Charlotte María Sáenz,  Ed.M., MFA Charlotte María Sáenz

Senior Lecturer
School of Undergraduate Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

EdM, Harvard University

Charlotte María Sáenz has worked around the world for over 20 years in various educational settings: schools, streets, universities, refugee camps, autonomous zones and traveling programs. She collaborates with other change makers to disrupt dominant narratives, expand perspectives, produce collective knowledge and connect people to new social action.

In her native Mexico, her research at ECOSUR: Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Chiapas, studies how the Zapatista movement engages global civil society in a mutual teaching and learning politics. She also collaborates with Universidad de la Tierra Chiapas, every year bringing various student and faculty groups to the Indigenous Center for Integral Learning (CIDECI). She works on building transnational local solidarity through popular co-education initiatives between farmers, activist scholars and organizers in Zapatista, Basque and Palestinian territories. She served, for several years, on the faculty of the World Learning's program "Beyond Globalization" which traveled to Tanzania, India, New Zealand and Mexico investigating diverse indigenous ways of knowing. She also lived and worked for several years throughout Lebanon with Palestinian refugees through Al-Jana, the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts, and was Artist-in-Residence and Upper School Faculty at Brummana High School.

In the United States, she co-directed Chicago’s Street-Level Youth Media and served on the board of Women in the Director's Chair, which for over 25 years put on the largest and longest-running women, girls, queer, and transgender film festival. In San Francisco, where she has been teaching Interdisciplinary Studies at CIIS since 2007, she has also led media and education projects for organizations such as the Asian Art Museum and Other Worlds.

She holds a Masters in International Education for Social and Political Change from 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.

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