March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego

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Wednesday, March 6

2:15pm PST

Express Yourself: Creating a Civic/Community Engagement Mix Tape
What are the boundary-spanning ways in which community partners, practitioners in the field, and community members think about, define, and are motivated by civic and community engagement (CCE)? How we define CCE influences our work, our community partnerships, and the lens through which we understand critical issues. In this session we will listen to songs selected by participants, dialogue about creating meaning through music, and bring participants closer together in a shared understanding of CCE. We will do this by: 1) Picking a song - something that speaks to how you think of civic and/or community engagement, or a song you were exposed to at an important time in your life, or one that you feel defines you or your generation's way of thinking about CCE. 2) Showing up - share your stories and listen to others share stories about their song and perspective. We will play songs for the group, have participants share the meaning behind their selection, and then engage in conversations about how meaning-making through music can strengthen the work we do by sharing it in different forms to different audiences. 3) Enjoying the music - all participant selections will be combined into a mix tape (let's be real...it's a playlist) to be shared electronically.


Alisha Andrews

AmeriCorps Program Director, Campus Compact of the Mountain West
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Stephanie Schooley

Executive Director, Campus Compact of the Mountain West
Stephanie Schooley became the Executive Director of CCMW in 2010 after serving with the organization since 2001. Over the course of Stephanie’s career with Campus Compact, she developed and implemented national service and community-engagement programming, expanded CCMW's partnerships, brought... Read More →

Wednesday March 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:25pm PST
KIPJ 215

2:15pm PST

Let's Talk About It: Building Community through Dialogue
Dialogue is a structured way to discuss sensitive topics that typically elicit divergent perspectives and opinions. While this approach is built on a tried and true practice, its application is innovative: UC San Diego has used it as a tool to teach students how to address controversial topics, as well as learn about and appreciate different beliefs and ways of being. As one student noted, “It’s rare to have moments like these where we set aside our busy schedules and actively talk about things challenging our society.” Through storytelling, participants build empathy, respect, and mutual understanding. This session will use storytelling in the form of dialogue circles as a tool to build community. This session will introduce and demonstrate ways to use dialogue circles to hear the stories that shape communities, understand community needs, and build inclusivity. Through participation in a community building dialogue on “Borders,” attendees will be immersed in the circle process; what drives this approach and the challenges that come with it. Participants will learn about the history of dialogue circles, its foundations in restorative justice and the structure of UCSD’s program. At the close, participants will reflect on and discuss the process, and brainstorm applications.


Katy Brecht

Communication & Leadership Program Coordinator, UC San Diego
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Catherine Lettieri

Community Service Program Coordinator, UC San Diego

Wednesday March 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:25pm PST
KIPJ 219

3:45pm PST

Empowering Digital Citizens: The Role of Story and the Moral Imagination
We will share short digital narratives that inspire us to think more inclusively about our work in two educational sectors—higher education and non-profit arts education where we work on issues related to peace, human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability. Purpose: Share a peacebuilding framework, contemplative practices and storytelling exercises for being and becoming the digital citizens needed to build community and coalitions for more just, sustainable and joyful futures. Objectives: (1) introduce participants to the moral imagination as a framework that embraces multiple ways of knowing and being (2) explore digital citizenship through the lens of the moral imagination (3) build community through storytelling exercises and spirited dialogue. Impact: Shift participants’ paradigms—and practices—from digital media consumers to curators and publishers; model reflective inquiry and collaboration; provide an opportunity to contribute to a post-conference publication. Partners: We will invite workshop participants to partner with one another and with us to create a post-conference publication, building on our lived experience as digital citizens.


Martine McDonald

Journeys in Film, Journeys in Film
Director of Programs, Journeys in Film

Candace Walworth

Peace Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies professor, Naropa University
Candace Walworth, Ph.D., is a Professor of Peace Studies at Naropa University where she has received numerous teaching awards, specializing in building interdisciplinary learning communities that engage the body, heart-mind, and imagination in the healing of our world. Her teaching... Read More →

Wednesday March 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:55pm PST

3:45pm PST

How to Become Empathy Focused and Bring Change to the World
Bringing together varying backgrounds and expertise, representatives from two of UCI’s community partners Corazon and Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano together with staff from the UCI School of Social Ecology Field Study Program, address how students benefit from learning about empathy through hands-on experiences in classrooms, volunteering, community and civic engagement or service-learning. Come together for a conversation to discuss best practices, practical application, and inspiration. Empathy is a skill that is not inherit to everyone but a soft skill everyone benefits from. We want to educate and support the growth of our students learning experiences to develop and exhibit empathy. This session will include self-reflection, discussion as a group, while being interactive and encouraging participants to have one actionable item that they can measure and take away with them.“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and help them become what they are capable of being”—Goethe

