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Advisory Board

Dr. Meeta Banerjee, Psychology

Meeta Banerjee


Meeta Banerjee, , MSW, PH.D., Psychology

Phone: 818-677-7974
Office: ST 304
Email: meeta.banerjee@csun.edu

Meeta Banerjee is a currently an assistant professor in Psychology at California State University, Northridge. Recently, she was an NIH minority fellow working in the Achievement Research Lab with Dr. Eccles. She was also a Pathways to Adulthood postdoctoral fellow, which is an international postdoctoral fellowship program investigating youth development.

Meeta is a native of Flint, Michigan and received her B.A. in Psychology; her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan; and her Ph.D. in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University
in 2012. Her research employs both integrative and ecological frameworks to understand the influence of contextual factors on early and late adolescent developmental trajectories in ethnic minority families. She is especially interested in exploring the interaction between ecological contexts (e.g., schools, families, neighborhoods, racial discrimination, and communities) and racial socialization practices and processes. Moreover, Meeta investigates how these factors are both directly and indirectly related to mental health and educational outcomes in ethnic minority youth.

Allison Dormanesh, DHIAA Research Assistant

Allison DormaneshAllison Dormanesh, DHIAA Research Assistant

Allison is currently the research assistant for Dr. Hackett at California State University, Northridge and is currently working on researched-based projects surrounding health disparities, specifically the health of men of color, as well as projects exploring women in non-profits.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 2017. In addition to participating in biochemistry research and volunteering at a free clinic in San Luis Obispo, during her undergrad she completed all pre-medical requisites. The combination of a curriculum focusing on both social activism and a scientific and health background has given her insight on both medical education and the impact of institutional racism in health-care.

These two areas have fueled her passion in learning how the education system itself has served to maintain racism within healthcare. Her senior project as an Ethnic Studies student evaluated ways in which historical racism and lack of it in pre-medical curriculum shapes future health professionals and results in negative medical treatment of underrepresented groups. She learned early on as a pre-medical student that the role of a physician extends much further than just a science background.

In the upcoming year Allison will be applying to a series of health-related programs including D.O and M.D programs for medical school, as well as graduate programs in public health. Her primary goal is to become a primary care physician, a decision heavily influenced by her Ethnic Studies coursework and desire to use her knowledge to create change in underserved communities. As someone who wants to be apart of social change, she wants to continue to perform research that will benefit underserved groups, while using her understandings of the intersections of race, class, and medicine.

Dr. Marquita Gammage, Africana Studies

Melissa Giles, Student Housing and Conference Services

Melissa Giles, Housing and Conference Services


Melissa Giles, Associate Director for Residential Life, Student Housing and Conference Services

Phone: 818-677-6116
Office: UP 6

Melissa Giles is currently the Associate Director for Residential Life at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She has over twenty years of experience in Residential Life, University Housing, and social justice education and consulting. Prior to California State University, Northridge, Ms. Giles served as the Associate Director for Residential Life at Wright State University as well as a private consultant around issues of social justice.

During her time at California State University, Northridge she has completed numerous learning outcome and assessment projects, participated in the planning, design and opening of new residential buildings designed specifically to impact freshman student success and engagement, created partnerships with academic affairs such as multiple, successful living learning communities, developmental math interventions, a residential academic mentor program, and other various student retention and persistence initiatives.

Her professional skills include facilitation of social justice education, learning outcomes and assessment, organizational change and restructuring, high level conflict mediation, mental health counseling and crisis management in higher education and building student and academic affairs partnerships.

Ms. Giles is a member of ACPA - College Student Personnel Administrators International and has served on the annual conference planning committee as a co-chair of the Access Committee for Persons with Disabilities; Member of the Pre-conference Workshop Planning Committee; and Sponsorship Coordinator for the Commission for Social Justice Educators. She is also active in WACUHO (Western Association of College and University Housing Officers) most recently serving as a Co-chair for the Annual Conference Programs Committee.  She previously served the GLACUHO (Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers) region as Chair of the Committee for Social Justice (now the Inclusion and Equity Committee), a committee that she helped to create. She has presented numerous workshops for regional and national meetings at ACUHO-I, GLACUHO, WACUHO, and ACPA.

Ms. Giles holds a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a BA in Communications/Advertising from  DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Aimee Glocke, Africana Studies

Aimee Glocke, Africana Studies


Dr. Aimee Glocke, Africana Studies



Rashawn Green, Learning Resource Center

Rashawn Green, Learning Resouce Center


Rashawn Green, Learning Resource Center

Phone: 818-677-2033
Office: OV 300

Rashawn Green is the Director for the Learning Resource Center at California State University, Northridge where she has been making contributions to the university for over 20 years. 

As an alumna of the University, earning both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies degrees, she is in a unique position in understanding how to balance university protocol with student needs.

Rashawn is an active member of the Matador family and serves on several boards and committees on campus.  She is part of the emancipated foster youth Resilient Scholars Program; the Teaching Learning Group, who launched the Five Gears for Activating Learning: Researched-Based Principles for Teaching and Learning;and the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam Advisory Board to name a few.  She is also a founding executive board member of the Black Alumni Association and serves as its treasurer and liaison to the Black Graduation Committee.

