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.

2020-2021 GSCALA Leadership

Chair: Tembi Charles, Penn State
Vice-Chair: Kufre Usanga, University of Alberta,
Media Officer: Sreya Datta, Leeds University,
Secretary: Katherine Hummel, University of Michigan,
Treasurer: Maria Jennifer Iyere,

Members at Large (6 Total)

Ama-Bemma Adwetewa-Badu, Cornell University,

Martha Ndakalako-Bannikov, University of Oregon,

Tolu Akinwole, University of Wisconsin,

Lauren Siegel, Cornell University,

Jordan Rogers, University of Miami,

Fiona Farnsworth, University of Warwick,

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 Fiona Farnsworth at

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

GSCALA Constitution