Meet the Staff
Coordinator: Trimaine Davis
Number: (657) 278-3146
Biography: Hailing form Pittsburg, California, Trimaine serves as the Coordinator of the African American Resource Center (AARC). He has received a BA in Africana Studies and a Minor in Education from San Diego State University. Trimaine has also completed his graduate work in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in Higher Education program at California State University, Northridge. Trimaine has a rich history working with students of color. Throughout his career, Trimaine has been a key contributor to the academic success of African American students. Since his years as an undergraduate, Trimaine has advocated for empowerment, equity inclusion, and social justice for students of color.
Graduate Assistant: Erica Claybrook
Position: Graduate Assistant
Year: First year grad student
Major: Masters of Science Higher Education
Affiliation/s: Lambda Sigma Gamma Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
Hobbies: Hiking, dancing, watching sports and volunteering at my local animal shelter
Favorite thing about being Black: I love the originality and diversity found within our culture. Almost anything that's considered "popular" or "trendy" can be traced back to urban Blackness and it just shows how innovative we are!
Communications and Marketing Lead: Yaa Asantewaa Faraji
Position: Communications & Marketing Lead Year: Senior Major: COMM - Advertising
Affiliation/s: Advertising Club (ADClub) Professional Poet via 'Pharaji Faraji'
Hobbies: My hobbies include traveling, writing and reading
Favorite thing about being Black: The resilience that we as a people have been equipped with; the universe has made it such that our people will always survive and thrive.
Community Engagement Lead: James Leassear
Year: Junior Major: Communications (Journalism) and Minor in Public Administration
Affiliation/s: APAC, AESA, NSBE, Titan TV
Hobbies: Watching sports, going to Dodgers games, listening to music
Favorite thing about being Black: My favorite thing about being black is being a part of a community/culture that has so much soul and style! Black people are trendsetters!
Community Success Lead: Shannon Carter
Year: Senior Major: Human Services: Mental Health Track
Affiliation: Member of the Human Services Student Association
Hobbies: I love eating, cooking, taking pictures, traveling, and trying new things (even if I suck at them).
Favorite thing about being Black: I believe my favorite thing about being black is my ability to stand out and be proud of who I am. I love how different and unique I am. I love the unique story I have because of my heritage and those that came before me
Identity Development Lead: Daameonia Smith
Year: 3rd Year Junior
Major: Psychology Minor in Art
Affiliation/s: Guardian Scholars
Hobbies: I love dancing, drawing, and anything music related
Favorite thing about being Black: My favorite thing about being Black is having so much culture. So much in fact, people want to be us. I love how we are able to persevere through any obstacle no matter the difficulty or severity. We still somehow always come out on top. There's nothing we can't do
Social Justice Lead: Amber Lambert
Major: Mathematics / Minor: African American Studies Affiliation: BSU, AESA, and NSBE
Hobbies: My hobbies include debating about basketball, dancing, shopping and making people smile.
Favorite thing about being Black: My favorite part about being Black is my hair and the different styles I learned from the community. The Black community is always ready and willing to help and uplift each other. When you are Black you automatically get to be part of the special community. I absolutely love being Black.