Molefi Kete Asante, Ph.D, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Molefi Kete Asante is Professor and Former Chairman, Department of African American Studies at Temple University. Considered by his peers to be one of the most distinguished contemporary scholars, Asante has published 74 books, among the most recent are As I Run Toward Africa, The African American People, An Afrocentric Manifesto, Encyclopedia of African Religion, co-edited with Ama Mazama, The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony, Cheikh Anta Diop: An Intellectual Portrait, Handbook of Black Studies, co-edited with Maulana Karenga, Encyclopedia of Black Studies, co-edited with Ama Mazama, Race, Rhetoric, and Identity: The Architecton of Soul, Erasing Racism: The Survival of the American Nation, Ancient Egyptian Philosophers, Scattered to the Wind, Custom and Culture of Egypt, and 100 Greatest African Americans. The second edition of his high school text, African American History: Journey of Liberation, 2nd Edition, is used in more than 400 schools throughout North America.
Asante has been recognized as one of the ten most widely cited African Americans. In the 1990s, Black Issues in Higher Education recognized him as one of the most influential leaders in the decade. Molefi Kete Asante graduated from Oklahoma Christian College in l964. He entered Pepperdine soon afterwards and Asante completed his M.A. at Pepperdine University in l965. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA at the age of 26 in l968 and was appointed a full professor at the age of 30 at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He chaired the Communication Department at SUNY-Buffalo from l973-1980. He worked in Zimbabwe as a trainer of journalists from l980 to l982. In the Fall of l984 Dr. Asante became chair of the African American Studies Program at Temple University where he created the first Ph.D. Program in African American Studies in 1987.
Shawn O. Utsey, Ph.D, Vice-Chairman of the Board
Dr. Utsey received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Fordham University in New York City. He completed his clinical internship at Pace University in New York City. Dr. Utsey is a member of the Association of Black Psychologists. His prior academic appointments include assistant professor of counseling psychology at Seton Hall University and associate professor of counseling psychology at Howard University. Currently, Dr. Utsey is a professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia. He became Chair of African American Studies in 2007
Jason Levy, Ph.D
Dr. Levy is an Associate Professor in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He works with emergency managers, security professionals, elected officials, non-governmental organizations and disaster experts to enhance national security and disaster resilience. He has received more than $2 million in homeland security and emergency management grants. Levy has worked at leading disaster and crisis management centers around the world including the Institute of Disaster Reduction and Public Security (Beijing Normal University), the Institute for Risk Research (University of Waterloo), the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (Kyoto, Japan) and the University of Honolulu.
Levy currently serves as a faculty associate in the National Homeland Security Project, an affiliate faculty member with the Conflict Analysis Group (University of Waterloo) and an adjunct faculty member with the Natural Resources Institute (University of Manitoba). His research develops timely, interdisciplinary and effective crisis management strategies for managing the unexpected and cascading impacts of disasters that cross policy domains, geographic, political and sectoral boundaries.
Bernardo Piciché, Ph.D
Bernardo Piciche is the Coordinator of Italian Studies and Mediterranean Studies at VCU. After receiving his law degree from University of Rome, Bernardo worked in the legal office of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Eventually he decided to fulfill his lifelong dream to become a scholar of Italian literature. Bernardo has Masters degrees from University of Rome, University of Paris and Yale University and received his Doctorate in Italian Language and Literature from Yale University in 2004.
Bernardo was awarded best critical essay by Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Napoli (ICI ONLUS) in the international competition “Nuove Lettere” for his book Argisto Giuffredi, gentiluomo borghese nel vicereame di Sicilia, Roma: EuRoma 2006. Bernardo’s new book, a philological edition of a XVI century text Avvertimenti Cristiani by Sicilian writer Argisto Giuffredi, is due to be published soon.
Dut M. Tong serves as Regional Representative-Northeast for Southern Sudan Project. After resigning as Special Advisor to Aweil Community Association of USA, Mr. Tong assumed position as Chairperson for Aweil Community Association in Northeastern United States. Additionally, Dut serves as the Head of Board of Fundraising and Planning Committee for Korok Development Project. He is currently residing in Hartford, CT