Center for Women Staff

Center for Women at Emory (CWE) is part of the Division of Campus Life and serves women faculty, staff, and students. We promote gender equity and inclusion, develop women leaders, and provide education on gender issues. Our signature programs are listed here.

Chanel Craft Tanner | Director

Chanel Craft

Chanel Craft Tanner is currently a PhD candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University.  She holds a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She sees herself as a scholar-activist with areas of specialization in US Third World feminism, hip-hop feminism, cultural studies, critical media literacy, and critical prison studies.  She is currently completing her dissertation “Police Stay on Us Like Tattoos: Constructions of a Prison State in Hip Hop.” Her dissertation uses a US Third World feminist framework to analyze the ways in which hip-hop artists uses their cultural productions to construct their lived environments as borders between confinement and freedom.  Continuing to blur the lines between activism and the academy, she organized the Runway for Peace as part of the US Social Forum, she is a founding member of the African American Studies Collective at Emory University where she was a part of the planning team for the Alien Bodies Conference, and she is a member of the Crunk Feminist Collective. 


Tia N. Williams | Program Coordinator

Since earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration at UGA, Tia has become an experienced social justice and safe space facilitator who has developed a passion for empowering young people around social justice issues and bringing cultural awareness to those around her. She is currently pursuing a Master in Social Work. 

Prior to her start at Emory in 2014, she worked at what was formerly Gainesville State College (now The University of North Georgia) and the University of Georgia.

Tia is a crockpot enthusiast. If you come to her house, there is typically a new recipe brewing.


Natalie Turrin | Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality

Natalie is the Coordinator for Gender and Sexuality Programs in the Office of LGBT Life and Center for Women. Originally from Toronto Canada, Natalie holds a BSc in Genetics and an MA in Women's Studies. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory. Her dissertation explores what epigenetics - a field of study that examines gene-environment interactions and the mechanisms by which genes switch 'on' and 'off' - can offer feminism.

Natalie is an enthusiastic advocate for science literacy in feminism and contact sports for women. In her spare time you may find her on roller skates, cross-training, cooking, or baking.