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Jason Seals

Jason Seals currently serves as Department Chair of Ethnic Studies and Professor of African American Studies at Merritt College, where his work focuses on student preparation and development, innovative instructional practices, curriculum development, concurrent enrollment and institutional learning outcomes.

Jason earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from San Jose State University. After serving children and families in the East Bay for several years, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Africana Studies from University at Albany SUNY and a second Master’s in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco. Prior to joining the Merritt College faculty, Jason was the Program Director at Leadership Excellence, a non- profit organization committed to educating and empowering African American youth for personal and social change.

Jason has over nineteen years of experience in youth service and community work. Through his service, he developed a passion for education and found his path. He has taught ethnic studies and manhood development courses at multiple Bay Area colleges and high schools. Beyond the traditional classroom, Jason has facilitated professional development and cultural sensitivity trainings for local schools, mental health agencies and community-based organizations.

Jason is committed to social justice, so he carries on the tradition of activist-intellectual, using his knowledge and experience to address critical social issues and empower individuals for personal and social change.