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Celestina Castillo

Director, Center for Community Based Learning, Occidental College

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.