Graduate Student Caucus

The Graduate Student Caucus of the ALA (GSCALA) is a relatively small group of MA and PhD students from around the world that organizes graduate student-oriented events and panels at the annual conference. The purpose of the caucus is to facilitate and strengthen graduate student participation in the ALA, providing students with opportunities to advance their research, professional development, and relationships with scholars in the field.

2021-2022 GSCALA Leadership

Chair: Kufre Usanga, University of Alberta, Canada
Vice Chair: Cristovão Nwachukwu, University of Florida
Secretary: Tolu Akinwole, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Social Media Officer: Vincent Ogoti, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Treasurer: Chijioke Onah, Cornell University

Members at Large

Darlington Elo Ejezie, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen Germany
Olajide Salawu, University of Alberta, Canada
Simi Fadirepo, Louisiana State University
Roger Fopa Kuete, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Ikechukwu Otuu Egbuta, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Tola Okunlola, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Join Us

GSCALA welcomes all graduate students who wish to be part of a community of like-minded students studying the literatures and cultures of Africa and the diaspora. We are always looking for motivated students to help out with our organizing efforts. To learn more about the caucus please contact Kufre Usanga at

Click here to join our Facebook page.
And please follow us on Twitter @GSCALA_.

GSCALA Constitution