(going from top row, left to right; middle row, left to right; bottom row, left to right).
Dr. Frederick Smith
Dr. Frederick Smith serves as Assistant 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 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 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.
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).
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
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
Briana is the Administrative Analyst/Specialist I for the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion and 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.
Equity & Community Inclusion at the Ethnic Studies Gala