COMMUNITAS: Cohort Two
Session 1: ENGAGING A VIBRANT COMMUNITY OF FAITH
Organizational and Community Development and Leadership
January 23-25, 2017
Dr. Gary Mangiofico, Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University
As former Associate Dean of Fully Employed and Executive Programs and a Practitioner Faculty of Organizational Theory and Management, Dr. Mangiofico brings more than 20 years of experience leading strategic development, operations management and integration, and turnaround operations solving complex challenges as a CEO, COO, and as a general management executive for both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies.
Session 2: RECLAIMING HOPES AND DREAMS
Education and the Future of Our Community
March 28-29, 2017
Dr. Anthony Collatos, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University
Teaching in the master of arts in education program at GSEP, Dr. Collatos' research involves the Futures Project, an eight-year longitudinal study that looked at creating alternative pathways for first-generation urban youth to more effectively navigate the K-16 educational pipeline. A former secondary social studies instructor, coach, and college access advisor for low-income youth, Dr Collatos is well-versed in issues related to the Los Angeles area school systems.
Session 3: FAITH IN OUR CAPITOL
Travel to Washington, DC
July 24-28, 2017
Staying at Pepperdine's facility on Pennsylvania Avenue, just up the street from the White House, cohort members will have the opportunity to engage national civic leaders, explore our capitol, and discuss how national policy affects the church and issues faced by the citizens of Los Angeles.
Session 4: NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD
Sustainability and Poverty
October 9-11, 2017
Dr. Christopher Doran, Seaver College, Pepperdine University
As a Professor of Religion at Pepperdine's Seaver College, Dr. Doran teaches courses related to Christianity and Sustainability, Christian Ethics and Theology and Science. Dr. Doran's interests lie in the Christian response to the ecological crisis and public policy related to environmental ethics.
Session 5: AFRAID IN MY OWN HOME
Domestic Violence, Addiction and Mental Health
January 30-31, 2018
Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University
Dr. Bryant-Davis' research expertise is in the cultural context of trauma, particularly child abuse, partner abuse, sexual assault, and the societal trauma of racism. She has received numerous awards for her work in this area of psychology and is author of the book "Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A Multicultural Guide."
Session 6: HOPE FOR THE CAPTIVE
Criminal Justice and Prison Reform
April 3-4, 2018
Dr. Angela Hawken, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
A former associate professor of economics and policy analysis at the School of Public Policy, Dr. Hawken currently teaches at New York University and directs the Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Resource Center for the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance which tests SCF strategies to reduce recidivism and incarceration. Dr. Hawken is the founder and director of BetaGov, a center for practitioner-led trials that provides tools to conduct experimental tests of operations and policies; the goal is to dramatically increase the pace of learning about which innovations are promising--and which are not--in criminal-justice and other policy areas. Dr. Hawken consults regularly for the UN and the State Department, working on such projects as counternarcotics policy for Afghanistan and developing measurement instruments to study corruption and gender issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
Session 7: WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?
Immigration and the Church
July 10-11, 2018
Dr. Miguel Gallardo, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University
Dr. Gallardo is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Aliento, The Center for Latina/o Communities. He teaches courses on multicultural and social justice, intimate partner violence and professional practice issues. Dr. Gallardo's areas of scholarship and research interests include understanding the psychotherapy process when working with ethnocultural communities, particularly the Latina/o community and in understanding the processes by which individuals develop cultural awareness and responsiveness. Dr. Gallardo has published refereed journal articles, books, and book chapters in the areas of multicultural psychology, Latina/o psychology, and ethics and evidence-based practices. Dr. Gallardo is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Gallardo is currently serving a Governor appointed position on the California Board of Psychology.
Session 8: HEAD AND HEART
Navigating the World of Non-Profits
October 8-10, 2018
Dr. Regan Schaffer, Seaver College, Pepperdine University
Dr. Schaffer is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management and Director of
the Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative, which exists to prepare Pepperdine students for a life of service personally and
professionally while strengthening the impact of the nonprofit sector in our community.
She engages her students in community-based scholarship and has partnered with over
500 nonprofit organizations on collaborative projects. Her research interests include
curriculum design and assessment, nonprofit management strategies, and leadership