Dr. Shigueru Tsuha
is the Executive Director of DHLI. Dr. Tsuha brings a unique combination of academic and labor organizing experience to DHLI. Dr. Tsuha’s experience in education includes his work as the Academy Coordinator of the Step Ahead, first-year experience program at Norco College. He has taught sociology and ethnic studies at the college level, specializing in race and class inequality. As a sociology doctoral graduate student at UC Riverside, Dr. Tsuha earned the distinction and honor of being offered the Minority Fellowship of the American Sociological Association—one of the highest honors that graduate students of color in sociology can receive. He was also a research assistant at UC Riverside for the development of their Labor Studies minor program.
Dr. Tsuha’s labor experience includes his work as an organizer for UAW 2865. He has experience working closely with labor and labor advocacy organizations such as AFSCME 3299 and United Students Against Sweatshops. His work earned him the Estudiante de Corazón Award. Dr. Tsuha also took part in the fight for full redress for the Japanese who were taken from Latin America and placed into internment camps along with Japanese Americans during World War II.
Dr. Tsuha traces his passion for labor and social justice to his Catholic upbringing in Peru and to his family’s struggles as immigrant workers in California.
is the Program Coordinator of DHLI. She is a faculty member of the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Labor Studies Center. She is also a member of the California State Bar. B.A., University of California, Berkeley (2001), J.D., University of California, Davis (2004).