About AARC 

meet the staff

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Torrell Foree (he/him/his)

Coordinator, African American Resource Center


Torrell Foree serves as the Coordinator for the African American Resource Center (AARC). He earned his Bachelors of Arts in History and African American studies with a minor in Sociology at California State University, Fullerton. He also has a Masters of Science in Education, with a concentration in Higher Education from CSUF. He has worked in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Iowa State University. As a first-gen scholar and someone who has utilized the AARC as a student, he hopes to provide opportunity where students can have transformative experiences that impacted him as a student. In addition to supporting students, Torrell loves driving stick-shift cars, is a fan of anime and Marvel, and enjoys everything Apple.

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Leeza (she/her/hers)

Graduate Student Assistant, African American Resource Center


Leeza Yorke is the graduate student assistant (GSA) for the African American Resource Center (AARC). She earned her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance (Opera) with a minor in Italian Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from CSUF and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2022. Outside of her studies she enjoys helping the community through organizations such as Hungry Souls- her own self-run organization providing meals and music to the IE homeless population- and Inland SoCal United Way. Her goal for this year is to rebuild the community aspect that was lost during the pandemic. For fun, Leeza enjoys running, hiking, watching movies, spending time with family and singing in the shower.

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Kelly (they/them, he/him, & she/hers)

Communications & Graphic Design Lead, African American Resource Center


Kelly is an illustration major minoring in African American Studies. Kelly seeks to promote diversity within children's art and education. Their hobbies include drawing, jewelry making, and watching horror movies. Kelly looks forward to assisting in AARC programs and meeting new students this year.

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Programming Activity Lead, African American Resource Center


Bethany is a Communications major with an emphasis in Public Relations with a minor in African American Studies. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, serving as president of the Xi Lambda chapter. Bethany seeks to develop a greater consciousness and high touch within Diversity and Equity. Her favorite movie is the Secret Life of Bees and she enjoys listening to H.E.R., SiR and DVSN. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with friends and serve the Black community. This year, she is looking forward to establishing community consciousness and community as well as develop leadership skills for herself and others.

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Tatie (she/her/hers)

Programming Activity Lead, African American Resource Center


My name is Tatiana Tate and. I am currently a senior majoring in trumpet performance with an emphasis on Jazz Studies. I served as the External Vice President of Csuf’s Black Student Union and I am a continuing student ambassador for the Long Beach Branch NAACP and a performance scholar of the Georgia Laster Branch of the NANM. I currently work as an assistant at the Jazz Angels music studio in Long Beach along with the AARC. On my free time, I like to eat hot chips and watch anime.

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Emily   (she/her/hers)

Mentoring Graduate Student Assistant, African American Resource Center


Emily Martinez serves as the graduate student for the Mentorship Program. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work with a minor in Sociology at California State University, Los Angeles. She has been exposed to diversity and inclusion through her internship at a local homeless shelter in Glendale, her fellowship within UTLA, and through her several work opportunities with CHIRLA. In addition to having vast experience as a mentee herself; she also has experience of being a mentor herself through Titan Scholars. As a first-gen scholar and someone who has flourished when having the influence of a mentor, she wishes to be able to provide the same transformational, developmental, and positive experience to other students through the Mentorship Program. In addition to her passion of being a support system for students, Emily enjoys quality time with her family and obsessing over the much-praised Loki series.


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Thalia (She/her/hers)

Peer Liaison - College of the Arts


Thalia Moore is a junior BM Vocal Performance major. Her aspiration is to become an Opera singer while creating more equitable arts access for people in the Inland Empire. In her free time, Thalia roller-skates, pets dogs, and strongly believes in the healing power of color books. This year, she is most looking forward to creating more COTA focused events for Black students.


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Jehu Jogwe (He/him/his)

Peer Liaison - College of Business and Economics


Jehu is a business administration major concentrating in accounting and finance who seeks to promote awareness of career tracks available in the college of business and economics. Jehu has experience navigating coursework, landing internships, and taking on leadership positions. His hobbies include riding bikes, hiking, and eating spicy foods. In his last semester, he looks forward to meeting students in the African American Resource Center (AARC) then connecting them with influential peers and experienced professionals in the college of business and economics.

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Cameron Winston (He/him/his)

Peer Liaison - College of Communications


Cameron Winston is a fifth-year student at CSUF and is set to graduate at the end of the Spring semester. He majors in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and a minor in Marketing. With the help of his colleagues, Winston helped extend a chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists to CSUF. He is the organization’s founding president and looks to continue to help Black commucation majors get the resources, networks, and mentors to help them succeed in their post-college journeys.

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Elston Lewis (He/him/his)

Peer Liaison - College of Engineering and Computer Science


Elston is Mechanical Engineering major and serves as the Engineering and Computer Science Peer Liaison for the African American Resource Center. As a 4th year, Elston has researched and utilized most of the resources available to students. This year he is looking forward too using his knowledge too help first year students get acclimated to college and be successful. His interests are watching Marvel movies, Anime, and walking his 2 dogs.

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Peer Liaison - College Health and Human Development



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Peer Liaison - College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Naeemah is a third-year transfer student, a Political Science major, soon adding a minor in African American studies. She has a strong passion for serving & advocating for the Black community, which is why she is very excited to have the position of Peer Liaison and to be involved with all the AARC does. As a transfer to CSUF, she will understand what the first-year students are going through and give some guidance. When she is trying to unwind she enjoys watching Schitts Creek, New Girl, & The Vampire Diaries on Netflix. Some of her top artists include; Drake, The Weeknd, Beyonce.

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Peer Liaison - College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics