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Meet the Staff

Nathan Stephens, Director

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 Nathan Stephens is the Director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Columbia College and the University of Missouri-Columbia respectively. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program at the University of Missouri. Nathan’s research focus examines the impact of racialized trauma on the persistence and retention rates of Black male college students. Nathan brings to the BNAACC, over 12 years of experience in student affairs having previously served as the Director of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center at the University of Missouri for almost 7 years. After leaving Mizzou, Nathan accepted a position at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) as the Director of the Center for Inclusive Excellence. There he was responsible for the administrative oversight of the Black Resource Center, Hispanic/Latino Resource Center, LGBTQ Resource Center, and Women’s Resource Center. Nathan loves teaching and has taught classes as an adjunct instructor in Social Work programs at the University of Missouri-Columbia,  William Woods University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Finally, Nathan is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated who believes strongly in the aims of his fraternity which are: manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind.

Jazmyne Kellogg, Assistant Director

Jazmyne Kellogg is the Assistant Director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A native of Homewood, IL, Jazmyne received her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. She then went on to work for the University of Illinois as an Admissions Counselor in the Chicago Satellite Office. Her passions lie at the intersections of social justice and educational policy. Her experiences navigating the intricacies of the educational system inspired her to pursue a Master’s degree in education policy from the University of Washington. Jazmyne brings a diverse skill set to the institution from program and policy creation, evaluation, implementation and assessment to her uncanny ability to be innovative and create and facilitate workshops.

While serving at BNAACC, she hopes to continue the fight for the visibility, recognition, and celebration of all Black students with the goal to maximize equity, access, and opportunity for them and all Illinois’ students.


Valeri Nesbitt-Howard, Office Support Staff

  Valeri Nesbitt-Howard, joined the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) staff in January of 2015 as the Office Support Associate.  She assists with the day-to-day operations of the BNAACC including greeting callers and visitors, purchasing programming supplies, managing the facilities, scheduling  space requests, processing paperwork, and maintaining financial records. Valeri attended Central State University and majored in Communications. Currently in her free time she enjoys spending time with her lovely family as well as her church family, Jericho Missionary Baptist Church, loves traveling, networking, reading,    mentoring and cooking. Val will continue to help build, encourage, and inspire others as they pursue their life journeys. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13