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SSU Students and Faculty

“A connected institution, would be committed to improving, in a very intentional way, the human condition...enrich(ing) the campus, renew(ing) communities, and giv(ing) new dignity and status to the scholarship of service.”
—Ernest L Boyer, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, President

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CCE Contacts

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is located in Schulz HallOpens in new tab.at Sonoma State University, 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928.

The CCE is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Phone: (707) 664 - 3202
Fax: (707) 664 - 4060
Email: cce@sonoma.edu

The CCE Staff


Merith Weisman

Merith Weisman

Coordinator of the Center for Community Engagement
Phone: (707) 664 - 3202


Ash Klein

Ash Klein

Ashley (Ash) Klein has joined the CCE as an Administrative Coordinator. She comes to us from the business sector. She works 1/2 time in the CCE and 1/2 time in the Faculty Center. "My favorite part of working in the CCE is utilizing my career experience and passion for furthering the greater good to support our team in matching the SSU community with community partners."


Ashley Simon

Ashley Simon

When Ashley was an SSU student, she worked as a student assistant in the CCE for 4 1/2 years. She managed the SSU Social Media site, including the Tip of the Week, and has a lot of knowledge and experience. "I'm excited to be back in the CCE because I can continue to make connections with the University and the community."


Gustavo Vasquez

Gustavo Vasquez

In 2016-2017 Gustavo served as a CCE AmeriCorps VISTA in partnership with Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County (CAP). He engaged hundreds of SSU students with CAP and supported several CCE programs. He also took the lead in recruiting the four VISTAs who started this year. "I am happy to be back in the Center for Community Engagement and supporting the many service-learning projects that it coordinates every semester with faculty and students."


CCE Faculty


Missy Garvin

Missy Garvin

Missy is a psychologist from the School of Social Sciences (SSS). As a Faculty Fellow, Missy will be primarily responsible for faculty development and institutionalization of learning pedagogies for the common good. Missy will also be working with the SSS to develop more intent with community-based internships and CIP.


Jeremy Qualls

Jeremy Qualls

Jeremy is a physicist from the School of Science & Technology (SST). As a Faculty Fellow, Jeremy will be primarily responsible for faculty development and institutionalization of learning pedagogies for the common good. Jeremy will also be working on establishing and supporting the new Community Maker Space.


Tim Wandling

Tim Wandling

Dr. Timothy Wandling is an English professor at SSU. Tim has a long history of involvement with service-learning and the CCE. He is dedicated to social justice and has taught many service-learning courses. He currently serves as the SAGA Faculty Fellow, developing and implementing SSU’s Sustainable Cities program, collaborating with governments to address issues of environmental justice.
Phone: (707) 664-2796


Student Assistants of the CCE


Claudia Sisomphou

Claudia Sisomphou

Hi, my name is Claudia Sisomphou and I am a senior this year at SSU. I am an Environmental Studies and Planning major with a focus in Planning, and I'm also minoring in Computer Science. I hope to one day combine my passion for the environment with my interest in politics to improve the way we as a country view and treat each other and the earth. I am the Activist in Residence for the CCE and my job is to create and implement projects that will engage students in the topics of sustainability and diversity.


Maddie Wright

Maddie Wright

Hi there! My name is Maddie Wright and I am a junior majoring in Political Science. I hope to someday use my passion for helping others by working in local or state government where I can improve the lives of everyone. At the CCE I create our student, faculty, and agency newsletter emails.


Tyler Gearing

Hi everyone! My name is Tyler, I am a super duper senior majoring in Computer Science. My specific duties for the CCE include website development and updates, website reporting and analytics, graphic design, video editing, and pretty much anything else tech-related. I am also excited to be serving on the Strategic Action Committee this year.


AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers


Vistas

Iris Leal

"I have always been passionate about helping and teaching others how to empower themselves for a more qualitative life, and a happier one too. I am excited to place one foot into the community, while keeping another in a familiar place, like Sonoma State University.


Jesus Rocha

Last year I took a service-learning class and worked with the VISTAs and I became really excited about service. I now know I can contribute a great deal to the community and for the youth.


Liliana Sanchez

I am proud to be a part of an organization that works as a collective group to enhance the futures of various communities. I myself come from a low-income family and the first school I attended as a 5 year old was a Head Start program in Oakland. My ambition is to give back to families who are living in similar circumstances I once had as a child.


Brenda Morgan

As a VISTA, I am gaining the skills necessary to work with impoverished communities. I want to provide resources to help children and at-risk youth. Filling needs like this would help the communities in need and the future generations to come.


CCE Strategic Action Committee

Past Faculty Fellows

Sarah Dove

Sarah Dove

As an OCBL Faculty Fellow, Sarah Dove developed community partnerships.
Phone: (707) 664-2347


Geri Olson

Geri Olson

As an OCBL Faculty Fellow, Geri has developed a resource guide for faculty members and retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP) committees on how to present and evaluate service-learning in RTP reviews.
Phone: (707) 664-2365