MEET THE TEAM

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.

Megan Lebre, Academic Coordinator, manages undergraduate academic programs and initiatives within the Center for Community Learning, including the Community Engagement & Social Change minor and the 195CE internship program. She also coordinates the strategic communication and outreach for all programs across the Undergraduate Education Initiatives (UEI) unit.

Before starting at the Center, Megan served as the Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator for the UCLA Undergraduate Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program. Prior to UCLA, she supported student development through advising, community engagement, and leadership programs at the University of California- Berkeley, California State University- East Bay, University of Portland, and University of Oklahoma. Megan is interested in connecting theory, research, practice, and reflexivity regarding community engagement and social justice and how these experiences inform career pathways.

As a graduate student, Megan assisted with the design and facilitation of the course, Community-University Engagement toward Social Justice. She is a contributing author of the publication, Engaged Research and Practice: Higher Education and the Pursuit of the Public Good. She also serves as a mentor and writing group member for Advising Communities of Excellence (ACE) at UCLA. Megan received her M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and her B.A. in Communication with a Nonprofit Organizational Studies minor from the University of Oklahoma.

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, in collaboration with the Associate Director, Caitlin is responsible for general oversight of the 195CE internship courses offered through the Center for Community Learning (CCL). She is responsible for training, curriculum and development, and student recruitment and success. She is a liaison between CCL and campus partners involved in 195CE courses and supports the Associate Director in new 195CE course development. Caitlin is currently a doctoral student at UCLA working towards a PhD in special education. Her research explores issues related to equity and inclusion for students receiving special education services. Her dissertation examines factors related to segregated vs. inclusive educational placements. Caitlin also serves as an adjunct instructor for the Disability Studies minor program at UCLA and was previously a lecturer for California State University, Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University. Before coming to UCLA, she was a special education teacher at WISH Charter Community School, an inclusive K-12 public school in Los Angeles. She received an M.Ed., Education Specialist Teaching Credential, and B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she served as the Vice Chair of the Associated Students, Community Affairs Board.

JUMPSTART

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.