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
Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi
Central to Danny’s career has been a principle of that there is no such thing as a student at risk. Rather what in the environment compromises a student’s capacity to succeed. For more than 20 years, Danny has dedicated his professional career using this principle by providing personalized holistic student support to foster students’ success in all facets of their lives including personally, academically, and professionally. His campus career started at Wesleyan University as the inaugural dean for diversity and academic advancement and includes serving as a student affairs professional at two medical schools. In every role, his educational journey informs his approach to providing holistic student support. As an undergraduate student, Danny struggled academically. His grades were below par, but it was not due to his capability. Instead, social determinants of success affected his ability to perform at peak level. Individual characteristics such as fear of failure, unstable housing, limited financial resources, and confused inner health (i.e., lack of purpose and poor self-image in an academic setting) fueled his academic struggles. Had he received personalized holistic support to help him address each of these areas, his academic performance may have been very different. Through investment of mentors and family, Danny graduated and eventually found educational success as a graduate student. He continues to be inspired by those who believed in him and uses these experiences to inform his approach of providing student support and ensuring student success. Outside of work, Danny enjoys running, gardening, and traveling.
Fun fact: Danny loves bowling and dreams of one day bowling a 300 game.
Mariel De Paz Fernandez
Administrative Analyst/Specilaist II for Equity & Community Inclusion
Mariel (Maggie) is the Administrative Analyst/Specialist for the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion. She has been part of the SF State community for four years. Maggie is a recent SFSU Alumni, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Passionate about her community, she has worked at different non-profits in San Francisco focused on improving the community for immigrant families and students. Maggie has also worked with afterschool programs whose goal is to help first-generation students successfully transition to college. During her time at SF State Maggie has worked for different University programs and has been involved with different organizations.
Fun Fact: Maggie has played competitive soccer for more than 13 years.
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.
Jewish Student Life Coordinator
Sasha Joseph is the Jewish Student Life Coordinator for the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion. Sasha has worked in the Jewish non-profit world for over five years. Sasha is a University of Oklahoma Alumni, earning her Bachelors and Masters in Human Relations. Sasha was born in India and moved to Oklahoma when she was fourteen. Living as an immigrant and a minority in Oklahoma, sparked her passion for social justice. Sasha has mentored San Francisco State University students and is bringing that expertise to her new role. In her previous position, Sasha has hosted and revamped numerous Jewish Holiday programming and Shabbat experiences that reach the unique Bay Area Jewish populations. Sasha's passion is promoting the diversity of Jewish life, both in ensuring Queer students, Jews of Color, and Jews from multi-faith backgrounds feel welcome on campus. She believes in empowering students to bring their communities, whether Greek life, social justice, or diverse cultures into Jewish spaces. She is excited to work with students to help them navigate their Jewish identities and serve as an educational resource for the campus community.
Fun Fact: Sasha has hopes to one day be on The Amazing Race!
Some of our staff members at the Ethnic Studies Gala