Staff & Contact Information
Charles Kellom, Director
Charles Kellom is currently the Director for African American Student Affairs. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Dayton. After graduate school, Charles worked in Dayton’s Department of Residence Education as Area Coordinator for a first-year co-educational residence hall. He then assumed the position of Assistant Director for Black/African Heritage Student Affairs at George Mason University, where he also coordinated the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), a five-week summer bridge program for first generation students. Charles also has experience with student group advising, responding to crises, and leading diversity trainings. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., an avid fan of music and film, and enjoys quality time with his family.
Daphne Nwankpa, Administrative Assistant
Daphne Nwankpa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Daphne graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, and a second bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Psychology. Having previously worked at both the Kellogg School of Management and the School of Education and Social Policy, Daphne has a wealth of information related to the Northwestern University campus. Daphne believes that to live in a community, you must contribute to the community and does this by participating in a variety of service activities. Notably, she serves as the chairperson of the parent committee for Project EXCITE, a program through the Center for Talent Development that addresses the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students. In her spare time, Daphne likes trying new recipes, exercising, and enjoying time with her family.
Nancy Cambron Perez, Graduate Assistant
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Nancy Perez is the Graduate Assistant for African American Student Affairs. Nancy earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology and Latina/o Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, having completed her thesis entitled "Biologically and Scientifically Left Behind: Failing Latina Women.” Nancy is currently working towards her master's degree in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Before coming to NU, Nancy worked with the TRIO program: Upward Bound, and had positions in the field of student affairs, focusing on residence life and cultural programs that led to greater recruitment and retention of Latina/Latino students. Nancy enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority sisters, watching B1G TEN athletic events, and catching up on the latest films.
Shatara Cleveland, Intern
Shatara Cleveland is currently an African-American Student Affairs intern. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she hopes to return to her hometown after graduation as a community organizer. She feels her studies in Social Policy and African-American Studies will prepare her well for the task. At Northwestern, Shatara serves as the Community Service and Social Justice Chair of the Multicultural Student Affairs First-year Activities Board, and a participant in the Sustained Dialogue Network. In her spare time, she video-calls her younger sister and her two Shih Tzus back at home.
Torry Walker, Intern
Torry Walker is an African-American Student Affairs intern. He is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering of the Robert E. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and minoring in Music Technology. Recently, Torry has interned at Toyota Motors Engineering and Manufacturing North America in the design group. On campus, he has been a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and held positions on the executive board the past two years. In addition to that, he has also been a significant addition to Northwestern University’s Men’s Club Basketball team since freshman year. Torry finds pleasure in playing basketball, creating music productions, and spending time with his family.
African American Student Affairs is now accepting applications for one work study intern (for job description click here) and one graduate assistant (for job description click here) to start in the fall of 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year! To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Charles Kellom by 9am on Monday, Apr. 28th, 2014. Interviews will be held the week of May 5th - 9th, 2014.