Meet Our Staff!
Director, Center for Community Based Learning
Prior to joining the CCBL, Celestina was a community partner for over five years, primarily through the CCBL founded Northeast Education Strategy Group and later as a supervisor and mentor for Occidental students regarding community projects. Celestina earned her BA in History at Pomona College and a MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at New School University in New York. She has worked with a wide range of community based organizations focused on education, community and workforce development, advocacy and organizing. At the the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council she worked with a number of community based service organizations, schools and County Departments to integrate community organizing principles and practices into service delivery models.
|Benyapa is a senior Sociology and Spanish double major from northern Thailand and Santa Barbara, California. She joined the CCBL during her sophomore year as an EIA co-facilitator for the California Immigration Semester, and now serves as the EIA student coordinator. Benyapa most values the reciprocal partnerships that CBL creates between students, faculty and community partners. In spring 2014 Benyapa studied abroad with the School for International Training in Cochabamba, Bolivia.|
|Tannie is a senior Psychology major and Politics minor from Bakersfield, California. She became interested in the CCBL because she sought a program that would allow her to connect with the greater Los Angeles area. Hearing about the CCBL's community events, such as their Day at College program, sealed the deal for her.|
|Megan is a senior Psychology major, and a Japanese Studies and Education double minor from Honolulu, Hawaii. After taking a CBL class during her first year at Occidental, Megan found community-based learning to be an essential component of meaningful education. In spring 2014 Megan studied abroad at Tokyo International University in Kawagoe, Japan.|
|Jodie is a junior Sociology major and Classical Studies minor from Window Rock, Arizona. She joined the CCBL staff in her first year after learning it provides opportunities for students to engage with community partners and staff on mutually beneficial projects.|
The Faculty Committee focuses on enhancing curriculum-connected community engagement and community based research. Members often serve as peer mentors, providing guidance on faculty development as well as support for faculty to implement and sustain community based learning within their courses and research. The Faculty Committee examines policies related to community based learning and proposes recommendations to other college committees and constituencies.
Celestina Castillo, Director, Center for Community Based Learning
Brody Fox, Associate Professor, Art History and the Visual ArtsRegina Freer, Professor, Politics
Felisa Guilllén, Professor, Spanish and French Studies
Alan Knoerr, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Carmel Levitan, Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science
Lisa Sousa (Faculty Committee Chair), Professor, History
1600 Campus Road,
Los Angeles, CA 90041
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