Staff

Joseph Jordan
Director
919-962-9001
jfjordan@email.unc.edu

Joscelyne Brazile
Assistant Director
919-843-2669
brazile@unc.edu

April Spruill
Administrative Manager
919-843-2668
april_spruill@unc.edu

Chris Wallace
Communiversity and Undergraduate Program Director
chrislw@email.unc.edu

Clarissa Goodlett
Program & Public Communications Officer
919-962-0395
cgoodlet@email.unc.edu

Randy Simmons
Facilities Manager
919-843-1854
rlsimmon@email.unc.edu

Shauna Collier
Stone Center Librarian
919-843-5808
colliers@email.unc.edu

Gregg Moore
Stone Center Assistant Librarian
moorejg@email.unc.edu


Joseph Jordan
Director

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.


Joscelyne Brazile
Assistant Director

A native Floridian, Joscelyne relocated to the Triangle area from Chicago, IL. She obtained a BS degree from Tennessee State University and a MS degree from DePaul University prior to starting a career in fundraising with Northwestern University. Joscelyne has worked on fundraising campaigns for legislative officials, non-profit agencies and academic institutions, and enjoys volunteering with INROADS Triangle and the Girls on the Run organization.


April Spruill
Administrative Manager

April Spruill received her BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before the Stone Center, April worked in accounting for the Department of Radiation Oncology and Pediatrics. She is an active member of the International Business Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, and serves as President for the local alumni chapter. April recently received an Unsung Heels Award and was featured in the University Gazette for her community service efforts with Delta Sigma Pi, Habitat for Humanity, and Kramden Institute.


Chris Wallace
Communiversity and Undergraduate Program Director 

Chris Wallace is the newest member of the Stone Center team as its Communiversity and Undergraduate Program Director. 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.


Clarissa Goodlett
Program & Public Communications Officer

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.


Randy Simmons
Facilities Manager

Randy is a native of Burlington, NC and has more than 26 years experience in construction and building maintenance.  Prior to joining the Stone Center, he worked for University Facilities Services Maintenance for seven years.


Shauna Collier
Stone Center Librarian

Shauna serves as the administrator for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library.  She develops and maintains the collection with particular focus on African American studies and the African Diaspora. She also directs public service initiatives, provides research services, and improves outreach and instructional services. She most recently served as branch librarian for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C. Collier holds a BA from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama.


Gregg Moore
Stone Center Assistant Librarian

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.