Student Advisory Board

The Student Affairs Student Advisory Board is a team of approximately 20 current, engaged student leaders reflecting the diversity of UNC Pembroke student body. This Board is responsible for providing strategic input to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs Administration. They also share ideas, thoughts, and concerns and offer another voice to Student Affairs on current issues affecting students and its mission of providing transformational opportunities for students. The Board meets at least monthly with Student Affairs administrators as well as other top University officials to discuss various issues related to both the University and the town of Pembroke. The meetings are hosted by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

SASAB Goals:


  1. To give constructive feedback about Student Affairs programs, services, and new initiatives.
  2. To assist Student Affairs in identifying strengths to build upon and areas in which to improve.
  3. To assist in the marketing efforts of Student Affairs through innovative techniques including social media.
  4. To facilitate and promote interaction amongst the student body.
  5. To assist Student Affairs in gaining information about developing interventions for under-engaged students.
  6. To assist Student Affairs in creating a sense of specialness about being a student at UNCP.



Members serve no more than a two-year term at the discretion of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

SASAB membership is open to all UNC Pembroke undergraduate and graduate students. Membership is open regardless of race, national orientation, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, handicap, color, and marital status. Although students may self-nominate, most of the membership will be appointed by the SGA President and the Academic Deans. Additional, memberships will include representation from the Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Residential Housing Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Native American Student Organization, and Graduate Student Organization.

Ex officio members of the Board may include the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Directors in Student Affairs, or UNCP alumni.

SASAB will meet six or seven times a year during the noon hour. Lunch will be provided by Student Affairs.

The qualifications are as follows:

  1. Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA;
  2. Students must work effectively with a diverse group of individuals and maintain flexibility;
  3. Students must attend regularly scheduled meetings;
  4. Students must maintain a professional demeanor; and,
  5. Students must show remarkable leadership skills in their respective departments or organization.

Some incentives for serving on the Student Affairs Student Advisory Board are as follows:

  1. Visual representation on the Division of Student Affairs website [i.e.: pictures]
  2. Opportunity to attend seminars and workshops provided departments in the Division of Student Affairs;
  3. Serve as a professional representative of the University as a whole; and,
  4. Serve as a liaison between the Division of Student Affairs and the student body to disseminate information.

Emily Ashley

Name: Emily Ashley

Classification: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Interest: Student Affairs, dancing, spending time with my friends, sorority sisters, and my cat.
Other UNCP Organizations: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and Board of Trustees.

Kristin CraddockName: Kristin Leigh-Ann Craddock

Classification: Senior
Major: Double Majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology
Hometown: Eden, NC

Interests: I love to spend time with my friends and family. I am a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha here at UNCP, and I love my organization and my sisters with all of my heart.
Other UNCP Organizations: I am Panhellenic President, and I absolutely love working with all of Panhellenic, as well as other Greek Life. I am also currently the Criminal Justice Club secretary.

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Name: Bryana Ferguson

Classification: Senior
Major: Criminal Justice Minor: Terriorism Studies
Hometown: Glenarden, Maryland

Interest: Community Service, Traveling, Spending time with family and friends and learning new things.
Other UNCP Organizations: Brave Reads Tutoring Program, Brave Impact Mentoring Program, Community and Civic Engagement, National Council for Negro Women, Chinese Club, University Marshals.

athletic logoName: Kelly Spainhour

Classification: Senior
Major: Exercise and Sports Science
Hometown: Asheboro, NC

Other UNCP Organizations:

athletic logoName: Tatiana Reed

Classification: Junior
Major: Business Administration – Concentration in Entrepreneurship and International Business and Minor in Spanish
Hometown: Lumberton, NC

Interests: I love the Lord, my family and being in a position to have a positive influence on the younger generation and also building up my University. I also enjoy Forever 21 and all things Real Estate.
Other UNCP Organizations: President of RHA (Residence Hall Association), Vice President of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), Brave Impact Mentor, SGA Senator, Greener Coalition and I am boss.

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Name: Adam Franco

Classification: Junior
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Interests: Business, Leadership, Helping others find their potential.
Other UNCP Organizations: Student Veterans of America (President) and Brother to Brother (Vice President)

Shymel Jackson

Name: Shymel T. Jackson

Classification: Junior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Dunn, NC

Interests: Music, Traveling, basketball and achieving all the goals I have set for myself while still enjoying life.
Other UNCP Organizations: Association of Campus Entertainment (ACE), University Chorale, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Impact.

Biruk KassawName: Biruk Kassaw

Classification: Senior
Major: Double Major in Business Management & Finance: Minor in Political Science
Hometown: Ethiopia and Washington, DC

Interests: I enjoy going on trips and trying new things. I am considered an adrenaline junky because I like skydiving, ziplining, etc. I am also interested in giving back to the Community.
Other UNCP Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – (N.A.A.C.P.), Student Government Association, (SGA), Community & Civic Engagement, (C.C.E.), Literacy Commons, and Making A Difference Everywhere, (MADE).

Marcus Sherman

Name: Marcus Sherman

Classification: Senior
Major: Biology with Biomedical Emphasis
Hometown: Lakewood, WA

Interests: God, Wife and everything else (in that order).
Other UNCP Organizations: Tri Beta – Biology Honor Society, Lambda Sigma – Sophomore Honor Society, Alph Chi – Junior/Senior Honor Society, Esther Mayor’s Honors College, and Chancellor’s Ambassador.

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Name: Christina Palmer

Classification: Senior
Major: Accounting
Hometown: Delco, NC

Interests: Piano, fishing and Math
Other UNCP Organizations: SGA – Chief of Staff, Accounting Student Association – Treasurer, Panhellenic President – fall 2014, and Kappa Delta.

Jack SlavinName: Jack Slavin

Classification: Junior
Major: Business Marketing & Management
Hometown: Durham, NC

Interests: I have a big interest in baseball as this is my love & passion but I also have a big interest in academics and how important academics are to succeed. I enjoy listening to music, mostly country.
Other UNCP Organizations: Student Athlete Advisory Community (SAAC), the Literacy Commons and UNCP Baseball.

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Name: Matthew Godwin

Classification: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Rowland, NC

Other UNCP Organizations:

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Name: Jamar Smith

Classification: Senior
Major: Mass Communications
Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Other UNCP Organizations:

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Name: Cody Suggs

Classification: Senior
Major: Exercise Physiology
Hometown: Belmont, NC

Interests: Love playing and watching sports, white water rafting, cornhole and eating. Hanging with friends, and being around my family.
Other UNCP Organizations: Campus Recreation

Brittany WilkinsName: Brittany Wilkins

Classification: Senior
Major: Mass Communication/Public Relations
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.

Interests: Sorority Tri-Sigma, Wedding Planning and God.
Other UNCP Organizatons: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Student Ambassadors.


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