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Meet the Staff

 

  • 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.

  • Jay Rice

    Assistant Director


    Jay Rice 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.

  • Kyler Nathan IV

    Kyler Nathan IV

    Facilities, Operations, & Events Coordinator

    Kyler Nathan IV started as the Facilities, Operations, & Events Coordinator for the Black Resource Center in December 2020.  Within this role, Kyler provides high-level administrative and programmatic support to the center by managing the day-to-day operations of the BRC.  Kyler was born in Los Angeles, CA and earned his Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego in 2017 with a minor in African-American Studies.  Following his undergraduate career, Kyler worked as an Admissions Officer for UC San Diego's Diversity Recruitment team, and he also worked as an Undergraduate Advisor for the Department of Psychology. Kyler has some history working for our center.  He started at the Black Resource Center as a Student Success Intern during the 2015-2016 academic year.  He also served as a Peer Guidance Leader for the inaugural Peer Guidance Program.  

     

  • 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 a sense of belonging. Their presence is an integral piece of the center's day to day functioning and success.