Staff & Contact Information

Charles Kellom, Director & Interim Senior Director of MSA

Charles KellomPhone: 847-461-3610
Fax: 847-467-1675

Charles Kellom is the Director for African American Student Affairs, and currently serves as the Interim Senior Director for Multicultural 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

Photo of Daphne NwankpaPhone: 847-491-3610
Fax: 847-467-1675

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.

Khaled Ismail, Graduate Assistant


Khaled Ismail MSA Graduate AssistantKhaled Ismail is the Graduate Assistant for African American Student Affairs. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Northern Illinois University in Political Science, with a minor in Women’s studies and LGBT Studies. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy at Northwestern. Prior to coming to Northwestern, Khaled served as a field team leader in the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, where he led a team of young adults in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and community development projects across the Northeast. Khaled's interests and experience in student affairs are in student leadership and development, cultural programming and civic engagement. His academic interests are focused on issues of access, success, and multicultural identity development. In his free time, Khaled enjoys cooking, exploring new neighborhoods, and attending theater and slam poetry performances. He hopes to fine-tune his violin skills this year.

Shatara Cleveland, Intern

A headshot of AASA Intern Shatara Cleveland.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.

Calik Hemmings, Intern

Photo of Calik HemmingsCalik Hemmings is a sophomore majoring in Industrial Engineering/Economics with a focus in energy & sustainability. He was born and raised in Queens, New York, but has lived in Florida for the past nine years. He is currently a member of the External Relations department in Northwestern’s Entrepreneurship group, EPIC (Entrepreneurs.Pioneers.Innovators. Creators). In his free time, Calik enjoys reading autobiographies, playing basketball, and learning how to code.