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.
Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Programs
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.
MEP Doctoral Intern
Jacob joins the MEP staff as a doctoral intern as he pursues an EdD in higher education leadership at Azusa Pacific University. His current research interest is increasing student success for men of color, specifically Latino men. Jacob believes deeply in the transformative power of mentorship, and he's excited to bring his passion and experience to his work at SPU
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