Meet the Staff
James Manseau Sauceda, Ph. D.
Director - Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Multicultural Center and Student Cultural Resource Centers
Dr. James Sauceda is an L.A. Chicano from the city of Dr. Dre (Compton). He graduated from CSULB, top of his class, and earned his PhD. from USC, summa cum laude in Communication Studies. He's the founding Director of the Multicultural Center at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Sauceda is a nationally recognized expert in Intercultural Communication and is a highly sought after keynote speaker on issues of Cultural Diversity. He is also the co-founder of the statewide California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education and has just completed his first novel, Buddha's Tooth.
Christian Lozano Cuellar, M.S. Ed.
Assistant Director - Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Cultural Resource Centers
Christian Lozano Cuellar received his master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton in Ohio. He was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico and later immigrated to Indiana. He started his undergraduate career at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and then transferred to Calumet College of St. Joseph, where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Business Administration. Like many students at CSULB, Lozano was a first-generation college student and is extremely proud of his Mexican heritage. He has found that his own personal experiences in life are what motivated him to pursue his master's degree in Higher Education and wanting to give back to the community. For now, he is focusing on his work here at CSULB and plans to pursue his doctorate in the future.
Shanise Rachelle Cofield, M.S. Educational Counseling
Operations and Fiscal Coordinator - Office of Multicultural Affairs
Shanise Cofield is a Long Beach native. She attended high school at Long Beach Polytechnic High School and started her undergraduate career at the University of California, Irvine where she graduated with a B.A. Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. During her undergraduate education, Shanise had the opportunity to live in a Multicultural Freshman Hall. In this living and learning community she gained valuable experience with students from diverse backgrounds. It was this experience that ignited her great ambition to work with students in a future career, thus her second year of college she became a Student Programmer for the same Multicultural Freshman Hall, followed by Resident Advisor her junior year. Shanise received her Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling from the University of LaVerne. Shanise brings with her experience of having worked at the community college level and is new to the CSU System. Her background in academic and career advising is vital to her role as Operations and Fiscal Coordinator in the CSULB Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Student Support Staff
Student Culturual Resource Centers
Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Cultural Resource Center
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Christina Luu is an incoming freshman at CSULB, where she will be pursuing her degree in marketing. She is an active member of several student organizations, such as the Korean American Student Association and the Vietnamese Student Association. She is passionate about creating events that will reach out to other Asian American students in the community. Christina has interests in learning about new cultures and traditions, and by working along with OMA she is able to share her knowledge with other people.
LGBTQ Student Culturual Resrouce Center
Hometown: Compton & Long Beach
Major: English - Creative Writing
Linda is a Gryffindor, born in Long Beach and later adopted in Compton. She graduated from Long Beach Jordan High School, where she served as ASB secretary. She then attended Long Beach City College as an honor student on the Dean’s List. While at Long Beach City College, she also held an officer position in Student Life, before graduating with an Associate’s of Arts in English. She has been published in the school’s literary magazine, Saga, and last year she was recognized as an Emerging Writer during the Literary Women’s Festival at the Long Beach Convention Center. In her spare time, Linda enjoys literary and philosophical texts and finds solace in sharpening her writing craft through prose and poetry. She currently studies Creative Writing here at Long Beach State and aims to finish a modern epic poem before she obtains her Bachelor’s degree. Aside from writing, she also possesses a strong affinity for case and probate law, and pizza—topped with jalapenos.
Muslim Student Cultural Resource Center
Hometown: Lawndale, CA
Major: Asian American Studies
Sarah Desmond is an Asian American major who has an interest in creative writing, journalism, radio, and filmmaking. Desmond has experience working with the youth in the Indonesian community of South Bay. She also deepened her leadership skills being involved in the Muslim Student Association club at El Camino College; the first semester as event coordinator and the year after as president. Desmond also served as managing editor and later as editor-in-chief of Warrior Life magazine. She was awarded 1st place for “Best News Story” by the El Camino College journalism department and 4th place for best news story by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges both for her investigative story about prayer rooms on campus. Currently, Desmond is a freelance writer who also volunteers for 22 West media. Through her projects and creative work, Desmond strives to be a voice for the Muslim community as well as the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. When it comes to being a Student Assistant, Desmond hopes to help provide students with a safe and accessible place to practice what they believe in without fear and judgement as well as build a supportive and positive community.
