Meet the PRCC Staff

JakoraJakora Thompson, Director

Jakora Thompson (nee 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 nearly 15 years of experience in higher education, including student financial aid, student development 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 has worked with the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success for 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: 

Joshanna Holyfield, Senior Program Coordinator

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