Tessa Hicks Peterson is the Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement at Pitzer College and as such acts as the faculty director of the Community Engagement Center as well as an Associate Professor of Urban Studies. Before coming to Pitzer in 2006, Tessa worked with communities throughout Southern California on human relations and civil rights issues as Associate Director at the Anti-Defamation League and, prior to that, as the Youth Programs Director at the National Conference for Community and Justice. She has a Masters and PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Psychology, Sociology and Spanish from UC Santa Cruz. Tessa teaches classes and facilitates trainings on issues ranging from anti-bias education and social justice to empowerment through movement, mindfulness, and art. Her scholarship centers on community-based education and research, social change theories and movements, decolonization and indigenous knowledge and prison education and abolition. Tessa is blessed to be firmly grounded in dance, community, and a beautiful family. Her ultimate work in the world is to engage with, teach about, learn from and better connect healing*arts*education*justice.