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

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Ryan

Arellano

Assistant CBL 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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Huay 

Chen

Lead CBL Coordinator

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Dorothy

Chun

co-Principal Investigator, Virtual Reality Project

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Devon Christman

Coordinator of the Curie-osity Project

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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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Brooklyn Ortega

CBL Instructional Coordinator

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Estefania

Pihen

Social media coordinator & Co-coordinator of the

LEAFY Project

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Nikki Sanjongco

CBL Assistant Social Media Coordinator

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David

Sañosa

Lead Program Designer, Virtual Reality Project

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Matthew Shackley

Co-Coordinator of the LEAFY Project

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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

International partner

Lighthouse International School

(Goyang, South Korea)

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Honeiah Karimi

Linguistic Analyst and Program Task Designer for Virtual Reality Project

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Valerie Meier

Professional Development Coordinator

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Rachelle Mottus

CBL

Arts coordinator

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Luis Narvaez

CBL Lead Administrative Coordinator

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Fatima

Soto-Apolinar

Co-coordinator of the Curie-osity project.

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Robert

Speiser

Co-coordinator of the CBL Project.

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Sabiha Sultana

CBL Assessment Coordinator

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Richert 

Wang

Assistant Teaching Professor, Computer Science.

Consultant for the Virtual Reality Project.