AASD Staff

Takiyah Jackson
Interim Director


Takiyah Jackson is a Seattle native who has been passionately involved in her community for over 15 years through education, community engagement, and athletics.  Her most recent work in education includes state policy work, comprehensive counseling and guidance programming, social-emotional program development, career readiness planning, and professional development facilitation.  Takiyah is known for leading charity benefits and projects in her community and for being a whole-child advocate.  She has worked with various communities to collect and provide resources for students and families in need and has worked with schools to incorporate social-emotional learning and support into the fabric of their schools.  In 2012, She was appointed by Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire to the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board and re-appointed for a second term by Governor Jay Inslee in 2014.  In her gubernatorial appointment, her work included regulatory policy-making and oversight of Washington’s system of educator preparation, certification, continuing education and assignment, program implementer of legislatively mandated programs, advocate for policy, programs and resources for students and educators, and strategic advisor to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Takiyah graduated from UCLA in the year 2000 and received her Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling from Seattle Pacific University in 2003.  In 2009 she received her National Board Certification in Counseling.  Takiyah was also a member of the UCLA women’s basketball team that won the Pac-10 championship and made it to the NCAA tournament’s elite eight in 1999.

As the Interim Director of African-American Student Development, Takiyah will lead programming and management for African American Student Development and for the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center.  She will be working between the African American Student Development Office and the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center.  Please feel free to check her bCal to connect with her or email her at takiyah.jackson@berkeley.edu for any inquiries.


Student Staff Leads

Camerin Thompson

Lead Program Logistics Coordinator

JeanClaude Dorsanivil

Financial Coordinator 

Tashya Jones

Program Logistics Coordinator

Ausjia Perlow

Program Logistics Coordinator

Brianna Rogers

Transfer Coordinator 

Brianna Alleyne 

Program Logistics Coordinator 


Sarah Ferguson

Public Relations and Promotions Specialist 


Student Interns


Intern:  Blackboard, Web, and Programming



Intern:  Public Relations 

Camerin Thompson, Public Relations and Promotions Intern, is a first year student here at UC Berkeley. He is currently working as a Junior-status student in the Media Studies major program. Prior to committing to Cal, Camerin was very much involved with community theater where he starred as Sebastian the crab in The Little Mermaid and Roger “Rump” in Grease The Musical. Camerin’s first exposure to the Black community here at Cal was when he was a bridgee during Summer Bridge. The thing that is most appealing to him in regards to being black@Cal is the inclusive and very much supportive space that is always presented. The most important advice he has to offer all incoming black students is that the Black experience is what you make it-- either you have active involvement or a spectator of what could have been. His goal in regards to AASD and assisting the inner Black Community is to serve as the bridge of enlightening community members of the resources available to them.


External Program Logistics Coordinator

Intern:  Progamming

Saraya Morris works as a Logistics Coordinator intern for the AASD office. She is an intended Business Administration major from Los Angeles, California who enjoys being a part of this organization that works to aid underrepresented students in the campus community. Along with interning for AASD, she is also a board member for the Get on the Bus (GOTB) organization at Cal which addresses the question of the prison system and how this system affects society.  Along with other GOTB members, she works to reunite incarcerated people with their families.  Saraya enjoys reading, watching TV shows such as “The Walking Dead,” and dancing--which is what prompted her to joins Berkeley’s Nigerian Student Association Dance Team. She is passionate about engaging with her community to create a better environment for both herself and for others.  

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