UCI Center for Black Cultures, Resources, & Research (CBCRR)

CBCRR Professional Staff and Apprentice Directors

Professional Staff

Professional Staff

Àdísà Àjàmú, Director

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Àdisà is the inaugural Director of the Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research (CBCRR). Before joining UCI, he served as the Deputy Director of the UC Riverside STEM Academy. He has served on the faculties of San Franscisco State University in the Department of Black Studies and Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of African American Studies as well as in a number capacities with the American Psychological Association. His training is in the areas of developmental psychology, health psychology and the social, ethnic and cultural relativity of social science with an emphasis on African cultures and behavior change.

Àdísà is the co-author of two books along with Thomas Parham and Joseph White on African American psychology, The Psychology of Blacks: an African Centered Perspective (1999) and the fourth edition of The Psychology of Blacks: Centering our perspectives in the African consciousness (2010). He was a contributing author to the seminal ASCAC World History Project (1998) as well as Black Psychology (2004) edited by Reginald Jones. He has published numerous scholarly essays, articles, book reviews and book chapters on African and African American life and culture. Currently he is the founding editor of Àsę, online blog for Association of Black Psychologists.

Program Coordinator

Position currently vacant.

Apprentice Directors

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Talia Green

Apprentice Director, Communications 


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Joshua Isaiah-Cinque Scruggs

Apprentice Director, Community Support and Safety


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Byron Glenn Mobley II

Apprentice Director, Health, Vitality and Wellness


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Niobe Duke

Special Assistant, Financial Affairs and Entrepreneurship


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Shirleen Achieng

CBCRR Community Resilience Fellow


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Shronda L. Davis-Maxie

Apprentice Director, Community Resource Development


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Gabrielle Arelis Vendryes

Apprentice Director, Community Outreach



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Tjah'Mari Ducloux

Apprentice Director,

Applied Innovations


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Jordan A. Keligond

Ambassador for LGBTQ Affairs