Africana Center Peer Leaders

  

Group photo of Africana peer leaders

Peer Leaders have role in the mission of the Africana Center. The Leaders are upper-class students who work with first-year students, serving as a vital source of information and assistance to acclimate them to the Tufts environment. Working with the Africana Center Director and staff, the Leaders plan and facilitate programs to address issues such as working with faculty advisors, securing academic tutoring, developing time management skills, and negotiating how to live in a residence hall and form positive relationships with roommates. Peer Leaders also work with student organizations to plan social activities and programs.

Peer Leaders are selected from students with a broad range of academic, leadership and social experiences on campus. The selection process for Peer Leaders is based on a variety of factors including (but not limited to):

  • Approachability
  • Open-mindedness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Experiences at Tufts
  • Organizational and leadership skills
  • Ability to work with a team.

Leaders are expected to attend a Pre-Orientation training (the week before first year students arrive), the Cape Cod orientation program, and on-going training sessions. The Africana Center Director and staff interviews and selects Peer Leaders in the spring semester of each academic year.

2020-2021

Amber Asumda

Amber Asumda

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Snellville, GA
Major: International Relations, Economic Development
Student Group Affiliation(s): Tisch Scholars Program, Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC), Alpha Phi
3 words to describe myself: Determined, Dedicated, Diligent

Amma Agyei

Amma Agyei

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Student Group Affiliations: Black Student Union, Roti and Rum, and TCU Senate.
3 words to describe myself: Creative, Patient, Persevering

Cheonan Kougba

Cheonan Kougba

Graduation year: 2022
Hometown: Gwinnett County, Georgia
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Student Group Affiliation(s): S-Factor
3 words to describe myself: Inquisitive, Spontaneous, Trop

Jaime Givens

Jaime Givens

Graduation year: 2023
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Major: Civic Studies and Africana Studies
Student Group Affiliation(s): Jumpstart, BSU, CSO, PAA,Harlem Grooves
3 words to describe myself: Loving, Passionate, Ambitious

Joshua Fitzgerald

Josh Fitzgerald

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Student Affiliation Groups: BlackOut, Harlem Grooves, NSBE
3 words to describe myself: Passionate, Loyal, Versatile

LaPorsha Dees

LaPorsha Dees

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Major: Cognitive and Brain Science
Minor: Dance
Student Group Affiliation(s): ROTI & RUM, BWC, BSCS
3 words to describe myself: Caring, Silly, Open-Minded

Noble Ohakam

Noble Ohakam

Graduation year: 2022
Hometown: The Bronx, New York
Major: Computer Science (In Engineering)
Student Group Affiliation(s): Men’s Track and Field
3 words to describe myself: Nice, Calm, Sincere

Praise Adekola

Praise Adekola

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Farmington, CT
Major: Clinical Psychology and Biomedical Sciences 
Student Group Affiliation(s): Jumpstart, BSU, ASO, Pre-Medical Society, MAPS
3 words to describe myself: Big-hearted, Principled, Bubbly

Rodney White

Rodney White

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Major: Film & Media Studies
No student group affiliations
3 words to describe myself: Persistent, Patient, Empathetic

Mahamadou Camara

Mahamadou Camara

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Bronx,NY
Major: Environmental Engineering
Student Group Affiliation(s): Black Student Union (BSU), Muslim Students Association (MSA), African Students Organization (ASO), National society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
3 words to describe myself: 

2019 - 2020

Ali Haddi

Ali Haddi

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Boston
Major: Computer Science and Visual Art
Student Group Affiliation(s): Melisma Magazine, TUSC Film Series
3 words to describe yourself: outgoing, creative, passionate

Ashley Gomez

Ashley Gomez

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Providence, RI
Major: Undecided
Student Group Affiliation(s): Generation Citizen, Roti and Rum
3 words to describe yourself:
Caring, Passionate, Open

Hezekiah Branch

Hezekiah Branch

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Columbia, SC and Boston, MA
Major: Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Minor in Portuguese
Student Group Affiliation(s): Experimental College Board, Black Student Union, Office for Campus Life
3 words to describe yourself: Innovative, Adventurous, Driven

Maureen Kalimba Isimbi

Maureen Kalimba Isimbi

Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda
Major: Engineering Psychology
Student Group Affiliation(s): International Community, NSBE, ASO
3 words to describe yourself: Maximizer, Futuristic, Developer

