Equity & Community Inclusion Team

Equity & Community Inclusion Staff Picture
Below you will find short narratives about our team in Equity & Community Inclusion

(going from top row, left to right; middle row, left to right; bottom row, left to right). 

Dr. Frederick Smith

Associate Vice President, Division of Equity & Community Inclusion / Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Dr. Frederick Smith serves as Associate Vice President, Equity & Community Inclusion. He joined SF State in July 2019. Prior to SF State, Fred worked at Cal State LA, where he served as the Director of the Cross Cultural Centers. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University in May 2018. His dissertation title is The Politics of Ethnic Studies, Cultural Centers, and Student Activism: The Voices of Black Women at the Academic Borderlands

Dr. Smith's research and professional interests focus on higher education and include: co-curricular learning experiences, the role of ethnic studies and cultural centers in student identity development and confidence building, campus climate experiences of historically marginalized and minoritized communities, retention and graduation of students of color in higher education (at Cal State LA, he initiated and led the Men of Color Success Network Initiative and the Women and Femmes of Color Annual Conference), and collaborations between student affairs and academic affairs staff and faculty for student success.  Dr. Smith brings rich experience developing collaborative programs, events, services, dialogues, and celebrations that bring the campus community together.

Outside of higher education, Fred is a novelist. His five novels, Busy Ain't The Half Of ItIn Case You ForgotPlay It ForwardRight Side of the Wrong Bed (a Lambda Literary finalist), and Down For Whatever, focus on queer characters of color in Los Angeles.

Fred earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Television News and Reporting at the Missouri School of Journalism. He earned a Master of Education in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago. Fred is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

Luis DePaz Fernandez

Coordinator - AB540 / Dream Resource Center

Luis DePaz Fernandez is the Coordinator of the AB540 / Dream Resource Center. Luis has worked at SF State since 2016 in numerous roles (Outreach, Office of the President, and College Readiness) before coming to the Dream Resource Center in June 2020. Luis is an alum of SFSU, having earned a Master's degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Latina/o Studies.  


Bucket Manyweather

Student Engagement Specialist, Black Unity Center; Coordinator, LGBTQIA+ Student Life

Bucket Manyweather is the Student Engagement Specialist for the Black Unity Center. Bucket also serves as Coordinator for LGBTQIA+ Student Life. Bucket is an alum of the University of San Francisco’s Higher Education Student Affairs Master’s Program and CSU East Bay, where they earned a B.A in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in African American Studies. They have worked in a variety of student affairs functional areas in the UC, CSU, CC and within Private Institutions. In addition to their work in the Black Unity Center, they are also an adjunct professor of Ethnic Studies at CSUEB.


In their spare time, they like to take sassy pictures of their cat, Comrade (@comrade_purrs).


Tarshel Beards

Director - Black Unity Center (BUC)

Tarshel Beards serves as Director of the Black Unity Center (BUC). Tarshel is a Brooklyn Girl, by way of Chicago who is now in California and loving the weather. Her career spans higher education and non profit organizations doing community based communications and advocacy work. She also taught journalism and composition for ten years at Malcolm X College in Chicago. It was the mission of the Black Unity Center and the energy of student activists that inspired her to apply for the director position and come to SF State. Tarshel joined SF State in August 2019. Since then, she has been building the BUC brand, supporting students who utilize the BUC, collaborating with campus partners, and working on long term data driven strategies. 

Christian Lozano Cuellar

Director, Diversity, Student Equity, and Interfaith Programs

Christian Lozano Cuellar joined SF State in July 2020, as Director of Diversity, Student Equity, and Interfaith Programs. The job portfolio includes: AB540 / Dream Resource Center, Interfaith Programs Unit, Latinx Student Services, and LGBTQIA+ Student Life. Prior to SF State, Christian served as Associate Director, Multicultural Affairs and Student Cultural Resource Centers at CSU Long Beach. Christian earned a Master of Education and Health Services degree at University of Dayton. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Indiana. Christian enjoys kayaking and spending time with his dog.

Dr. Arlene Daus-Magbual

Director - Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Student Services

Arlene Daus-Magbual, Ed.D. is the Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Student Services at San Francisco State University. She coordinates a broad range of services, programs and activities designed to support the access, academic achievement, social integration, persistence and graduation of AAPI and high-need target populations. She leads the efforts on campus in building AAPI Student Services at SFSU including our ASPIRE faculty and student learning communities.

Dr. Daus-Magbual brings more than 17 years of experience working effectively to support the academic success and social integration of AAPI students as the Executive Director for Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP). A service learning program that has created a “partnership triangle” between the university, public schools and the community to develop this counter-pipeline that produces critical educators and curriculum at all levels of education and in the community. She has trained and mentored graduate and undergraduate students from San Francisco State University and surrounding universities who are pursuing careers in education or community service grounded in social justice, equity, critical pedagogy, leadership development, teacher training and development, curriculum development, lesson planning and teaching.

She was an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Education graduate program teaching Asian Americans in Education, Methodologies of Educational Research, and Immigration and Forced Displacement. An instructor at San Francisco State University, College of Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies Department teaching Asian American Culture and Critical Thinking and in the Education Minor program Teaching in Action course.

Arlene holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California Riverside, a M.A. in Asian American Studies and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University and is currently Vice Chair for the Daly City Arts and Culture Commission.

She loves to create experiences that last a lifetime with her two children, Amianan and Razon and her husband Roderick.

Levalasi Loi-On

AA&PI Student Success Coordinator

Levalasi (Lasi) Loi-On is the Student Success Coordinator for AA&PI. She is a second-generation mixed Samoan who grew up moving between cities in California, Alaska and Arizona. As a Student Success Coordinator in AA&PI Student Services, she helps support students at SF State. Lasi graduated with a M.A in Ethnic Studies at SF State and her research focuses on Pacific Islanders within education and specifically looks at the impacts of Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies in San Francisco. One fun fact about Lasi is that she plays multiple instruments such as the cello, guitar and bass.


Briana M. Williams

Administrative Analyst/Specialist I, Division of Equity & Community Inclusion 

Briana is the Administrative Analyst/Specialist I for the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion. Briana is an alum of California State University East Bay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and an emphasis in Public Relations. Born in San Jose, California, she has been a Bay Area native her whole life. During her time at CSUEB, she worked with the planning committee for Black Student Union, as well as personal outreach in the East Bay community. Fun Fact: Briana loves Afro beats and reggae; she can dance all night long.

Staff Picture at Ethnic Studies Gala

Equity & Community Inclusion at the Ethnic Studies Gala