Below you will find our team of staff members composing the Divsion.
Dr. Frederick Smith
Dr. Frederick Smith comes to SF State from 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 four novels, In Case You Forgot, Play It Forward, Right 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 Radio-Television Reporting and Anchoring 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
Dr. Arlene Daus-Magbual
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.
Aaron J. Miller
Aaron Joshua Miller is the Student Outreach Coordinator for the Black Unity Center. He is a native to northern California and graduated from San Jose State university with a B.A in Political Science & minor in Philosophy. During his time at SJSU he served as Associated Students President and supported the Student Outreach & Recruitment Office of Admissions. Aaron loves culture, comedy and authentic connections.
Fun Fact: He loves to sing and is still Beyonce’s greatest understudy.
Bucket Manyweather is the Student Engagement Specialist for the Black Unity Center. 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).
Briana M. Williams
Briana is the Administrative Analyst/Specialist I for the Black Unity Center. 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.
Zarina Kiziloglu graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences. After graduation, she worked as a Staff Researcher at UCSB Department of Marine Biology. Subsequently, she moved to Los Angeles and worked at UC Los Angeles in the Department of Pharmacology and Nuclear Medicine as an Assistant Specialist. Later, she became a licensed real estate agent and helped many families with their dreams of owning a home. More recently, she volunteered with the International Rescue Committee in Oakland in the resettlement of refugees as well as at the Muslim Community Center of the East Bay (MCC East Bay), later serving there as a board member. Currently, she is a Housing Commissioner for the City of Pleasanton and on the Steering Committee for Tri-Valley Anti-Poverty Collaborative. She is an avid advocate of affordable and low-income housing in the Bay Area and is involved with Genesis of Oakland and Genesis of Tri-Valley. Zarina is currently working towards a degree in Master's in Public Administration at Cal State East Bay.
Equity & Community Inclusion at the Ethnic Studies Gala