Pan-African Student Cultural Resource Center
Hometown: Palm Springs
Major: Film and Electronic Arts
Cailin Martin is from the desert oasis Palm Springs, California. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Film and Electronic Arts. Currently, she serves as the Student Liaison for the Pan- African Resource Center at CSULB. Cailin personally feels a responsibility to ensure all students are equally represented on campus. As an OMA student assistant, she has the opportunity to interact with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Her creative outlets include, participating in a variety of film projects and writing poetry. She enjoys working at OMA and hopes it will teach her good communications skills that she can impart to her career.
Raza Student Cultural Resource Center
Hometown: Quito, Ecuador
Major: Human Resources Management
Pamela moved to Los Angeles five years ago from Quito, Ecuador. She is currently a Business major specializing in Human Resources Management. She tries to be involved in campus activities because these different programs and school organizations have helped her develop her leadership skills. Also, she have founded her love to talk, listen and help people through this experiences. She enjoys going out, exploring and takes pictures of everything! She also enjoys the opportunity to work with students and learn about other cultures. Pamela believes that culture sets values in a person’s mind which leads to how a person thinks throughout life. She always says that different cultures and different people make our world a beautiful place.
The Multicultural Center
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Masters in Geronthology
Angela Williams comes to us from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Los Angeles High School with an emphasis in theater arts. At a young age of 13 she joined the NAACP Youth and College Division to help facilitate change in her urban community. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with an interdisciplinary studies in dance at Cal State University Long Beach. She knew that dance as a form of therapy would change the lives of many because it crosses all cultures and backgrounds. During her undergraduate journey, Angela worked as a Director of Financial Support with the Associated Students at Santa Monica College, Project Manager Assistant for the Associated Students, and Counselor and Coach for children, youth and young adults as well as worked as a behaviorist/mentor coach to teens in the foster care system in Orange County, CA. Her mission was to help students reach their maximum potential no matter what their ethnicity, gender, culture, or economic status. One of her most rewarding achievements was starting an International Scholarship to offset funding for students from other countries attending Santa Monica College in California. Angela is in the process of finishing her Master of Science degree at CSULB and will continue on to receive a Doctorate degree in Education. She is proud to work in an environment that facilitates acceptance, awareness, and promotes positive change within the academic and surrounding communities.
The Office of Multicultutral Affairs
Hometown: Salinas, CA
Major: Family Childhood Studies
Eni Rodriguez, a proud first generation student who has a passion for working and helping other
students and encouraging them to pursue higher education. Eni transferred from Allan Hancock
Community College, where she completed two flourishing years of general education courses.
During those two rewarding years, Eni motivated over 400 high school students to continue their
education after high school. Eni worked hard to assist them with their University, Scholarship
and Financial Aid applications.
Eni has had a successful journey at CSULB. She has maintained a high GPA, became the Vice-President of CAFAS, and has built many friendships with students of various cultural backgrounds. She will be graduating in May with a B.A. in Child Development Family Studies and plans continue her education to get a Masters in Student Development in Higher Education. With her Masters she plans to help build better communities by working with at-risk students.
A full time student and an OMA Student Assistant, Eni also enjoys roller skating and exploring new cities with her husband.
The Office of Multicultutral Affairs
Hometown: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Major: Human Development & Chicano Latino Studies, Certificate in American Indian Studies
Miztlayolxochitl (Miztla) comes from the Tongva People of Los Angeles, CA and the Mexica people of Mexico. She was born and raised in Southern California. She is a Bachelor of Arts candidate at California State University, Puvungna (Long Beach) earning a double major in Human Development and Chicano and Latino Studies, as well as a certificate in American Indian and Indigenous Cultures. She is a paddler of a traditional Tongva plank canoe, an Aztec dancer, and a student leader in various Native American and Latinx student organizations on and off campus.