Executive Advisory Board
The institute’s advisory board is comprised of athlete-activists, scholars and executives from SJSU, professional sports and the sports media.
Theodorea Regina Berry
Department Chair, African American Studies
Theodorea Regina Berry serves as UCF’s Vice Provost for Student Learning and Academic Success and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies. She spearheads efforts to offer students in her college robust programs while supporting university-wide initiatives to advance undergraduate education, take learning beyond the classroom, and promote greater student success. Additionally, Dr. Berry leads DirectConnect to UCF, a program that guarantees admission to students who have earned an associate degree or articulated degree from one of six partner state colleges.
Before joining UCF, she served as Professor and Department Chair of African American Studies, part of the College of Social Sciences, at San Jose State University. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Berry served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Recruitment and Engagement in The Graduate School at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She previously served as Director of the African American Studies Program (2014-2016) and the Graduate Advisor of Record for the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching program
'05 Honorary Doctorate
Carlos is an Olympic medalist in the 200-meter sprint and member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. Following the 1968 Olympics, where he participated in an iconic protest for human rights, Carlos pursued professional football and later worked for the United States Olympic Committee.
Vincent J. Del Casino Jr.
Provost And Senior Vice President For Academic Affairs
As SJSU’s provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. serves as a key member of the university president’s leadership team with primary responsibility for ensuring academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies as well as a continual commitment to research, scholarship, and creative activities that benefit all students and society at large.
’64 Sociology, ’16 Honorary Doctorate
Professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley and founder of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, Edwards is author of The Revolt of the Black Athlete, Edwards is considered to be the father of the sociology of sport.
Chief Operating Officer, San Francisco 49ers
Al Guido served as the chief operating officer of the San Francisco 49ers, sales manager for the Dallas Cowboys and senior director of ticket sales for the Phoenix Coyotes. He is on the board of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley and Coach K/Fuqua School of Business.
U.S. Olympic Committee Board Member
NCAA champion fencer and U.S. Olympic Committee Board member Johnson, ’80 Public Relations, led an international campaign to bring equity to woman fencers. The first woman to hold a four-year term as president of U.S.A. Fencing’s National Governing Board, Johnson is now president of Valencia College’s East and Winter Park campuses.
Chief Operating Officer, San Jose Earthquakes
Chief Operating Officer of the San Jose Earthquakes Jared Shawlee previously worked as the Earthquakes’ vice president of sales and strategy and director of corporate partnerships. He is a board member for Joint Venture Silicon Valley and The Silicon Valley Foundation.
’69 Social Science, ’05 Honorary Doctorate
Smith won Olympic gold in track and field at the 1968 Mexico City games, where he participated in an iconic protest for human rights. He coached track and field at Oberlin College, where he also taught sociology, and later at Santa Monica College.
Senior writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated and chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Sports Task Force, Spears has written for Yahoo Sports, The Boston Globe, The Denver Post, The Tulsa World, the Los Angeles Daily News and The Courier-Journal.
’47 Biological Science, ’04 Honorary Doctorate
A legendary judo coach, Uchida built San Jose State’s program into a national powerhouse after serving in a segregated unit in World War II while his own family members were held in internment camps.
SJSU Chief Diversity Officer
SJSU Chief Diversity Officer Kathleen Wong(Lau) leads the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She previously served as the director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE).