Susan Okamoto Lane, M.Ed.
Dean of Multi-Ethnic and Wellness Programs
With more than 25 years experience at Seattle Pacific University,, Susan is someone who has seen big changes, including a commitment to increasing the ethnic diversity of students and that every student, faculty, and staff member would engage in increasing our understanding of what it means to be reconciled to God and to one another.
Susan has been described as the “iron fist in the velvet glove,” as someone who “builds things to last,” and is becoming known on campus for her great story about inviting the Black Panthers to her high school. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, a master’s of education degree from Lewis and Clark College, and a graduate diploma in Christian studies from Regent College.
Virma DizonIntern, Multi-Ethnic Programs
Virma was born and raised in Lakewood, Washington. She is a 2014 SPU graduate and earned a BA in international business and communications (double major). Virma’s student leadership included President of Mosaic club, Vice President of ACF (After Choir Flavá), a member of SALSA and BSU, an Early Connections Welcome Team leader, and a part of SPIRIT (Seattle Pacific Intercultural Recruitment Intern Team) in Admissions. Fall quarter of her junior year, Virma studied abroad in Chengdu, China. Virma is excited to return to SPU as a staff member to work with students and to serve as a resource across campus.
Emmanuel MancillaMulti Ethnic Programs Intern
Emmanuel is a Pacific Northwesterner born and raised in the city of Tacoma. He is a 2014 graduate from Seattle Pacific University with a major in sociology and minor in reconciliation studies. Emmanuel was the first ASSP Vice President of Intercultural Affairs, the President of SALSA club, and a member of the team planning SPU’s first Reconciliation Summit, in addition to many other student leadership activities. His hope is that his experiences this year can give him a better understanding of the student affairs profession.
Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Programs - COMING IN SEPTEMBER!
Serena Manzo graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from Azusa Pacific University. She has taught and traveled all over the world. From South America to South Korea to South Central Los Angeles, she has supported students from all walks life. Currently pursuing her Master of Education in Student Development Administration at Seattle University, Serena is thrilled to follow her passion for student growth and development, diversity and global perspectives, and higher education at Seattle Pacific University.
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