Charles Kellom

Charles Kellom
Director of MSA

Phone: 847-461-3610
Fax: 847-467-1675
Gender Pronouns: he, him, his

As Director of Multicultural Student Affairs, Charles is responsible for the strategic planning, assessment, and overall management of MSA’s programs and services. Charles serves students of color and LGBTQIA students by providing leadership of the office; serving as a thought-leader to other departments on issues of policy and practice; and advocating on students’ behalf to key university stakeholders. Charles is part of the leadership team for Student Engagement, and serves as a Co-Chair for the Professional Development committee for the Division of Student Affairs. 

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Charles earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, in Journalism and English respectively, from the University of Dayton. After graduate school, Charles worked in Dayton’s Department of Residence Education as an Area Coordinator for a first-year co-educational residence hall. In 2008, he joined George Mason University’s Office of Diversity Programs & Services as the Assistant Director for Black/African Heritage Student Affairs. Besides supporting Black students, he also coordinated the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), a five-week summer bridge program for first generation students. Charles came to Northwestern in 2011, and took on the Director of MSA role in 2015.

Beyond multicultural education, Charles expertise in program development, event planning, and crisis-response. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., an avid fan of music and film, and enjoys quality time with his two sons, Gabe & Nathan.