Multi-Ethnic Programs
3307 Third Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-281-2598
Fax: 206-281-2333

Multi-Ethnic Programs


Susan Okamoto LaneSusan 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.



Serena Manzo

Serena Manzo

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.



Lauren Mendez-Thomas

Lauren Mendez-Thomas

Interim Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Programs

Lauren graduated from SPU in spring 2018 with her master’s of education in school counseling. She is passionate about building connections with students and providing space for student identity development and goal setting. She believes in providing positive feedback and walking alongside students with huminity, encouragement, and laughter. Lauren loves tea, books, and spending time with students. Her vision for students is that they will develop into change makers with a strong sense of community, empathy, and hope.


Second floor of the Student Union Building (SUB) in room 223.



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