Students and faculty expand their role as civically engaged scholars through community-based projects.

What is the Education in Action (EIA) Program?

The Education in Action program hires and trains students to work with faculty that are teaching a CBL class or conducting community based research. Faculty, students, community partners, and the CCBL work together to develop CBL projects.

What is the role of an Education in Action (EIA) Facilitator?

Through the EIA program, facilitators expand their role as students, build leadership skills, and further develop their understanding of social justice and responsibility. Education in Action Student Facilitators work with faculty teaching CBL classes and conducting community based research across a range of disciplines.

The role of an EIA facilitator is complex and demanding and may include:

  • Development of the course syllabus and the community based learning/research project
  • Leading trainings and workshops to prepare students to engage with off-campus community members, led reflection discussions, assisted students in the course with research projects
  • Providing faculty with a student perspective on the course readings and writing prompts for writing assignments or final exams
  • Assisting with logistics such as arranging speaker panels and organizing events

EIA Facilitators are expected to develop reciprocal relationships with faculty, students, community partners, and CCBL staff. Many student facilitators have recognized their own voice and agency within their education while in the EIA program. Students often develop leadership and professional skills that influence and contribute to their work after college.

AY 2023-2022 EIA Courses


Spring 2023: 

BIO 395: Directed Research
ECON 301: Environmental Economic and Policy
EDUC 300: Community Engagement in Education
MAC 244: Asian American Film and Media
MAC 250: Media Activism Through Participatory Video
RELS/ARTH 278: Islamic Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture
SOC 270: Urban Sociology
UEP 101: Intro to Urban & Evironmental Policy
UEP 247: Sustainable Oxy: Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Landscape Practicum


Fall 2022:

BIO 395: Research; Community Partner: Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy
EDUC 101: A History of Urban Schooling in the United States
EDUC 140: Community Literacy: Elementary Level
EDUC 300: Community Engagement in Education
MAC 244: From Cyborgs to Siri: Gender, Technology and Media
SPAN 342: Spanish in the United States
THEA 190: Theater Now: Los Angeles 
UEP 246: Sustainable Oxy
UEP 306: Food and the Environment

AY 2022-2021 EIA Courses


Spring 2022:

ARTH 390: Seminar in Art History: Performance, Embodiment and the Dematerialization of Contemporary Art    
ARTH 287: History of Photography 
ARTH 203: Community Partner: Desert Test Sites - Dineo Seshee Bopape
EDUC 215: Educating African America; Community Partners: CalEarth; Doula Academy; GreenStone Farm and Sanctuary
EDUC 300: Community Engagement in Education
Ethics Bowl: Community Partner: Los Angeles Unified School District
UEP 247: Sustainable Oxy: Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Landscape Practicum; Community Partner: LA Compost
UEP 395: (NE)LA Stories
MAC 250: Topic in Media Theory and Practice: Media Activism through Participatory Video
Wanlass Oxy Arts: Community Partner: E.J. HIll

Fall 2021:

ARTH 295: Topics in Art History: Encoding Equity: Art, AI, and the Aesthetics of Algorithmic Justice; Community Partner: Encoding Futures
BAO: Independent Research Project
COMP 295: Topics in Computer Science: Computing in Real Life Internship
CORE 96: Experiencing Mathematics and Science 
EDUC 300: Community Engagement in Education    
HIST 219: Topics in California History; Community Partner: (NE)LA Stories
THEA 190: Theater Now: Los Angeles    
UEP 246: Applied Projects in Sustainability    
UEP 306: Food and the Environment    


AY 2021-2020 EIA Courses


Spring 2021:

CSP 64: Community Partners: Sandra de la Loza, Shizu Saldamando, Luis Genaro Garcia, Paul Pescador, John Valadez, Jose Ramirez
CTSJ 398: Social Justice Practicum
EDUC 201: Sociocultural Foundations of Education; Community Partners: Andii Holloway, 2814 Studio, Taima Davis, Kagel Moore, Aalyiah Davis, Eden Mekonen, Black Alumni Association (BAO), Dr. Anthony Tróchez, Ernest Hardy, Dr. Nora Cisneros, Yaa Tiffani Marie
EDUC 300: Community Engagement in Education    
ISLA: Community Partner: (NE)LA Stories
MAC 250: Topic in Media Theory and Practice: Media Activism through Participatory Video; Community Partner: International Women's Network Against Militarism
Oxy Arts Collaborate: 
SOC 270: Urban Sociology; Community Partner: Ave. 50
UEP/HIST 205: Urban History; Community Partner: (NE)LA Stories
UEP 247: Sustainable Oxy: Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Landscape Practicum; Community Partner: Feast

Fall 2020:

ARTS 290: Art Outside the Bounds: A Sustained Environment- Understanding and Caring for Bio-Cultural Diversity    
CTSJ 105: Immigration and Education    
EDUC 300: Community Engagement in Education; Community Partners: New Economics for Women, MALDEF, CHIRLA, Families in Schools, High Park High School
Immersive ARTS Course: Community Partners: Debra Scacco, Project X, Autry Museum, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, IPS
Immersive Comp Sci Course: Community Partners
IPS/OXY ARTS: Community Partner: IPS
ISLA: Community Partner: (NE)LA Stories 
MAC 250: Topic in Media Theory and Practice: The Video Essay    
UEP 246: Applied Projects in Sustainability; Community Partners: Occidental Students United Against Gentrification (OSUAG)
UEP 306: Food and the Environment; Community Partners: Hunger Action LA, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Food Chain Workers Alliance, LACAN, South Central Farm
For a listing of previous EIA courses please email
Contact Center for Community Based Learning
Fowler 109

1600 Campus Road,
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Celestina Castillo
Executive Director, Center for Community Based Learning