Program & Public Communications Officer
Communiversity and Undergraduate Programs Manager
Stone Center Librarian
Assistant Stone Center Librarian
Joseph Jordan has been Director of the Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History since 2001. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor, African/African-American Studies, an affiliate faculty member in the curriculum in Global Studies, and Director of the Venezuela Aspects of the African Diaspora Study Abroad Project. His current work focuses on the cultural politics of race, identity and artistic production in the diaspora.
His writing includes an upcoming special issue of Black Scholar, co-edited with Daynali Flores-Rodriguez on the Life and Work of Frantz Fanon, and an essay entitled Can the Artist Speak? Hamid Kachmar’s Subversive Redemptive Art of Resistance in Bodies of Knowledge: Interviews, African Art, and Scholarly Narratives, Joanna Grabski and Carol Magee, eds., (Indiana University Press forthcoming 2012). Other work includes Globilizacíon y Derechos de Propiedad Intelectual: Problemas y Perspectivas, Política Exterior y Soberania. Publicacíon Trimestral del Instituto de Altos Estudios Diplomáticos ‘Pedro Gual’, Julio-Septiembere 2007; and Cabral, Solidarity and the African Diaspora in the Americas (book chapter) in Cabral no Cruzamento de Épocas: Comunicações e Discursos Produzidos no II Simpósio Internacional Amílcar Cabral, (2005)
He currently serves as a Board member of the National Council for Black Studies as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Black Scholar Journal of Black Studies and Research; as a member of the Editorial Board of PALARA – Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association; and as co-chair of TransAfrica Forum’s Scholar’s Council. He is a founding member of the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network, and a member of the coordinating team of the Future of Minority Studies Research Project.
Clarissa is the Program and Public Communications Officer at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. Prior to joining the Stone Center team, Clarissa worked in variety of organizing and communications positions in government and politics–including U.S. presidential and senate campaigns and the North Carolina Governor’s Office. An activist at heart, Clarissa held roles in community outreach and political advocacy at several non-profit organizations, such as ColorofChange.org—the nation’s leading online racial justice organization.
Before stepping into politics, Clarissa worked as an Engineer for an Information Technology consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A native of the Triangle, Clarissa is proud to call Raleigh, North Carolina her home.
Chris Wallace is the Communiversity and Undergraduate Program Manager at the Stone Center. After almost four and a half years as the Director of the Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro’s Spirit of Excellence AmeriCorps tutorial program, Chris decided it was time for a change of scenery and challenge in Chapel Hill, where he was offered the Communiversity position within the Stone Center. He received his B.S. in Mass Communication from N.C. A&T State University and a B.A. in Communication Studies from UNC Greensboro. Additionally, he earned his Nonprofit Management Certificate from the Duke University continuing studies program through a special program offered by the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Chris has also taught Basic Skills at Guilford Technical Community College, served as a Communications Intern with the Carolina Panthers and has tutored and mentored in programs such as the National Youth Sports Program, Upward Bound, the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro.
In addition to serving in his role at the Stone Center, Chris is an enthusiastic Lakers and Packers fan and an even more enthusiastic husband and father. He currently resides in Greensboro with his wife and their two wonderful sons.
Sheriff Drammeh is the Program Associate at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Sheriff holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Communication from NC State University (’05) and graduate degrees in International Development and Conflict Management from Brandeis University (’14). In the fall of 2013, Sheriff spent three months in the Middle East (Palestine, Israel and Jordan) to complete his field work and graduate thesis, which examined the impact of non-government organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) on socioeconomic development and peacebuilding in Palestine. Sheriff is an avid traveler and a sports enthusiast.
Javier is from Mexico city, Mexico and in addition to his work at the Stone Center, he also owns and operates a commercial/residential cleaning company. Prior to joining the Stone Center team, he worked at UNC Public Safety as a security guard for 10 years and spent 5 years at UNC hospitals as a General Manager for Environmental Services, Patient Transportation and Guest Services.
Stone Center Librarian
Mireille Djenno is the Librarian for African, African American and African Diaspora Studies, based in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. She was most recently Reference & Instruction Librarian and Liaison to the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Djenno received an MA in Library and Information Studies and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Special Collections (Rare Books and Manuscript Studies) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Gregg Moore is a Rocky Point, NC native who studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has more than a decade of library experience as a former employee of the Wake County Public Libraries in Raleigh.