Meet Our Staff

 

Jeffrey K. Coleman, Ph.D. Director
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Dr. Jeffrey Coleman is originally from Bloomfield, Connecticut and has over 14 years of experience working in multicultural affairs. Dr. Coleman earned his bachelor of arts in public policy studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He received his master of science in counseling with a concentration in student development in higher education from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. He has also earned his doctorate of philosophy in educational studies with a concentration in cultural studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Coleman’s undergraduate involvement in multicultural affairs, student government association, academic and social conduct committees and work-study employment in the dean of students office inspired him to pursue a career in student affairs focusing on advocating for historically under-served and underrepresented populations. His passion is to develop programs and services that positively impact identity development, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, academic success and graduation rates of diverse student populations.

Prior to Georgia State University, Dr. Coleman worked in multicultural affairs at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Trinity College. His experience includes managing multicultural centers; implementing minority male learning communities; creating mentoring programs for first year, first generation and minority male students; developing support services for students, particularly those from traditionally under-served and underrepresented communities; and advising multicultural student organizations. Dr. Coleman’s vision for the Georgia State University Multicultural Center is to offer programming to help students recognize and understand how their individual cultural identities and the identities of others impact their purpose and vision for life, and how that understanding influences their personal, academic and career aspirations.

LaTia Sinclair, M.S. Assitant Director,
Multicultural Programs
LaTia Sinclair is a native of Queens, New York and has over 12 years of professional experience working in higher education. Ms. Sinclair earned a bachelor of science in sociology and a master of science in higher education and student affairs administration from The State University of New York College at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Her vast work experience spans across diverse institutions of higher education and various departments within Student Affairs. Institutions she has served include SUNY Buffalo State, Spelman College, Berkeley College and the Donald and Barbara School of Medicine at Hofstra University, Northwell Health System, respectively.

Ms. Sinclair’s experience includes the supervision and management of residence halls and the development of a residential education program, creating a student success and supplemental instruction workshop series, facilitating mentoring programs for first year, first generation and minority students, advising multicultural student organizations, developing a Men of Color empowerment series, an annual Women’s Leadership conference and having oversight of all civic engagement where she developed strong partnerships with community agencies and non-profit organizations to increase student involvement with social justice and community service.

Ms. Sinclair’s attributes much of her success and inspiration to pursue a career in higher education to her undergraduate and graduate involvement as a student leader and positive mentoring relationships with administrators on campus. As a first-generation college student, Ms. Sinclair understands, first-hand, the importance of access, education, opportunity and advocacy. Thus, as the Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs at Georgia State University, Ms. Sinclair’s main objective is to assist in providing those essential components to all students with a focus on the students at the Perimeter campus locations. She is committed to advancing the efforts of the Multicultural Center to Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton campuses by extending programming and services to reflect access and inclusion of the diverse student population across the Perimeter College campus locations of the Georgia State University.

Outside of work, LaTia enjoys event planning, traveling, spending quality time with family and friends and serving her community as a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

LaToya Harden, M.S. Student Affairs Advisor II,
Community Building & Student Achievement
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LaToya Harden is a native of Macon, Georgia and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor of science in sport management and a master of science degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sport & exercise psychology. LaToya’s graduate assistantship in the Dean of Students office inspired her to pursue a career in student affairs focusing on student learning and development. Prior to joining the Multicultural Center staff, she worked as a higher education professional in career services and residential life, as well as facilitated programs and activities for community development through recreational and leisure services. LaToya is excited about working with the Georgia State University community and having the opportunity to create a culture of care through programs and services that positively affect student development.
William Britto Student Affairs Advisor II,
Education, Gender & Sexuality
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William Britto is a native of Durham, North Carolina graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) with a bachelor of music in education. While at UNCG, he served as a resident hall advisor, peer academic leader, and president of the university’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). William also served as an orientation coordinator, often facilitating trainings and workshops for incoming students with a focal point of student success and identity. Upon moving to the Atlanta Metropolitan area in 2013, William taught in the Cobb County School District. William is excited about working with the Georgia State community and having the opportunity to help foster student success through identity and cultural awareness.
Tonya Cook, M.S. Program Specialist – Perimeter
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Ms. Tonya Cook is a native of Atlanta and a Georgia State University Alumnus (class of 1994) with a bachelor of business administration in marketing and a master of science in human resources development also from Georgia State. During her tenure at Georgia State, she was actively involved on campus and served in many roles including charter member of Georgia State University Spotlight Programs Board (women’s life and black life and culture), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Lambda Nu Chapter, Leadership Conclave, Student Government Association, Order of Omega and Black Student Alliance. An avid supporter of the arts, Ms. Cook has studied dance for 25 years of which ten were with Total Dance Company under the artistic direction of Terrie (Ajile) Axam. She is active in her community, which also includes the graduate chapter of her Zeta Phi Beta Sorority-Kappa Iota Zeta Chapter, Atlanta ambassador for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, National Black Arts Festival, Rialto Center for the Arts and Plan Your Meetings magazine. In March 2014, she became a certified life coach. Ms. Cook is responsible for coordinating a diverse range of cultural and educational programs in the Multicultural Center.