Advisory Boards

The House’s Advisory Boards are comprised of dedicated students (undergraduate, graduate, professional), faculty, staff/administrators, alumni/alumnae, and local community members and provide counsel to Dean Nelson as she implements the long term strategic plan for the Afro-American Cultural Center. The Board meets on a quarterly basis to discuss House plans and strategic initiatives, to allocate funding to resident groups and partners, and to select award recipients for the annual ceremony at which we recognize the achievements and contributions of House associates.


o   Eshe Sherley BA ’16, African American Studies

o   Maxim Thorne BA ’89, JD ’92, Founder, President and CEO at JusticeInvestor PBC & JusticeInvestor Foundation

o   Pamela George, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs & Former Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center

o   Sarah Derbew PhD ’18 – Graduate School of Arts & Science (Classics)

o   Dr. Vanessa Agard-Jones BA ’00 – Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies