Staff/Board of Associates


    Amilcar Maceo Priestley
    Contributing Writer
    Mariela Noles Cotito
    Photography Editor
    Mai-Elka Prado Gil
    Copy Editor (Spanish)
    Monica Carrillo
    Project Manager
    Roxanne Cox
    Web Maintenance
    Guillermo Fisher
    Video Editor
    Irvin Ernesto Checa

    Board of Associates

    Roxanne Cox, MPH
    Roxanne Cox received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine from Virginia State University and a Master of Arts degree in Community Health Education from Adelphi University.  In collaboration with Adelphi University, she assisted in the research, development and implementation of the Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education’s web based training program.  As a member of The Coalition to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare, she assisted in the revision of the organization’s guide on the implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) standards.  She is a member of the Health Disparities Committee within the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association. In addition, to being on our board, she serves as Project Manager for AfroLatin@ Project.  She is currently a Clinical Research Associate supporting the National Institute of Health (NIH. Her work focuses on Peru, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries and communities in the Western Hemisphere.
    Lic. Alberto S. Barrow N. Observatorio Panama Afro “George Priestley” y El Comite Panameno Contra El Racismo
    Licenciado en Derecho y Ciencias Políticas por la Universidad de Panamá. Ha sido animador de múltiples proyectos socio-políticos y culturales, Secretario Ejecutivo de varios organismos no gubernamentales, y consultor a nivel internacional para organismos que desarrollan programas regionales en el campo de la defensa de los derechos humanos. En la actualidad funge como Responsable de la Oficina Pro Igualdad y Tolerancia de la Alcaldía de Panamá y Asesor del Despacho Superior de esta última. El Lic. Barrow fue miembro de los Congreso del Negro Panameño (1981, 1983, 1987, and 1988) y miembro fundador del Comité Panameño contra el Racismo (1999). Ha publicado Piel Oscura Panamá: Reflexiones al filo del Centenario (2003) con George Priestley. Tambien es fundador de el “Observatorio Panama Afro “George Priestley”, y uno de los escritores de el Ley de 2002 contra el discriminacion en lugares publicos en Panama que fue impulsado por su campana de “No Me Pidas Una Foto”. Su nuevo libro “La Variable Etnia en el Marco Legal de Panama” sale Junio de 2012.
    B. Christine Arce, University of Miami
    Assistant professor at the University of Miami and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Phd in Latin American Literature and Culture. She works on issues of race and gender in Mexican, Caribbean and Brazilian cultural production as well as indigenous and non-Western epistemologies. She is currently working on a book manuscript, “Mexico’s Nobodies” that examines the representation of Mexico’s historical “others”, such as the soldadera and Blacks in Mexico, across various forms of cultural production.
    Diana Senor Angulo, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose
    Politóloga e Historiadora. Profesora de la Universidad de Costa Rica. Autora del libro “Ciudadanía Afrocostarricense: el gran escenario comprendido entre 1927 y 1963“. Doctorante en Historia por el Instituto de Altos Estudios para América Latina (IHEAL) – Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle.
    Carlos Efren Agudelo, Sociologo, IRD
    Sociólogo, e investigdor asociado al UR 107 del IRD y al CREDAL (Centre de recherches et de Documentation de l’Amérique latine) y asistente en el Institut des Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique Latine – Universidad Paris 3 (cursos sobre Colombia y las Américas Negras) y en el IEDES – Universidad Paris 1 (cursos sobre Colombia). Fue becario del IRD (1997-2000) en el marco del programa “Identidades, migraciones y urbanización de las poblaciones afrocolombianas”. Actulmente es director de la sede centroamericano del CEMCA.
    Lic. Egbert Wetherborne Perez, Comite Prodignidad
    President and Founder of Comite Prodignidad. Former Head of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Social Development, Republic of Panama. He represented Panama in 2001 at the Durban Conference on Anti-Racism.
    Monica Carrillo, Centro de Estudios Afroperuanos (LUNDU-PERU)
    Fundadora y directora de Centro de Estudios y Promoción Afroperuanos (LUNDU)  en Lima, Peru. Mónica Carrillo es comunicadora social, graduada en la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Es también investigadora y conferencista en temas relacionados a sexualidad, género, filosofía, y diáspora africana en las Américas. Ha sido coordinadora de redes nacionales e internacionales de lucha contra el racismo, como el Grupo Impulsor contra el Racismo y la Red de Jóvenes Afrodescendientes de América del Sur. Ha dirigido y conducido el programa de radio sobre política y arte afroperuano “Voces Negras”. A su vez, ha sido productora de comunicaciones de DEMUS (Estudio para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer) donde desarrollo diversas investigaciones sobre violencia contra la mujer; asimismo, produjo programas de radio, publicaciones y campañas artísticas al respecto.
    Irma McClaurin, PhD
    A 30 year veteran activist-scholar, bio-cultural anthropologist,  administrator, poet, public intellectual, mentor and teacher. A humanistic social scientist, she has served as a consultant to non-profits, was the Associate VP and Founding Executive Director of the first University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center, and recently left her post as the second woman and 15th President of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC . She is the Culture and Education Editor for Insight News of Minneapolis.  Her published books include Women of Belize, Black Feminist Anthropology, and The Civil Rights Movement and Facing the Future in the Marshall Cavendish series “The Drama of African American History”2007.
    Dr. Celio Burrowes, Atlanta Medical Center
    Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. He is a practicing surgeon for 29 years. Responsible for drafting Georgia’s Obesity Anti-Discrimination Act which passed in 2000.
    Peter M. Haviland, Ballard Spahr, LLP
    Partner in the Litigation Department in the Los Angeles office of Ballard Spahr, LLP.  Formerly a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Kaye Scholer, LLP. He is a trial lawyer who has also successfully argued in the state and federal courts of appeals. Mr. Haviland has prosecuted a number of high profile cases, including Southern Christian Leadership Conference v. City of Los Angeles (right of the Police Commission to suspend Chief of Police following the Rodney King beating); Garry Shandling v. Brad Grey (breach of fiduciary duty); TVT Records v. The Island Def Jam Music Group (copyright infringement, fraud, and breach of contract); and Lockheed v. Crane (cost recovery in Superfund cleanup). Mr. Haviland serves on the boards of directors of a number of professional and service organizations, including the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, and has been named by Black Enterprise Magazine as “One of America’s Top Black Lawyers.” Mr. Haviland received his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review and a foreign language area studies fellow, focusing on Portuguese and Brazilian law. He is a former clerk to the Honorable Warren Ferguson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He is a member of the California Bar.
    Amilcar Maceo Priestley, Proyecto Afrolatin@
    Director of the AfroLatin@® Project. He is responsible for all organizational and administrative matters and is also responsible for programming and strategy. The Project, previously funded by the Ford Foundation, is currently developing tools for social media and mobile learning, as well as digital curation, and looks to facilitate participatory action in these communities.  Prior to his current tenure, Amilcar served as Counsel for the AfroLatin@ Project. He began his legal career as an associate at a boutique entertainment law practice and most recently served as a Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Westwood One, Inc. He is also the Principal at C.O.I. Consulting, LLC an intellectual property, licensing and digital media consulting firm.   Amilcar is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brooklyn Law School.