Manny Lloyd Joins UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center

Friday, February 23, 2018

Manny Lloyd ’17 has been named the cultural enrichment programs coordinator at UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center.

Lloyd, who received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UNCW, had served as a temporary coordinator since August 2017. He officially joined the center in February 2018.

 “We are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for Manny as one who possesses so many amazing qualities,” said Sean Palmer, Upperman African American Cultural Center director. “He is an asset to our endeavors to create dynamic programming that honors our unique culture.”

During his undergraduate studies, Lloyd was a participant in the Upperman Center’s Excellence Project, a peer mentoring program, as both a mentee and ultimately a mentor. That experience led him to seek a career in higher education.

“I saw the impact administrators can have on students and the community as a whole,” he said. “I hope I can inspire students of all races and ethnicities to pursue a fuller, more complete understanding and appreciation for Africana culture. I also want to help black students see the beauty of what blackness has to offer and expand their understanding of what it means to appreciate your identity as an African American.”

As a cultural enrichment programs coordinator, Lloyd will help the center offer programming designed to help individuals to better understand Africana and African American culture. This year, the center is exploring the history and influence of the Gullah Geechee culture throughout African American life.

Programming offered by the Upperman African American Cultural Center, part of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, supports UNCW's commitment to inclusiveness as outlined in its Strategic Plan.

-- Venita Jenkins