Upperman African American Cultural Center

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TiffTiffany Campbell
Program Coordinator for Mentorship and Pre-Professional Programs

Tiffany Campbell serves as the Program Coordinator for Mentorship and Pre-Professional Programs. She is a double UNCW alum, gradatuing in 2013 with a degree in Finance, and in 2015 with a masters in higher education. Serving as the Excellence Project Advisor, Tiffany oversees a staff of 15 peer mentors and implements the academic and leadership development programs for the students. Tiffany's professional strengths lie in mentoring, program development, crisis management and invention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Name: Stephanie De Leon
Major: Criminology and Sociology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Stephanie, a first-year peer mentor for the Excellence Project and Co-Lead Mentor, strives to inspire her fellow classmates with her vibrant attitude and intense desire to raise the spirit of the UNCW community. In the near future, she aims to empower adolescents through her efforts as a youth worker. Stephanie’s involvements include UNCW’s Sociology and Criminology Club and the Black Student Union. She also holds the position as Treasurer for UNCW’s NAACP Chapter. Her love for traveling stems from her appreciation for distinct communities and experiences. She prides herself on her diverse background and ability to form genuine relationships amongst all communities.

Advice for New Students: Your college experience is mostly dependent on your attitude. Try to remain positive by replacing “I have to” with “I get to.”

88-DSC_0325.jpgName: Amanda Tripp
Major: Film Studies and Business Marketing
Year: Sophmore
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Amanda is a first year peer mentor looking to better and strengthen the black community at UNCW. She is also the Social Chair for the Black Student Union and the Secretary for Rhyme ‘N’ Reason. She enjoys photography, filming and editing videos, screenwriting, and directing.

Advice for New Students: Make sure to get involved on campus and join clubs that interest you, make friends in those clubs, and manage your time properly to still maintain a good GPA. .

76-DSC_0310.jpgName: Brea Perry
Major: Communication Studies
Minor: Journalism, Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

Year: Junior
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Brea Perry is a second-year peer mentor in the Excellence Project and is a junior majoring in communications studies with two minors in journalism and entrepreneurship. In addition to being heavily involved with Upperman, she is also a community group leader with Cru and works as an involvement specialist for the Campus Activities and Involvement Center (aka CAIC). Brea loves connecting with people through her loves for music, film and mass media, and anything Marvel, Disney, Broadway or faith-related. She is excited about using her experiences as a student of color at UNCW to encourage and uplift students of various backgrounds and motivate them to strive for excellence in all areas of life.

Advice for New Students: Don't be discouraged if you don't find your "squad" during your first semester or even by the end of your first year. You and all of your friends are going through a huge time of transition and self-discovery. Be patient, don't force friendships that aren't good for you, and become ok with just being alone sometimes

15-DSC_0057.jpgName: Jonathan Stephens
Major: Computer Science
Year: Senior
Hometown: Apex, NC  

As a first-year mentor, Jon plans to provide wisdom and enthusiasm to those around him and help add to the illustrious image the Excellence Project has already established. Outside of the project, Jon is a member of the UNCW Track & Field Team. His Interests include, but are not limited to, Technology, Music, Health, Fitness, and Sports. He looks forward most to meeting his mentee and helping guide them through their first year of college.

Advice for New Students: Be open-minded and willing to try everything! College is one of the best learning experiences, whether you make the right or wrong decision is irrelevant, the knowledge you learn afterward is invaluable. 

52-DSC_0275.jpgName: Spence Gutowsky
Major: Engineering
Year: Junior
Hometown: Leland, NC  

As a first-year peer mentor, Spence wants to use his experience from his Freshman year to help and guide the upcoming Freshman at UNCW. Currently planning to major in Engineering through the transfer program to NCSU. Coming from a small area, he loves meeting new people and being involved. Currently, Spence is a member of the Honors College, BSU, Rhyme N Reason, and Feeling Good Living Better. Other than solving math problems and meeting new people, he loves being active whether it is playing games with friends or exercising.

Advice for New Students: Get involved and work hard, but remember to live in the moment. 

43-DSC_0288.jpgName: Zachary Ormond
Major: Exercise Science 
Year: Junior
Hometown: Durham, NC 

Zac is a second-year peer mentor looking to better the black excellence program through leadership and brotherhood. Zac dreams of being a Physical Therapist and is involved in the pre-Physical Therapy club, as well as MAPS (Minority Association for Pre-Health Students)! He loves sports and exercise. Most mornings and afternoons you can catch him at the gym or on the fields if not in the library or Upperman Center. Zac would love to talk about who he thinks the best soccer player in the world is... as long as you don’t say Ronaldo.

 

Advice for New Students: Don’t wait to find the things you love to do and the places you love to be on campus!

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Name: Adreanna Sellers
Major: Political Science and Philosophy
Year: Senior 
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Adreanna Sellers is a first year mentor for the Excellence Project and a senior at UNCW from Raleigh, NC. She is double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy with the intentions of going to law school after graduation. She is the president of the Black Pre-Law Association in addition to being thoroughly involved in other organizations and institutions across campus. Through her role as a mentor, Adreanna hopes to guide and connect with minority students in order to aid in their transition to being successful at UNCW. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, catching up on her favorite Netflix series, and listening to plenty of podcasts. 

Advice for New Students: Get involved in the things that interest you! You never know what doors it may open.

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Name: Rhabiya Alhassan
Major: Political Science
Year: Junior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Rhabiya is a junior with a major in political science and two minors in pre-law and psychology. This is her first year as an Excellence Project mentor as well as her first year as a member of the Black Pre-Law Association where she serves as the community service chair.

Advice for New Students: Get to know your professors! They love making personal connections to students and it makes going to class more fun!

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Name: NaKya Farrar
Major: Chemistry
Year: Sophmore
Hometown: Cary, NC

NaKya Farrar is a first-year peer mentor for the Excellence Project. She is majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Africana studies. I hope to one day have my own skin care and cosmetic line. She loves to laugh so anything involving comedy is her cup of tea. She also enjoys going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and savoring a considerable amount of cheesecake.

 

Advice for New Students: Learn about yourself. You’re embarking on a fresh path in life and you should be willing to continue learning and growing. You don’t need to know everything right away; meet new people, try new things, and grow your mind. 

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Name: Howard Smith
Major: Public Health
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

Howard is a first-year mentor for the Excellence Project and is majoring in publc health and minoring in biology. He ultimately intends on pursuing a career in medicine, but plans on obtaining a master’s degree in physiology or biomedical science upon graduation. Howard is a member of the Student Government Association (SGA), College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) Dean’s Student Leadership Advisory Council, CHHS Student Ambassadors, Minority Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS), and others. He loves sports, sci-fi, and burgers (in no particular order). Most days you can find him studying in the library or just hanging out with friends.

Advice for New Students: Surround yourself with as many good people as you can, because you’re only as strong as your support system. Don’t be afraid to try something, go somewhere, or talk to someone you haven’t before; your life begins at the end of your comfort zone.