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’s Degree Completion 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, a finalist for the Poets and Writers’ 2013 California Writers Exchange Award, and a 2014 Work-Study Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Our Own Voice: Filipinos in the Diaspora, The Womanist: A Women of Color Journal, and Kuwento: lost things, an anthology of new Philippine myths. She is currently working on a novel while raising three young children.
Along with Undergraduate Studies core faculty member Alec MacLeod, Isabel is excited 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, with a focus on integral education, critical pedagogy, and liberatory teaching methods.