Lasana O. Hotep - Bio

Lasana O. Hotep, Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

As UC Berkeley’s Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Lasana O. Hotep leads a dynamic team through the development of high-quality professional learning experiences for staff employees, the production and dissemination of useful tools, strategic consultation advising, and substantive partnerships. At UC Berkeley he also serves on the Becoming An Antiracist Camus (BAAC) committee. During his time at UC Berkeley, Lasana has emphasized the creation of a workplace where all employees have the capacity, comfort, and agency to be their authentic selves at work every day.

For over 15 years, Lasana has worked in major research universities, two-year colleges and as a consultant to educational and corporate entities addressing issues at the intersection of identity and organizational success. Lasana’s broad leadership experience spans educational and administrative arenas  including his service as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Estrella Mountain Community College (Avondale, AZ), Dean of Special Programs and Grants at Merritt College (Oakland, CA), the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Equity for the Peralta Community College District (Oakland, CA) and the inaugural Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs (SESP) at Skyline College (San Bruno, California). In 2020,  Lasana became the inaugural director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at the University of California, Berkeley. 

As an educator, Lasana has delivered talks throughout the United States and internationally in Beijing, China and Accra, Ghana (West Africa). Lasana is published in edited volumes including; African American Men in College (Jossey-Bass, 2006), The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life (Atira/Simon Simon & Schuster, 2008), and is co-author of Minding the Obligation Gap: Striving for Equity in Community Colleges and Beyond

In a recent role, Lasana served as the founding Executive Director of the Equity Institute at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. There, Lasana created and led a team in the development and facilitation of Equity Academies that provide team-centered professional development experiences for educational and corporate professionals interested in becoming more culturally fluent and equity-advancing within their organizations.Lasana is the proud co-founder of the African American Men of Arizona State University (AAMASU) program, the founding program coordinator for ASU's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) and the founding Executive Director of the Equity Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lasana’s passion is to develop and support student-ready, equity-minded, and transformative educational professionals.

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