Lasana Omar Hotep is a serial entrepreneur, perceptive essayist and transformational educator based in Oakland, California. He is the Lead Consultant of Hotep Consultants, a firm committed to providing insight and practical strategies in the areas of institutional equity, cultural fluency and student success. His clients include p-12 school districts, community colleges, universities and Fortune 100 companies. He also serves as the co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer for Ogun Media, Incorporated/MyClickUrban.com, a digital media firm specializing in exceptional, leading edge design solutions.
Lasana’s work as a leader in institutional equity has been recognized by peers and publishers alike. Authors of edited volumes have solicited his unique perspective and analysis. He has contributed chapters to several publications including African-American Men in College , The State of Black Arizona (ASU 2008), Be A Father to Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men of the Hip Hop Generation (Soft Skull 2008), The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life (Atria 2008), and Icons of Black America (Greenwood 2011). Continuing his work as a published theorists and practitioner in the field of equity, he is the co-author of the forthcoming Minding the Obligation Gap: Theory and practice in achieving educational equity campus wide (Peter Lang 2019).
Lasana’s uniqueness lies in his ability to combine the innovation of his entrepreneurial spirit, advocacy as a social justice educator and proven leadership into solutions for the benefit of his clients and home institution. He has custom designed comprehensive professional development solutions for faculty, staff, administrators and executive leadership at all educational levels.
As a leader in higher education, he has served as the program coordinator for Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) and as Director of Multicultural Affairs at Estrella Mountain Community College (Avondale, AZ). Most recently, he has served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Equity and Student Success for the Peralta Community College District (Oakland, CA). He currently serves as the Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs and Founding Executive Director of the Equity Institute at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.