department menu

Speaker Bios

About The Speakers

Cecili Chadwick

Cecili Chadwick earned a B.A. in Communication and Women’s Studies and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Claremont Graduate University. Currently, Cecili is a full-time lecturer for the Women’s Studies department at CSUSM. She is involved in the campus community by giving talks on a variety of issues related to social justice including disability, intersectional feminism, freedom of speech, identity politics, reproductive rights, and the gendered landscapes of political campaigns. Cecili also regularly gives presentations to fraternities and sororities raising awareness about violence against women. Cecili is also a faculty fellow in the Office of Inclusive Excellence working on Title IX and the current faculty advisor for the Sigma Chi fraternity.

Anya Cloud

Originally from rural Alaska, Anya is based in California, US. She dances, make dances, and teaches dance in multiple contexts. Collaboration is central to her artistic practice. Anya believes in dancing with the bodies that we have in order to cultivate radical aliveness. She utilizes dance a practice of activism and responsible citizenship. Her choreographic work has been produced across the US. Additionally, Anya has worked with and/or performed for Sara Shelton Mann, Jane Comfort, Karen Nelson, Yolande Snaith, Leslie Seiters, Eric Geiger, Kristianne Salcines, Karen Schaffman, Nancy Stark Smith, and Ishmael Houston-Jones among others. She teaches/facilitates Contact Improvisation, improvisation, and contemporary dance nationally and internationally at festivals and institutions. In addition to making dances and performing, Anya teaches as a Lecturer in Dance Studies at California State University San Marcos, is in the Feldenkrais Method® Training program, and independently organizes and produces dance in San Diego. Anya holds an MFA from UC San Diego.

Closing Speaker: Dr. Sharon Elise

Sharon Elise, Ph.D. joined the the faculty of CSUSM as Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Spring of 1994. Her teaching and research center on her interests in critical race studies, Black Studies, Black feminism, Intersectionality, women of color and sociopoetics.  She has been active in the university and in her discipline, and has held leadership positions in her department, college, academic senate, faculty union, and professional organizations.  Dr. Elise continues to serve as Sociology Department Chair (since Fall 2012). 

Dean Jennifer Fabbi

Dr. Jennifer Fabbi began her tenure as Dean of the University Library at California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) in August 2014. Dr. Fabbi has a 19-year career as a librarian and educator, serving in several administrative and faculty positions. She has a Ph.D. in higher education leadership from UNLV, a Master of Arts in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UNLV.

Michelle Hunt

Michelle Hunt, Esq. is the Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs at California State University San Marcos.   Michelle has been with CSUSM for almost ten years, managing a wide variety of matters including: hiring, collective bargaining, Retention, Tenure and Promotion, policy compliance and labor relations.  She provides campus-wide training on diversity and intercultural competence.  Prior to moving into academia, Michelle spent her career in law, representing a number of Fortune 500 companies.  Michelle earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a BA in American Studies and Specialization in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.


Floyd Lai

Floyd Lai is the Associate Director of Multicultural Programs in Student Life & Leadership at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). In his sixth year since coming to CSUSM, Floyd directs the Cross-Cultural Center in providing multicultural programming focused on advocacy and activism, developing multicultural competency, critical engagement across social identity groups, and retention of underrepresented and underserved students. Along with other colleagues, he coordinates and facilitates the annual Social Justice Summit and presents workshops on diversity and leadership on campus. Prior to CSUSM, he has worked in higher education for over 17 years, first at Alliant International University and later at his alma mater, the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He received his Master of Education in the Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program at the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering at UCI. An active member of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, he has a keen interest in the next generation of student leaders interested in pursuing a career in the field of student affairs.

Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Joe-Joe Mcmanus

Dr. Joe-Joe McManus earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University. He currently  serves as the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). He began addressing racism and other forms of oppression as a student activist in high school and college, which led to a career focused on educational access, equity, and inclusion. Dr. McManus’ experience includes faculty, staff and administration roles, having served at an HBCU, an Ivy League institution, a major urban university system, a religious college, and an international university. An educational innovator, Dr. McManus has lectured, served on panels, presented, and consulted in the U.S. and internationally for nearly three decades. Notably, Dr. McManus, was a member of the inaugural cohort of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Standards of Professional Practice Institute, and is currently serving on the NADOHE President’s Task Group on Charlottesville. His current Board service includes the Diversity Collegium and E3: Education, Excellence & Equity. He also serves as an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB), and as a member of the Diversity Community Exchange (DiCE) Group for which he edited the book, The Diversity Calling.

Dr. Raj Moon

Dreama Moon holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication from Arizona State University, an M.A. in Human Relations and Organizational Development, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice. She teaches a variety of courses in the Department of Communication and is deeply committed to issues of social justice. Currently, she serves as Faculty Director for Inclusive Excellence for the campus.

Dr. Raj Pillai

Dr. Rajnandini “Raj” Pillai is a Professor of Management at CSUSM. She received her doctorate in 1994 from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Organizational Behavior. Her dissertation focused on the contextual factors that facilitate or retard the emergence of charismatic leadership. Her areas of teaching and research interest are leadership, organizational justice, and cross-cultural management. 

Dr. Karen Shaffman

Karen Schaffman, Ph.D. is Professor and Program Director of Dance Studies at CSUSM. Dance Studies fosters a keen sensitivity for diverse perspectives and inclusivity: Dance is more than just the steps. Dance is for every body. For me, dance is a transgressive force for self-awareness and political change. By nature collaborative and personal, I have experienced  and witnessed dance as both both socially and individually transformative. As a dance artist, somatic practitioner (certified in The Feldenkrais Method®), writer, and curator,  I strive to teach, perform, and present artists who illuminate such values of embodiment.  

Keynote:Dr. Thersa C. Suarez 

Dr. Theresa C. Suarez is an Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University San Marcos. Professor Suarez earned a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego in 2008, and an MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA in 1997.  Dr. Suarez’s research is broadly concentrated on the racialized militarization of gender, family, and migration in the Pacific. Her academic specializations include:

  • Asian American Studies
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Filipino American Studies
  • Gender, Family, & Migration
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Transnational Studies
  • U.S. Militarization in the Pacific

 At CSUSM, Dr. Suarez teaches courses focused on Inequalities, Qualitative Methods, Race & Ethnic Relations, Race & Identity and Advanced Seminars in Sociological Research and Community Service.

Marianne Wall 

Marianne Wall is the Director of Human Resource Services and began her career with CSUSM in 2007.  Prior to CSUSM, she worked in the private sector as an HR Manager and Generalist specializing in the areas of recruitment, compensation and employee development.  Marianne holds a B.A. in Sociology from CSUSM, an M.B.A. from CSUSM, and several Human Resources professional certifications.