Student Staff


Kassandra Rice
Logistics & Administrative Specialist

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Merced, California

Favorite Book: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Favorite Quote: “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.” -Louis Zamperini


Position Statement: As one of the Logistics and Administrative Specialists for the AACAE, my focus is to manage and organize the administrative affairs within the center. I want to use the center to break down barriers as well as to create a bridge for students and people within the community.

Janaee Sykes
Logistics Operations Specialist

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Major: Psychology with a Minor in Sociology

Favorite Book: Song of Solomon

Favorite Quote: “You must understand: They fear you. There is nothing scarier in their minds than a girl who knows the power of her flames.”


Position Statement: I am the Logistics Operations Specialist in the AACAE. My position requires for me to keep the center organized, presentable, and conduct administrative affairs within the center. The reason I wanted to work here is to have the opportunity to connect with our student body and unite our community.

Angel Sylva
Event Development Specialist


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Major: Journalism and Mass Communications


Hometown: A lot of places in the Bay


Motto: The mood is full spiritually, academically, and literally.

Position Statement: Hello my name is Angel Sylva, and I am the Event Development Specialist for the African American Center for Academic Excellence. What I do is I make sure we plan events accordingly that have meaning to the African diaspora, and that are relevant to students on this campus. I am an award winning spoken word artist and I hope to bring more art and creativity into a lot of our events and other aspects of the center. I know when I first came to HSU the African American Center was home, and I want it to stay a home for everyone that is to come after me.

Katauri (KT) Thompson
Event Planning Specialist

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Major: Criminology

Hometown: Inglewood, CA/ Moreno Valley, CA

Favorite book: Anything I read is my favorite:)

Favorite Quote: “Why should I apologize for the monster I’ve become? No one apologized for making me this way” - Heath Ledger (The Joker)



Position Statement: I am an event planning specialist here in AACAE. It is my job to create events in the center and try to make developed events with resources on our campus or community. I’m excited to construct meaningful events for our campus in the future. Working in the AACAE is important to me, because it is a resource/outlet for all students, precisely those who are P.O.C. Due to the small amount of people of color I believe the AACAE is a great spot for studying, socializing or pinching ideas if one ever feels lonely due to their unfamiliarities on campus.



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