Charlotte Sáenz,  Ed.M., MFA

Charlotte Sáenz, Ed.M., MFA

Lecturer
School of Undergraduate Studies

Charlotte Sáenz, Ed.M, MFA, has 20 years experience working globally in schools, streets, universities, refugee camps, autonomous zones and traveling programs. She collaborates with other social change makers to disrupt dominant narratives, expand perspectives, produce collective knowledge and connect people to new social action.

In San Francisco, where she has been teaching Interdisciplinary Studies at CIIS since 2007, she's also led media and education projects for organizations like the Asian Art Museum, Other Worlds, World Savvy, and is a founding member of the Center for Art and Social Justice.

In her native Mexico, she collaborates with Universidad de la Tierra Chiapas, every year bringing various CIIS student and faculty groups interested in learning more about Zapatismo from the Indigenous Center for Integral Learning (CIDECI). She collaborates with Zapatista communities on a recipe book focusing on culinary plants and insects unique to each region that have been a vital part of their ancestry and subsistence.

In previous years, she taught for several years on World Learning's program "Beyond Globalization" which traveled to Tanzania, India, New Zealand and Mexico investigating diverse indigenous knowledges. She also lived and worked for several years throughout Lebanon with the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts and at Brummana High School. Based in Chicago for ten years, she there co-directed a community organization called Street-Level Youth Media, while serving on the board of Women in the Director's Chair.

Professor Sáenz writings have been published in The Nation, Foreign Policy in Focus, Truthout, Upside Down Latin American Politics Review, NACLA, IPS News, Z-Magazine, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest.

She received a Masters in International Education for Social and Political Change at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of the global Learning Societies and the International Organization for a Participatory Society.