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Dr. James Sauceda

Dr. James Manseau Sauceda, Director

" The truth is...most of us have never really been Listened to - I mean heard in our "secret" selves-or seen with our authentic faces on. It's so much easier to withdraw isn't it? To wear masks. Fake people out with our fancy footwork. Yeah, you know, to keep strangers as strangers for whatever reason--Their skin color, age, sexual orientation, you name it--Well, my new friends, let's listen with a fresh Listen. The better truth is there's a remarkable and Radiant Rainbow of differences in our country, in our state, in our local communities, on our campus's and workplaces. There's a vivid color of spectrum of experience, of feeling, and of need. Now, I admit, dealing with our differences is uncomfortable, we get threatened and suspicious. But, if we dare to truly Listen without judgment, with hearts Open, with the trust of a child, defenses down - Then the voices we'll hear will sound familiar and even reassuring. "


James Steven Manseau Sauceda, a third generation Mexican American, is a native son of Los Angeles.  Born in 1952, he grew up and attended schools in Compton, California.  He received his B.A. Degree in Speech Communication from CSULB, being honored as his department's top graduate in 1974.  His Masters Degree, also from CSULB, included international study in London, Dublin, and Wales.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1976.  For his doctorate in Communication Arts and Sciences, he attended the University of Southern California.   He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1980.  Currently, Dr. Manseau Sauceda is a Professor in Communication Studies at CSULB.

Dr. Manseau Sauceda's background in multiculturalism, intercultural communication, and international education is far reaching and varied.  He has taught courses in Ethnic Studies at USC, the California School of Professional Psychology, and CSULB.  His published work has appeared in the prestigious text Intercultural Communication: A Reader (edited by Samovar and Porter), and he has written a second monograph for the Reader's 9th edition.  Dr. Manseau Sauceda is completing a major work, Communicating Across The Cultural Divide: Understanding and Experiencing a Multicultural America.  Additionally, Dr. Manseau Sauceda has presented many scholarly papers and professional workshops, including those for the annual conventions of the International Communication Association, the Western States Communication Association, the East meets West Conference, the Association of International Educators, the Speech Communication Association, among others.

Dr. Manseau Sauceda facilitated and created the curriculum for the pilot program Latino Leadership Academy in the fall of 2010. The program will continue with various faculty and student facilitators as it moves forward.

Dr. Manseau Sauceda continues to pursue his creative writing projects.  His play, Magic Kit, took a top prize in the National Chicano Literary Competition.  Furthermore, he has completed writing 'Hey Zeus' his second original screenplay, (a project in which he also composed the musical score.)  In addition, Dr. Manseau Sauceda is a poet who has performed his work throughout the greater Los Angeles area.  His poetry has been translated into Spanish and is featured in an anthology published in Mexico; Nueva Poesia de Los Angeles, Universidad De Guadalajara, 1994.

Finally, Dr. Manseau Sauceda is in demand nationally as a speaker.  He has been Keynote and Plenary speaker for the United Nations Association, the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), the California Association for Counseling and Development, the California Cooperative Education Association, TESOL, the Honor Society for International Scholars (Phi Beta Delta), Summer Bridge and Minority Engineering Programs, Hispanic Youth Leadership Conferences to name but a few engagements.  Dr. Manseau Sauceda is also available for Multicultural/Intercultural Communication Consulting and Workshops tailored to the needs of students, faculty and staff, as well as companies in the private sector.

Dr. Manseau Sauceda is the founding director of the Multicultural Center at California State University, Long Beach.  He is also the founder and director of "The Rainbow Voices," a multicultural theater troupe which brought issues of diversity to elementary, middle, high school, and college campuses.  The Rainbow Voices brought their message of acceptance to over 60,000 students nationwide.

Cynthia Schultheis, Assistant to the Director

Cynthia Schultheis

Cynthia Schultheis, is celebrating her 15th year at the Multicultural Center as the Assistant to the Director. Cynthia is an alumna of CSULB where she earned her B.A. in American Studies with an emphasis in Comparative Cultures in 1991. Shethen continuted on and earned her M.A. in 1994 in U.S. History, with a minor in U.S. Women's History. She taught U.S. History, U.S. Women's History, and Comparative Cultures at local community colleges for 6 years before coming back permanently to CSULB in 2002.

Cynthia is currently a reader for the Writing Proficiency Exams. She did instruct University 100, orientation course for freshmen students until that program was ended. She has been working and studying ("The truly educated never graduate") on campus since 1988, starting as a student asst., then as a graduate assistant and supplemental Instructor in the department of History. While a lecturer, she also held temporary positions on campus. Collectively, Cynthia has worked in 15 departments and can be a walking resource for students.

She has been doing research into Social Perspectives of Disability in History, and planning on submitting a monograph to the Department. of History, which does not cover any of the history in it's curriculum thus far.. She also has been compiling a curriculum for Religious Studies dept. on Atheism and Agnosticism, which there currently is not a course covering this material in the major.

She enjoys helping students with their academic endeavors, research and suited materials in the MCC's Resource Library, which she maintains. Since the move to Student Affairs and the development of a new unit, The Office of Multiculurual Affairs, now overseeing all five of the Student Cultural Resouce Centers and contributing to their own resources and developing their libraries.. She is enthusiastic about multicultural arts and has contributed to the MCC's gallery of cultural art and objects herself as well as initiating art projects at the MCC (the Multicultural Muralsl by an art education alumni.. In summer of 2012, two art majors did another art project titled "Pyramids: Ancient and Modern." Both are at the top of the Multicultural Center's webpage. In 2016 she commissioned a mural for the African, African-American holiday, Kwanzaa, by a student artist.

Since arriving at the Multicultural Center, she has served twice on the grants panel for the Arts Council of Long Beach; served 3 years as a commissioner on CSULB's President's Commission on the Status Women; served as a staff member on the Campus Climate Comittee; and a long time member on the Center for Peace & Social Justice (CPSJ). She was inducted as a member into Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society of International Scholars in 2003.

"I truly enjoy working along side with the CSULB community and feel as though I've seen education from all sides: as a student, a faculty member and now a staff member and I think I can relate to and help students in whatever capacity they require."