Director & Academic Coordinator
S. Nzingha Dugas is a 19-year staff member of UC Berkeley in the area of academic student support, multicultural student development, student affairs, undergraduate and graduate student services and development. At Berkeley, she serves as one of the Directors in the Multicultural Student Development Offices in the area of African American Student Development.
In her role as the AASD Director, Nzingha serves as an advisor to students, staff, faculty and the administration regarding the needs and concerns specifically of the Black student community and generally of the multicultural student community through advising, teaching, research and resource opportunities, workshops, presentations, conferencing, and committee work.
Nzingha also serves an academic coordinator for students. As an AC, she facilitates a fall and spring seminar on navigating the university through a multicultural lens, trains students on leadership development and implements several academic, social and cultural retention programs. She follows and monitors 50-75% of the incoming African American class to ensure 1st and 2nd year success.
Her current academic and community efforts include: creating an academic advisory panel to study and increase student retention, establishing faculty, staff and peer mentoring teams for newly enrolled students, and doing multicultural student political awareness training. She is the President of JDOTT—The John D. O'Bryant National Think Tank for Black Professionals in Higher Education—an African American networking organization tied to the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. She has served as a member of the Berkeley Initiative for Leadership Development, sat on dozens of committees and task forces on diversity, and student development and matriculation, and has participated extensively in diversity education and training. Her primary areas of interest and expertise include: coaching, student leadership and development, outreach, retention, and multicultural student coalition building. She has been active in supporting the student voice for 25 years and has been keynote and facilitator for several student leadership programs as well as doing trainings, seminars and workshops focusing on leadership and multicultural student development. She is passionately dedicated to student leadership and empowerment.
Victor Sandifer, Jr.
Victor Sandifer, Jr. serves as the Program Coordinator for the African American Student Development Office, in the Multicultural Student Development Unit. Prior to joining the AASD Office, Victor formally served as Education and Career Coordinator at Youth Radio, a non-profit media literacy-training program, where he was responsible for creating and implementing programs and workshops that developed students academically and professionally, ultimately helping to build a college going culture amongst YR participants. Victor is an Oakland native and UC Berkeley alum with a degree in African American Studies. In addition, Victor serves to help bridge the gap between the UC Berkeley and the Berkeley-Oakland greater community. Outside of work Victor enjoys reading, listening to music, playing piano, and giving lessons on the basketball court. He is the founder and CEO of Run the World, which serves to encourage communities to support each other by reclaiming their neighborhoods. Victor’s motto is “Look Back, Give Back to the World”.
Administrative and Finance Coordinator
Teacher Assistant and Program Coordinator AAS 98 Course - African American Theme Program
External Program Logistics Coordinator
Internal Program Logistics Coordinator
Intern: Blackboard, Web, and Public Relations Coordinator