In addition to her work on campus, she is very active with community based organizations and associations.  She is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Rashawn spends her limited free time with her husband of over 17 years and her two children who are the motivation behind all of the extraordinary work she has done for so many years.

Raymond A. Juárez, Associated Students, UCLA

Raymond A. JuárezRaymond A. Juárez, Student Union Division Manager

Associated Students, University of California, Los Angeles
Address: 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 206-0833
Email: rjuarez@asucla.ucla.edu

Raymond A. Juárez is currently the Student Union Division Manager for Associated Students, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has over twenty years of experience in college union/student activities and academic advising field. Prior to University of California, Los Angeles Mr. Juarez graduated and served as the Satellite Operations Manager at California State University, Northridge.

During his time at California State University, Northridge he taught graduate level courses within the Educational Psychology department focusing on student development theory and work role vocational identity. He is a community builder who has extensive experience in programing and operations for the University Student Union, Inc.

His professional skills include training and development, organizational management, systems analysis, and group facilitation.

Mr. Juarez is a member of ACUI – Association of College Unions International and has served on several leadership and professional conference committees. He is also active in ISSA, a professional organization focusing on sustainable opportunities in facilities management.

Mr. Juarez holds a Master of Science Degree in Recreation Administration and Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. He attained an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California.

Dr. Raquel Kennon, Africana Studies

Raquel Kennon, Africana Studies


Dr. Raquel Kennon, Africana Studies


Shanté Morgan-Durisseau, Black Alumni Association

Shanté Morgan-Durisseau


Shanté Morgan-Durisseau, Black Alumni Association

Phone: 818-677-6288
Office: UN 110

Shanté Morgan-Durisseau has worked as a journalist, reporting on issues ranging from Hollywood typecasting to urban sprawl, for more than 20 years. She is currently a managing editor at California State University, Northridge and owner of Morgan Communications. She is the former editor of Turning Point magazine and worked as a reporter at several publications including Copley News Service, the Daily News and the Pasadena Star-News. She has also taught journalism at California State University, Northridge and California Lutheran University.

Ms. Morgan-Durisseau has a master’s degree from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. She graduated in 1990 from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Afro-American Studies. She is the first African-American woman to chair the Ventura County Commission for Women. She served as co-chair of the commission’s study on the Status of Women and Girls, the first comprehensive examination of this constituency in the county’s history.

She is an appointee to the Ventura County Women’s Economic Roundtable, a countywide group focused on empowerment. She is president of the CSUN Black Alumni Association, which she helped charter in 2011. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the largest African-American sorority in the nation, including serving as a member of the National Information and Communications Committee, Farwest Regional Journalist and the immediate past president of the Ventura County Alumnae Chapter. She is also a member of Simi Valley AAUW, Ventura County branch of NAACP and the Ventura County Women’s Political Council.

She has received numerous awards both professionally and for her civic involvement including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Award of Excellence for CSUN’s external publication, the California Newspaper Publishers Association Award, the James S. Copley Ring of Truth Award, Simi Valley Community Council Award, Xi Kappa Omega Chapter of AKA Legacy Award and the CSUN Volunteer Service Award.

She has two children and is a resident of Moorpark, Calif.

Robert.D.Park Academic Advisor

Robert D. ParkRobert.D.Park, Academic Advisor

Phone: (818) 677-2658 or (818) 677-2952
Office: SH 306E

Robert is a staff member at the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Student Services Center, where he is the academic advisor for the Psychology department. Robert has been with the CSBS-SSC for over 10 years, holding a variety of roles from student assistant, graduate intern, assistant coordinator (A.G.E. program), and academic advisor. Mr. Park received both his B.A. & M.S. degrees from CSUN. His Bachelor' degree is in Sociology Option IV: Interviewing & Counseling and his Master's degree is from the department of Education Psychology & Counseling, Option: College Counseling & Student Services. He is currently working towards achieving a Career Counseling Certification. Robert is passionate about working with college students and draws from his personal experiences, educational knowledge and professional skills to support students in following their dreams.

Dr. Theresa White, Africana Studies

Theresa White, Africana Studies


Dr. Theresa White, Africana Studies

Phone: 818-677-6136
Office: SN 217


Vanessa Villavicencio, College of Education

Vanessa VillavicencioVanessa Villavicencio, Graduate Student Recruitment Coordinator, College of Education

Phone: (818) 677-7448
Office: ED 3121
Email: vanessa.villavicencio@csun.edu

Vanessa Villavicencio is currently the Recruitment Officer in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Vanessa has over 5 years of experience in student recruitment and outreach and joined the university in 2014. Vanessa is passionate about the recruitment of future educators and due to her commitment to the field, she is active in contributing to grant submissions that can provide scholarship opportunities to prospective teachers. Additionally, Vanessa is active in the education community and represents CSUN in the Los Angeles Regional Network for Teacher Credentialing.

Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Arts in Sociology from Humboldt State University. During her time as a student, Vanessa served as President of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, Humboldt Chapter. This club held various Know Your Rights Trainings that taught students and the community how to interact with law enforcement while protecting their rights. As president, Vanessa also hosted prominent activists and writers such as Malik Rahim, Chief Oren Lyons and Raj Patel to speak about their work in creating more justice for the communities they serve.

In Vanessa’s free time, she is an active runner and recently completed the Los Angeles Marathon as a charity runner for CSUN’s Strength United.