Professional Staff

Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson, Ph.D.

Brian is a three-time graduate of the University of Pennsylvania - first from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and later earning his masters and doctorate from the Graduate School of Education. Presently he teaches or co-teaches two courses including The History of Women and Men of African Descent at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as a pre-major advisor. He is the proud father of five children (Nia, Jalen, Nicholas, Myles, and Quincy), four books (including Higher Learning: Maximizing Your College Experience), and one academic and cultural enrichment program, Ase Academy.


Michelle Gillard Houston, M.S.Ed.
Associate Director

Michelle comes to us from the Center for Africana Studies where she has served as Program Coordinator, executing the Center's major events, including the Summer Institute. Having recently completed her Masters at Penn's Graduate School of Education in School / Mental Health Counseling, along with being a graduate of Howard Univeristy, a track coach, advisor to a program for young women of color, and a board member of the renowned BlackStar Film Festival, Michelle brings a wealth of experience and talents to Makuu.

Student Staff

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