Our Staff

Katrina Moore headshotKatrina Moore

M.Ed., Director

Katrina Moore is an accomplished manager with a solid track record of results based performance and a deep commitment to the personal and professional career development of underrepresented minority college age students. She is courageous, straightforward and has developed a reputation as having the ability to handle difficult, complex and sensitive issues.

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Katrina applies her deep commitment to the development of underrepresented minority college students by developing strong relationships and serving as their advisor for success in the corporate work environment and helps sponsoring companies to gain access to diverse talent to help them meet their business objectives. She is a strong program developer and has founded and led the implementation of community and youth programs and events that salute and honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and that have become a twenty-year MetroWest community tradition. These programs include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast celebration in Framingham MA and the MLK Youth Conference for students in grades 1 - 12.

As a seasoned project management professional and trusted advisor with over 20 years of corporate work experience, she has a proven ability to work independently or interface with all levels of an organization, and supervise and motivate team members to get the job done. She has advised senior management on strategic development opportunities and strategic planning which resulted in the funding and resource allocation for several large complex projects, and personal accountability for key project requirements.

She was recognized as a Boston YMCA Black Achiever and was a member of The Partnership's Fellows Class and has volunteered on several boards exercising leadership roles, most recently as chair of Leadership MetroWest.

Katrina received her BA and M.Ed degrees from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

Africana Center Staff

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Montez Paschall

M.Ed., Associate Director

Montez Paschall is a graduate of Tufts University (A '11) and the University of Pennsylvania (GSE '15). His professional background includes housing and residential life, student activities, and campus center operations.

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Montez has taken a strong interest in identity-based work, working with students and staff to strengthen the community’s understanding of the impact of the racialized and gendered oppression that play active roles in our collegiate and professional experiences. He has had the opportunity to facilitate workshops at several New England colleges including Dartmouth College, Amherst College, and UMass Boston. Using his experience as a Black man and a former student-athlete, Montez works with students to identify and address different dynamics in their campus communities. Montez is very excited to rejoin the Tufts University community with his collected experiences.

Sylvester BraceySylvester Bracey

Program Assistant

Sylvester Bracey is responsible for assisting with the execution of currently existing programming/events, including the SQUAD Pre-Orientation program, Peer Leader Program and Africana Advisory Alliance. He also assists in the administrative management of training, programming and assessment for the Africana Center in order to promote our educational and cultural enrichment objectives as they pertain to Black life, culture, and history.

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Sylvester earned his B.A. in Africana Studies with a concentration in Education from Tufts University and served as Vice President of TCU Senate during his senior year. His experience working within the classroom during his Breakthrough Greater Boston internship and proven ability to foster strong partnerships with Tufts administrators, staff fuels his passion to develop programs and projects focused on building a more equitable vision of education and enhancing the student experience and campus environment.

Kayla SmithKayla Smith

Facilitator of Black Womyn's Collective

Kayla Smith is a third year Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School. She focuses on African American religious studies and cultural experiences with emphasis on community and healing through restorative and transformative justice and womanist principles. She is a proud Memphis, TN native and a 2018 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a B.A. in Human Rights and Justice with a distinction in Leadership Studies. Kayla's dream is for all Black people to live peaceful, free, and lengthy lives.

Amber AsumdaAmber Asumda

Black Womyn's Collective Student Intern

Amber Asumda is a junior from Snellville, Georgia pursuing a major in International Relations. This school year, Amber is working with BWC on a national black women’s empowerment initiative as part of her Tisch Scholar project. She hopes to extend the reach of BWC beyond the Tufts community by creating a virtual platform to help connect black female-identifying students and alumna across the nation.

Alonso Nichols and Taylor Pierce

Facilitators of Black Myn's Group

Community Resources

Amma Agyei

Amma Agyei

TCU Senate Africana Center Community Representative

Class Year: 2023
My name is Amma Agyei. I am a junior studying Biomedical Engineering on a pre/medical track with a minro in Human Factors Engineering. I am Ghanaian. My hobbies include painting, drawing, reading and watching movies. My friends would describe me as straightforward and outgoing. On campus, I work as a Research Assistant in the Biology Department, I am a member of @rotiandrumdancers, Black Student Union (BSU) President, Africana Community Senator, and an Africana Center peer leader. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about any of these extracurriculars or questions in general. 

