Charlotte Sáenz, Ed., MFA

Charlotte Sáenz, Ed.M., MFA

Adjunct Faculty
School of Undergraduate Studies

Charlotte Sáenz, Ed., MFA, has 20 years experience working globally in schools, streets, universities, refugee camps, autonomous zones and traveling programs, she collaborates with other educators, activists and artists around the world to disrupt dominant narratives, expand perspectives, produce collective knowledge and connect people to new social action.

In San Francisco, she has been teaching Interdisciplinary Studies in all three semesters of the Bachelor Completion Program of Integral Learning at the California Institute for Integral Studies since 2007, where she is a founding member of the Center for Art and Social Justice. Outside of CIIS, she leads Education efforts for Other Worlds (, an education and movement-building collaborative that brings to light political, economic, social and environmental alternatives that are flourishing throughout the world. She also designs global education curriculum for local education organizations such as World Savvy and the Asian Art Museum. Passionate about healthy and delicious food for everyone, she is currently building a national network of CSA farms through which to expand education and resources around Food Justice.

In her native Mexico, she is a member of Universidad de la Tierra Chiapas, every year bringing various CIIS student and faculty groups interested in learning more about Zapatismo. She has taught on World Learning's global traveling program "Beyond Globalization" in D.F., Oaxaca and Chiapas. Previously, she lived and worked throughout Lebanon (Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts / Al-Jana, Brummana High School) and Chicago, where she co-directed Street-Level Youth Media and served on the board of Women in the Director's Chair. She studied International Education 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.