funds her own scholarship
    • Has skydived!

Annie Sills

  • Hometown: Newburgh, Indiana
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Undergraduate Major: Sociology
    • Specialization: Anthropology and Social Work
  • Graduate Major: Social Work and Human Resource Management
    • License: Clinical Social Work
  • Current Job Title: Assistant Director of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator
  • Passions and Interests:
    • Passionate about encompassing educational and professional qualifications through Title IX position
    • Fascinated the various perspectives of Title IX observed on campus amongst community members
    • Aims to debunk falsehoods about Title IX to create a safer space where students feel more comfortable having the tougher conversations
  • Organizations and Involvements:
    • Mountain biking
    • Hiking
    • Reading: favorite author is Jane Austin
    • Watching documentary series that relate to social discussions
    • Hanging out with dogs: Charlie-Brown, Koda, General
  • Why UE:
    • Third generation UE alums so UE feels like home
    • Role UE claim
  • Interesting fact:
    • Published a poem at age 12
    • Aspired to be a Forensic Anthropologist

Reem Al Alawi

  • Hometown: Al-Buraimi, Oman
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Major: Archaeology
  • Minor: Art History
  • Current Job Titles:
    • Diversity Intern
    • Asst. Art Creator with Evansville Museum
  • Passions and Interests:
    • Passionate about art:
      • Contemporary Islamic Art
      • Contemporary Western Art
  • Organizations and Involvement:
    • International Club: Event planning and Volunteer planning
  • Hobbies:
    • Painting, art
    • Reading: psychology
    • Hiking
  • Why UE:
    • Quality of UE’s Archaeology program
    • The tranquil Evansville Community
  • Interesting fact:
    • Interested in Palaeontology: the study of fossils, etc.

Abigail Martin

  • Hometown: Hatfield, Indiana
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Major: Social Work
  • Minor: Psychology
  • Current Job Title: Social Work Intern
  • Passions and Interests:
    • Passionate about helping others
    • Excited about social work aspirations after gaining experience at various jobs
  • Organizations and Involvements:
    • Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
    • Feminist Campus
  • Hobbies:
    • Hanging out with friends
    • Thrifting
    • Photography
  • Why UE:
    • Macro social work opportunity
    • Interest in the higher education environment
    • Diverse and friendly work environment
  • Interesting fact:
    • Doesn’t eat condiments

Katelyn Vinci

  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Major: Social Work
  • Minor: Psychology
  • Current Job Titles:
    • Social Work Intern
    • Day School Teacher
  • Interests and Passions:
    • Passionate about fostering the institutional integration of Title IX and sexual assault policies
    • Aims to broaden the scope of diversity awareness while working at CDEI
    • Active advocate for issues regarding social violence.
  • Organizations and Involvements:
    • Feminist Campus
    • President of Students for Gender Violence Awareness
  • Hobbies:
    • Photography
    • Hanging out with friends
    • Reading
  • Why UE:
    • Eager to experience another campus environment
  • Interesting fact:
    • Related to Leonardo Da Vinci

Emma Burns

  • Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
  • Current Residence: Evansville, Indiana
  • Major: Social Work
  • Current Job Title:
    • Student Worker at USI library
    • Social Work Intern
  • Passions and Interests:
    • Passionate about social work applications
  • Organizations and Involvements:
    • Sexuality and Gender Alliance
  • Hobbies:
    • Drawing
    • Video games
    • Traveling; been to France, England, and Ireland
  • Why UE:
    • Opportunity to build on passion for diversity
    • A natural fit being an Evansville native
  • Interesting fact:
    • Self-taught ukulele player

Office Phone:
812-488-5260

Office Email:
Center4DEI@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Ridgway University Center, Office 261