Meet our Facilitators & Presenters

During a multi-day course design experience, participants develop one new community-engaged course or substantially redesign an existing course taught in a traditional classroom format to incorporate community-engaged elements. The experience will take place online June 7-10, 2021 and be facilitated by the CTE's Andrew Kaufman and Kate Stephenson. Presenters from the community with diverse backgrounds and expertise will also be brought in each day.

Jump to: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4


Day 1: Values, Definitions, Frameworks

Ben Allen headshotBen Allen, EdD serves as the Executive Director of the UVA Equity Center. He is a first-generation quadruple Hoo, born and raised in Charlottesville. He earned his EdD from the School of Education and Human Development and has research interests around culturally responsive leadership and establishing strong community partnerships. He has worked as a high school history and AVID teacher in Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville and most recently as an elementary school associate principal in Albemarle County. He is also a Captain in the Army Reserves and an intelligence analyst, and has served as a logistician and military police officer.


Barbara Brown Wilson headshotBarbara Brown Wilson, PhD is an Associate Professor of Urban + Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture and a co-founder and Faculty Director of the UVA Equity Center. Wilson's research and teaching focus on the history, theory, ethics, and practice of sustainable community design and development, and on the role of urban social movements in the built world. Her research is often change-oriented, meaning she collaborates with community partners to identify opportunities for engaged and integrated sustainable community development that creates knowledge to serve both local and educational communities.


Day 2: Community

Andrea DouglasAndrea Douglas, PhD is the Executive Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Douglas was recently appointed to the Governor’s Commission to Study Slavery and Subsequent De Jure and De Facto Racial and Economic Discrimination. She is also the co-chair of the President’s Commission on the Age of Segregation at UVA and sits on Monticello’s Advisory Committee on African American Affairs as well as the state’s History of Lynching in Virginia Working Group. 


Jordy Yager headshotJordy Yager is the Digital Humanities Fellow at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. He began working there in 2017, when he helped launch the African American Oral History Project with local filmmakers Lorenzo Dickerson and Ty Cooper. In 2018, he continued that work with a project grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation to map racist housing policies and the corresponding life outcomes for a forthcoming exhibit at the JSAAHC. For the last 12 years he has worked as a daily journalist, primarily in Washington D.C. and his hometown of Charlottesville, where he focuses on issues of race and equity.


Day 3: Partnerships and Engagement

Rose Cole, PhD is the Director of Community Engagement at Madison House. Cole is a practitioner, scholar and evaluator of public service programming and community-based teaching, learning and research. She spent the past five years working at UVA supporting public service and community engagement within the division of student affairs. Cole is passionate about creating and growing capacity for equitable and ethical community-based learning experiences at UVA. Her research and publications focus on college student activism, community-based curricular experiences, civic identity development, and higher education for global citizenship.


Day 4: Reflection

Amanda Hall, PhD is the Assistant Executive Director of Community Engagement and the Director of Community-engaged Research within the Virginia Commonwealth University Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness, and Success. She also serves as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership within the VCU School of Education. She collaborates across institutions and within the community to create, implement, and facilitate community engaged initiatives, professional learning, and curricula for both higher education and K-12 institutions focused on critical pedagogy, community-engaged teaching & research, professionalism and reciprocity, and relationship-building/partnership development.

She serves as a community engagement consultant to numerous school divisions, universities, and the International Baccalaureate Organization and is recognized as a leader in the field of Community Engagement. She currently serves as the Chair and podcast co-host for the Service-Learning and Experiential Education SIG of the American Education Research Association (AERA) and is a member of the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), the National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE), and serves on the board of several peer-reviewed journals and local non-profits. Her research interests include CBPAR, community cultural wealth and youth action research, photovoice as a pedagogical and research tool, reflection as assessment, building student professional and civic competencies through community-engaged teaching, learning, and research, and faculty and youth development for community-engaged scholarship. She is a critical scholar – an advocate, activist, and champion for equity, youth voice, justice in education, and mentoring, striving to disrupt the community engagement status quo in both K-12 and higher education communities.


Andy Kaufman headshotAndrew Kaufman, PhD is the CTE's Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Learning Initiatives and an Associate Professor, General Faculty, where he has designed and taught courses in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures since 2005. In 2010, he founded Books Behind Bars, a course in which undergraduate students and committed youth at a juvenile correctional center meet to explore questions of meaning, value, and social justice through conversations about Russian literature classics.

At the CTE, Kaufman aims to highlight community-engaged teaching at UVA, inspire others to engage in this kind of work, and support their efforts in doing so. In particular, he strives to support faculty from all disciplines in creating and delivering significant community-based learning experiences that change the way students think, act, and feel, while making important contributions to their communities.


Kate Stephenson, PhD is a CTE Faculty Fellow and an Assistant Professor, General Faculty, in the Department of English, where she specializes in twentieth century literature, food studies, writing and rhetoric, and community-engaged learning. 

Stephenson has taught community-engaged courses on food justice and housing equity for the past four years. She founded the biannual Community Writing Symposium, which showcases community-based writing and research created by undergraduates, non-profits, and community members. As one of the lead faculty for The Engaged Writing Project, a $100,000 grant awarded to the Writing and Rhetoric Program by the Jefferson Trust, Stephenson has focused on developing the infrastructure needed to expand engagement courses, create opportunities for student leadership, and build partnerships with community organizations.

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