Jenah Gabby

Jenah Gabby

Grad year: 2022
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Major: Biopsychology
Student group affiliations: Essence
3 words to describe myself: LITTT, classy, compassionate

Harrison Clark

Harrison Clark

Grad year: 2022
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: International Relations
Group: S-Factor
3 words: Persistent, Ambitious, Passionate

Pearl Young

Pearl Young

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Waterbury, CT
Major: Biopsychology
Student Group Affiliation(s): ENVY
3 words to describe yourself: energetic, caring, creative

Kiarah Hortance

Kiarah Hortance

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Methuen, MA
Major: Psychology and Music
Student Group Affiliation(s): Pan-Afrikan Alliance
3 words to describe yourself: AfroLatina, musical, honest

Kella Merlain-Moffatt

Kella Merlain-Moffatt

Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Wellington, Florida
Major: International Relations and Africana Studies
Student Group Affiliation(s): COCOA, CSO, ASO, (I don't think Tisch Scholars fits under this, but it it does!)
3 words to describe yourself: Passionate, Headscarves, Artist

Ethan Fidalgo

Ethan Fidalgo

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Randolph, MA
Major: Psychology
Minor : Film & Media Studies
Student Groups: CVSA & PAA
3 Words: Caring, Funny, Reliable

Julia Williams

Julia Williams

Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Red Bank, NJ
Major: Child Studies and Human Development
Student Group Affiliation(s): BWC and Burlesque
3 words to describe yourself: Nice, Inquisitive, Open

 

Ray Rivers

Ray Rivers

Grad year: 2021
Hometown: Boston, MA
Major: Computer Science
Student group affiliations: S-Factor, BSCS (Black Students in Computer Science), PAA, BlackOut, OCL
3 words to describe myself: Resilient, Imaginative, Night-Owl

2018 - 2019

Ashley Alphonse

Ashley Alphonse

Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major: Political Science and French  
I am a captain on Tufts Mock Trial, a future captain of ENVY (Tufts all female step team), publicity coordinator for La Société française (French Society), a Tisch Scholar, and a Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts (BLAST) Scholar.

Bruce Ahirwe

Bruce Ahirwe

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda
Major: Civil Engineering and Architectural Studies
NSBE : an association of black engineers

Hakeem Adeyemi

Hakeem Adeyemi           

Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major: Engineering Psychology and American Studies
Roots media collective, Men's Frisbee Team, Muslim Students Association, National Society of Black Engineers, African Student Organization, Tisch Scholar

Jheanelle Owens

Jheanelle Owens

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Spanish Town, Jamaica
Major: Computer Science and Film and Media Studies
National Society of Black Engineers, Caribbean Students Organization

Lyndon Jackson

Lyndon Jackson        

Graduation Year: 2020  
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Major: Biopsychology  
ROTI and RUM, Burlesque, Tufts Daily Photography, CSO, MAPS, Health Career Fellows 

Maame Opare-Addo

Maame Opare-Addo

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Major: Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Photography, book clubs!

Mathew Peña

Mathew Peñ

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major: Computer Science
I am very into music. I love to walk around with my speakers blasting, bringing energy to the campus.

Michael Kodua

Michael Kodua   

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Major: Biology
At Tufts I am a member of S-Factor, Tuft's only all male a capella group that specializes in music of the African Diaspora. Outside of Tufts, when I get the opportunity to go home I am a co-music director and singer for my church's gospel choir. On my free time, i love to watch movies, sing, and play volleyball. Additionally, I love socializing and spending time with my friends.

Phyllis Njoroge

Phyllis Njoroge

Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Dracut, Massachusetts/Nairobi, Kenya/Lansing, Michigan
Major: Cognitive and Brain Science
Burlesque, SOC Open Dance, Tufts NeuroNetwork, Questbridge, First Generation Council, International Club, Human Interaction Lab, Tufts Technology Services, Black Women's Collective, LOQSOCA, NSBE, SWAT, WiCS, and Buddhist Sangha.

Yvane Ngassa

Yvane Ngassa          

Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Melrose, Massachusetts
Major: Spanish and Community Health
I enjoy spending my open blocks teaching at high schools for Peer Health Exchange. I also spend my time dancing for COCOA and SOC!