About the Africana Center

For general questions, email africana@tufts.edu.

Founded in 1969, the Africana Center was developed in recognition of the realities of the needs and concerns of the students of African descent on a predominately white campus. The Center works to enhance the academic mission of the university by ensuring that students of African descent have access to a variety of academic, cultural and student resources that encourages them to have a successful Tufts experience and prepares them to be leaders for a wide range of professional experiences. In addition, the Center works to ensure that students have access to all necessary resources, advises the administrative and academic offices of the university on such issues and advocates proactively for students.

The second and third floors of the Africana Center serve as a living and learning space (Capen House) for twelve undergraduates who reside in the house during the academic year. These students are selected each year to live in the dorm and work as a community to complete individual and group projects which celebrate the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent.

Our Staff

Katrina Moore

Katrina Moore

MEd, 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.

As Director of the Africana Center at Tufts University, Katrina serves as a campus resource and educates the community on emerging issues regarding students of African descent. She is responsible for establishing the Center's vision and advocates on behalf of students in cases of intolerance and/or discrimination. She works closely with students and student organizations to develop effective programs and initiatives to enhance the co-curricular experience of students and build leadership skills. A sought-after campus leader, Katrina participates in committee assignments, both within the Student Affairs division and the broader Tufts community.

Before joining Tufts, Katrina was an INROADS Client Manager responsible for developing and advising minority college students for success in the corporate work environment. In this role, she applied 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. Through her mentorship, she helped sponsoring companies 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 honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and that have become a twenty-eight 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.

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

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Montez Paschall

Montez Paschall

MEd, 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.

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.

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Kiarah Hortance

Program Assistant

Photo and bio coming soon!

Amber Asumda

Amber 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

Facilitators of Black Myn's Group

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