Dubois-Hamer Institute

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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.

Dr. Marquita Gammage, Africana Studies

Marquita Pellerin

Dr. Marquita Gammage, Africana Studies

Phone: (818) 677-3112
Office: SN 212


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.

Monicka Guevara, Social Work

Monicka GuevaraMonicka Guevara

Phone: 818-677-3591
Office: SH 107
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Monicka's passion for teaching and for social justice has been a powerful force in her personal and professional life. For the past seven years, she has taught in the MSW Program, Sociology Department and Academic First Year Experience. She is a recipient of two Community Engagement grants and serves as U100 Instructor for CSUN's Bridge to the Future Scholars. She participates in the Institutes for Transformative Teaching and E-Learning Essential Tools and she facilitates the MCCAMC's Faculty Learning Community (2018-19). She is honored to be part of the DuBois-Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement.

As a PhD student in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, Monicka concentrated her studies and research on Cultural Competency (history, implementation and effectiveness). Her MSW is from Catholic University and her BA from the University of Maryland. As a certified interpreter she worked in the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Monicka brings 15 years of experience in the areas of development, management, and evaluation of linguistically and culturally appropriate public health and social welfare programs at the national, state, and community level. She also brings extensive experience in the area of community engagement through her leadership positions in the Santa Monica-Malibu District PTA and English Learners Advisory Council (ELAC) Boards. As the first Latina President in her son's elementary school, Monicka increased PTA participation of Latino, African American, and Special Education parents. Through her community engagement she also designed and implemented a volunteer program serving elementary schools that included Santa Monica College Students and retired professionals. Monicka has worked as a facilitator and trainer with National Conference on Community and Justice (NCCJ), California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) and Aspire.

Dr. Allen Lipscomb, Social Work

Allen LipscombDr. Allen Eugene Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW

Phone: 818-677-7630
Office: Sierra Tower 204
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Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. Dr. Lipscomb received his doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) with a clinical emphasis in marriage, family and child psychotherapy from Ryokan College and his master of social work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. Upon completing his doctorate, he earned a certification in mixed-methods community based research from the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb studied diversity and inclusion practices for human resources within organizations through Cornell University; earning a certification from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell.  Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth and families of color.

His areas of research are centered on the psychiatric epidemiology among racialized and marginalized individuals who have experienced trauma (i.e. complex trauma, traumatic-grief and race-based trauma). Specifically, Dr. Lipscomb has conducted qualitative research studies on racialized Black identified men across the Black/African Diaspora exploring their grief, loss and complex-trauma experiences.

His pedagogy is centered on cultural anti-oppressive and clinically-responsive practices with consumers.  Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local and national trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote/motivational speaker. Dr. Lipscomb is an author and published his first book titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment in 2016.

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