Below is the newly appointed team that will build this new division, in partnership with students, faculty, staff and administrators across all cabinet areas. They are listed in order of their starting date.
Dr. Serie McDougal, III
Dr. Serie McDougal, III, will begin as the Director of the Black Unity Center (interim) on Thursday, August 17th. Dr. McDougal is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies, in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. He is the former chair of the Department of Africana Studies. He received his BS in Sociology from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Additionally, Dr. McDougal earned an MA in Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Albany, NY, and a PhD in African American Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. McDougal is also the co-director of the Afrometrics Research Institute. He will bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, dedication and personal commitment to this new role. It should be noted that Dr. McDougal served as an integral member of the work group that met during AY 2016-17 and developed the concept proposal and plan for establishing a Black Unity Center at SF State.
Aimée Zenzele Barnes
Aimée Zenzele Barnes will begin as the Director of Diversity & Student Equity (interim) on Friday, August 18th. Ms. Barnes has served as the Interim Executive Director of Associated Students at SF State since December 2014. Ms. Barnes received her BA degree in Economics and Black Studies and a MA in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University. Her research focused on the relationship between the racial identity development of African American Men and their involvement in campus student organizations.
Aimee’s affinity for student affairs has grown over the last 18 years in auxiliary services, during which she has served as the Program Development Officer, the first Director of the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, and Assistant Director of Program Services for the Cesar Chavez Student Center. In addition, she has served on a variety of community-based boards of directors, including the SF Black Coalition on AIDS (Rafiki Wellness Center) and the SF CARE Council. Her various roles in working with students has fostered a deep understanding of the vital role shared governance plays in promoting inclusivity in higher education.
Dr. Manuel Alejandro Pérez
Dr. Manuel Alejandro Pérez will begin as the Assistant Vice President for Equity & Community Inclusion (interim) on Wednesday, September 13th. He identifies as a queer Xicanx, native Spanish-speaker, Sacramento native who comes from a Mexican migrant and immigrant background. Manuel has committed over 15 years of service and work experience to different areas of the CSU, UC, community college, and private university systems of higher education in California. Most recently, Manuel has served as the Dean of Equity Programs & Pathways at American River College in Sacramento. In this role, he has supported the efforts of equity, access, and support services and programs for disproportionately impacted communities for more than eight years.
A Los Rios Community College transfer student, Manuel received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Santa Clara University, and his Master’s degree in Communication Studies from San Diego State University. In May 2017, Manuel completed his doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco in International & Multicultural Education. Within the Sacramento community, Manuel is the Co-Artistic Director for Grupo Folklórico Los Alteños, a non-profit organization and Mexican folklórico dance company. He has nearly 25 years of experience as a dancer.