Commitment, Action, and Impact: Supporting People of Color in our Community Engagement Field
Join us in dialogue and fellowship as we come together to share our commitments, actions, and the impact of our efforts to support people of color in our community engagement work. This will be a highly interactive pre-conference session designed to create a safe space for people of color to share our strengths and struggles, as well as our ideas and inspirations for supporting and engaging with our students, faculty, and communities. We endeavor to create a space for reflection, rest, and renewal so we can continue our work with even greater focus, clarity, and energy!
Zahra Ahmed, Director, International Student Excellence Programs, UC Irvine Zahra Ahmed (Ph.D., MSW) has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of civic engagement, community organizing and social policy analysis. Dr. Ahmed has provided research and evaluation services as well as facilitation and policy analysis to organizations in Georgia and across Southern California. She also serves as the CEO for ONECommunity Consulting, a community based consulting firm specializing in youth engagement and leadership development. Zahra earned her MSW from Georgia State University with a focus on community partnerships and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine with a focus on civic and community engagement. She currently teaches at the university level while also serving as Director of International Student Excellence Programs at the University of California, Irvine. She is a state-certified Conflict Mediator and she is trained in Diversity & Inclusion, Cultural Competence, Teaching Men of Color, and Restorative Justice.
Elaine Ikeda, Executive Director, California Campus Compact Since 2000, Elaine Ikeda has served as the Executive Director of California Campus Compact (CACC). She has over 20 years of experience supervising volunteers in higher education, conducting research on service-learning, volunteerism and community service, and disseminating service-learning and civic engagement resource materials. She has co-authored several journal articles and book chapters on service-learning and student development. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change.
Marisol Morales, Director of Civic and Community Engagement, University of La Verne Marisol Morales is the founding Director of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne, a four-year comprehensive Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located in Southern California. In this role she founded the Office of Civic and Community Engagement in 2013 and is responsible for leading and developing university-community engagement initiatives in the area of academic service learning, community engaged scholarship, and co-curricular community engagement.
Chris Nayve, Assistant Provost, Community Engagement & Director, Karen and Tom Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, University of San Diego Chris has been working in the field of community engagement and development since 1994. Chris managed USD’s Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) funded by the United States Department for Housing and Urban Development. COPC programs provided economic and business development opportunities, public health services, early childhood education awareness, and landlord/tenant mediation for residents of Linda Vista. As the director of the Mulvaney Center, Chris' goal is to deepen the breadth and depth of community engagement for faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community partners in order to address “critical social issues through the beneficially mutual exchange of knowledge and resources.” Chris co-chaired the implementation of USD’s designation as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus and continues to serve as the Advisor of Community Engagement for the Changemaker Hub. Chris is recognized for his ability to forge campus/community partnerships in the areas of housing, poverty, economic development, education, social justice, fair trade, microfinance, and diversity and inclusion.Prior to USD Chris served in the United States Navy with the submarine force and with the United Nations in Bosnia during the Bosnian war. His degrees include a Bachelors of Arts in History, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate.