Equity & Social Justice Faculty

Rachel David

Rachel David grew up in Palo Alto, California and attended U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate. In 1992, Rachel moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington School of Law. From 1996 to 1999, Rachel worked as the Legal Advocate for Seattle Rape Relief, a small non-profit agency with a philosophy of anti-oppression. In that position, she worked with survivors of sexual assault through all stages of the justice system.

While doing training for crisis line volunteers, police officers and prosecutors, Rachel discovered that teaching was her passion. Rachel has been teaching Women's Studies and Intra-American Studies at Shoreline since 1999. She loves teaching Women's Studies because of the discipline's profound potential to affect students' lives.


Amy Kinsel

Amy Kinsel teaches U.S. History, Women's History, Pacific Northwest History, Immigration History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Shoreline Community College. Prof. Kinsel began her teaching career at North Seattle Community College. Since coming to Shoreline in 2004, she has enjoyed sharing her love of history, historical analysis and historical writing with students.

One of the great advantages history students have today is online access to primary sources, especially previously unavailable documents and images in American history. Prof. Kinsel uses online resources extensively in her teaching to enable her students to work with the real "stuff" of history.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Prof. Kinsel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound, and her Master of Arts and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “'From These Honored Dead': Gettysburg in American Culture, 1863-1938,” won the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians for best-written doctoral dissertation in American history of 1992.

In addition to teaching and writing, Prof. Kinsel is an active member of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. She currently serves on the Organization of American Historians' Committee on Community Colleges.


Ernest Johnson

Ernest B. Johnson II is a professor of Multicultural Studies in the Equity and Social Justice Department at Shoreline Community College, and part-time lecturer in African American Studies at University of Washington. Dr. J. earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of Linguistics, an M.A. from the University of Khartoum (Institute of African and Asian Studies), and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Hawaii.

He has lectured in cultural diversity and ethnic studies at various community colleges and a few universities since he began lecturing at the University of Hawaii in 1975. He has managed a collaborative project for at-risk youth administered by the University of Washington and Seattle Schools. He has taught in the classroom at the middle school, high school, community college and university levels, including instruction in ESL at the University of Khartoum and sociolinguistics at the Islamic University of Omdurman. He has been recognized as a distinguished student leader and mentor and has given commencement addresses at his community college and the University of Washington's Black Graduation. He has advised the Black Student Union, Moslem Student Association, and All African Student Club at SCC; he has taken college students on a summer study abroad course to Cape Town in 2003, 2006 and 2008.

Dr. J. was a panelist at a post-911 interfaith conference on world peace held in Seattle in 2001 and has spoken on similar topics at conferences in the state. In January 2006, at the United States Institute of Peace, and again via webcast in January 2010, he participated on a panel discussing the progressive ideology of his Sudanese sufi teacher Al Ustadh Mahmoud Mohamed Taha.


Jason Solam

Jason Solam grew up in Seattle, Washington and attended Shoreline Community College and the University of Washington where he earned his B.A. in Ethnomusicology in 2000. Jason earned an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington in 2002 specializing in popular music of Cuba, West Africa and the United States focusing on issues of social protest, nationalism, ethnicity and performance.

Jason has been an associate faculty in the Intra-American Studies Department at Shoreline Community College since 2002, teaching courses in Popular Music, Hip Hop and Jazz studies. Jason has worked as a musician in the Seattle community for over 15 years performing in a variety of styles but has since traded the performance stage for the front of the classroom, citing teaching as his true career passion. When not teaching or practicing music, Jason is spending time with his wife and two children, and when time allows, he heads to the ocean!


Mimi Harvey

Dr. Harvey was born in the Midwest and has been traveling ever since. Her life has included long stretches of living, working, traveling, studying and research in Spain and North Africa, China, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and Canada. All these experiences have fueled her fascination with the process of communicating across cultures.

