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.

Manny Lloyd

Mr. Manny Lloyd 
Program Coordinator for Cultural Enrichment Programming

Manuel Lloyd is the Program Coordinator for Cultural Enrichment. A 2017 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.


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.