Jakora Holman, Director

Jakora Holman is an EOF graduate of Rutgers University – New Brunswick, having earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism & media studies from the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies.  Jakora has over 10 years of experience in student programming, advising, mentoring and leading operations tailored to provide support and advocacy for marginalized students.  Prior to joining the Paul Robeson Cultural Center her career has included working with TRIO Programs Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.  She has led initiatives focused on first-generation college students, including leading the operations for RU1st at Rutgers – New Brunswick which focuses on increasing support for first-generation college students.  She works with the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success our campus efforts as a First Forward Institution. Jakora received her master’s of arts at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development studying higher education and student affairs. Her research and work interest focus on increasing equity in higher education by increasing access and success for underrepresented populations; she is currently pursuing her doctorate within the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Contact: holmanj@echo.rutgers.edu

Philip E. V. Chambers, Interim Assistant Director

Originally from Detroit, MI with proud roots in the Huntsville, AL area, Philip E. V. Chambers brings a wealth of experience to the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. While obtaining his bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a focus in mass communication and communications management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Philip first discovered his passion for Student Affairs as a Resident Assistant. Involvement in the Black Student Awareness Committee, entertainment committee, RHA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated during his undergraduate years further developed the idea of a future career in education.

After graduating, Philip continued on his higher education path through residence life, admissions, NSO, student centers programming, off-campus living/community partnerships, and more. Philip served as Vice President of the Higher Education Club at Baruch College (CUNY) while obtaining his Masters in Higher Education Administration from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and is also currently a member of the International Town and Gown Association which is the premier resource for addressing challenges, emerging issues, and opportunities between and amongst institutions of higher education and the communities in which they reside. With a focus on mentorship, advocacy, engagement, and community building, Philip is excited to build upon the legacy of the Paul Roberson Cultural Center in service to the Rutgers Community and beyond. Contact: philip.chambers@rutgers.edu

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Yolanda Grant, Administrative Assistant

Yolanda Grant is a Native of Newark, NJ who graduated from Kean University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies in the area of Corporate Event Planning and Public Relations. Her studies allowed her the opportunity to work in various Administrative capacities fulfilling event planning with UMDNJ-Community Development and Public Relations as well as recently assisting in the Office of the Dean, School of Engineering at Rutgers University. Her experience also encompasses assistance with students of diverse populations where she was able to utilize those skills with the Upward Bound Program Director at Seton Hall University. She assisted the parents, students and teachers of the program with event planning which included college tours, “real talk” sessions, meetings, and a host of other areas to meet their needs.

Yolanda’s experience has predominately been in higher education as it is a passion of hers to work with students and in the educational forum. She is especially excited to be at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center where she can continue to work with students and assist them as much as possible in the various areas that she is needed. Contact: Yolanda.Grant@echo.rutgers.edu

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