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Program Advisor

RaeRaeShelle Drayton 
Excellence Project Graduate Fellow 

Rae'Shelle Drayton is a current M.Ed. candidate in the Higher Education program here at UNCW slated to graduate May 2018. Rae’Shelle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 2014. Serving as the Excellence Project Graduate Fellow, Rae’Shelle oversees a staff of eight peer mentors and implements the academic and leadership development programs for the students. Rae’Shelle’s professional strengths lie in mentoring, program development, crisis management and invention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Rae’Shelle is also an involved chartering executive board member of UNCW’s Black Graduate Professional Student Association (BGPSA). This organization was brought to campus in 2016 to serve the graduate population by bringing forth both social programming and professional development. 

Peer Mentors

Tyler YoungName: Tyler Lorenza Young
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Journalism

Year: Senior
Hometown: High Point, NC

Tyler Young serves as the lead peer mentor. He is eager to apply his experiences as a student of color at UNCW to his position with a spirit of excellence. A devoted movie buff, he enjoys spending his free time watching films and immersing himself in the local film community through volunteering in festivals and participating in clubs such as the Flicker Film Society and the Reel Teal Film Festival.

Advice for New Students: Don’t waste time; it’s never too early to begin looking forward to a potential end game and work backwards. Establish a strong foundation for your collegiate career out the gate.

BreaName: Brea Perry
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Journalism, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Brea is a first year peer mentor in the Excellence Project. Apart from the project, she is a dedicated member of Cru, a field reporter for Teal TV, and a member of the Communication Studies Society. With Cru, she just recently returned from a summer mission trip in Clearwater Beach, which she says was the most life-changing experience she's ever had. Brea enjoys all things Broadway and Disney, traveling, finding new Netflix series to watch, and journaling. She really wants to sharpen her photo editing and video production skills, too! If you really want to see all of her passions laid out in one area, go to www.relevantmagazine.com.  

Advice for New Students: GET INVOLVED! Don't attend things that only your friends also attend, especially if it doesn't even interest you- step outside of your box! Personally, I've found my closest friends from joining clubs and organizations that center around things that I'm passionate about.  

Moses EshietName: Moses Usen Eshiet 
Major: Communication Studies 
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Durham, NC  

As a first-year peer mentor, Moses strives to use his vivid introspection as a tool to forge a path of black excellence at UNCW. With an intrigue in creativity, Moses flexes his passion for music, via Hawkstream Radio, and movies, via Black Film Collective (known for their film festival appearance with the Princeville Documentary). Beyond scholarly interests and extra curricular activities, Moses enjoys nothing more than a healthy debate or an intellectual conversation among friends. 

Advice for New Students: Come to the Upperman African American Cultural Center as much as you can. For studying to fun times, this family-like environment serves any and all needs.  

Cole Name: Coleman Neal 
Major: Communication Studies 
Year: Senior
Hometown: Jacksonville, NC  

Having transferred to UNCW after his sophomore year, Coleman is now a first year Peer Mentor for the Excellence Project. His educational interest lies within film, digital media, sports marketing, and public relations. He is involved with the Transition Program Office, the Black Student Union, and the Black Film Collective. Outside of the university environment he enjoys college/professional basketball, jazz music, photography, and traveling. 

Advice for New Students: GET INVOLVED! Not only should you get involved in a club or organization, but also within events that your field of study provides. Getting involved with your campus will help create relationships that will benefit you throughout your time at UNCW. 

ChristianName: Christian McLaughin
Major: Biology 
Year: Junior 
Hometown: Wallace, NC 

Christian is a first year peer mentor for the Excellence Project and also works as a small group apprentice for Intervarsity. Outside of the Excellence Project, Christian enjoys listening to music, playing video games, and web browsing.  

Advice for New Students: Download the campus map on your phone and carry water bottles everywhere you go.