Director of Black Programs
Dr. Festus Addo-Yobo
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. He recently (May 2013) completed a doctorate in Educational Management and Development at New Mexico State University.
Ms. Yvette Guzman
Ms. Yvette Guzman is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Las Cruces. She has been with NMSU, solely in the Black Programs Department, since 2008. She recently earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and is currently a Graduate student with the intent to get into the Criminal Justice program in the spring. Besides working and going to school, she has a very busy homelife with four children and a granddaughter at home.
Student Peer Advisor
James Allen, Jr.
Hello, my name is James E. Allen Jr. Most of you may know me as (AJ). I was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and raised in Augusta, Georgia. I am currently a Junior at New Mexico State University where I am majoring in Elementary Education (History). I have two wonderful parents (James Allen Sr. and Lena Allen) and two sisters (Latreicia Allen and Breanna Allen). And lets not forget my little puppy (King Isaiah). I plan on graduating in one and a half years to begin my journey, hopefully as either a 4th or 5th grade teacher. Need any help when coming to Black Programs? Ask me directly when you see me in the office and I will do my best to help you at any cost.