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Center for Black Culture Advisory Board

Sierra Andrew

Sierra Andrew

Assistant Director of Selection and Recruitment | Resident Director of Myers Hall

Housing and Residence Life

Sierra Andrew identifies as a young professional with bicoastal experience, with an educational background from the University of California (UC). Sierra has prior research experience studying the impact of Black resource centers in the University of California system. Sierra’s professional experience includes working at UC Riverside’s African Student Programs Office as an intern and establishing Black Queen’s Week as a student.

William Brawner

Rev. William Brawner

University Chaplain, Pastor of Mother African Zoar UMC

Spiritual and Religious Life

Reverend William Brawner is currently within his third year at The United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) as a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student and the pastor of Haven Peniel United Methodist Church. Through his journey as an M.Div. student and pastor, he has had the opportunity to fully realize his call and desires for ministry, which includes a focus on Christian ministry in urban centers such as Philadelphia.

He currently holds a BS in Sociology with a minor in Business (Howard University), and a MA in Social Justice (Marygrove College). Upon graduating from undergraduate studies, he ventured back to Philadelphia and began working in the field of HIV/AIDS through education, activism, and testing. It was through these opportunities that he discerned the need to start his own nonprofit organization, Haven Youth Center, Inc. Haven celebrated its ten-year anniversary in January 2017. Haven seeks to serve children that are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2017, Haven expanded to incorporate a job readiness program and GED preparation courses.

As the pastor of Haven Peniel UMC since December 2016, Rev. Brawner has had the opportunity to utilize his expanding theological education, community engagement, and social justice advocacy background to affect the congregational relations with its surrounding neighborhoods. This has led to an increase in church membership and attendance in weekly services. Through his time as pastor, he has come to understand that evangelism/outreach is not a one-size-fits-all model. Every church in every community is different!

Jocelyn Craighead

Jocelyn Craighead

Department Manager, Accounting

LeBow College of Business

Born and raised in Philadelphia, specifically West Mt. Airy, Jocelyn is also a product of the Philadelphia Public School District. She received her BS in Business and MS in Educational Improvement and Transformation from Drexel University.

After working in the non-profit space for six years, she joined Drexel University in 2014. She has worked in various roles for the Dornsife School of Public Health and the LeBow College of Business over the past seven and a half years.

When not working or being a student, she enjoys volunteering with various nonprofits that focus on homelessness and animals. Most recently, being a full-time foster parent for a working dog in training through the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

Monet Harbison

Monet Harbison

Associate Director, Research Compliance Operations | Deputy Research Integrity Officer

Office of Research & Innovation

Monét Harbison was born in West Philly, a stone’s throw from Drexel’s campus. In fact, her first experience with higher education came in the form of a summer program for middle school students at Drexel University. Seeing the positive and negative impacts of predominately white institutions in predominately minority and lower socioeconomic status communities really shaped her philosophy on diversity, equity, education, and access. While completing her master’s program at Drexel, Monét’s view of her future goals changed significantly when the first professors she interacted with in the program were a Black man and a Hispanic man. These interactions inspired Monét to pursue her doctorate. She will begin her classes in the fall. Currently, Monét serves as the associate director of research compliance operations in the Office of Research & Innovation and deputy research integrity officer for the University.

This past year, after the murder of George Floyd, Monét realized that there was a real need to have conversations centering on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access with the Drexel community. This idea led to the creation of the ORI Diversity Dialogue series, where Monét and her colleagues led authentic conversations about allyship, power, privilege, and intersectionality especially as it relates to Drexel’s place and responsibility in Philadelphia. In addition to this series, Monét is very active within the Drexel community; she served on two committees in the Anti-Racism Task Force, is currently the secretary for the Black Faculty and Professional Staff Association, is a member of the Graduate Diversity Advisory Council, and was recently elected the president of the School of Education’s GSA GNOMES. Monét believes that above all, the way to disassemble silos and create a welcome community is through education and collaboration.

Christine Ivery

Christine Ivery

Project Director

Prematurity Prevention Initiative

Christine Ivery is a prematurity prevention initiative project director for the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative (SNJPC). She is dedicated to addressing and mitigating issues of Black infant and maternal mortality.

Her passion is to help all walks of life through disease and disparity prevention, as well as making an impact in the communities she serves. She secures successful implementation of the program objectives and cultivates networks with maternal healthcare stakeholders to effectively address barriers that affect birth outcomes.

Christine serves as chair of the Public Health Young Leaders Association (PHYLA) in Philadelphia, chair of Sisters in Public Health Philadelphia Chapter, and Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) section counselor for the American Public Health Association (APHA). She is a proud member of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia’s Section on Public Health & Preventive Medicine, the Greater Philadelphia Norfolk State Alumni Chapter, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Christine holds a BA in Exercise Science- Kinesiotherapy from Norfolk State University, a MA in Public Health, from Drexel University, and a Health Education Specialist Certification (CHES).

