Lasana Hotep

  • Thinker/Solutions Expert
  • Simplify complex issues
  • public speaking & workshop facilitation
  • panel discussions

Name: Lasana (translation: Poet of the People)

Occupation: Iconoclast/Thinker/Solutions Expert

Super Powers: Ability to simplify complex issues; exegete; quick wit

Education: Autodidactic with a splash of formal education B.A. in History and Speech Communications – Texas State University – San Marcos M.A. in History – Arizona State University

Interests: Reading, Travel, Basketball (playing/fan) and Baseball (fan)

Hometown: Oakland, California (reside); San Antonio, Texas (came of age); Los Angeles, California (home)

Expertise: Student Equity, Cultural Fluency, African-American Culture and History, Black and Latino Male Student Success

Mission: To create harmonious human relationships through education and consultation.

- bio

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/, 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.

- services
Keynote Addresses

Multi-media Workshops


- clients

Colleges and Universities
Albany State University
Arcadia University
Arizona State University
Ball State
Champlain University
Clemson University
Coe College
Colby College
Cornell College
Cornell University
Estrella Mountain Community College
Fayetteville State University
Foothill College
Georgia Southern University
Howard University
Indianapolis University Purdue University Indiana (IUPUI)
Laney College
Langston University
Lincoln University
Los Angeles City College
North Carolina A&T
Northern Illinois University
Northwest Missouri State University
Merritt College
Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley
Midwestern State University
Millikan University
Missiouri S&T
Morehead State University
Morehouse University

Phoenix College
Sam Houston State University
State University of New York – Stony Brook
St. Cloud State University
St. Philips College
Temple University
Texas A&M University
Texas State University
Togaloo University
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
University of Houston
University of Kansas
University of Louisville
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
University of Missouri
University of Nebraska
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Toledo

High Schools & Middle Schools

Desert Vista High School – Tempe Arizona
Cesar Chavez

Community Based Organizations

Molefi Kete Asante Institute of Afrocentric Studies


Am I My Brother’s Keeper Conference (KU)
Association for the Study of African Life and History (ASALAH)
Black and Male in America
Black Brown & College Bound
Black & Latino Coalition Project
Barack Obama and American Democracy (BOAD)
Noel-Levitts — Retention Conference
Mis-Education of the Black Greek Leadership Conference
National Consortium on College Men of Color (SDSU)
Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC)
Strengthening Student Success Conference (RP Group)
Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)


Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)
The Lion House African Cultural Center (Accra, Ghana)

Founder Programs/Initiatives/Institutions

African American Men of Arizona State University (AAMASU) (co-founded with Alonzo Jones)
Sankofa Summer Leadership Institute (Arizona State University)
Fall Leadership Conference (Arizona State University)
Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series (Arizona State University)
Learners Invested in Networking and Knowledge (LINK) at Estrella Mountain Community College
Equity Summit at Skyline College
Equity Training Series (ETS) at Skyline College
The Equity Institute at Skyline College


  • Lasana has contributed to the publications below.

African-American Men in College (Jossey-Bass 2006)

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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)

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The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life (Atria 2008)

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