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Lauren Cissel

US Operations Manager, Corazón, Inc
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Tamara Manson

Missions.Me empowers people to change the world and has successfully hosted thousands of people on life-transforming missions experiences. Missions.Me has successfully organized large scale outreaches in numerous cities across the nations. On our trips we work towards national reconciliation... Read More →

Alex Serna

Executive Director, Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano
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Ashley Vikander

Field Study Director, UC Irvine School of Social Ecology

Wednesday March 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:55pm PST
KIPJ 219
Thursday, March 7

10:00am PST

The Cajitas Project: Exploring Identity Through Material Expression
A conversation about our innovative pedagogy to encourage participants to utilize material expression in exploring questions of personal and sacred identities. We utilize contemplative practices to address issues of micro and macro disjunctures and fissures in the lives of students, faculty and community workers.


Louis Komjathy

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of San Diego

Alberto López Pulido

Professor, University of San Diego

Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:10am PST

11:30am PST

Cultivating Mindfulness: Engaging in Present Moment Awareness to Move Beyond Borders and Boundaries
Within the contexts of our universities and workplace settings, it is critical to implement ways of infusing diversity, equity, inclusion and justice as we interact with our colleagues in order to build more collegial and supportive communities. Ideally this can increase effectiveness, communication, and overall success. However, in reality it is often challenging and difficult to carry out. Conflict may arise due to differences in our diverse backgrounds, ethical/moral principles, cultural values, political affiliation, etc. Differences often get unintentionally exasperated, thus creating borders and boundaries that divide us. Minor disagreements between individuals and couples can escalate into physical altercations, verbal aggression, and psychological abuse. Tension and conflict between groups can lead to marginalization, oppression, and injustice. In this workshop participants will be faced with a challenging task. We will take time to reflect on feelings and emotions experienced during the exercise. After introducing participants to a brief history and background of mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, we will lead the group in practicing several mindfulness techniques. We will then observe the impact of mindfulness in fostering shared understanding, perspective taking, and communication to move beyond the illusion of the borders and boundaries we create for ourselves.


Kasey Lennon

Psychology Alumni, CSU Channel Islands

Christy Teranishi Martinez

Professor of Psychology, CSU Channel Islands

Thursday March 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm PST

11:30am PST

Race and Community Engagement: Building Our Capacity to Listen, Reflect, Discuss and Act
Through this session we hope to further the conversation about race in the field of community engagement and allow for two separate and simultaneous spaces where colleagues can reflect on how race impacts them personally, interpersonally and institutionally. One space will be for white identified participants, facilitated by white facilitators (Koth and Cotterman). One space will be for POC, facilitated by POC (Nondabula and Loggins). Ideally, the spaces will run concurrently and be near each other at the conference site. The goal of the white identified group is to engage with white identified colleagues in a process around understanding how race and racism impacts them, and their work in the field of community engagement. We will explore how frequently white dominant culture negatively impacts our work and our ability to be positive agents of change. The goal of the POC group is to engage with POC colleagues to uplift ways of knowing and being that are largely overlooked and unappreciated in the field of community engagement. Through storytelling, reflecting, and learning we will challenge and better equip ourselves to use community engagement as a tool to combat racism and lift up visions and practices that foster racial equity.

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Karin Cotterman

Director of Engage San Francisco, University of San Francisco
Karin Cotterman directs Engage San Francisco, an intentional, systematic and transformative university-community initiative focused on achieving community-identified outcomes supporting children, youth and families in the Western Addition through student learning, research and teaching... Read More →
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Kent Koth

Executive Director, Seattle University Center for Community Engagement
Kent Koth is the founding director of the Seattle University Center for Community Engagement. Through this role Kent leads the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a long-term commitment by Seattle University faculty, staff and students from all disciplines to join with parents, the... Read More →
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John Loggins

Director of Community Engaged Learning, University of San Diego
John Loggins the Director of Community Engaged Learning in the Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action at the University of San Diego. John works collaboratively as part of a team responsible for ensuring that USD is a global and national leader as... Read More →
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Nolizwe Nondabula

Associate Director, Engage San Francisco, University of San Francisco
Nolizwe (they/them) joined the McCarthy Center team in 2016 and currently serves as the Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships for Engage San Francisco. They additionally sit on the steering committee of the Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project (BLMP), a project fiscally sponsored... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:40pm PST

2:30pm PST

Followup to Keynote Session: Exploring the Inner Work of Engagement for Good
Description to be followed

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Rhonda V. Magee

Mindfulness Teacher, Author, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law
Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. A prolific author, she draws on law... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST

2:30pm PST

Mediating Inequities in Community-Based Learning Through Contemplative Practices
Mindfulness practices can expand how academic knowledge is constructed and valued. Influenced by an Ethnic Studies/Gender Studies/ Queer Studies framing of community engagement, this session explores community-based learning as multi-layered contested terrain rather than a neutral intellectual project. We will discuss the impact of using contemplative practices as a means to foster an asset-based, intersectional, and social ecological approach to community-based learning. Representing different types of institutions (e.g. community college, private university, public university, and liberal arts), presenters will discuss contemplative methodology, reflect on its impact and will facilitate some of the methodology. We will offer mindfulness tools that can be used by faculty, students, and community partners to build capacity and resources. This includes collective grounding, relational mindfulness and embodied dialogical pedagogies.


