Our Special Guests For Inclusion & Equity: Key Strategies For Career Services Professionals – Los Angeles

Career Services Institute
July 11th | University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Featured Guests for Inclusion & Equity: Key Strategies For Career Services Professionals

Keynote: Jade K. Agua, MPA
Associate Director for Learning & Organizational Development
USC Race and Equity Center, University of Southern California

Photo by Bradford Rogne Photography

Before accepting her position as Associate Director for Learning & Organizational Development of the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center, Jade Agua served as the director of the Cross-Cultural Center at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) where she provided a space for students to imagine and inspire an equitable, socially just campus; affirm and develop intersectional, cultural identities; and build a more inclusive community. Cultivating both a culture of wellness and an understanding of cultural wellness was a critical component to her work at UCI where she and her staff developed a suite of programs that encouraged personal and communal care.

Prior to working at UCI, Jade served as the program director of the Office for Multicultural Learning at Santa Clara University (SCU), where she oversaw the Multicultural Center and Rainbow Resource Center. At SCU, Jade was able to implement learning outcomes based on multicultural competencies and develop diversity trainings for students, staff, and faculty. Before SCU, Jade worked at the University of Southern California (USC) as a Program Coordinator and Graduate Advisor in the School of Cinematic Arts and as Assistant Director for Asian Pacific American Student Services. Jade earned her bachelor’s in sociology and master’s in public administration from USC.

After multiple roles in multicultural and identity-specific centers in student affairs, Jade is excited to bring her on-the-ground experience working with historically marginalized students to institutional leaders across the country committed to racial equity. She enjoys exploring new places with her husband, Jonathan, and daughter, Sierra, crafting, taking care of succulents, yoga (sometimes), and napping.


Daysha Edewi, Founder and Chief Creative at Yes Queen
B.A. in Communication and Media Studies from Scripps College

Larisa Hamada, Director, Equity and Diversity at California State University, Long Beach
M.A. in Education and M.Div. in Religion and Philosophy from Prince Theological Seminary; Certificate in Career Education and Career Counseling from California State University, Northridge

Sonia Herman, Career Coach & Community Developer at Ithaca College
B.S. in Business Marketing from University of Oregon Charles H. Lundquist College of Business

Benjy Spiro, Campus Recruiter, The Walt Disney Company
B.A. in American Studies, Business Management, and Communications from University of Maryland

By Sonia Herman
Sonia Herman Career Coach / Community Developer - Career CORE Sonia Herman