Student Assistants

House Managers handle general administrative and operational responsibilities such as reservations, reception, center tours, resident group access and facility management.

​Jalen Parks
My name is Jalen Parks and I am a sophomore in Morse College from Flint, Michigan. I am a Political Science and Sociology double major with law school plans post Yale. I currently sit on the board of 2 House organizations, Black Men’s Union (BMU) and Black Church at Yale (BCAY), where I serve as Community Outreach Chair and Community Building Co-Chair, respectively. In addition, I am also on the House’s Student Management  team. 

Jemimah Orevaoghene
My name is Jemimah Orevaoghene, a Sophomore in Timothy Dwight College. I was born in Nigeria, grew up in Ghana and currently live in South Africa. I plan to double major in Economics and Global Affairs. At Yale, I am the Finance Director of the Yale Undergraduate Association for Peace and Development in Africa, the Assistant Director of Ivy Council (Yale), a dancer with Yale’s Afro-groove dance club Dzana, and I serve on the Serve the Nations Team of the Black Church At Yale. I am also on the House’s Student Management team. The House is a place where I call Home and I’m excited to help others embrace and utilize the space.  

The Communications Manager maintains the center’s website and social media outlets, creates the weekly and semesterly newsletters, and develops marketing and imagery that reflect that legacy and vision of the Afro-American Cultural Center.

Nia Berrian
My name is Nia Berrian, from Newark, New Jersey by way of Atlanta, Georgia. I am a psychology-neuroscience major in Berkeley College Class of 2019. I am the publicist for Black Student Alliance at Yale (BSAY) for the 2016-2017 year. I love that the House is really adaptable and can serve whatever purpose you need it to. I have had dinners, classes, meetings, sleepovers, and all sorts of crazy events inside of the house. It is rare that you will find one place that can serve so many functions and purposes. People should definitely come to the house to: 1. meet all of the cool people that hang out there; and, 2. just find a place to call theirs when the hustle and bustle of Yale gets to be too much. 

New Student Outreach Coordinators introduce first year and transfer students to our community, refer them to campus resources and opportunities for engagement, and coordinate informational events for prospective students of African heritage.

Nick Brooks
Hello, My name is Nickolas Brooks and I am senior in Berkeley College and I will be working with Seyram on New Student Outreach and Programming. I was born in the Mud of the Mississippi, but now reside up the river just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas.  A country boy at heart, and a Freshman Counselor (FroCo), I am a resource to anyone who needs an ear and some objective advice.  Mama raised me right! Swing by and say, “Wassup!”

Seyram Dodor
My name is Seyram Dodor and I am a sophomore in Saybrook College, possibly majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I am first gen Ghanaian immigrant, currently living in Greenville, North Carolina. I  work at the House as a Student Assistant in New Student Programming. At the House, I am serve on the board of the Black Solidarity Conference and Yale’s Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The House is a special place on campus where I know I can be unapologetically me and be surrounded by supportive people. 

First Year Liaisons provide support to the New Student Outreach Team, serve as contacts for the class of 2021, and facilitate deeper connections between the House and the class of 2020.

Alyssa Ince
My name is Alyssa Ince and I am a freshman in Silliman College, looking to double major in Global Affairs and Economics. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland but now reside roughly 20 minutes north of the city. When I’m not in the Silliman library, one can usually find me at Black Student Alliance at Yale (BSAY), Chi Alpha, Yale College Democrats, and Yale Black Women’s Coalition (YBWC) meetings. Serving as a First Year Liaison this semester, I’m really excited not only to develop a deeper relationship to the house community, but to also connect members of the classes of 2020 and 2021 to the various resources that the house offers.

Rayo Oyeyemi
My name is Rayo Oyeyemi, and I am a freshman in Berkeley College. I am a second generation Nigerian immigrant from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Sacramento, California. I hope to major in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology on the Neurobiology track. In addition to serving as a Freshman Liaison at the House, I am a member of the Community Action Committee of Black Student Alliance at Yale (BSAY) and an actress with the Heritage Theater Ensemble, Yale’s premier Black undergraduate theater group. The House is important because it provides a space for students to freely explore their Blackness and receive love and support from their community.

Selah Bell
My name is Selah Bell and I’m a freshman in Pierson College. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and recently returned to the US after living in Johannesburg, South Africa for 11 years. I plan on majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on Natural Resource Management.  I’m involved with Yale’s fossil fuel divestment group, Fossil Free for Yale and play Club Basketball. This will be my first time working at the House as a New Student Outreach Coordinator and I’m extremely excited to strengthen my connection with Yale’s community of color.   

Events Coordinators spearhead the planning of the center’s signature events/traditions and work with the Graduate Assistants to promote center events focused on academic and professional development, student leadership and organizational development, social justice programming related to communities of the African Diaspora.

Alexis Williams
My name is Alexis Williams and I’m from Cary, North Carolina. I am returning to the role of student assistant for event coordination. I’m a junior in the residential college formerly known as Calhoun majoring in African American Studies. Additionally, I’m a member of the 2018 cohort of the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. In addition to being part of the House staff, I am the Vice President of Yale Black Women’s Coalition (YBWC). I love the House because it’s a place I can go to have fun, to study, to have serious conversations, to receive support from my community, and so much more. I also love to chat with people who stop by the office and say hello!

Celeste Dushime
My name is Celeste Dushime and I am a student assistant on the events team for the Afro-American Cultural Center. I am from Kigali, Rwanda and I am a junior in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) . In my free time, I am social chair of the Yale African Students Association (YASA), in the African dance group on Campus– Dzana– and involved in activism to better the campus’s sexual climate.