Christine Gottlieb

Assistant Professor, California State University, East Bay
Christine Gottlieb is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at California State University, East Bay. She specializes in Shakespeare, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, disability studies, health humanities, and community-based learning. She completed her Ph.D... Read More →

Henny Kim-Ortel

Professor of English, Ventura College

Ali Mossaver-Rahmani

Faculty, University of La Verne
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Kathleen S. Yep

Associate Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges
Cultural politics, feminist/antiracist pedagogies, and critical public health.

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST

2:30pm PST

The 4 Tezcatlipocas: Transformation Through Critical and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
This session will provide a brief overview of a critical & culturally relevant service learning approach that incorporates a Chicano Indigenous framework called the Four Tezcatlipocas. Participants in the session will learn about the elements of this approach, its connection to other research, the implementation process, and potential outcomes and implications. This work, rooted in inquiry, critical theory, and social and environmental justice, is significant to the field of service education because of its transformative capacity for personal/academic growth, as well as individual and collective agency. The Four Tezcatlipocas was first utilized within the context of education by the Mexican American Studies educators (Gonzalez & Enrique Acosta, 2006) in Tucson Unified School District. Within my own high school classroom, I incorporated the Four Tezcatlipocas into a form of student praxis with the decolonial intentions of self-direction and community-healing. This approach consists of four main steps that students follow: critical self-reflection (Tezcatlipoca), gaining perspective and precious knowledge (Quetzalcoatl), the will to act(Huitzilopochtli), and renewal and transformation (Xipe Totec). It is my hopes(but not necessary) to bring three high school students to participate in this session in order to provide personal testimony and stories about their experiences with the Four Tezcatlipocas.

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Ricardo Medina

Professor of Practice, University of San Diego

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST

4:00pm PST

A Contemplative Community Building Toolkit
In April 2016, the Center for Contemplative Mind (CMind) and the Fetzer Institute convened a gathering of higher education faculty and staff who had played a role in growing and sustaining campus groups that emphasized contemplative practices. Out of these discussions and a series of seed grants to support community-building initiatives, CMind developed a .pdf toolkit to support the building of contemplative communities in higher education contexts.

The toolkit is organized into six sections, reflecting common phases and challenges. During this community conversation session, we will have opportunities to share questions, experiences, and resources corresponding to these topics, which are: Intention (Laying the Groundwork); Invitation (Creating a Welcoming Community); Sustainability (Building a Sustainable Community); Meetings and Events; Conflict Transformation; Connecting the Dots (Being Part of a Larger Movement).

Copies of the toolkit will be available.

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Carrie Bergman

Associate Director, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Carrie Bergman joined CMind in 2000 and, over the past 19 years, has helped to coordinate events, projects, and initiatives across all of the Center’s program areas. She now serves as Associate Director, supporting CMind’s programs, operations, website, and communications, including... Read More →
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Maya Elinevsky

Events & Outreach Manager, The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Maya Elinevsky organizes the Center’s conferences, workshops, and retreats. She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Greenfield Community College. Her professional experience lies in event work and... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm PST

4:00pm PST

Countering Assimilation in the Land of Mickey Mouse: Strengthening Latino/a Identities in Study Abroad
The session describes an approach that engages Latino/a first-generation college students in study abroad programs in Latin America as a way to counter assimilation to United States Whiteness and strengthen their own immigrant/Latino/a and other identities. Three instructors of the program will engage the audience in a discussion of the design and implementation of this novel program, including (i) a review the challenges that limit Latino/a students in participating in study abroad, (ii) a purposeful design of critical service-learning ‘beyond borders’, (iii) an approach to recruitment, (iv) the involvement of the students’ family and a (v) career counseling component. Through the use of video, interviews and participant observation, student voices will be used to illustrate the development of purposeful personal, academic and professional growth before and after the implementation of the programs. The session will delve into themes that arise from these experiences, such as (a) family conflict and negotiation about the value of study abroad and the role of college, (b) shame and pride about the loss and proficiency of the Spanish language and (c) how foster Latino/a cultural ways of knowing/being and at the same time navigate Whiteness in their lives; among others.

