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Engaged Learning

A core pedagogical approach I use is experiential learning. Whether service-learning or incorporating active learning techniques into my courses, I ask students to utilize their experience as part of their learning process. When possible, I collaborate with local schools or organizations to build mutually beneficial partnerships that can provide learning opportunities for students. This ranges from small assignments, such as letter writing with local 6th graders, or signature projects where students develop and implement projects that utilize empirical research to address a community-identified need. I build in scaffolded reflection into the courses to help students build connections between course content and these experiences. 

Fieldwork Coordinator, Child & Adolescent Development program, Sac State 

​From 2019-2023 I was the Fieldwork Coordinator for the Child & Adolescent Development program at Sacramento State. In this role, I supported students, faculty, and community partners in community-engaged learning. Each semester the program had approximately 450 undergraduate students in service-learning courses placed across over 40 community partners, from schools to community non-profits. As Fieldwork Coordinator I supported instructors and community partners in meeting our student learning objectives and partner-identified needs through the service-learning placements. This includes training new service-learning instructors, bringing instructors together semesterly to address areas of growth, sending regular communications to our community partners, and troubleshooting issues as they arise throughout the semester. Alongside those regular functions, the role has required addressing larger concerns. Coordinating across multiple course sections and service-learning sites requires balancing concerns of academic freedom while ensuring consistency in meeting course expectations from both community partners and students. Moreover, it is integral that our partners have a shared understanding and shared commitment to student learning objectives. To this end, I have developed site supervisor guidelines, systematized communication between the program and partners, and have conducted site visits to discuss the important role that our partners play in supporting students’ learning.

I often collaborate directly with communities as part of my scholarship. This means centering the concerns of communities directly in research projects or working alongside communities to foster scholarship that can be used to positively impact their wellbeing. Across my projects I work to develop products that are accessible and sharable so that they can be used by those communities I partner with. Below are some examples of past engaged scholarship: 

Utilized community-based research to testified at Boston City Council in support of “An Ordinance Establishing Language and Communications Access for City Services,” in May 2016 which would establish a citywide language access policy.

Engaged 15 Latinx undergraduate students in a photovoice project exploring how their "Hispanic Serving Institution" (a federal designation for universities) could better support their student success. Presented findings to university stakeholders. Together with staff and administrators we've identified university policies and practices that can be adapted given the undergraduate co-researcher's findings. 

As a co-evaluator, I guided a participatory evaluation process that built the capacity of NIAAS staff in developing and organizing an evaluation as well as analyzing findings and incorporating them into their subsequent work.

Engaged Scholarship

Professional Development

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