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Tonya D. Cook papers

Identifier: G2007-16A

Scope and Content of the Tonya D. Cook Papers

These papers, spanning from 1988-2002, 2023 [bulk 1988-1989], consist of reference materials collected by Tonya Cook and the special events planning binder which she used as Chairperson for the Women's Life and Development Committee, 1988-1989. The papers document other programs Cook organized to support the GSU community, such as Spotlight, which recognized outstanding female faculty members; Tribute to the Torch Bearers; Women in Civil Rights Forum; and seminars in sexual harassment and the glass ceiling syndrome.

Reference materials consist of articles and papers from 1988-2002. Topics include improving retention rates of African American college students, Georgia State University's recent history in regards to diversity, and the impact of African American leadership at GSU, which resulted in a variety of programs and the implementation of a graduate degree offered in African American Studies.


  • Creation: 1988-2002, 2023
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1988-1989


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Tonya D. Cook

Tonya Denise Cook, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, was born February 4, 1968. She began her career at Georgia State University in the fall of 1986 as an undergraduate and as a work study student for the College of Education. She was a Charter Member and Member at Large of GSU Spotlight Programs (Women's Life and Black Life and Culture) of which she served as Co-Chair (1987-1988) and as Chairperson (1988-1989). She was actively involved in a myriad of roles on campus, including membership in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Lambda Nu Chapter, Leadership Conclave, Student Government Association, Order of Omega and Black Student Alliance (1988-1990). In 1994, Cook graduated from Georgia State University with a B.B.A. in Marketing and earned a Masters degree in Human Resources Development from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2005.

Since 1999, Tonya Cook has been the Program Specialist for Georgia State University's Student Life and Leadership/ Intercultural Relations, planning a varied and diverse range of cultural and educational programs for the University. She is the Event Chairperson for the annual Martin Luther King. Jr. Convocation, which pays homage to the life and legacy of Dr. King. She is active in her community, which also includes her graduate chapter of her Zeta Phi Beta Sorority-Kappa Iota Zeta which she is an inductee of their Hall of Fame (2008). Tonya Cook is also involved and a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, National Black Arts Festival, Alvin Ailey Ambassadors Committee (Atlanta), Camp Girlfriends and Plan Your Meetings Magazine. She is an alumna of the Atlanta Women Foundation's Destiny Fund (2008) and the United Way V.I.P. Program (2008). Tonya Cook was included among Women Looking Ahead magazine's list of Georgia's 100 most powerful and influential women (nonprofit and diversity).


0.4 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

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The files are arranged alphabetically

Physical Location

LS8: 110-M-3

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tonya D. Cook, 2007-2023.

Related Archival Materials note

Related materials in this repository:Marymal Dryden - Judith Allen Ingram collection, W023

Processing Information

Processed by Hilary Morrish, June 2009.

Tonya D. Cook:
A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
June 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgia State University Archives Repository

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