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Celestina Castillo is the Director of the Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) at Occidental College. Prior to joining the CCBL, Celestina was a community partner primarily through the CCBL-founded Northeast Education Strategy Group and later as a supervisor and mentor for Occidental students regarding community projects. As a community partner, she participated in Portland State University’s Partnership Forum in 2008, hosted by the Center for Academic Excellence, which informed a guide on developing reciprocal community-campus partnership. As a director of the CCBL, she has given presentations on Occidental College’s model of civic and community engagement at numerous conferences. Celestina earned her BA in History at Pomona College, and a MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at New School University in New York. She has worked with a wide range of community-based organizations focused on education, workforce development, advocacy, and organizing. At the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council she worked with a number of community-based service organizations, schools, and County Departments to integrate community organizing principles and practices into service delivery models.