Dedicated to your academic career.
Umoja Program Interim Director
B.A. Political Science with a minor in Communication Studies, California State University, Long Beach
M.S. Counseling with the Concentration in Student Development in Higher Education, California State University, Long Beach
Kyari Cail is the new Program Coordinator for the Umoja Community Program at Fullerton College. Her pronouns are She/Her and she is from Long Beach, CA. As a first-generation college graduate, Kyari believes in actively promoting equity and holistic services to Black and marginalized student communities within higher education and beyond. Furthermore, Kyari is a lover of music, thrift store shopping, and trying new food!
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” – Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Umoja Assistant Coordinator
Associate Degree in Political Science, Fullerton College
B.A. Political Science, California State University, Long Beach (in progress)
K- Kalon(noun), A- Articulate, I- Innovative, L- Logical, Y- Yeasty, N- Nobel
My name is my identity, and my name is Everything. Our names are the one thing that we were born with that will never change. Our names tell a story that will continue to evolve as we do. In a world that will constantly try to change you, remember the two things they can never take away. Your Mind and Your Name…
““I’m goin’ back, back, back, back… Where my roots ain’t watered down”” – Beyonce
Hi there! This is Linda Kelly-Mandich, Umoja Counselor. I only take pictures of myself working out or in vacation. I have been a community college Counselor for 29 years. I have worked with student athletes, honors students, and with the FC Umoja Community Program for the past five years.
AA-T Psychology, Mt. San Antonio College
B.A. Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino
M.S. Counseling, Option in Student Development in Higher Education, California State University, Long Beach
As a first-generation and former community college student, I recognize the impact that the Umoja Community Program has for Black students. I’m honored to be a counselor for such a transformative program, and I’m committed to the success of our students. I’m equity minded, social justice oriented, and passionate about serving Black students. Umoja Scholars are capable and destined for greatness and our community is here to serve you!
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” – Marian Wright Edelman
Dr. Queen Peterson
Associate Degree in Business, Fullerton College
Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, California State University, Fullerton
Master’s Degree, Chapman University
Ed.D, Argosy University
It’s been both my personal and professional mission to propel students of color to success by helping them navigate the higher educational system. I am currently Vice-president of the Black Faculty and Staff Association for the NOCCCD. I also serve as a member of the Black Faculty and Staff Coalition at FC. The roles that highlight my dedication to diversity are my role of Counseling Faculty for the Student Service Division as well my role of Counseling Faculty for the Umoja Community Program.
Umoja Community Therapist
B.A. Sociology with emphasis in Interaction & Group Relations, California State University, Long Beach
Master of Social Work, San Diego State University
Nadine is a proud Community Therapist with Umoja. As a first-generation college student, Nadine enjoys working with students to empower them to advocate for themselves while challenging students to enhance their education both inside and outside of the classroom. Nadine truly enjoys working with students and seeing them surpass their goals and uncovering strengths within themselves they did not know were there and enjoys being of service to the campus community.
“Freedom of choice, Freedom of consequence.”