Meet the Staff


Message from the Black Resource Center

Welcome! You've chosen a great place to complete your academic studies. UC San Diego is a world class university and now it is even better because YOU have decided to join us!

As you peruse the site, we hope that you will be intrigued by the endless possibilities available to you at UC San Diego. We’ve highlighted many amazing people, programs, and places dedicated to enriching your student experience. Take time learn about our programs, look-up the faculty and staff members highlighted, and research the provided websites. These resources exist to promote scholarship, foster leadership, and cultivate community.

Many resources lie within this site, and I highly suggest you use them. Take advantage of every opportunity to enrich your education by being an active member of our close-knit campus community.

It’s a great time to be a Triton!  Make your mark in a positively impressionable way!

  • Porsia Curry

    Porsia Curry

    Director

    Porsia Curry serves as Director of the UC San Diego Black Resource Center, where she has worked since the inaugural year, 2013-2014. As director, she takes a leadership role in building community and creating a dynamic and identity affirming experience for Black students, staff, and faculty within UC San Diego. Porsia leads innovative efforts to provide an integrated approach to identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and practices directed toward improving Black student outreach and yield, academic success, leadership and professional development, inclusion and retention, and enrichment of their overall experience. 

    Porsia Curry has presented at the Center for International Educational Exchange Annual Conference, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, the University of California Academic Advising Conference, the Umoja Community Annual Conference, and has facilitated several UC San Diego iLead presentations. She has an enlivened passion for Student Affairs through a social justice lens.  She is dedicated to community advocacy, student identity development, academic success coaching, student leadership development, and assessment. Her strengths include the ability to collaborate with diverse constituencies in order to holistically serve students from underserved communities, a practice of approaching her work through an intersectional lens, and an unwavering commitment to creating and sustaining inclusive learning communities. Porsia is an alumnus of University of California, San Diego, where she received a BA in Communication, with a minor in Ethnic Studies. Her graduate work was completed in Higher Education, with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Kaplan University.

  • Tay Richardson

    Tay Richardson

    Assistant Director 

    Tay Richardson is a singer/interdisciplinary artist, activist, and educator.  Born in Lugoff, South Carolina and raised in Westchester County in New York, Tay has been working within Higher Education/Student Affairs full time for the past four years.  Tay Richardson is coming to UCSD from Columbia University where they worked in Residential Life within Undergraduate Student Life.  During their time at Columbia, Tay worked very closely with the Office of Multicultural Affairs facilitating programs, workshops, and community spaces.  Tay is a current Fellow for Young People For (YP4), where they are working on a blueprint for social change with the purpose of increasing the visibility Gender Non-Conforming individuals/narratives with an even stronger focus on Gender Non-Confirming People of Color.  Tay is also a part of the LGBTQ Scholars of Color Network and attended the 2nd Biennial LGBTQ Scholars of Color Conference this past Spring.  Tay comes from an academic background in music from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College as well as Arts Management and Entrepreneurship in the Arts.  Tay is very excited to bring their skills and life experiences to the UCSD campus and continue to center and support Black students of various experiences and identities.

  • Chuck Stanley

    Chuck Stanley

    Facilities, Operations & Events Coordinator 

    Born and raised in Boston Mass....,  Chuck Stanley brings to UC San Diego a wealth of experience in event planning, student development, and program coordination.He is passionate about student development and success having worked in Residential Life & Housing, Student Leadership, Orientation, and Student Programs. Chuck will provide programmatic support for the center including day-to-day operations, facilities management, and fiscal management.

    Chuck holds a Bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University. He is family oriented, and spends most of time playing Volleyball, Crossfit training, and eating!

     

  • Dr. Doriane Besson

    Dr. Doriane Besson

    CAPS Liaison to the Black Resource Center

    Hello! My name is Dr. Doriane Besson and I am a psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services in addition to the liaison to the Black Resource Center. I completed my graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD. As an ally and woman of color, I am committed to social justice and providing support to students who may be confronted with challenges related to the campus climate or other difficulties encountered while attending college. My role at the Black Resource Center includes providing support, consultation, and psychoeducational workshops to students and staff.

  • Black Resource Center Interns

    Black Resource Center Interns

     

    The Black Resource Center Interns are student scholars who assist in carrying out the mission and goals of the center. They are responsible for quarterly programming to promote community building, academic success, and sense of belonging. Their presence is an integral piece of the center's day to day functioning and success. 

  • Antoine Stevens-Phillips Jr.

    Graduate Assistant
  • Amir Uqdah

    Amir Uqdah

    Student Success Leader

  • Lynnette Murray

    Lynnette Murray

    Transfer Success Leader

  • Malik Gilbert

    Malik Gilbert

    Student Success Leader

  • Olay Shekete

    Olay Shekete

    Student Success Leader
  • Rukky Umukoro

    Rukky Umukoro

    Student Success Leader

  • Serge Johnson

    Serge Johnson

    Student Success Leader