Laney College

Umoja Faculty and Staff

Umoja-UBAKA Success Team


Kimberly King, PHD
Faculty Coordinator
Kassie Phillips, MSW
Counselor Coordinator
Shanice Millican
Program Specialist


Antonio Watkins MFA, teaches Composition and Reading (English 201 A&B, which includes the UBAKA learning community) and Basic Reading and Writing (English 269A&B). He earned a BA in English from Stanford and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction in 2006. He lives in Richmond, CA with his wife, and can often be found reading a book, riding a motorcycle, or playing a guitar.





Dana Grisby MA, is an African American Studies Instructor at Laney College. She received her M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. in Journalism from Howard University. She has served in the U.S. Peace Corps twice, in both Botswana and Guyana. She has an intersectional approach to teaching that centers social justice and community involvement. She challenges students to think critically about the overlapping identities of race, sexualities, class, genders, social status and work toward dismantling systems of oppression. She creates a classroom environment that privileges the experiences of people from marginalized communities. She was recently awarded as a member of the inaugural class of 20 emerging leaders under 40 in her hometown of Merced, CA in 2017. She enjoys bike rides, camping, and trap music.


You can call me Christine, or Mrs. Will (pronouns: she/her).  Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY! I do what I can to support each student in reaching their educational goals. Just as you are working to reach your educational goals, I am working to reach mine!  I have a Master’s in Mathematics from Cal State, Long Beach.  I have a certificate in online teaching from Merritt College, and have completed more coursework to help me prepare for remote teaching via Canvas.

In addition to teaching the curriculum of the course, I emphasize study skills, and work one on one with struggling students to identify challenges and address them. Working one on one helps us to learn from mistakes and turn them into learning opportunities. This is where the most learning happens!

A little about myself…I’m Egyptian American.  I know 6 languages, 7 if you count math!  I’m fluent in English, German, and Arabic, less fluent in American Sign Language, Spanish, and Coptic.  I lived in Germany for 3 years, and used to teach Coptic, a dead language that used to be spoken in Egypt. I have two teens. In addition to teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, gardening and crafting.  I look forward to welcoming you to my class!