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Julián Jefferies

Associate Professor, California State University, Fullerton
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Miguel Martinez

Career Center Specialist, California State University, Fullerton
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Blanca Rojas

Instructor, California State University, Fullerton

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm PST

4:00pm PST

Workers are Parents Too! Parent Engagement with Low-wage Workers, their Children and First-Generation Students
In the U.S today, over 6 million low-wage workers are parents with children under the age of 18. Over half of these low-wage worker parents are women and many are single mothers. People of color, African Americans, Latinos, and immigrant workers are overrepresented in nearly all low-wage sector jobs like domestic work, janitorial, child care, and garment production. Much of the research available on low-wage parents’ ability to engage in their children’s education has focused on inequitable workplace conditions (unpredictable schedules, wage theft, lack of workplace flexibility) and public policies that fail to support working mothers and fathers. Little public debate or community-based research, however, has positioned parent workers and their unions or workers centers from a vantage point of strength and as a resource to support working families in navigating the educational system for their public school learners. This workshop will highlight 3 parent-worker models and share how a first-generation service-learning mentorship project connected university students with low-wage families and their worker organizations. We intend to engage the audience in a dialogue focused on learner and parent-worker assets and success as well as program opportunities for educators. We will also view a newly released short video on the projects.

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Marisol Granillo Arce

Parent Engagement Coordinator, UCLA Labor Center
Marisol Granillo Arce graduated in June 2018 with her Master in Social Welfare from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and started a Master in Public Health in Community Health Sciences in September 2018 at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She migrated to the U.S. with her... Read More →
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Aida Cardenas

Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership, SEIU USWW
As executive director of Building Skills Partnership (BSP), Aida Cardenas leads a unique training collaboration between the janitors’ union (Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West or SEIU-USWW), responsible businesses, and the community to advance the... Read More →

Claudia Palacios

Parent Engagement Coordinator, Idespca-Mujeres en Accion
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Janna Shadduck-Hernandez, University of California, Los Angeles

Project Director, UCLA Labor Center
anna Shadduck-Hernández, Ed.D. is a Project Director at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. She teaches in UCLA’s Labor and Workplace Studies Minor and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Shadduck-Hernández’s research and teaching have focused... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm PST
KIPJ 220
Friday, March 8

9:30am PST

Decolonizing Service-Learning: Indigenous Collage Methodology and Possible Futures
This hands-on interactive session will invite folks to participate in their own collage projects with presenters. After an introduction to theories of settler colonialism, indigenous feminisms, and indigenous collage frameworks by presenters, participants will be encouraged to work and think through a project of their own. We encourage colleagues to consider the pervasive influence of settler colonialism and to consider that, in-spite of our most well-intentioned efforts, settler logics continue to limit our imaginations of the possible. Specifically, we draw on indigenous scholar Leanne Charlie’s collage methodology. “Indigenous collage invites us to work with the fragmented realities of Indigenous identities, families, communities, cultures, and lands that have been created—sometimes violently, always intentionally—by historical and contemporary colonialism. It offers a space for indigenous historical realities, present realities, and desired futures to intersect in innovative and unexpected ways.” Our theory of change honors ontology and action over Western privileged epistemology. We acknowledge that we cannot only think our way out of coloniality—we must be the doers. We invite our participants to bring with them a current or recent problem of practice, a research question, recent rumination, or a challenge that you hope to think through and address.

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Deanna Chappell Belcher

Doctoral Candidate, University of Oregon
Since UO discontinued the Service-Learning Program, I have been focusing full time on my doctoral work. I am beginning to gather data in Portland and Seattle for my research on teacher activists and teacher activism. Inspired by activist teachers in Eugene, I am active in CAPE... Read More →
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James Snyder

Doctoral Candidate, University of Oregon
Jimmy Snyder is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education program at the University of Oregon. He is a citizen of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. He is a 2009 graduate of the UO Sapsik'ʷałá master degree program and has a history degree from... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am PST

11:00am PST

Engaging Alumni in Supporting Students Involved in Public Service
Over the last decade, Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service has honed techniques of engaging alumni as a resource for students engaged in public service. Alumni experience and wisdom can provide students with potential career roadmaps and connections. In addition, local alumni can help acclimate students to life in a new city. For the alumni, the chance to engage with students provides an exciting connection to their alma mater as they support summer internships preparation and reflection, provide advising, and serve as course resources. Alumni are gratified to share their experiences with students who strive to improve the world. In this session, participants will learn about and share effective strategies for alumni engagement in campus service programs.

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Peggy Propp

Senior Program Director, Outreach and Engagement, Stanford University
As Outreach and Engagement Senior Program Director, Peggy Propp manages all aspects of student outreach and awareness, the Haas Center’s alumni engagement programs, and special events or projects as assigned. She provides strategy and guidance on special communication activities... Read More →

Friday March 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:10pm PST