The NC State African American Cultural Center (AACC) welcomes the second addition to its team, Staci Roseboro, who now serves as administrative support specialist as of January 2021. Roseboro has over thirty years of higher education experience and comes most recently from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she served for over eight years in support of diversity and inclusion work. Staci notes that she has a passion for supporting students as they navigate their collegiate journey, having an empathic understanding of what it takes for students to excel.
While Roseboro has lived in California for most of her life and has most recently lived on the central coast, she has moved around and had the opportunity to travel all over the world. She noted that her favorite things about California were the beaches, hands down, but said she is ready to trade in walks on the beach for walks around the lake.
She enjoys connecting with people, engaging in conversation, and finds herself most excited when she has the opportunity to share in happiness, hearing others’ stories and helping others feel accepted and loved. She is an avid walker, hiker and cyclist and finds peace in these activities for her mental health and personal release.
Director angela gay-audre says, “Staci is a bright addition to the team and her brilliance is constantly exemplified when you speak with her. We hope you take a moment to welcome Staci to NC State and the AACC. If her passions and interests intersect with your own, perhaps there is much more to unfold. I know every time Staci and I speak, I find a little more joy and I think you will too.”
Photo, top: Staci Roseboro
Kristen Russell is the new graduate assistant for the African American Cultural Center. Russell is a first-year graduate student pursuing her Master’s of Education in clinical mental health counseling. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, she comes most recently from the University of Alabama, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.
Russell says she was drawn to the African American Cultural Center because of her dedication to mental health and advocacy, especially within the Black community. As she obtains her master’s degree, she seeks to reduce the stigma of mental health, increasing access to mental health services in underserved communities and incorporating physical health to mental and overall wellness.
Director angela gay-audre says, “One note about Kristen is she has a soothing and calming voice, and it is exemplified in her warm personality. Kristen will be working to assist in the AACC’s programming initiatives for the Spring 2021 semester and helping plan the African American Cultural Center’s 30th year celebration! Drop Kristen a quick hello if you get a chance to welcome her to the team!”