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BCSC National Advisory Board

  • Yvorn Aswad, Class of 2011, is a writer, and scientist-activist. As a native Angeleno, he is concerned with issues of violence, poverty and access to health and human services, especially for the disenfranchised. As an undergraduate, he worked and researched in issues of gaining better health opportunities and education to the underserved. A strong believer in science literacy as a means for answering intractable questions, he currently works as a research assistant on issues to promote stronger participation and performance of the underserved in STEM fields. He also does advocacy work in the Tenderloin Neighborhood of San Francisco, where he maintains his commitment to liberation theology and the poor. He served as BSU cochair and as an RA in Ujamaa during his time on The Farm.
  • DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Ed.D., Class of 1996, is the Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Access Initiatives at the University of Missouri. She coordinates the university’s statewide college access strategy with an emphasis on increasing college readiness and college-going culture. Dr. Burns-Wallace also holds adjunct faculty appointment through the College of Education’s Education Leadership and Policy Analysis division. Prior to joining MU, Dr. Burns- Wallace held the position of Assistant Dean for Diversity Outreach in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Stanford University. Dr. Burns-Wallace has also served as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State. She has lived/worked in Guangzhou and Beijing China; Pretoria, South Africa; and in Washington D.C. In her capacity as an FSO, she has held numerous positions including Management Officer, Non-Immigrant Visa Officer, Press Attaché, and Special Assistant on Legislative Affairs. She was also trained in two languages, French and Mandarin Chinese.
    Dr. Burns-Wallace holds a dual bachelor’s degree in International Relations and African American studies from Stanford University, a master's in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on issues of access and success for students of color and low-income students in throughout higher education as well as equity-minded leadership. She currently also serves as the co-president of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association and sits on the SAA Board of Directors.
  • Prudence Carter, Ph.D. is an associate professor of education and (by courtesy) sociology. Before coming to Stanford she held positions of assistant and associate professor of sociology at Harvard University and admissions officer at Brown University. At Stanford since 2007, she teaches a range of courses on racial and ethnic relations, social and cultural inequality, the sociology of education, urban education and research methods. Professor Carter's first book, Keepin' It Real: School Success beyond Black and White (Oxford University Press 2005), is the 2006 co-winner of the Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award, (Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, American Sociological Association) for its contribution to the eradication of racism; a 2005 finalist for the C. Wright Mills Book Award (Society for the Study of Social Problems); and an a 2007 honorable mention recipient of the distinguished book award (Section on Race, Class, and Gender, American Sociological Association). At present, Professor Carter is completing a book tentatively titled The Paradoxes of Opportunity: Race, Culture, and Boundaries in "Good" Schools, which documents a cross-national study of desegregated and majority-minority high schools in the United States and South Africa and examines how school practices can either facilitate or diminish academic and social divides in education.
  • Magnus Christon, Class of 1990, a member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers, is a consultant specializing in special events fundraising and has worked for a number of organizations such as the National Civil Rights Museum, the California African American Museum, Credit Suisse First Boston, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. He has also managed gala charitable fundraising events honoring such noted leaders and philanthropists as Dorothy Height, Elie Wiesel, Arthur Blank, Colin Powell, Ted Turner and Robert Kennedy, Jr. Magnus has served on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Stanford Black Alumni Association and was the club leader for the Atlanta Chapter of the Stanford Black Alumni Association from 2006–08. He has also served as a class reunion officer for his 10th and 15th year class reunions. Presently, he serves as the club leader for the Stanford Club of Georgia, is a member of the Stanford Associates, a board member with the Stanford National Black Alumni Association, and volunteers with Stanford Admissions’ OVAL pilot program in Atlanta.
    He received his bachelor’s degree in English and African and African American Studies. While at Stanford, Magnus was a resident of Ujamaa House, pledged the Nu Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., was a resident assistant at Branner Hall, and was a member of the Stanford Axe Committee.
