ABOUT US

Community Based Literacies (CBL) is an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multilingual community of university students, staff, and faculty who position themselves as co-thinkers, co-researchers, co-designers, and co-creators with local youth and educators.

CBL programs invite members to explore, envision, and collaborate on a variety of literacy-driven topics and issues, particularly those relevant to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) within the context of environmental sustainability. The philosophy of CBL pedagogy foregrounds collaboration, support, and emotional connections among all members. As such, CBL has no hierarchy and actively stretches the boundaries of traditional notions of learning that integrates critical sociocultural issues for equity and social justice. 

CBL Team

Ryan

Arellano

Lead Instructional Coordinator

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Diana J. Arya

Principal Investigator and Faculty Research Director 

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Rick 

Benjamin

Poet Laureate and  Director of Student Learning and Community Engagement

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Betsy

Brenner

co-Principal Investigator

for LEAFY Project

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John

Cano Barrios

Instructional Technology Coordinator

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Dorothy

Chun

co-Principal Investigator, Virtual Reality Project

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Anthony Clairmont

Assessment Specialist and Coordinator

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Jim

Gribble

Instructional Coordinator for Virtual Reality Project

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Sarah Hirsch

co-Principal Investigator and Director of Writing for Curie-osity Project 

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Faith 

Hyun

Co-coordinator of the

LEAFY Project

Valerie Meier

Professional Development Coordinator

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Rachelle Mottus

Instructional leader and Youth Summit co-coordinator

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Jasmine Nation

Co-Founder of the

 Curie-osity Project

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Ryoko

Oono

Assistant Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB).


Program Consultant for LEAFY and Curie-osity Project

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Estefania

Pihen

Co-coordinator of the

LEAFY Project

David

Sañosa

Lead Program Designer, Virtual Reality Project

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Robert

Speiser

Co-coordinator of the CBL Project.

Richert 

Wang

Assistant Teaching Professor, Computer Science.

Consultant for the Virtual Reality Project.