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Communitas: 2015-2016 Cohort

Please Note: All sessions run from Tuesday morning to Wednesday afternoon, except the first session which runs from Monday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon

Theme Tower at sunset - Pepperdine University

Gary Mangiofico - Pepperdine University

Session 1: Engaging a vibrant community of faith
Organizational and Community Development and Leadership

January 26-28, 2015
Dr. Gary Mangiofico, Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University

An 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.


Anthony Collatos - Pepperdine University

Session 2: Reclaiming hopes and dreams
Education and the Future of Our Community

March 24-25, 2015
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.


The White House - Pepperdine University

Session 3: Not in my neighborhood
Sustainability and Poverty

June 16-17, 2015
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.



Thema Bryant-Davis - Pepperdine University

Session 4, Part 1: Afraid in my own home
Domestic Violence and Mental Health

October 6, 2015
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."

Robert Scholz- Pepperdine University

Session 4, Part 2: OUT OF CONTROL
Addiction and Mental Health

October 7, 2015
Robert Scholz, Pepperdine University Counseling Center

Robert Scholz is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional counselor in Pepperdine University's Counseling Center as the Assistant Director and Alcohol and Other Drug Program Coordinator. He is considered an expert in the fields of family violence, substance abuse, sexually compulsive behaviors and men's issues and has also worked extensively with faith leaders in helping them navigate and respond to issues of abuse and addiction in their communities.


Angela Hawken - Pepperdine University

Session 5: Hope for the captive
Criminal Justice and Prison Reform

February 2-3, 2016
Dr. Angela Hawken, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University

An associate professor of economics and policy analysis at the School of Public Policy, Dr. Hawken's research interests are primarily in drugs, crime, and corruption. 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.


Miguel Gallardo - Pepperdine University

Session 6: Who is my neighbor?
Immigration and the Church

May 10-11, 2016
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 7: Washington, DC Travel

July 25-29, 2016


Regan Schaffer - Pepperdine University

Session 8: Head and heart
Navigating the World of Non-Profits

October 11-12, 2016
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 development.