Lasana O. Hotep
Lasana Omar Hotep is an educator, strategist and entrepreneur. His areas of expertise include the Black Freedom Movement, Hip-Hop History, and Black/Latino Male Student Success. One of his most notable accomplishments is the co-founding of the African American Men of Arizona State University (AAMASU) program. As a thought leader in the arena of cultural education, he has delivered lectures, workshops, and served on panels at over 100 colleges and universities. Hotep has published essays in several books including, "The State of Black Arizona" and "The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life."
Hotep works diligently to create rewarding opportunities for students from various backgrounds and is committed to establishing harmonious human relationships amongst the many communities he has the privilege to serve. At the founding of Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) in 2011, Hotep was the CSRD’s first program coordinator and is now a member of its Advisory Board. As an entrepreneur, he is the co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer for MyClickUrban.com, a mobile app and website connecting people to events across the nation. As an education professional, Hotep currently serves as the Dean of Student Success and Equity for the Peralta Community College District in Oakland, California.
Lasana O. Hotep will join Jeff Chang for a discussion and will moderate the questions/answer session.
The Hip Hop Generation - Special Session
A poet, writer, teaching artist, and community activist, Tomas Stanton is a teaching-artist dedicated to advancing the arts of spoken word and hip hop as a platform for youth development and civic engagement. Co-founder of Phoenix’s premiere youth spoken word ensemble, Phonetic Spit, Stanton uses hip hop pedagogy to inspire youth to boldly express themselves through poetry, dance, and theater. His work and teaching style is rooted in his childhood experiences of poverty and a single parent household, political issues, identity, and love. Tomas has over 10 years experience in youth development and currently works across the Phoenix valley creating safe spaces for youth to express themselves through spoken word.
Tomas Stanton will serve as the emcee for the Hip Hop Generation.
Joanne L. Rondilla, Ph.D.
Dr. Joanne L. Rondilla is a program lecturer in Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University where she has taught courses including Asian Pacific Americans and Media, Immigrant Women, and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. and the diaspora. Currently, she is designing a course that focuses on Hello Kitty and the globalization of Asian pop culture. Recently, she was awarded the 2015 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Lecturer Award.
Currently, Dr. Rondilla is working on her manuscript, “Colonial Faces: Beauty and Skin Color Hierarchy in the Philippines and the U.S.,” a project that explores how perceptions of beauty, skin color hierarchy, the globalization of beauty standards, and the ongoing colonial relationship between the Philippines and the U.S. are related. She is also organizing smaller projects, including one that examines Asian American masculinity and pop culture by analyzing the character of Glenn Rhee in “The Walking Dead” series.
Born and raised in Dededo, Guam, Dr. Rondilla considers the San Francisco Bay area her other home. She received her Ph.D. in ethnic studies at University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Joanne Rondilla, along with Dr. Rudy Guevarra Jr., will join Jeff Chang for a discussion about the Hip Hop Generation.
Rudy Guevarra Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Rudy Guevarra Jr., a self-identified “Mexipino,” was born and raised in San Diego, California. He earned a doctorate in history from University of California at Santa where he began the research that led to his book, "Becoming Mexipino," which traces the earliest interactions between Mexicans and Filipinos through Spanish colonialism and how these historical, social and cultural bonds laid the foundation for their interethnic relationships and communities in San Diego during the twentieth century.
His most recent research and book project, “Aloha Compadre: Latina/os in Hawai'i, 1832-2010,” examines historical and contemporary migrations of Latina/os to the Hawaiian Islands and explores how their experiences have both contributed to and are being shaped by current interethnic, cultural and labor relations, and immigration politics in Hawai'i. He has also co-edited “Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race Across the Geohistorical Divide” and “Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific.”
Currently, Dr. Guevarra serves as an associate professor in Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University where he teaches courses including the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Introduction to Ethnic Studies in the U.S.
Dr. Rudy Guevarra Jr., along with Dr. Joanne Rondilla, will join Jeff Chang for a discussion about the Hip Hop Generation.