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Dr. Edwards
Walter F. Edwards
Ph.D, Director

Born in Guyana, South America, Dr. Edwards earned a BA in English at the University of Guyana. He continued his education in England, earning an MA in Linguistics in English Language Teaching at University of Lancaster, England, and his Ph.D. in Language and Linguistics at University of York, England. At Wayne State University Dr. Edwards teaches several courses in linguistics. His research interests and publications include Guyanese Creole studies, African American Vernacular English, the sociolinguistics of rap lyrics and language and culture. Dr. Edwards was formerly Director of the Linguistics program, Assistant and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs, interim chair of the English Department at WSU. As the Humanities Center Director, Dr. Edwards manages all aspects of the Center's work and chairs the Advisory Board.

Dr. Edwards can be reached at (313) 577-5471 or walter.edwards@wayne.edu.

Jennifer Leonard
Jennifer Leornard
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer joined the Humanites Center in 2004. She can be reached at aa7076@wayne.edu or at (313) 577-5471.


Gloria Shakory
Student Assistant

Gloria joined the Humanities Center as a Student Assistant in September 2013. She is in the Pre-Dentistry program, studying to earn a Bachelors of Biological Sciences Degree.

Gloria can be reached at fi2493@wayne.edu or (313) 577-5471.


Shamira Tellis
Student Assistant

Shamira joined the Humanities Center as a Student Assistant in August 2012. She is a junior majoring in Pre-Nursing, studying to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN).

Shamira can be reached at eu7918@wayne.edu or (313) 577-5471



Sharaya(Texas) Solomon
Student Assistant

Sharaya(Texas) joined the Humanities Center as a Student Assistant in August 2017. She received her undergrad degree in Public Relations and New Media from Wayne State University (May 2017). Now in graduate school in the College of Education she is studying Learning, Design and Technology.

Sharaya(Texas) can be reached at Ew2821@wayne.edu or (248) 579-3532


Shu Wang
Webmaster and Student Assistant

Shu joined the Humanities Center as a Webmaster in September 2017. She is a Master's student in Computer Science, studying to earn a Master's of Science in Computer Science Degree, her expected graduation date is December 2018.

Shu can be reached at shuwang@wayne.edu or (313) 577-5471

Cheryl Courage
Grant Writer and Development Specialist

Cheryl joined the Humanities Center as a Grant Writer and Development Specialist in February 2017. At the Humanities Center, Cheryl's role is to develop and cultivate relationships and support with foundations, organizations, and individuals who support the Center's mission to nurture interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and intradisciplinary work in the humanities and arts at Wayne State University. Cheryl is developing funding strategies for new and existing projects at the Humanities Center, writing grants and preparing reports to funding sources. She is developing external alliances by fostering individual, organizational, and philanthropic support with passionate citizens, non-profit organizations/foundations, governmental bodies, and corporations. A Detroit-area native, Cheryl earned her BA in Psychology at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. She continued her education at Central Michigan University, earning an MA in Clinical Psychology. She is an experienced grant writer and reviewer and has published manuscripts in the areas of clinician training, health screening with linkage to care, narrative medicine, and end-of-life healthcare. She is currently a part-time PhD student in Communication at Wayne State University, with interests in social innovation, communication, and philanthropy.

Cheryl can be reached at cheryl.courage@wayne.edu or (313) 577-1308.