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Alumni & Friends

Africana Advisory Council


  • Advise the Chair on curricular and extra-curricular activities that promote the growth of the Program.
  • Recommend major programmatic and policy initiatives that promote the heritage and accomplishments of peoples of African descent.
  • Build cooperative bridges for mutual support and understanding between the community and the Africana Studies Program.
  • Serve as liaisons between the Program, other faculty/staff at Fresno State and other educational institutions in the local community.
  • Sponsor events to support our students’ academic and professional endeavors.

Council Members

  • Mr. Charles Francis (Fresno City College Training Institute)
  • Mr. Corwin Harper (Administrator, Kaiser Permanente-Fresno)
  • Mr. Rutherford Gaston (Retired School Principal, Fresno Unified School District)
  • Dr. Rosylin A. Bessard (District Coordinator, Alternative Education Programs, Fresno Unified School District)
  • Mr. Sam Norman (Rios Company)
  • Dr. Ned Doffoney (President, Fresno City College)
  • Dr. Willie Brown, Jr. (Medical Practitioner)
  • Dr. Darryl Stampps (The Ramsey Group)
  • Mrs. Veda Ramsey (The Ramsey Group)
  • Dr. Dympna Ugwu-Oju (State Center Community College District)
  • Mr. Larry Hodges, Assistant Vice President, Merrill Lynch)
  • Dr. Malik Simba (History Department, Fresno State)
  • Dr. Jane Middleton (Chair, Social Work Education Department, Fresno State)
  • Prof. Thomas Ellis (Theater Arts Department, Fresno State)
  • Ms. Maxine McDonald (Academic Enhancement Services, Fresno State).