  • Nadiya Figueroa, Class of 2004 and Jamaica's 2007 Rhodes Scholar, is at Oxford University pursuing a doctorate in International Development. Nadiya’s research focuses on the phenomenon of fraudulent investment schemes and political garrison communities in Jamaica, which she hopes will provide a window into the evolving institutional, social and moral frameworks of a state and society in flux. Beyond her studies, Nadiya has worked with the Development Office at her Oxford College, St. Catherine’s. Nadia continues to be active on issues related to Jamaica, she works closely with the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) to develop a network of Caribbean scholars outside of the Caribbean and is involved in violence prevention and women’s leadership initiatives in Jamaica. Last summer she worked in the Office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica in the Development and Planning Division.
    She received her bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology and History. She graduated with honors and distinction, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and was awarded the prestigious Stanford Alumni Association Wallace Sterling Award for highest achievement in leadership and service. She is largely responsible for the presence of Cultural Awareness Associates in Residential Education. She was also involved in Caribbean Student Association, Kuumba African Dance Ensemble and served as ASSU Nominations Commission Chair. Her senior year, Nadiya was elected as the university’s first international and Black female student body president.
  • Joyce E. King, Ph.D., Class of 1969 (BA, PhD 1974) holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University where she is also a professor of educational policy studies in the College of Education. She has held various senior administrative posts in higher education including, provost, Spelman College; associate provost, Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York; and associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Diversity Programs at the University of New Orleans. She was director of Teacher Education at Santa Clara University for twelve years and she served as the first head of department of Ethnic Studies at Mills College.
    Recognized as a leading scholar in her field, she has numerous publications in Black Education: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda for New Century. She does ground-breaking research on "dyconscious racism", a term she originated that has informed research in teacher education in both the US and abroad. While at Stanford, Dr. King received the coveted Dinkelspiel Award for community service.
  • Garry Mitchell, Class of 2013, is from Chicago, Illinois and is an African and African American Studies major. In his time working for the BCSC, he has become increasingly passionate on the school to prison pipeline and issues that affect black males. He is clear that his post-grad plans will include work with Black males and their success, broadly defined, with our community. He is a firm believer in putting not only his degree, but his experience as a member of the black community at Stanford, to work as he ventures out into the real world to help our marginalized populations. 
  • Jessica Moore, Class of 2012 is from Denver, Colorado but was born in Menlo Park, California. She intends to double major in political science and African American studies and then continue her education in law school. She volunteers with Jumpstart, a Peace Corp organization which specializes in early literacy for in children and works with children in East Palo Alto. She has served as a public service ambassador for the Haas Public Service Center, an executive fellow under the chair of Diversity and Tolerance within the ASSU., and has been involved with the Black Student Union as a frosh intern. She attended Mountain Vista High School and graduated with highest honors. She is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, an AP Scholar with Distinction and a recipient of the Golden Talon Award (Public Service Aware).
  • Michael Tubbs, Class of 2012, is a first generation college student, majoring in sociology with a possible co-terminal master’s in Policy, Organization and Leadership studies in the School of Education. He was the recipient of the Coca Cola Scholar Foundation’s Inaugural Alumni Legacy award, is a motivational speaker through the Inspiring Speaker’s Bureau , and was selected from among Stanford’s 6,000 undergraduates as the 2009 Founder’s Day Speaker. He was the first freshmen ever to be chosen for this honor. He has been involved on campus through the Stanford debate society, as an Oral Communication Tutor, as High School Conference Co-Coordinator for the BSU, as Co-Chair of Diversity and Tolerance Initiatives for the ASSU , as student representative on the University’s Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, and as the mentor coordinator for the 9th and 10th grade program of Stanford College Prep. Off campus he is a leader in the Children’s Defense Fund of California’s Campaign to End the Cradle to Prison Pipeline and is co-founder of the youth lobbyist organization, “Save our Stockton.”