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Dr. Ishman Anderson

Dr. Ishman Anderson is the Founding Executive Director of MOB and a Faculty Lecturer with the Criminal Justice Studies Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU). He is a first-generation college student who grew up in West Oakland. He graduated from McClymonds High School in 2007.

Ishman has spent over 11 years dedicating himself to guiding underrepresented students in K-12 and at the collegiate level, including serving as a Mentor/High School Counselor for the UCLA Vice Provost Initiative for Pre-College, and then as an academic counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). 

During his time at CSUEB, he started the My Other Brother (MOB) Black male initiative, aimed at increasing college access and retention for Black males, and currently partnering with Castlemont High School, Dewey High School, Riverview Middle School, and supporting youth on an individual level at McClymonds High School.

Ishman's research interest includes cultural relevancy, cultural capital, critical race theory, and Tupac Shakur's construct of Thug Life as praxis for Black male success through forms of resistance, community, and cultural authenticity.

Ishman has a Bachelor's degree from UC Davis in Sociology and a double minor in Education and Chicana/o studies. He also obtained a Master's in Higher Education, Student Affairs from UCLA. Most recently, Ishman earned his Doctorate from the San Francisco State University Educational Leadership Doctoral program in May 2020.

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