Excellence Project Coordinator




Brandon Bell, Excellence Project Coordinator

Brandon Bell is a two time alum of UNC Wilmington (2011, 2014) with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. Serving as the Excellence Project Coordinator, Brandon oversees the academic excellence campaign of the Upperman African American Cultural Center with a cohort of 60 students. He supervises a staff of eleven peer mentors and implements the academic and leadership development programs for the students. Brandon’s professional strengths lie in academic advising and mentoring, program development, crisis management and intervention, identity development, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Current Peer Mentors



Isaiah Surles, Peer Mentor

A current sophomore at UNCW majoring in International Business and German, Isaiah Surles has showed exemplary leadership skills by functioning as the Program Coordinator for One In Four, Vice-President of the Caribbean Students Association and Vice-President of the UNCW High Seas. Isaiah is currently scheduled to graduate in 2016 and plans to attend the Cameron School of Business. Academic excellence as well as life-long relationships is the key to the success of UNCW’s students and Isaiah Surles is dedicated to ensuring the best for his fellow peers.



Tomasina Hill, Peer Mentor

A current junior at UNCW majoring in Film Studies and Theater Arts with a concentration in Performance, Tomasina Hill, has vast leadership experience both from high school where she graduated with honors and as a UNCW student. She is now the Parliamentarian of the Black Student Union, a dedicated participant in the film and theater  departments, and works for Campus Life as an Information Specialist. Overall academic and social excellence are priorities for Tomasina and is also what she challenges her peers to achieve.

CorinthianCorinthian Abella, Peer Mentor

I was born in the Philippines, but I spent most of my childhood here in the United States. I was raised to celebrate the Filipino culture, which is why I can speak two Filipino languages and learned English as a third language. Coming from a diverse background, I strive to give a voice to the minority population at UNCW by being active in student organizations that empower all the minority groups. Aside from being involved, I am also a dedicated student working towards a bachelor’s degree in nursing. I plan to work as a nurse in a Spanish-speaking country for a few years before applying to medical school. My other passions in life include traveling, biking, shopping, and spending time with my family and friends.  

janessaJanessa Robinson, Peer Mentor

Hi my name is Janessa Robinson and I am currently a junior at UNCW. I am majoring in Social Work. With my degree, I plan on becoming a case manager for those who are current residents in hospitals and those who are terminally ill. I am a part of the Black Student Union, The Anointed Voices of Praise, Social Work Organization, CARE, My Stand, and the Excellence Project here on campus. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and spending time with my family; singing, shopping, and eating are some of my favorite things to do. I look forward to mentoring this year for the Excellence Project.




Zeinab Savage, Peer Mentor

Zeinab Savage is a New Jersey native and is a senior. She will graduate with a B.A in English with a Professional Writing certificate. She enjoys reading and writing poetry. She also spends a lot of time in the kitchen experimenting with different ways to eat healthy foods. She is the vice president of S.I.S.T.A.H.S, a poetry organization on UNCW's campus.




Kevin Smith, Peer Mentor

Hey how are you? Im Kevin Smith and a junior from High Point, North Carolina. I am a double major, Psychology and Film Studies. My love for psychology comes from my mother who is a psychiatrist herself. I also gained a love for film in middle and high school at the art school i attended. I choose to come to UNCW for the diversity and the exceptional film program. In my free time I enjoy photography and making videos with my friends. I am a very outgoing person and willing to help people anyway I can.

George Maize

George Maize, Peer Mentor

Hello my name is George Maize and I am a sophomore Math major at UNCW. With my degree I plan on teaching and eventually opening a liberal arts high school. As a peer mentor I hope to inspire other students to be the best that they can be.  Also through this position, I would like to increase diversity on campus through visiting other schools, to show what UNCW has to offer.  My goals in life, is to do what GOD has called me to and be the best at it.


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