Dr. Joe-Joe McManus is a leading voice calling for white people to proactively and passionately work for racial justice.
An inspiring educator and innovative advocate for antiracism and inclusive excellence for more than three decades, he advises senior leaders on the challenges and opportunities that exist at the intersection of anti-racism education, inclusive excellence, and leadership development.
Dr. Joe-Joe has experience in faculty, administration, and organizational development characterized by excellence, institutional advancement, and moving equity and social justice agendas forward. This includes serving as a Chief Diversity Officer and other diversity, equity, and inclusion related roles at an HBCU, Ivy League institution, international university, and the largest urban public university system in the U.S. He has lectured, served on panels, delivered presentations, and consulted in the U.S. and internationally. His consulting work focuses on how to effectively cultivate actively anti-racist leadership and develop organizations engaged in complex inclusive excellence by working as an advisor to college and university presidents, Chief Diversity Officers across sectors, and to other diversity and anti-racism thought leaders and practitioners.
Speaking at a P-12 Education conference at Cal State San Marcos
It was in grade school that Joe-Joe remembers first speaking out against racism. Growing up in a mixed-race, multicultural, and interreligious family, he naturally felt protective of his younger brothers, Kacey and B-J. This was especially true, and often times required far more urgency, for Kacey, who as an African American was forced to deal with anti-Black racism daily. Since then, his anti-racism efforts have led him to speak to international audiences at U.S. schools and universities, as well as in Moscow, Kiev, and all over Russia, and in England, at the University of Cambridge. He refined his message of what is now referred to as inclusive excellence in front of a packed hall of U.S. military personnel, and on his own college campus. Today, his professional goals mirror his personal actions since childhood, promoting active, intersectional, anti-racism and inclusive excellence in education, leadership, and in how we live our daily lives.
Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda-Nash Buddhist Teacher and Author, Oakland, CA
Paul Gorski Author and Founder/Lead Equity Specialist, Equity Literacy Institute