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.