Isabel Garcia-Gonzales, MFA, is a writer and educator. Since 2010, Isabel has taught writing electives and Interdisciplinary Studies core courses in CIIS's Bachelor of Arts Completion (BAC) Program. Prior to that, she taught English composition and literature at Berkeley City College and worked at the Writing Center at Mills College. She also has been a public elementary school teacher and a youth educator at Bay Area nonprofit social justice organizations. Isabel earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a fiction concentration from Mills College; graduated from the Teacher Education Program at New College of California (Multiple Subject, CLAD-emphasis); and received a BA in Sociology and Women's Studies with a concentration in Ethnic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an alum of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshops, was a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook, and was most recently a finalist for the Poets and Writers' 2013 California Writers Exchange Award. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Our Own Voice: Filipinos in the Diaspora and The Womanist: A Women of Color Journal. She is currently working on a novel while raising three young children.
Along with BAC core faculty member Alec MacLeod, Isabel is thrilled to be a founding faculty member of CIIS's new Integral Teaching Fellowship (ITF) Program, which aims to prepare graduate students for teaching at the college level. Fellows gain practical skills while also learning about liberatory teaching methods, critical pedagogies, and Integral Education-components that are central to our approach to teaching and learning in our undergraduate BAC Program.