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 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 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.

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. Formerly based in Chicago for ten years, she there co-directed Street-Level Youth Media, while serving 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.

Among her interests are Critical and Libratory Education, Food Sovereignty and Food Justice, Indigenous Community Feminisms, Global Social Movements, Creative Social Practices and Experimental Film. Her writings have been published in The Nation, Foreign Policy in Focus, Truthout, Upside Down Latin American Politics Review, NACLA, IPS News, Z-Magazine, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and forthcoming in the journal LÁPIZ.

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.

Bachelor's Degree Completion Program Faculty

Sara Maria Acevedo Sara Maria Acevedo
Adjunct Instructor, School of Undergraduate Studies
MA, Temple University ,
BA, Universidad de Salamanca,
David Belden David Belden
Adjunct Lecturer,
D Phil, University of Oxford ,
BA, Oxford University,
Mordecai Cohen Ettinger Mordecai Cohen Ettinger
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Undergraduate Studies
MA, New College of California ,
BA, McGill University,
Axil Cricchio Axil Cricchio
Adjunct Lecturer,
MA, BA, California State University, Monterey Bay,
Michelle Eng Michelle Eng
Dean, Continuing Studies
Monique LeSarre Monique LeSarre
Adjunct Lecturer,
Adjunct Lecturer, Transformative Inquiry Department
PsyD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Isabel Garcia-Gonzales Isabel Garcia-Gonzales
MFA, Mills College,
BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Marisa Handler
Adjunct Lecturer,
MFA, University of Iowa,
BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Yue Ming Huang
Program Coordinator, Bachelor's Degree Completion Program
Kathy Littles Kathy Littles
PhD, University of California, Davis,
Claudia Lodia Claudia Lodia
Adjunct Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Studies
Kai Lundgren-Williams Kai Lundgren-Williams
Adjunct Senior Lecturer ,
Adjunct Senior Lecturer , Interdisciplinary Studies
PhD, Binghamton University ,
Alec MacLeod Alec MacLeod
MFA, Stanford University,
BA, Hampshire College,
Charlotte María Sáenz Charlotte María Sáenz
Senior Lecturer, School of Undergraduate Studies
MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
EdM, Harvard University,
Jessa Brie Moreno Jessa Brie Moreno
Adjunct Lecturer,
MFA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Amanda Morrison Amanda Morrison
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Undergraduate Studies
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, San Jose State University,
Sandra M. Pacheco Sandra M. Pacheco
Associate Professor,
PhD, MS, University of California, Santa Cruz,
BA, California State University, Los Angeles,
Brynn Saito Brynn Saito
Director of Center for Writing and Scholarship,
Adjunct Lecturer, Masters of Fine Arts
Sara Salazar Sara Salazar
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Sonya Shah Sonya Shah
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
MFA, Art Institute of Chicago,
BA, Brown University,
Jesus Solorio Jesus Solorio
Adjunct Lecturer , School of Undergraduate Studies
BA, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Nick Walker Nick Walker
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Undergraduate Studies
BA, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Kerri Welch Kerri Welch
Adjunct Lecturer, Integrative Health Studies
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy and Religion Department
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Zara Zimbardo Zara Zimbardo
Adjunct Lecturer, School of Consciousness and Transformation
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,

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