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

    Acting Director

    Porsia Curry 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. She has an enlivened passion for Student Affairs through a social justice lens.  She is interested in projects dedicated to 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.

  • Troy M. Williams

    Troy M. Williams

    Facilities, Operations, and Event Coordinator 

    Troy Williams brings to UC San Diego a wealth of experience in event planning, community engagement, and program coordination. A College Park, Georgia native, Troy completed his master’s degree at the University of San Diego through which he served as a graduate assistant at the Cal State San Marcos Cross Cultural Center. He has participated in and/or coordinated multiple Study Abroad opportunities in Jamaica, Ecuador, Turkey and Italy during his undergraduate and graduate experiences. His passion to serve historically underrepresented youth is evident in his previous and continuing research with these populations. 

  • Dr. Doriane Besson

    Dr. Doriane Besson

    CAPS Liason 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.

Graduate Assistant

  • Ekaete Udoh

    Ekaete Udoh

Student Interns

  • Alisha Donnell

    Alisha Donnell

    Student Success Leader
  • Cydnee Chappell

    Cydnee Chappell

    Student Success Leader
  • Dominique Pruitt

    Dominique Pruitt

    Student Success Leader
  • Irene Kwangaba

    Irene Kwangaba

    Student Success Leader
  • Isaiah King

    Isaiah King

    Student Success Leader
  • Nyrice Grayson

    Nyrice Grayson

    Transfer Success leader