Faculty Equity Advocates

The Faculty Equity Advocates  (FEAs)  serve as an advocate for Search Committees to recruit, interview, and recommend new faculty who share CSULB values of equity, inclusion, diversity, and educating a diverse study body. The Faculty Equity Advocates (FEAs) for the College of Health and Human Services are Dr. Roudi Roy and Dr. Alex Washington. 

Faculty Equity Advocates


Headshot of Dr. Roudi Roy

Dr. Roudi Nazarinia Roy is an Associate Professor of Child Development and Family Studies in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and Faculty Equity Advocate at California State University Long Beach, where she teaches courses on the Transition to Parenthood and Family Dynamics, Family Stress and Coping and Internships in Child Development and Family Life Education. Her research interests revolve around cultural influences on parental roles across the transition to parenthood and during early childhood, fatherhood engagement and Multiracial families. In addition to her numerous conference presentation and publications in peer-reviewed journals, she has co-authored a book on the Transition to Parenthood and most recently co-edited a book on Biracial Families. She serves on several editorial boards for journals focused on family scholarship and is a member of the National Council on Family Relations Board of Directors. Dr. Roy is a certified family life educator through the National Council on Family Relations and serves as a consultant and evaluator for community agencies serving diverse populations of families. As a Family Life Educator, she believes all families deserve access to information and support that can facilitate positive growth and development. Over the last 19 years, she has focused on supporting and studying families across the transition to parenthood and the early years of parenting.

Academic Area:
Child Development and Family Studies
Family Life Education

Email: roudi.roy@csulb.edu 

Dr. Alex Washington

Dr. Alex Washington is a professor in the School of Social Work at CSULB, and a Faculty Equity Advocate for the College of Health and Human Services.  He is a senior scholar with the Southern Region Education Board Doctoral Scholars, Compact for Faculty Diversity.  He has taught research methods, statistics, and social policy.  Alex was a visiting professor in the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Department of Medicine.  Prior to joining CSULB, he was a Faculty Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and an associate professor at Morgan State University (Baltimore).  He has provided outpatient treatment group therapy to veterans diagnosed with schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder in the Department of Psychiatry at Veteran Affairs Medical Center (Memphis).  Dr. Washington’s current research focuses on barriers and challenges to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (Truvada/Descovy) uptake for HIV prevention among African American and Latinx sexual minority males.  He has also conducted research focused on HIV testing among women during prenatal care; inconsistent reporting of sexual orientation and sexual behaviors among male injection drug users; and HIV testing and sex risks among African American and Latinx men who have sex with men.  Alex has presented at national and international conferences, published research findings in empirically-based journals, and serves on professional and community advisory boards.

Email: Dr. Alex Washington


Roles and Activities 

  • Assess and identify where units within CHHS currently stand with respect to the diversity of demographics of faculty (This will include interviewing directors/chairs of departments/schools, and/or Search Committee members.  The aim will be to better understand past and present search procedures, barriers, and challenges to recruiting, interviewing, and recommending new faculty who share CSULB values of equity, inclusion, diversity, and educating a diverse study body)
  • Serve as a consultant to the Search Committees within CHHS on the search and the evaluation process; 
  • Monitor search processes and outcomes;  
  • Meet and coordinate with the CSULB Office of Faculty Affairs on issues of faculty diversity recruitment, hiring, and retention. 

  • Provide training to search committees on practices for being proactive in seeking a diverse applicant pool;  
  • Assess and monitor inequitable concerns over the lack of diversity and/or practices for diversifying the short pool of candidates;  
  • Monitor, develop, and implement faculty retention strategies, particularly focused on strategies to maintain equity and diversity among faculty.