Dr. Harvey earned her PhD in Communication and Culture at the University of Iowa where she was a Presidential Fellow; her MA in Communication and Social Interaction and BA in Chinese and Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. She has taught at universities in Canada, South Korea, Indonesia, Iowa and Ohio before coming to Shoreline Community College. She has also worked on Canadian government-funded educational projects in Indonesia and the People's Republic of China.

Dr. Harvey’s life experiences have informed both her studies and her teaching. Her studies have always centered on border crossing people, whether those borders are linguistic, cultural, national or economic. Her graduate work focused on critical ethnographic studies of speech communities as varied as South Korean immigrants in an Iowa town, ESL teachers working abroad, migrant laborers in South Korea, and women students of a distance education university in Indonesia.

Dr. Harvey presently teaches Introduction to Communication, *Critical Intercultural Communication, and *Communicating for Social Change here at Shoreline Community College.

*Meets the multicultural understanding general education requirement.

Michelle Kleisath

Michelle Kleisath grew up on Ohlone land in California (commonly known as the San Francisco Bay Area) and received her Bachelors degree in Women and Gender Studies and Spanish from UC Davis.

She spent one year studying feminist theory at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. Subsequently, she spent five years in the Amdo region of Tibet, where she taught Women and Gender Studies and Sociology. In Amdo, she co-founded Shem, a grassroots organization focused on women's empowerment.

She completed her MA and PhD in Sociolcultural Anthropology at the University of Washington. Her dissertation “Tibet beyond Black and White: Racial Formations and Transnational Collusions,” investigates the complex race and gender dynamics that lend power to communities of US expatriates living in Asia. Over a period of nine years, she completed historically grounded ethnographic research to explain the disproportionately high salaries and cultural capital available to White Americans working in transnational organizations in Tibetan areas of China.

At Shoreline, Dr. Kleisath serves as the adviser of Project Pride. Her pedagogical approach reflects a broad commitment to transformative education through critical thinking and skill building. She practices this approach by encouraging students to directly engage with challenging and controversial material.
Dr. Kleisath lives in Seattle with her wife, her sister-in-law, and their cat Erni. She loves to ferment all manner of foods and collect wild mushrooms.

Eric Hamako

Eric Hamako gleefully joined Shoreline’s Multicultural Studies Program in Equity & Social Justice in 2014. Now, he teaches MCS 105: Introduction to Multicultural Studies. Prior to Shoreline, Eric completed his doctorate in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and worked as the Program Coordinator for Institutional Diversity & Equity at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Eric has previously taught students in community education settings, colleges, and graduate schools. Eric has also been involved in Mixed-Race organizing & education since 2000, including work with MAVIN in Seattle. His doctoral research focused on how to improve anti-oppression education so that it better teaches Mixed-Race students and better teaches about Mixed-Race. As an adjunct instructor and an independent trainer, Eric has previously taught about Multiraciality and other social justice issues at universities, professional associations, and community organizations across the United States. Eric particularly enjoys bringing a multi-issue social justice analysis to pop culture like Harry Potter, zombies, and criminal procedural TV shows.


Brooke Zimmers

Brooke Zimmers grew up in small town Wyoming but has spent the bulk of her adult life in metropolitan areas like Denver and Seattle. She received her M.A. from the University of Washington in Speech communication where she studied communication in instructional environments. She designed a communication class for incarcerated youth and spent ten years working with and doing an ethnographic study about homeless youth in Seattle. She has taught at a variety of community colleges since 1992 and full time at Shoreline since 1999.

Since then her professional development includes pursuing her love of experiential and interactive teaching methodologies by attending conferences like: the International Association of Experiential Education, International Storytelling conference, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, International Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Theater of the Oppressed week-long facilitators training at the Mandala Center, Service Learning and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Brooke has worked closely with student government and student programs to provide on-campus interactive trainings. She teaches Introduction to Communication; The Art of Storytelling, Communication for Social Change, Intersextions (a 15 credit interdisciplinary class) and Honors. She has consulted in the community with organizations like Boeing and King County Housing Authority. She loves to travel, backpack and climb mountains.