Susan Okamoto Lane, MEd
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.
Interim Assistant Director of Multi-Ethnic Programs
Serena believes that education is a lifelong process of transformation. As an educator, she is committed to empowering students to embrace their own identities, build life-giving communities, and practice active humility and grace. Her vision for students is that they would develop into critical thinkers, empathic listeners, kindness extenders, rooted connecters, active protectors, humility seekers, humor speakers, lifelong learners, and resilient leaders.
Our Offices are located on the second floor of the Student Union Building (SUB) in room 223.
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