Our Staff

Dedicated to your academic career.

Brandi Avila

Umoja Program Manager

B.A. Sociology with a minor in Pan African Studies, California State University, Northridge
M.A. Sociology with a specialization in Education, California State University, Northridge
M.A. Education with a concentration in Counseling, San Diego State University
Advanced Certification in Mental Health Recovery & Trauma Informed Care, San Diego State University

As a first-generation college graduate I understand the power and impact of a strong village. My life’s mission is to help facilitate growth and healing in the Black community through authentic care, empowering education and intentional interventions. I am a lover of books, documentaries, music, dance, & comedy.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Alyeska Gutierrez

Program Coordinator

B.A. Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside
B.A. Media & Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside
M.S. Higher Education, California State University, Fullerton

As a first-generation college student, I struggled to navigate the education system, but people’s small acts of kindness helped me thrive past my circumstances. This fueled my passion of giving back to students in higher education. I am dedicated to equitably transforming the system for students of color to thrive.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” ―Assata Shakur

 

Brittany Henry

Program Coordinator

BA in Black Studies & Women’s Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.S. in Higher Education, California State University, Fullerton
Ed.D. in Ed Leadership (currently pursuing at California State University, Fullerton)

My name is Britt. I am my ancestors’ wildest dream, embodying Black excellence and beauty, using my passion for education to empower and uplift others to make generational change. I am a writer, advocate, natural hair enthusiast, and educator.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou

JP Wiafe

Assistant Coordinator/Tutor

Major: Public Policy

My name is JP Wiafe I have been a student at FC for 3 years. These past years in Umoja have revolutionized my path in education. I am Public Policy major and I am currently pursuing law as my field of study. I’m dedicated to the service of Umoja students.

 “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”- Marcus Garvey

Amica McGregor

Student Program Assistant

Major: Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies

Queer person of color devoted to transformative justice and anti-racist work, 2nd Year Umoja scholar, and rooted in the Black, Feminist and Queer spaces here at Fullerton College.

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr”

Patricia James

Student Program Assistant

Major: Communications

Hey yall! Wassup? I’m Tricia and I  really enjoy playing basketball, roller skating, and writing. As I live life, I always have the thought in the back of my head that God put me on this earth for a reason, so I want to live day by day in positivity and keep my head held high.