Center for Community Learning

Mission Statement
The mission of the UCLA Center for Community Learning is to promote civic engagement for undergraduates and faculty through the integration of teaching, research and service. In collaboration with academic departments, the Center supports courses and programs that stress the importance of global citizenship, diversity, leadership and social justice. The Center strives to make community learning a cornerstone of undergraduate education, through ongoing partnerships with community-based organizations.

The Center’s goals are:
  • To connect UCLA undergraduates with the diverse communities of Los Angeles through meaningful, interdisciplinary work that emphasizes academic excellence within undergraduate education.
  • To assist individual faculty and academic departments in the creation, development and support of innovative coursework that integrates off-campus experiences with curriculum.
  • To play a leadership role among peer research institutions in the advancement of a civic engagement agenda and social innovation at the state and national levels.
  • To train, supervise and mentor graduate students for future careers in academia, university/community partnerships and engaged scholarship.
  • To expand available resources whenever possible by securing external funding.

Meet the Center's Leadership Team
ELIZABETH GOODHUE, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ENGAGED TEACHING, oversees community-engaged curriculum development across campus by collaborating with community organizations and academic departments to develop service learning and internship courses. She also facilitates community-engaged pedagogy workshops for faculty, manages the center’s professional development initiatives for graduate students, and directs academic internships for the center. She regularly teaches service-learning courses on children’s literature and childhood literacy and on public humanities theory and practice. Dr. Goodhue has authored several articles, including publications on service learning in literary studies and (with colleagues from the Imagining America public humanities consortium) an essay on the role of academic administrators as intermediaries between university and community stakeholders. Most recently, she contributed an essay in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning titled “A Values-Engaged Approach to Cultivating Civic Professionalism in Graduate Education.” Dr. Goodhue received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona before going on to earn a Ph.D. in English from UCLA.

DOUGLAS BARRERA, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ENGAGED RESEARCH, oversees the Civic Engagement minor and the Astin Civic Engagement Research 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. Dr. Barrera 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. Dr. Barrera 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.

JASMIN SALAS oversees the Jumpstart program at UCLA after having served 2 years as Corps Member and Team Leader herself from 2014-2016. Jasmin transferred to UCLA from Los Angeles Pierce College and received her B.A in Anthropology and a minor in Education Studies, with an interest in studying the connection between service learning and student development. After graduating, Jasmin served an additional AmeriCorps service year as Jumpstart’s Community Engagement Coordinator in Southern California, planning resource fairs for young children and recruiting volunteers to serve their community.

APRIL NUNN co-manages the Jumpstart program at UCLA. Before coming to UCLA Jumpstart, April attended the University of Pennsylvania where she received her B.A in Urban Studies and Political Science. During college, April ran and participated multiple youth mentoring programs in West Philadelphia and South Africa. After graduating, she taught in St. Louis and then returned to her hometown of Los Angeles to get her Masters in Social Work at the University of Southern California.