Community Engagement

Statement on Community Engagement

Community Engagement” is one of the most popular terms used currently for the work of students and engaged scholars who see the academy as inextricably tied to the challenges and movements of social systems and communities outside the walls of the university….” Read full Community Engagement Statement here!

CEC and PIO team

Tessa and her wonderful staff of the Pitzer Community Engagement Center, 2018.

Community Partners

These are some of the local community organizations that I have worked with over the years in community-based research efforts, teaching collaboratives, and/or supervising student interns in semester or year long placements at these sites.

Prison Education

Inside-Out Partnership

Camp Afflerbaugh Paige


Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC)

Native Communities Partnerships


Tessa with Pitzer and Scripps students and faculty at LA County Board of Supervisors advocating for Alternatives to Incarceration Measure, Spring 2020


Huerta Del Valle (HDV)

Huerta Del Valle (HDV) Community Garden in Ontario is a food justice organization focused on providing healthy and affordable produce to the community.

Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICI4J)

The Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice is a pro-immigrant rights coalition of 40 regional organizations advocating for just and humane immigration reform and respect.

Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective (IEIYC)

Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective is a grassroots organization committed to serving the interests of undocumented youth.

Riverside All of Us or None, Starting Over, Inc. (SOI)

Starting Over Inc., a housing complex for formerly incarcerated people, and is led by a core team of organizers with a goal of strengthening the voices of people most affected by mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.

Warehouse Workers Resource Center (WWRC)

Warehouse Workers Resource Center tackles the abuses of warehouse and temp agencies and the many issues they have created for people in Ontario and San Bernardino.

Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN)

The Youth Mentoring Action Network is a critical mentoring program dedicated to leveraging the power of mentoring relationships to increase access to opportunities and higher education for high school youth. Their work centers youth voices (especially LGBTQ and youth of color) and a critical justice lens.

The Arts Area

The Arts Area provides professional development, civic advocacy, resource support, and fiscal sponsorship for the creative industries of the inland region of Southern California, through collaborations with local academic institutions, community leaders, arts organizations and businesses.

Motivating Action Leadership Opportunities (MALO)

Welcome to MALO, or Motivating Action Leadership Opportunity,a nonprofit organization that serves Tongan Americans in the Inland Empire area through youth mentorship, job readiness, resource literacy, and cultural gathering events.


IntroductionHicksPeterson_Isaiah gardening at Tongva garden for MLK of service
Never too young to start community engagement, my 22-month-old son, Isaiah Peterson, does some planting during our MLK Jr. Day of Service at the Chaffey Communities Center “Living Histories” garden, as part of Pitzer’s partnership with local native elder Barbara Drake, 2014.

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