AASD Staff


Program Development Specialist

AB, pronouns they/them/their's, is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley who majored in American Studies with a concentration in Public Health, City Planning & Public Policy. During their undergraduate years at Cal, AB was very involved in multiple communities and student leadership activities. They are strong supporter of community and family and strives to reach liberation through any means

Blake Simons

Community Development Specialist

Blakepronouns he/him/his, is native of the Bay Area and a graduate of UC Berkeley where he received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in African-American Studies. Blake serves as a member on the national Loss and Bereavement Council for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and has been an active member of the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley. Blake is an avid writer, and his been published by the African American studies department at UC Berkeley and also UC Berkeley’s campus newspaper. Activism runs in Blake’s family. Some of his family were members in the Black Panther Party along with the Black Liberation Army. Blake hopes to uphold the tradition of Black activism, and his end goal is for the liberation of all Black lives.

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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