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Community Engagement Center

Community Engagement Center Staff

Director, Community Engagement Center

Dr. B. Dana Kivel, Director and Professor, Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration

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Dana Kivel has been doing Service Learning with students since the early 1990s – first as a doctoral student at the University of Georgia (UGA) where Dana, in a Leadership Course, worked with other graduate students to take 30 UGA undergraduates and 22 elementary school students from Atlanta on an overnight camping trip. Dana has also done Service Learning in Iowa and Norther Carolina. Originally from Texas, Dana taught tennis a summer parks program, worked for a daily newspaper in Tyler, Texas, and a national feminist newspaper in Washington, D.C., wrote Congressional testimonies for a national women’s organization, worked on a Quaker farm/summer camp in Vermont, and co-founded and directed Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC). Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2016, LYRIC is a non-profit, social /recreational program in San Francisco for young people who self-identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual and transgender. Dana received a doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1996 and has been a professor at several universities for more than 20 years. Dana taught at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of North Carolina, and in 2001 received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to live and work abroad in Leeds, England. Since 2003, Dana has been a professor of recreation, parks and tourism administration at Sacramento State University (CSUS) and served as department chair from 2005-2011. Dana has published more than two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and co-edited, with Dr. Ingrid Schneider, “Diversity and Inclusion in the Recreation Profession: Organizational Perspectives,” which was published in 2016. In 2015, Dana was named director of the Community Engagement Center at CSUS. In this new role, Dana oversees Service Learning, Community Service, Academic Internships and Civic Engagement.

Community Engagement Center Faculty Associate 

Rachel A. August, Ph.D.

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Rachel A. August, Ph. D., is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Sacramento.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and her M.A. and Ph. D. in Psychology from the Claremont Graduate University.  She has been involved with the Community Engagement Center (CEC) in various capacities since 1998 by teaching Service Learning courses, participating in CEC trainings, developing and conducting CEC trainings and workshops, serving on the CEC Advisory Committee, and developing a wide variety of systems and processes to support the mission and work of the CEC.  Her academic background is in organizational psychology with a specialty in qualitative research; she regularly teaches in both of those areas as well as in statistics.  She conducts ongoing research in the areas of women’s later life career development, retirement, and college student-athlete career development.  As a result of those activities, she has published in numerous journals, presented at national and international conferences, and written two book chapters. Dr. August offers her students innovative learning and research experiences by creating curriculum based on Service-Learning partnerships.  Her most recent teaching and research endeavors involve long-term collaborative partnerships with an organization promoting lifelong learning for older adults, a public agency aimed at improving the health and well-being of financially disadvantaged seniors, and a continuing care retirement community.

Partnership/Program Coordinator

Francine Redada

Francine_RedadaFrancine Redada is originally from Daly City, California, and she relocated to Sacramento in 2014 from living in Los Angeles for 12 years.  Francine earned her B.A. degree in Asian American Studies at UC Irvine.  She has 10+ years of experience in program/project management, service learning, experiential education and civic engagement.  Her first service learning experience began as an AmeriCorps VISTA at San Francisco State University¹s La Raza Studies Program.  Francine coordinated the Raza Studies Community Service Learning Program (RSCSL) where undergrad students in Raza Studies engaged in service learning projects in San Francisco’s Mission District.  As the Regional Program Coordinator for the Cesar Chavez Foundation in Los Angeles, she provided technical assistance and facilitated service learning trainings to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers and community partners with the Cesar Chavez Education the Heart Program.  Francine also volunteered her time co-facilitating two CivicWeek Programs (Alternative Spring Break in Chicago and San Francisco) for the Civic Education Project, a week-long service learning program for high school students, sponsored by the Center for Talent Development in Northwestern University.  Francine likes trying new food/restaurants and enjoys running/training for the next 5K and half marathon.

Administrative Support Coordinator

Margaret Morneau

Margaret MorneauMargaret Morneau’s experience includes healthcare, child care services, public relations, senior services and conference/event production. A graduate of Sacramento State with a Master of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in directing, Margaret has been working in Community Theater for over 30 years and has been with Resurrection Theatre in Sacramento for the last 7 years. She volunteers with the Lenaea High School Theater Festival and supports animal charities. Other activities include a great love of baseball (Go Dodgers!) and spending time with her family.

Student Assistant

Javier Gonzales Leon, Undergraduate Program Assistant

Javier_GonzalezJavier is a transfer junior student from Yuba Community College majoring in Psychology. He has personally benefited from various non-profit organizations and is motivated to “give back”. He has volunteered with numerous organizations. First he participated AmeriCorps NCCC, a traveling service program for young adults to serve in various community projects around the Midwest. Then, he participated in City Year Americorps in Philadelphia, a program in which he provided a year of service in a low-income community. He may pursue a Master’s Degree so that he can continue doing meaningful work in different ways.  He enjoys reading about the science of human behavior and walking every chance he gets.

Student Assistant

Claudia Pizano, Graduate Student Program Assistant

Claudia_PizanoClaudia is a first-generation college student and graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and a double minor in Chicana/o Studies and Spanish.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education with a specialization in School Counseling. She aspires to become an effective school counselor at an elementary school or high school in the city of her birth, Stockton, California. 

Student Assistant

Eliot Watson, Graduate Program Assistant

picEliot began at Sacramento State in 2012, moving to Sacramento from Cupertino, California. As an undergraduate student, he was involved in many parts of campus life. This included clubs and organizations such as Toastmasters International and the Sociology club. He then went on to help charter a chapter of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, serving as Membership Orientation Officer, Scholarship Chair, and Vice President of Alumni Relations. He served as a mentor in the Prospects Psychology Peer Mentoring program, and was a member of a Multicultural and Community Psychology research lab as well. Finally, he also worked on campus as a First Year Experience Peer Mentor and as an Orientation Leader. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in the Spring of 2016 and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Leadership.