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Dr. Joe-Joe McManus


Keynote Speaker | Anti-Racism Advisor | Change Maker | Author

Collaborative engagement and the efforts to promote mindfulness and civility gets me energized.

There cannot be too many voices lifted against racism. It is my responsibility to teach what I have learned to those who can relate to my story, and it is your responsibility to do the same, in your own way.

Dr. Joe-Joe McManus is a leading voice in the U.S. calling for racial justice, and for each of us to work toward equity and inclusion for all. An educator and passionate advocate for antiracism and inclusive excellence, he writes and speaks widely on the challenges and opportunities that exist at the intersection of anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, and leadership development.

The eldest of three boys in a working-class family from a small white-flight town south of Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Joe-Joe’s academic and professional goals are motivated by his personal experiences of growing up in a racially diverse, multicultural, and interreligious family. It wasn’t long before the issues of anti-Semitism, racism, and classism piled on this young family. The shared experiences, most importantly around fighting racism alongside his brother, and then losing his brother to suicide, motivated him to live his best anti-racist life and promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Dr. Joe-Joe’s work has been largely behind the scenes, focused on developing and advising leaders with the express goals of promoting systemic change toward inclusive excellence. McManus has held faculty, staff, and executive roles in higher education, including Chief Diversity Officer. He has served at an HBCU, an international university, an Ivy League institution, and at the university system level. He has also lectured, served on panels, presented, and consulted across sectors in the U.S. and internationally for nearly three decades.

McManus serves as an Executive Advisor on Antiracism and Inclusive Excellence to leaders across sectors. He currently serves on multiple boards including the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). Previously, he served as an Expert for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) and on the Board for the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University.

Speaking Topics
• Your Own Unique Anti-racism
• Making Organizational Anti-racism Real
• Beyond the BS: Anti-racism in Education
• Inclusive Excellence for All

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