Shalom Staub, Director of UCLA’s Center for Community Learning, joined the Center staff in September 2018. He has been involved in collaborative, community-engaged program development, pedagogy and research over his multi-sector 37 year professional career in state government, the private non-profit sector, and higher education.

Prior to arriving to Los Angeles, Staub was Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Civic Engagement at Dickinson College. In his 14 years at Dickinson, he collaborated with faculty colleagues to develop a civic learning and community-engagement program that was embedded in the curriculum spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. While at Dickinson College, Staub was also a contributing faculty member to the departments of Religion, Sociology, Judaic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He created Dickinson’s Conflict Resolution Resource Services program, offering conflict coaching, mediation, group facilitation, and conflict skills education to the campus community. Prior to his work at Dickinson, Staub was the founding President/CEO of the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, a non-profit organization located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He had also served as the State Folklorist and later Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission, a state agency.

Staub’s publications include Yemenis in New York City: The Folklore of Ethnicity; Craft and Community: Traditional Arts in Contemporary Society; Conference Proceedings: Governor’s Conference on Ethnicity—Exploring the Impact of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Diversity on Public Policy, and numerous articles on Yemeni Jews in Israel, Yemeni Muslims in New York, folk culture and cultural conservation, and civic engagement work in higher education.

Staub received his BA and MA in Anthropology from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds practitioner certification in conflict mediation and as a conflict resolution educator.

Douglas Barrera, Associate Director, oversees the Community Engagement & Social Change minor and the Astin Community Scholars program, teaches classes in the Civic Engagement subject area, and conducts research and assessment for the center. His research agenda includes examinations of student critical consciousness development that emerges through different models of community-based learning, and the motivations among community partners to participate in institutional civic engagement initiatives. Doug has published articles and chapters on student development, critical service learning, and community-campus partnerships, and is co-author of the Council of Europe publication, Advancing Democratic Practice: A Self-Assessment Guide for Higher Education. He serves on the editorial board for Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, and is a member of the program board of directors for a social service agency in Los Angeles. Before coming to UCLA, he was program director for a non-profit community organizing agency in San Diego, and taught methods of community engagement at U.C. San Diego and the University of San Diego. he received his Ph.D. and an M.A. in Education from UCLA, and an M.A. and B.A. in History from San Diego State University.

Nancy Ohia, Program Representative, recently graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in African American Studies. Nancy joined the Center for Community Learning as the Program Representative in 2019. As an undergrad, she conducted research in Washington, D.C. that focused on the affordable housing crisis in California and how the effects of rent control policies play a significant role on the displacement of Black and Brown communities in Inglewood, Oakland, Gardena, and Berkeley. Nancy is interested in shaping policies that have an effective role in providing low-income communities with more affordable housing options.

Caitlin Solone, Senior Internship Coordinator, Internship Course Program

Bio forthcoming


Andrew Hawkins, Senior Site Manager, Jumpstart

Bio forthcoming

Cassie Silvas, Senior Site Manager, Jumpstart, Cassie is returning to the Center for Community Learning. A Jumpstart alumna herself, Cassie now, along with Andrew, oversees the program’s success as teams of college students implement Jumpstart’s research-based curriculum in under-resourced preschools in surrounding LA neighborhoods in order to tackle the kindergarten readiness gap. As an undergrad, Cassie served with Jumpstart for three years in the capacities of both Corps Memeber and Team Leader. Before returning to UCLA, Cassie served with a different AmeriCorps program, City Year, in Sacramento continuing her work towards education equity. She then moved to Boston to pursue her M.A. and taught in a thrid grade inclusive classroom in a neighboring town. Cassie earned her B.A. in English from UCLA and her M.A. in Elementary Education from Boston University.