Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male
Hale Hall, Suite 207
154 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 247-4765
Fax: (614) 292-0051
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Meet the Bell Resource Center Staff
Dr. James L. Moore III – Executive Director
Dr. James L. Moore III serves as the inaugural director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at The Ohio State University. Additionally, he is a full professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology.
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Dr. Robert A. Bennett III – Special Assistant to the Executive Director
Dr. Robert A. Bennett III is the Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the BNRC and a Program Specialist with Education Abroad in the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at The Ohio State University. He is also an instructor in the Department of African American and African Studies. A native of Decatur, Georgia, Bennett graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with honors, and was also a member of the football team. He earned his Master of Arts degree and Doctor of Philosophy in History from The Ohio State University. During his time at Ohio State, he has also worked with the Student Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO). His research interests are 20th century American history, college athletics, and international education. He has publications in Racism in College Athletics, The Journal of African American History, Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, and the Journal of Sport History. Bennett is also co-editor for Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics: An Exploration of Problems and Solutions. He is currently working on his monograph Produce, Achieve, Prosper: The Black Economic Union and the Drive for Green Power.
Andre’as Williams – Program Coordinator
Andre’as Williams serves as Program Coordinator for the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. A native of Lima, Ohio, Andre’as is an alumnus of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BS in Sport Industry and a minor in Leadership Studies through the College of Education and Human Ecology. As an undergrad, Andre’as served as a Resident Advisor for three years, promoting community and inclusivity within the residence hall while ensuring student success.
Melvina Smith – Office Staff Coordinator
Melvina Smith is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She started working at The Ohio State University in 1979, where she worked eight years for Physical Facilities. She returned in 1998, working for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State. In 2003, she worked for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Office of Minority Affairs then). Melvina graduated from the Columbus Paraprofessional Institute in 1988 as a Microcomputer Specialist and completed the Ohio State STEP program (Supervisor Training to Enhance Performance). Currently she maintains the Bell Center’s administrative and fiscal operations. Melvina received the Outstanding Staff Award from the College of Nursing in 2001. She has volunteered for United Way, Operation Feed, and Ohio State's Columbus Reads Program at East Linden Elementary School.
Dan Thomas – Program Manager
Daniel (Dan) Thomas is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Ecology focusing on Family Studies while also receiving a minor in African and African American Studies at The Ohio State University. Dan has a strong interest in working collaboratively with college students, promoting higher education to underprivileged school-aged children and providing educational enrichment programs for students outside the classroom. Dan comes to the BNRC after previously working with the nation’s largest diversity scholarship, The Morrill Scholars Program (MSP), where he was in charge of managing the application process and developing/providing opportunities for MSP recipients to engage in diversity and leadership activities in Central Ohio and across the nation.
Tayo Adeeko – Graduate Associate
Tayo Adeeko is a second year doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Ecology, studying educational administration. She attended the University of Colorado Boulder, where she majored in political science and international affairs, and Hunter College in New York City for her master’s degree in education. Tayo started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member teaching second and third grade students in Brooklyn, NY. Tayo’s research interests include school choice and alternative certification pathways for educators. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her lovely dachshund, Charlie.
Deborwah Faulk – Graduate Associate
Deborwah Faulk is a native of Sumter, South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology from Spelman College and completed her master’s degree in sociology at The Ohio State University. She is currently continuing her doctoral studies in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State. Her research interests are rooted in issues related to social inequality, sociology of (higher) education and race, class and gender stratification. Her current work explores the role of institutions, mainly colleges and universities, in perpetuating (or mediating) labor market inequality and stratification in the workplace. Deborwah is specifically intrigued by the mechanisms and processes that differentiate the relative success of some college graduates compared to others. Her scholarship is motivated by questions such as, how does college type, or where students attend college, matter for economic returns? How does institutional context and culture influence students’ level of social, cultural and professional capital post-graduation? And do underrepresented and/or marginalized populations reap the same benefits on their college degrees and educational experiences?
Upon the completion of her degree, Deborwah plans to pursue a career in the academy.
Natosha R. Willis – Graduate Associate
Natosha R. Willis is a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Ecology, working towards a PhD in Educational Policy. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Natosha is an alumnus of The Ohio State University, where she previously earned her BS in Education and MEd in Special Education. Before returning to Ohio State, Natosha worked as a Special Education teacher in the Columbus and Atlanta area. In between her time as a teacher, Natosha worked for various non-profit organizations with focuses on student achievement and well-being, along with postsecondary preparation. Natosha is currently researching zero tolerance discipline policies and the disparities projected on adolescent African American males, while looking at the tenets of school-to-prison pipeline and the role zero tolerance policies play in the pipeline.