Upperman African American Cultural Center

Our Staff

Sean Palmer

Mr. Sean Palmer, M.A., M.Div

Sean Palmer has served as Upperman Center Director since March 2016. Palmer earned his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, a master’s degree in African and African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor’s degree in English with double minors in African American studies and religious studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.


He previously served as the assistant director of the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture at Duke University. While at Duke, Palmer advised several student organizations, managed and advised the National PanHellenic Council, planned academic lectures and events, and was a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students. He has also served as director of student activities and residence life at Paine College in Augusta, GA.


Ms. Tiffany Campbell, M.Ed
Program Coordinator for Mentorship and Pre-Professional Programs

Tiffany Campbell has served as the Program Coordinator for Mentorship and Pre-Professional Programshelp since December of 2017. Her role involves connecting co-curricular leadership/mentorship to access to boardrooms/courtrooms and medical spaces, as well as structing cultural and pre-professional excursions for students.

Tiffany is a double UNCW Alum, graduating in 2013 with a bachelors in Finance and recieved her masters in Higher Education in 2015. She has a love of travel, having been to 37 countries in her lifetime and strives to develop center initiatives that send students abroad both on short and long term trips.

Manny Lloyd

Mr. Manny Lloyd 
Program Coordinator for Cultural Enrichment Programming

Manuel Lloyd is the Program Coordinator for Cultural Enrichment. A 2018 UNCW alum with a bachelor’s degree in political science , he served as a temporary coordinator since August 2017, officially joining the center in February 2018.

As a cultural enrichment programs coordinator, Manuel designs programming to help individuals to better understand Africana and African American culture through art exhibits, lectures, cultural programming, foster a thriving social enviorment, and works closely with the greater Wilmington community.

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Mr. Tyler Young
Graduate Fellow


Tyler Young serves as the Upperman Center Graduate Fellow. A 2018 UNCW Alum, he is currently a candidate in the Masters in Higher Education program. 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.