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Mohammed Soriano-Bilal (he/him)

Associate Dean & Director | mbilal@stanford.edu

Office for Inclusion, Belonging, & Intergroup Communication (IB-IC)
 

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Mohammed Soriano-Bilal is probably best known as the voice of reason on MTV's Real World San Francisco. He is an accomplished Diversity & Inclusion consultant, a strategist, a poet, and an award-winning producer of both music and film. As a facilitator of hundreds of Diversity & Inclusion presentations and workshops - with clients that include Nokia, Progressive Corporation, Campbell Ewald, and the US Treasury - Mohammed works to help organizations remove the blockages that stand in the way of growth. 

As a multi-disciplinarian artist--Mohammed has collaborated with Santana, Public Enemy, Ben Harper, De La Soul, Danny Glover and Mos Def; his music has been featured on NBC, the CW, and the Sundance Film Festival; he wrote a weekly column for the San Francisco Bay Guardian; and his film work includes If I Were President, an election campaign that helped register 200,000 first-time voters of color and Vocabulary of Change, a conversation between Angela Davis and Tim Wise. As executive director of the African American Art & Culture Complex, one of San Francisco city's six cultural centers, Mohammed led a strategic shift resulting in a 21% increase in revenue. Currently, Mohammed serves as Associate Dean & Director of the Office for Inlcusion, Belonging and Intergroup Communication at Stanford University, where he oversees a team of talented equity educators and explores his scholarly passion for the confluence of equity, art, and innovation. 

Ester Sihite, PhD (she/her)

Associate Director | esihite@stanford.edu

Office for Inclusion, Belonging, & Intergroup Communication (IBIC)

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Ester is a 1.5-generation Indonesian American who calls Seattle home. She has held a variety of roles in higher education, from student affairs practitioner to researcher, to teacher/instructor. Prior to working in the IBIC office, she directed an intergroup dialogue program, and designed and facilitated diversity and social justice education at Georgetown University, which aimed for both individual- and organizational-level change. Ester earned her Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago in Higher Education, where she co-conducted research on a number of topics including: racial equity and stratification within higher education, the experiences and activism of Asian American college students, innovative and inclusive teaching practices, and the use of anti-deficit and anti-racist frameworks by community college educators. Her passion lies in working with others to engage in social justice-grounded praxis, and centering the social/cultural margins. Outside of her work, Ester enjoys exploring the Bay Area, playing sports (particularly flag football!), traveling, and spending quality time with the people in her community.

Zayna Seyedi (she/her)

Assistant Director | zayna@stanford.edu

Office for Inclusion, Belonging, & Intergroup Communication (IB-IC)

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Zayna Seyedi is a first-generation college graduate originally from the Bay Area. She received her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco and her B.A. in Political Science from San José State University. Her passion and research focuses on ensuring equitable outcomes for underrepresented students in higher education; as well as increasing institutional support and access to resources for all students.
Zayna is also a co-instructor of Psych 103F: Intergroup Communication Facilitation. The course prepares undergraduate and graduate students to facilitate courageous conversations across identity, rooted in vulnerability, story sharing, and critical self reflection.

Joseph Lamont Brown, PhD (he/him)

Co-Instructor, Psych 103F | jlbrown@stanford.edu

Graduate Diversity Recruitment Officer, School of Humanities & Sciences

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Joseph Lamont Brown is a first-gen college graduate and Army brat from San Antonio, Texas. He’s worked for over ten years as Graduate Diversity Recruitment Officer for Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences and over 6 years as an Associate Director at IB-IC. He’s a PhD alum of Stanford’s psychology program, where his research focused on the impact of stereotypes and prejudice on the intellectual identities and performance of minorities and women. In his free time, he enjoys practicing Chinese martial arts.