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Our Staff

ASP is Here for You

Because we are all alumni of UC Riverside and now serve as staff for ASP, we know first-hand the support our Black students need. We are each embedded in the Black Highlander experience, and we love this campus! Our doors are always open and we can’t wait to meet you.

 

Staff - Dr. Jamal J. Myrick


Dr. Jamal J. Myrick
Director
(Pronouns: he, him, and his)
Phone: (951) 827-7540
Email: jamal.myrick@ucr.edu

Dr. Jamal J. Myrick's journey is a result of trusting the Most High and the universe's timing. Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida by way of New Brunswick, New Jersey — Dr. J acknowledges the investment that Black women and his community poured into him over the years and strives to break barriers in all aspects of his life. Dr. J looks to lead ASP with Radical Black Love to uplift his team and community through authentic relationship building and advocacy. The love he has for the Black Scholars at UCR ignited when he first came to campus six years ago and still runs deep. In his spare time, Dr. J loves to spend time with his wife, reading with his book club that centers on Black authors, travel with his friends, and serve his community via his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Dr. J  is a firm believer that he couldn't write a better story even if he wanted to and knows that it's nothing but God.


Staff - Rhiannon Little-Surowski
 

Rhiannon Little-Surowski
Program Coordinator
Phone: (951) 827-2449
Email: rhiannon.little@ucr.edu

Rhiannon Little-Surowski has been committed to social justice and advocacy for 20 years, both as a UCR Alumna and a staff member. During her time at UCR, she was a student activist, Pan African Theme Hall (PATH) resident and mentor, volunteer for African Student Programs (ASP), and many Black student organizations, including Afrikan Student Alliance, and now as a program coordinator in ASP for 13.5 years. She has dedicated her life to creating equity and equality within higher education by dismantling racism and systemic barriers to access enrollment, retention, and degree attainment. Rhiannon is also involved in committees on the UCR campus, including the Black Student Experience Working Group (BSEWG), The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFASA), The Affiliates of UCR, and the HIV/AIDS Committee. Rhiannon is also active in the Riverside Community and was awarded a 2016 Woman of Distinction award by Assemblymember Josè Medina. Aside from her work in ASP, Rhiannon is also a doctoral student at the University of Southern California, working on a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education. Her research focusses on Black Student Success. In addition to work and school, Rhiannon is a mother of two young children and stepmom to a teenager. She and her husband, Peter, love to travel and run marathons together (they also run a family business). Rhiannon plays the flute and loves performing in musicals and volunteers for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.


 

Staff - Sharee Hughes
 

Sharee Hughes
Program Coordinator
(Pronouns: she, her, and hers)
Phone: (951) 827-4622
Email: sharee.hughes@ucr.edu

Sharee Hughes earned her bachelor's in psychology from the University of California, Riverside, in 2015. As a student at UC Riverside, Sharee was a student activist for the student-parent population on campus, serving as the Student Parent Action Committee Chair and Vice President of the student organization R'Kids. Sharee's program coordinating career started as the Student-Parent Program Assistant working under the guidance of Romanie Arterberry of UC Riverside's Women's Resource Center. She made the shift from developing programming for student-parents to developing and implementing programming for the Black students on campus directly following graduation. During her five years of serving African Student Programs, Sharee has been instrumental in carrying on the traditions of historically significant ASP events and programs as well as developing innovative ways to connect with students. She invests in the constant mission of strengthening the Black student life experience while facilitating academic achievement and retention among African diaspora students. Sharee is also a strong advocate for mental health awareness and holistic wellness. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. Aside from work and school, Sharee enjoys spending her free time with her son and vacationing in tropical climates.