Student Coordinators work closely with the Africana Center staff throughout the spring and summer  to plan intentional programming both on and off campus, giving first-years a fun and memorable experience.

Student Leaders are upper class students who work to  offer new students a sense of friendship, belonging and community and strive to be available, accessible, and approachable throughout the Pre-Orientation experience, as well as beyond. Leaders are selected from students with a broad range of academic, leadership and social experiences on campus. The selection process for Leaders is based on a variety of factors including (but not limited to) approachability, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, experiences at Tufts, organizational and leadership skills and the ability to work with a team.


2021 Student Coordinators

Laporsha Dees


Laporsha is from Hartford, CT and is currently a senior studying Cognitive Brain Science and minoring in Dance. She participated in SQUAD her freshman year and was a peer leader for the Africana Center her junior year. Thus, she is very excited to help with planning SQUAD this year! When she is not in class you can find her in the Jackson Dance Lab, where she works as a Dance Assistant and a Dance Monitor. Or you can find her in the Campus Center when she also works as an Event Staff Manager for OCL. Laporsha is a part of many groups on campus, but her most notable work is with Roti and Rum where she is the Senior Captain and is currently on the E-board for Black Students in Computer Science. In her free time she like to hang out with her friends in Boston or in the Africana Center, sleep, and watch anime and movies. 

Waideen Wright


Waideen is a Jamaican-American, South-Florida native and rising junior at Tufts University studying Anthropology and Political Science. Waideen believes that fostering community and close relationships is essential to the SQUAD program and hopes to create a program that reflects those principles. Her passion for community building at Tufts began in her first semester here, where she was a part of the inaugural Tufts Civic Semester abroad in Cusco, Perú, spending time volunteering in the local area and learning about the broader culture around her. As of now, elevating and supporting the first-generation community at Tufts has been a major priority for Waideen as a freshly inaugurated Tufts First-Gen Collective (FGC) and Questbridge board member (hi fellow Questies!). When she is not working for the Tufts Student Services center processing student transcripts or completing assignments for classes, Waideen enjoys belly dancing with the Tufts Middle Eastern dance group. Waideen cannot wait to meet every new Jumbo attending the SQUAD program and beyond! 


Program Advisors

Katrina Moore

Katrina Moore

Africana Center Director
As director of the Africana Center, 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 division and the broader Tufts community.


Montez Paschall

Africana Center Associate Director
As Associate Director of the Africana Center, Montez strives to bolster the Center’s student support and programming initiatives and to enhance the quality of the student experience. He is primarily responsible for programming logistics and center operations. In addition, he also works closely with the Africana Center student interns and peer leaders to provide continuous outreach to the larger Africana community. Montez also works collaboratively with the five associated identity center under the Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion (DSDI). A Tufts graduate, Montez’s interest in the field of higher education began through his work as a student leader/employee and has manifested in his return to campus with a wide range of skills and experiences that he brings to the Africana Center team. Ever eager to connect with the Tufts community, Montez is committed to doing the work to ensure that students feel welcomed and find a sense of belonging on campus.

2021 Peer Leaders

Hassan Adan

Hassan is a hardworking student that is undecided in major. He is from Portland, Maine, but his family is from Somalia.

Kwadwo Adomako

Kwadwo is a Biomedical engineering major from Ghana. Outside class, he is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and he works in the Xu lab which focuses on drug delivery techniques. 

Amma Agyei 

Amma Agyei is a rising senior studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Biotechnology on a pre-medical track. She will be serving as the Student Body President this year!

Mahamadou Camara

Mahamadou is an Environmental Engineering major with a minor in Engineering management, originating from the Bronx. Around campus, you can find him all over the SEC, the Africana Center or stopping by Picante for a burrito. You might also see him walking home with his Buffalo chicken calzone from Espresso’s in his hands and can probably hear his voice from anywhere on campus.

Harrison Clark

Harrison is an international relations major from Seattle, Washington. A musician and avid cyclist, you can find Harrison riding his bike around campus with friends or singing with his vocal group, S-Factor.

Hadiya Giwa

Hadiya is an aspiring Biomedical Engineer, hoping to minor in French as well. She considers central Massachusetts to be her hometown, although she has lots of connections to Ghana (Western Africa) where her parents immigrated from. Outside of academics she is involved with TCU Senate, where she serves as the current Africana Community Senator. She also loves sushi and soccer!

Brian Kwarteng

Brian is a Community Health Major on a Pre-Medical track. When he is not in class, you can find him running with the Tufts Varsity Track & Field long sprinters around campus. 

Ann Labossiere

Ann (she/her) is a rising 4th year majoring in Community Health! She is originally from the island of Ayiti, grew up in Boston and now lives in Taunton. She loves music and theater and working within the early education field!

René LaPointe Jameson

René is a senior environmental engineering student and Tisch Scholar from Connecticut. As a community organizer, she is passionate about achieving environmental justice and health equity. 

Maya Morris

Maya was raised just around the corner in Brookline, MA, and is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Urban Environmental Planning and Policy. Ask her about her books, niece and nephew, playing basketball, or political organizing!

Destiny Porte

Destiny is a Sociology Major, from Lynn MA. When not in class you can find her listening to music on Tisch roof or hanging out at Capen and the FIRST Center.

Henry Renelus

Henry is a potential Biopsych and Spanish Major, from Long Island. Outside of class you might find him hanging out with friends or stuffing his face with Dewick Pizza.

Julia Williams

Julia is a Child Dev & Education double major from NJ. Although she can often be seen behind the circulation desk at Tisch (come say hi!), Ginn is her favorite library to study in!

Pearl Young

Pearl is a Biopsychology Major with a double minor in Child Studies & Human Development and Dance from Waterbury, CT. She is the founding director of the dance company Harlem Grooves and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Chapter.