Dr. Festus Addo-Yobo – Director of Black Programs
Dr. Festus Addo-Yobo, current Director of Black Programs at New Mexico State University, was formerly director of African-American Student Services at Metropolitan State University
in St. Paul, Minn, ending in 2005. Before joining Metropolitan State University, Dr. Addo-Yobo was director of the African American Learning Resource Center at the University of Minnesota
at Duluth from 1997 to 2004. He previously was an academic counselor at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the College
of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill., and a master’s degree in education with a focus on student affairs at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Addo-Yobo completed his doctorate in Educational
Management and Development at New Mexico State University. He was also born in Ghana.
Chemey de Santos Andre – Administrative Assistant
Ms. Andre, formerly a work-study for Black Programs from 2011-2013 until she completed her undergraduate work and obtained her Bachelor of Individualized Studies
concentrated in Fine Art Printmaking with a minor in Studio Art. In addition to studying at NMSU, she has studied abroad in Fukuoka, Japan and Vancouver, Canada.
Her work with black programs has led her to learn more about her paternal ancestral Cape Verdean roots, and motivates her to one day visit her Grandfather’s homeland.
In the next few years we can expect to see her possibly teaching English Abroad and obtaining her Masters of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
She has rejoined Black Programs in the role of Administrative Assistant in the spring of 2014 and is excited to continue working with her peers in Black Programs.
Lester G. Graham – Student Peer Mentor
Mr. Graham is an undergraduate Civil Engineering major at NMSU. He is interested in the many perspectives of history and social justice.