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Meet the Career Staff

 

  • John W. Rawlins III

    John W. Rawlins III

    Director

    John (He/Him/His) is a Campus Diversity Officer and Director of the UC San Diego Black Resource Center. He is an EDI/Student Affairs professional with 16 years of experience as an administrator and advocate for students, more specifically students of color. John is a native of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his Master of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University. John comes to UCSD from  California State University San Marcos where he served as Director of the Black Student Center and Special Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Inclusive Excellence. John's passion to support students of color began during his undergraduate career, where he served in many leadership roles in student organizations and campus advisory boards. John would begin a celebrated career at Ithaca College, continue at The Johns Hopkins University, and the international headquarters of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., before heading West to CSUSM. John holds memberships with NASPA, ASCAP, and is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He serves as the 16th and current President/CEO of the Cornell Black Alumni Association and serves on several alumni boards for the institution. John is also a Gospel recording artists and vocalist who has performed on national and international stages alike. He has been honored to share the stage and sing with artists such as jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and Gospel legend Kirk Franklin.

  • Tori Bussey-Neal

    Tori Bussey-Neal

    Associate Director

    Tori Bussey-Neal (She/They) began as Associate Director during Black History Month 2022. In addition to supporting the day to day operations of the Center, Tori is responsible for the overall management of the BRC’s developmental high impact programs. Programs and services under her purview align with and advance UC San Diego’s Black Academic Excellence Initiative and are designed to facilitate the holistic development of Black identified undergraduate and graduate students. These programs will increase access to research, mentorship, and internships, and provide pro-Black graduate and professional school and career preparation.
     
    Tori started working at UC San Diego in Fall 2019 as a Success Coach for the Student Success Coaching Program (SSCP) where she supported first-generation college students through holistic and strength-affirming coaching practices, as well as served as Communications Lead for all marketing and outreach efforts of SSCP and UC San Diego Triton Firsts. A San Diego native, she graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Child Development and minor in Counseling & Social Change and received her Master’s in Education in Student Affairs from UCLA. With a mother who is also very involved in educational equity, Tori naturally was drawn to the value of creating and providing accessible and equitable education to students of marginalized populations. She has already made an impact through various professional roles within GEAR UP and College Avenue Compact associated with San Diego Unified School District; EOP Summer Bridge Program at SDSU; and her service as Program Coordinator of the UCLA Transfer Student Center and Transfer Mentorship Program. Tori values the importance of identity and culturally conscious student support in areas of academic, preprofessional, and sociocultural transitions. She utilizes her expertise in coaching, strengths-based student support, and intentional identity-focused programming to center and serve the needs of current UCSD Black-identifying students.
  • Jay Rice

    Assistant Director

    Jay Rice (He/Him/His) started as the Assistant Director for the Black Resource Center in May of 2021. As Assistant Director, Jay oversees the programmatic efforts of the BRC, supervises the Black Resource Center Interns, and works alongside the BRC Director and Facilities, Operations, and Events Coordinator to help foster an affirming environment for Black students, faculty, and staff. Jay is a proud member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. and was born in Rock Island, Illinois.

    Though he started his collegiate career at Illinois State University, Jay earned both his Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Black Studies and Master of Public Administration degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Prior to accepting his role at UC San Diego, Jay served as the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. Jay also spent three years at UC Santa Barbara where he served as a Resident Director while also advising UCSB’s Black Student Union.