Azmera Hammouri-Davis

Azmera Hammouri-DavisAzmera Hammouri-Davis

Africana Spirituality Advisor

Azmera will work in a partnership with the University Chaplaincy and the Africana Center to provide opportunities for students to deepen their curiosity, and nourish their critical reflection around spiritual cultivation. Azmera received her Master’s of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, is a scholar-practitioner of the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, and has worked at the intersection of arts education, innovation, and social justice for nearly a decade. Operating at the nexus of spirituality, creativity, and transformative justice, she is committed to cultivating and sustaining lasting bonds that center interfaith dialogue for liberation and justice among the Afro-diasporic community. Azmera says "I am eager to learn alongside, grow and guide students curious about meaning-making across the spectrum of African

Spirituality and its myriad forms of expression. I bring to this space a deep commitment to passion and compassion for the imperfect, the flawed, the seeking."

Dr. Damon A. Pryor, LMHC, Psy.D

Damon PryorDr. Damon A. Pryor

LMHC, Psy.D, Counseling and Mental Health Services

Dr. Damon A. Pryor, LMHC, Psy.D is a recent graduate of William James College in Newton, MA. Dr. Pryor received his degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in African and Caribbean mental health. In addition to holding a doctorate, he is a licensed mental health counselor who has been practicing in various settings since 2013. Damon received his master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College and maintains a private practice in Waltham, Ma. He holds areas of clinical interest in African and Caribbean Mental Health, Multicultural issues, Identity Development, Global Well-being, Trauma, Grief/Coping and College Counseling. Damon defines his theoretical orientation as generalist, incorporating various modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Theory, and Psychodynamic Theory. Additionally, Damon is engaged in research related to mental well-being and people of color, the disparities as well as struggles of culturally, racially diverse college students, and the challenges of cross-racial adoptions. He believes that working with people therapeutically is about meeting them where they are and joining with them to find their destination.

 

Dr. Candyce Burke August

Dr. Candyce Burke Auguste is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Staff Clinician at Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Service. She leads atherapy group for Black-identied identified students on campus called The Oasis Student Group, and is a Co-liaison to both The Africana Center and Residential Life. She received her B.S. in Psychology/Pre-Medicine from Xavier University of Louisiana, her M.S. in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins, and both an M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Regent University. 

Dr. Candyce has experience in Applied Research, Teaching, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, Multicultural Sensitivity, and Identity Development. Her interests are Intersectionality, Women’s Health, Mental Health Concerns Impacting 1st Generation College Students and Underserved Populations, Resilience, and Spirituality and Religious Integration. She defines her theoretical orientation as a strength-based integrative approach factoring in important elements of a multi-cultural context. To her, therapy is person-centered work where the therapeutic relationship is valued as a tool for change. She has background and training in Humanistic Approaches, CBT skills, DBT, ACT, and Mindfulness. Dr. Candyce aims to be a positive representative and create safe and brave spaces for the populations she serves.

Student Interns

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Front Desk Support

Hadiya Giwa

As a first year, Hadiya hopes to add to the diversity of the STEM fields by bringing her own experiences as a Black Muslim woman pursuing a degree in the School of Engineering. Outside of academics, she loves biking, reading, exploring her Ghanaian heritage, and sushi! She is incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to be working with such an amazing group through the Africana Center.

 

Kenyetta Neal-OkowaKenyetta Neal-Akowa

Aside from loving to study in SEC, you may find Kenyetta running around campus looking for a friend to go to Boston with! Also, Spotify will be the most visited app on her phone nowadays. She has multiple side projects such as running the YouCanToo program for Tufts Branch as Co-President and learning Japanese so that one day she can visit Japan by herself. Kenyetta aims to be a UX/UI Designer in the future because she loves mixing creativity with technology.

Interactive Media

Mia Joseph

Mia is rising sophomore and uses she/they pronouns. She is so honored to join the team as the Interactive Media Intern and brings many ideas and lots of excitement to work with folx to maximize our potential to bring the Tufts Africana Community closer together!

 

Divine OgievaDivine Ogieva

Divine is Nigerian and a rising sophomore from Brooklyn, NY. She is currently undecided about her major but is interested in public health, especially racial health disparities. On campus, Divine is co-communications chair on the Black Student Union, part of the African Student Organization, and a Health Career Fellow. She is so excited to join the Africana Center staff this year!

Graphic Design

Yaqara Patterson

When not studying or doing work for her classes, Yaqara is involved in clubs such as JumboCode, ROTI & RUM, the only Caribbean dance team at Tufts, and also an active member of Tufts DREAM, a program where students mentor kids in the local Somerville community. She loves listening to music or podcasts, binge-watching tv dramas, comedies, and documentaries, hanging with friends, and meeting new people.

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