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Dr. Joe-Joe McManus is a senior administrator at the City University of New York (CUNY), and works as a consultant on equity and inclusion in education, and leadership development. Among the work Dr. McManus has done at CUNY was serving as the founding Executive Director of the Ernesto Malave Leadership Academy.

The academic and professional goals that Dr. McManus has pursued have been motivated by his personal history. When Joe-Joe was a year old his brother Kacey was adopted, he was five weeks old. A few years later B-J, the youngest brother, was born. Racism became an issue early on for the boys because of reactions to Kacey being an African American child in a European American family. Later issues of anti-Semitism and classism piled on; Mom being Jewish and the family living in an apartment behind a liquor store. There was also a history of Interreligious marriage; Grandpa was Irish Catholic and Grandma English Protestant, on Dad’s side.

Nothing was more difficult to cope with than the racism that was directed at Kacey. Teachers were the worst. They placed Kacey in the lowest possible classes, Joe-Joe in the highest. They both knew that wasn’t right. Their parents fought with the teachers, and Kacey and Joe-Joe fought…everyone, it seemed. Over time the prejudice in school, the racism that is everyday America, and the tremendous stresses of being an adolescent, became too much. At the age of seventeen Kacey became a victim of suicide, and Joe-Joe suffered the most profound loss of his young life.

Kacey and Joe-Joe had tried to make a difference, speaking to fellow students, arguing with teachers, taking on anyone that dared make a racist comment. It all seemed in vain. Joe-Joe felt like a failure, unable to protect his younger brother from the pain and injustice.

Years of struggling silently with the loss of his brother followed, constantly fuming over manifestations of racism that continued to go unchecked. Oppression of all sorts became evident, and continued to fuel his rage. Then Joe-Joe began to speak, loudly. He spoke at schools with students he didn’t know, trying to work with them to combat racism in themselves and others. He spoke to teachers he did know, tearing apart their Eurocentric curricula and oppressive teaching practices. He found himself speaking to international audiences at universities in Moscow, Kiev, and all over Russia, then at the University of Cambridge, then to a packed hall of military personnel back in the States, then again on campus at the college he was attending. His work caught the attention of new mentors that continue to guide him today.

His personal commitment, academic knowledge, and professional experience are the foundation of Dr. McManus’ no-nonsense style and results oriented approach. The first in his family, McManus earned a B.S. in psychology and went on to receive his M.A. in Multicultural Education. He completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in 2000. As a specialist in critical multicultural education Dr. McManus is an advocate for praxis, recognizing the need for translating theory and research into transformational practice in our schools and universities.

Dr. McManus' experience in his current position at CUNY has included the development and management of multiple areas within the university system. Most significant was the development of the Malave Leadership Academy. During his tenure, the Academy grew to include three major programs; a fellows program, a program focused on leadership through service - CUNY Corps, and a program focused on leadership through advocacy - CUNY Ambassadors. His advancement work for the Academy included securing more than 125 scholarships for students in partnerships with internal and external partners.

In addition, at different times Dr. McManus provided leadership for other central offices and initiatives such as International Student & Scholar Services, Multicultural Affairs, Career Services, Student Life, Women's Centers, and other areas within the Division of Student Affairs. The Central Offices serve the more than 500,000 full and part-time students, across the 23 CUNY colleges and professional schools.

Dr. McManus’ overall experience includes multicultural teacher education, curriculum development, educator mentoring, leadership, interdisciplinary and cross sector partnerships, and organizational development. He has lectured, served on panels, presented, and consulted in the U.S. and internationally more than two decades. Dr. McManus currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Multicultural Education and is a member of the Diversity Collegium think tank. He is currently consulting and working on The DiCE Group anthology and an autobiographical book addressing issues of equity, leadership, and education.

Notably, McManus completed an appointment as a visiting professor at Chancellor College at the University of Malaŵi (2001-02) through the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH). For the previous four years he taught in the College of Education at Florida A&M University where his students dubbed him "Dr. Joe-Joe."

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Real nameJoe-Joe McManus, Ph.D.

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