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
My name is Gabrielle Shuman, and I am a fourth year undergraduate studying Public Health at UC Berkeley. I am from Southern California, but I love living in the Bay Area! I am a pre-med student, and plan to continue on to a post-baccalaureate program next year before applying to medical school. I am a student-staff member in AASD Office this year, and my position is one of two Logistics Coordinators.
I am the External Logistics Coordinator, meaning I am responsible for planning and executing events that bridge the UC Berkeley community with our surrounding off-campus community. I was also involved in student advocacy via the Black Student Union (BSU) for three years, and served as a Co-Chair for two of those years. If you have any questions about my work in AASD office, campus advocacy, or our recent BSU Demands for institutional change, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Internal Program Logistics Coordinator
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Make the undergrad experience memorable
Affiong Faith Ibok is a second year studying public health with a minor in public policy. She is a Resident Assistant in Unit 3 and also participates in the National Council of Negro Women as the Events Coordinator. Her hobbies include writing, playing video games, and watching netflix. She is committed to empowering the black community as well as fostering positive relationships between different communities of color.
James Butler, the living legend and the Transfer Liaison of AASD, is from Los Angeles, California. He transferred into UC Berkeley from Los Angeles Southwest College. He is currently in his last year of undergraduate educate as a Rhetorical Studies Major. James is highly involved on campus, from being a brother of the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. to being the External Vice President of the Black Student Union. James wishes study law and effect deep systematic change within underprivileged communities, but, until his dreams come into fruition, he is happy to serve the students of UC Berkeley.
Intern: Blackboard, Web, and Programming
Intern: Public Relations
Camerin Thompson, Public Relations and Promotions Intern, is a first year student here at UC Berkeley. He is currently working as a Junior-status student in the Media Studies major program. Prior to committing to Cal, Camerin was very much involved with community theater where he starred as Sebastian the crab in The Little Mermaid and Roger “Rump” in Grease The Musical. Camerin’s first exposure to the Black community here at Cal was when he was a bridgee during Summer Bridge. The thing that is most appealing to him in regards to being black@Cal is the inclusive and very much supportive space that is always presented. The most important advice he has to offer all incoming black students is that the Black experience is what you make it-- either you have active involvement or a spectator of what could have been. His goal in regards to AASD and assisting the inner Black Community is to serve as the bridge of enlightening community members of the resources available to them.
Saraya Morris works as a Logistics Coordinator intern for the AASD office. She is an intended Business Administration major from Los Angeles, California who enjoys being a part of this organization that works to aid underrepresented students in the campus community. Along with interning for AASD, she is also a board member for the Get on the Bus (GOTB) organization at Cal which addresses the question of the prison system and how this system affects society. Along with other GOTB members, she works to reunite incarcerated people with their families. Saraya enjoys reading, watching TV shows such as “The Walking Dead,” and dancing--which is what prompted her to joins Berkeley’s Nigerian Student Association Dance Team. She is passionate about engaging with her community to create a better environment for both herself and for others.