Lasana O. Hotep is an educator and entrepreneur committed to developing strategic and practical solutions to address systemic inequities in education and society at large. For over 15 years, he has worked at large research universities, two year colleges and as a consultant to educational and corporate entities in addressing issues of race, gender and social justice and their impact on organizational success.
He has the distinguished honor of being 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 has served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Estrella Mountain Community College (Avaondale, 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). As the Dean of SESP at Skyline, he developed and implemented the award-winning Equity Training Series (ETS) professional development experience for faculty, staff and administrators.
Lasana has documented his insights and perspectives in essays published in the edited volumes; 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 the forthcoming, Minding the Obligation Gap: Striving for Equity in Community Colleges and Beyond (Peter Lang, 2020).
As a lecturer he has delivered talks throughout the United States and internationally in Beijing, China and Accra, Ghana (West Africa). Lasana currently serves as the founding Executive Director of the Equity Institute at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. In this role, Lasana created and oversees 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.