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Tiffany Campbell

January 23, 2018

Tiffany Campbell ’13, ’15 M.Ed. discovered a world of ideas at UNCW, and now she is helping a new generation of Seahawks do the same through her work with the Upperman African American Cultural Center.  

“I couldn’t imagine being in a job that doesn’t affect people in a realistic way,” she said. “For me, it’s a blessing to be in a field where my job is to care about people, their story and their daily struggles, not just their productivity or their quantifiable value.”

Campbell is the pre-professional and mentorship program coordinator at the Upperman Center, joining the center in December 2017. Her role gives her a unique opportunity to engage with students in a space that is comfortable for them.

“The comfort is a big deal because it means that when students come into the center they aren’t coming into an office or workspace, they’re entering a place that they feel they can be authentic,” said Campbell, who earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in higher education at UNCW.

The Upperman Center provides culturally enriching programming that showcases and broadens the understanding of what it means to be black in a global context, Campbell continued. It also offers a space that speaks to the needs of African Americans on campus, allowing them to share experiences and form community.

Campbell appreciates UNCW’s strong support of the Upperman Center. “The university has cultural centers dedicated to broadening the campus community’s understanding and appreciation of those unique cultures, helping individuals who identify with those cultures enhance their self-esteem and self-love,” she said.

Family is what drew Campbell to UNCW. Her sister, Leah ’11, and her brothers, Kyle ’14 and Brent ’14, are fellow Seahawks. During the 2010-11 academic year, they were all on campus at the same time. Her love for helping others reach their potential is what kept her at the university.

Before joining the Upperman Center, Campbell worked as a temporary program coordinator in the Office of International Programs. She began volunteering with the office during her sophomore year and continued until completion of her master’s degree. “I wanted to help students have the best experience possible while at UNCW, be it domestic or international,” she said.

Campbell took advantage of study abroad opportunities as an undergraduate and has visited more than 30 countries. “I became hooked on experiencing new cultures and meeting new people and, in turn, wanted other students to experience the world.”

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