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Who We Are


Dawn M. Lavera

  • Administrative Support Assistant

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Advisory Board

Alicia Decker, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and African Studies

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AnneMarie Mingo, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Amit Sharma, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Hospitality Management, Associate Professor of Hospitality Finance at School of Hospitality Management, Director of Food Decisions Research Laboratory, Editor of ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports, Director of Research at I-CHRIE

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Darryl Thomas, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of African American Studies

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Ex-Officio Members

D. Scott Bennett, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Professor of Political Science

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William J. Dewey, Ph.D.

  • Director, African Studies Program, and Associate Professor of Art History

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Cynthia Young, Ph.D.

  • Department Head, African American Studies Department, and Associate Professor of African American Studies and English

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