Meet the OBSA Staff

The Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA) is a cultural center and service unit within the Claremont University Consortium.

Lydia Middleton, Dean and Director: I provide leadership to the Office of Black Student Affairs and work with the staff to deliver meaningful services to The Claremont Colleges. I began my role in July of 2015. I received my B.A. from Wellesley College and completed my graduate studies in English language and literature at the University of Michigan, where I began my career in higher education.


Nick Daily, Assistant Dean: I earned a bachelor’s degree in women’s and gender studies from the University of Redlands and a master’s degree in education in college student services administration from Oregon State University. My interests include dialogues around social inequality, histories, intersecting identities, creating possibilities and video games. My primary focus at the OBSA is creating leadership and structure around the arts and engagement program.


Latreace Cox, Administrative and Events Coordinator: Although I am new to The Claremont Colleges, I was born and raised in Pomona. A graduate of Montclair High School, I attended Chaffey College and transferred to the University of Southern California, where I ran cross country and track and field for the Trojans. I received a B.A. and M.S. from USC. I am currently working on my doctorate in education.


Tiffany J. Smith, Graduate Student Manager for Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership: I provide opportunities for students of African descent to discuss pertinent issues that affect them at The Claremont Colleges. I am a doctoral student in the school of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, with a concentration in higher education/student affairs and educational policy, evaluation and reform. My research interests are black feminist studies, policy analysis and cultural studies.


Cleopatre Thelus, Graduate Student Manager for Outreach and Development: I am currently building relationships and networks with Black students throughout the colleges, as well as expanding culturally competent and efficient resources for Black students at The Claremont Colleges. My primary focus is developing an alumni network and reviewing OBSA’s current programs and services. I am a third-year Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University studying basic and applied social psychology and evaluation.


Isaac Dewey Tucker-Rasbury, Undergraduate Student Manager, Pomona College



Ellington Bramwell, Undergraduate Student Manager, Pomon­a College