Porsche Johnson

Porsche Johnson

Associate Director of LeBow BRIDGE

LeBow College of Business

Porsche Johnson joined Drexel University's LeBow College of Business in 2012. She currently serves as the associate director of LeBow BRIDGE, a program created to support underrepresented students as they develop into the leaders of the future. Porsche has a BA in Sociology from Rowan University and an MS in Higher Education from Drexel University. Porsche is passionate about ensuring all students have access to resources and opportunities to help them reach every personal and professional goal.

Michelle Layonne

Michelle Layone

Event Coordinator

Graduate College & Drexel University Online Education

Michelle Layone joined Drexel University back in 2017, she currently supports both online education as well as the Graduate College. Michelle has over 17 years of event planning experience and is an avid lifelong learner, constantly exploring new and creative experiences, along with being a multi-business entrepreneur.

James Marshall

James D. Marshall

Community Greeter

Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

James Marshall, born and raised in West Philadelphia, is a passionate community activist with over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

James graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Business Economics and went on to pursue a MS in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business.

A proud life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of PA., where he serves as state director of community relations, James brings his experience, community partnerships, and spirit-filled personality to this great organization.

Yasmeen Mayes

Yasmeen Mayes

Program Manager, Alumni Relations and Strategic Engagement

LeBow College of Business

Yasmeen Mayes ‘18 is the program manager in the Office of Alumni Relations and Strategic Engagement at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. She is responsible for developing programming and engagement opportunities for a powerful global network of alumni. She enjoys facilitating relationships that bring students, alumni, and experienced business leaders together so students can gain the practical insights that cannot be offered in the classroom. She passionately brings her personal grounding in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice to higher education. In addition to establishing the Drexel LeBow Black Alumni Network, she serves as co-chair of the Drexel LeBow Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Group, is the advisor for Drexel Women in Business, and mentors a Drexel Liberty Scholar. Yasmeen earned her BS in Communication from Drexel University and is currently pursuing her MS in Higher Education Leadership from Drexel University’s School of Education.

Monique McBean

Monique McBean

Vice President

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Alumni Council

Monique McBean is passionate about giving back and helping others. She currently serves as the vice president for Drexel University Kline School of Law Alumni Council and on the advisory board for Drexel’s Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Virtual Career Office. Monique is a Rutgers University alum and holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology. In furthering her education, she obtained her MS in Legal Studies from Drexel University’s Kline School of Law pursuing dual concentrations in human resources compliance and NCAA compliance and sports law, graduating summa cum laude. In addition to her educational pursuits, she has been involved in youth mentorship and enrichment for over 10 years. She currently works as a legal professional for a defense litigation firm. Monique enjoys writing poetry, cooking, and event planning.

Jaara Ndaw

Jaara Ndaw

Undergraduate Student - Global Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Jaara is currently fulfilling her undergraduate five-year track, majoring in global studies and Spanish with a concentration in sustainable development. She believes the future is in green housing, and it is her hope to be involved in this field on a global scale. Aside from school, she enjoys old and foreign films, language acquisition, trying vegan recipes, and video editing!

Kim Williams

Kimberly M. Williams

Manager, Innovation & Development Behavioral Lab and Marketing & Legal Studies Departments

LeBow College of Business

Kimberly Williams serves as manager for the LeBow College of Business Marketing and Legal Studies academic departments and the college's Innovation and Behavioral Research lab. She also works closely with the college's vice dean for Research and Strategic Partnerships on college research initiatives. Through her memberships with the Autism Society of America, The Association of Black Psychologists, and the Variety Club, Williams is dedicated to issues that impact diversity and individuals with disabilities. Her commitment to student success led to her once serving as an advisory board member of the BRIDGE. Program, which supports underrepresented students as they develop into future professionals. She is also a mentor to students internal and external of the University through the Liberty Scholars program and the Philadelphia Education Fund. She completed both her BS in Psychology (2011) and MS in Education (2021) degrees at Drexel University.

Monique Woodard

Monique Woodard

PhD Candidate

School of Education

Monique ‘Moe’ Woodard is a PhD candidate in the School of Education. She graduated from Wilkes University with a BA in Integrative Media and Theatre. She earned her MA in Digital Media and continues to incorporate her digital media background in her research. She has several years of experience teaching at summer camps, including developing and facilitating West Philly VR camp. Her research focuses on supporting creativity in Black girls as they learn to code virtual environments.

Danielle Wooten

Danielle Wooten

Program Manager of Academic Records

Office of the University Registrar

A Philadelphia native, Danielle began her professional career at Drexel University in 2009 serving as a residential coordinator in University Housing. In 2015, she joined the Office of the University Registrar, where she serves as an academic records manager. Danielle earned her post-baccalaureate certificate in student development in 2019 and she is currently working on her MA in Higher Education. Danielle has worked in higher education for over ten years, but some of her fondest memories were made when she attended the Historically Black College, Lincoln University for undergrad. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new recipes and blogging.