Central Committee

Devon Hernandez

Devon Hernandez

Special Consultant: Diverse Male Scholar Initiative

Devon M. Hernández is a Special Consultant to the Diverse Male Scholar Initiative (DMSI) at Humboldt State University. In this role, he provides guidance to establish new programs, provides outreach and mentorship to students, and oversees the overall growth and development of the program.

From 2016 to 2019, he served as an Advisor and Young Men of Color College Success Fellow at Project GRAD Los Angeles, allowing him to provide individualized social, academic, and professional advising to high school and college students. In addition, he identified and implemented promising practices to better reach and serve self-identified boys and men of color in their path to and through college.

Originally from Pacoima, Los Angeles, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. In his spare time you can find Devon reading, working out, exploring the outdoors or dabbling in photography.

Kintay Johnson

Kintay Johnson, Ph.D.

Special Programs: College of the Redwoods

Dr. Kintay Johnson is a first-generation student, CR and Humboldt alumni, and the current Director of Special Programs at College of the Redwoods. Dr. Johnson is a co-conspirator, advocate and ally, who believes in putting students first. He lives in beautiful Arcata, California with his wife Nellie, their 3 kids, his mom, and his dog.

Fernando Paz

Fernando Paz

Coordinator: El Centro Académico Cultural

Fernando Paz graduated from Humboldt State University in 2008 with a double degree in History and Ethnic Studies. He returned to Humboldt State University the spring of 2013 to pursue his Masters in Social Sciences offered through the Environment and Community program. As an undergraduate at Humboldt, he was a peer mentor in the Latino Peer Mentoring Program, and an Event Coordinator for the MultiCultural Center. In the interim, he worked as a community scholar organizing around social justice issues in Humboldt County and beyond. Most recently, he worked with True North Organizing Network, and previously worked with the Humboldt Area Foundation, the Multigenerational Center, M/WEND (Men and Women Experiencing Non-violent Direction), as well as with People Improving Community through Organizing (PICO) on their national immigration advocacy campaign named "LA RED". He is co-founder of PARA (People Affected by the Raid in Arcata) and Centro del Pueblo. Currently he is the coordinator for the Latinx Center for Academic Excellence at Cal Poly Humboldt.

Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith

Coordinator: Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence

Douglas Smith has served as a community educator in various capacities for over 10 years. Serving in South Central and the Antelope Valley, he engaged underserved youth and their families with resources, opportunities and tools that promote upward social mobility. Douglas graduated from Humboldt State in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies with a focus on Development. He spent time studying the intersection of history, economics, politics, and culture in Santiago, Chile; the focus of his academic courses and time abroad serve as a framework through which he analyzes relationships between institutions and marginalized people. In 2018 Douglas became a Master Gardener in Los Angeles County; a passion he discovered while working on local educational farms in Arcata as an undergrad. He returns to Humboldt to facilitate community centered environments and opportunities that stimulate learning and academic engagement.