Meet the CADSS Staff

Kayton Carter, Director of African American Strategic Retention Initiative

Kayton Carter, Director of African American Strategic Retention Initiative

Welcome to the Center for African Diaspora Student Success.

My passion is to provide underrepresented students with comprehensive services from day one of their university education. My sole objective is to see every student walk across the commencement stage as a graduate of UC Davis.

The Center brings student and staff together to engage in all aspects of campus life. We inspire students to develop as leaders, succeed academically and become change agents in the world.

Prior to coming to UC Davis, I was the Oakland site director for the College Track college-prep program, and I’m looking forward to helping high school and community college students find success at UC Davis.

Kawami Evans, Interim Associate Director

Dr. Kawami Evans, Interim Associate Director

With more than 18 years in higher education as a student affairs professional, I have extensive experience facilitating programs and services that nurture the holistic development of students. 

I came to UC Davis in 2009 and joined the Center for African Diaspora Student Success at its inception in 2015. At the center, I assist with leading programs focused on retaining and graduating African and African American students. 

With a research emphasis on spiritual intelligence and holistic student development, I am committed to helping college students increase their spiritual awareness as a critical tool for their success.

Ken Barnes, Assistant Director.

Image of Ken Barnes, Assistant Director of Center for African Diaspora Student Success

My mission is to provide students the tools necessary for success at UC Davis, and in the professional world.

I’m a UC Davis alumnus, and since 1999, I’ve worked in the Internship and Career Center (ICC). As an ICC program coordinator, I connect students in the liberal arts and business with internship and career development opportunities. I also manage the Community Service Resource Center on campus. I’m also the campus liaison for the University of California Center Sacramento.

I joined CADSS in 2016, and I look forward to collaborating on a plan for your success.