Professional Bio and Curriculum Vitae


TOKEYA C. GRAHAM is a tenured Associate English Professor at Monroe Community College’s Downtown Campus where she teaches Composition, Literature, and Creative Writing courses. She is actively involved in campus life, including her role as advisor for Black Student Union at Downtown Campus (BSU @ DC). Graham is the recipient of several work-related awards and honors, including the prestigious NISOD award, a national honor celebrating excellence in community college faculty and staff.

Graham is the founder/owner of Soulstainable Living, a whole person wellness initiative (mind, body, spirit); Charity ROCs, a community giving resource; and We All Write, a collective of Black women educators, creatives, and activists. Additionally, she owns T. Cornell Writing Resource which provides comprehensive writing services.

Professor Graham is on the  Expert Advisory Council for the Democrat & Chronicle's “Time to Education” education initiative. She also serves as the Chair of the “Voices of Experience” and “After School Literacy” programs for the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley and as the Literary Curator for The Avenue Blackbox Theatre. Graham has won many awards for her community work, including a 2019 Leadership award from Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley and a BreakThru magazine “Inspiring Award” winner. Graham was also a 2017 ATHENA Young Professional award finalist.

Graham’s scholarship and activism focus on Black Studies; Women’s Issues; Literature and Language; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is a well-respected anti-bias/anti-racism educator who uses her platform to elevate the voices of the underrepresented and the underserved.

Tokeya C. Graham holds degrees from Monroe Community College, SUNY Brockport, and the University of Rochester and a Diversity and Inclusion certificate from Cornell. A Rochester, NY native, she is married with three children.