Upperman African American Cultural Center

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Our Staff

Sean Palmer

Mr. Sean Palmer, M.A., M.Div
Director
910-962-7087
palmers@uncw.edu 

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
910-962-2480
lloydmc@uncw.edu

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.

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Mr. Dione Reynolds, M.A.
Program Coordinator for Mentorship and Pre-Professional Programming
910-962-3303
reynoldsd@uncw.edu

Dione Reynolds is the Program Coordinator for Mentorship and Pre-Professional programming. He is the the coordinator for the Excellence Project mentoring program  as well as the Black Table Talk mental health series, UPPGrade pre-professional development workshops, Senior Sankofa graduation ceremony and the Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration programs. He has worked at UNCW since July 2020.

Hailing from Gary, Indiana, he is a double graduate of Indiana University Purdue University with bachelor and master degrees in Organizational Leadeship, Dione has worked in Multicultural spaces as well as Freedom Schools. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity incorporated. Dione enjoys hiking, cooking and is always down for a good laugh.

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Mr. Milton Gore
Graduate Fellow
910-962-3832 
mdg3722@uncw.edu

 

Milton Gore serves as the Upperman Center Graduate Fellow and Interim Excellence Project Program Coordinator. A 2015 graduate of UNC-Pembroke, he is currently a candidate in the Masters in Higher Education program. A graphic design wizard, Milton brings his talents with digital media to his Upperman as well as assist with the Center's Africana Studies-130.


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