Faculty Fellows' Projects

Executive Summary of Projects

Leigh Ann Tipton and Elina Saeki, Lecturer and Assistant Professor, Special Education and Counseling

Project Title: Sea of Change: Promoting Student Success

Schools are faced with a myriad of challenges, including students performing below grade-level standards, disproportionate representation of minority students in special education, and poor coordination of mental health services and community supports. Building on protective factors such as positive school climate, school connectedness, and increasing educational supports can dramatically promote youth outcomes. However, schools often lack adequate resources to support students that face significant barriers to academic and emotional success. For example, the National Association of School Psychologists (2012) advocates for a ratio of one school psychologist for every 500 students. The average ratio in LA area schools is 1:1,100. This project seeks to enhance student outcomes, particularly those exhibiting multiple risk factors, through expansion of school psychology service delivery with the development of a school-wide consultation based curriculum.


Dr. Priscilla Leiva, Assistant Professor, Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies and History

Project Title: Chavez Ravine: An Unfinished Story

In January of 1950, the 1,100 families of Chavez Ravine learned they would be displaced for a new public housing project. The project was eventually scrapped and the land was gifted to the Dodgers for the construction of a baseball stadium. Chavez Ravine: An Unfinished Story will document the history of the three destroyed neighborhoods long before and after displacement. This project incorporates students through a cross-listed course oral history course and collaborations with local and national institutions and community members. Ultimately this oral history and preservation project will provide a more nuanced history of one of the most egregious examples of racialized urban displacement and establish a collection for research available to the public and future scholars.


Carole Frances Lung, Associate Professor, Art

Project Title: Sewing Rebellion: Personal Production Manual   

The SEWING REBELLION is a national campaign to “STOP SHOPPING AND START SEWING!” The Sewing Rebellion uses skill-sharing in the service of empowerment, community building, and advocating for social change. The Sewing Rebellion connects participants to the history of thrift and reuse circles, and quilting bees, where participants came together to pool and share resources, learn basic sewing skills, talk politics, and promote change of the Fast Fashion industry.  The Sewing Rebellion has multiple pop up sites nationwide. Active circles are hosted at the LGBTQ Centers and Homeless Shelters in Long Beach, CA; artist run spaces in Los Angeles, Maker spaces in Asheville NC and a Public Library in Boulder, CO. My time as a Faculty Fellow for the Public good will be used to continue my art based community engagement, by write the SEWING REBELLION: PERSONAL PRODUCTION MANUAL, a “how to” e-publication for the general public and Faux Frau volunteers to use as a resource for creating Sewing Rebellion communities in Los Angeles, and around the country.  


Dr. Allison Mattheis, Assistant Professor, Applied and Advanced Studies in Education

Project Title: Transportation Advocacy and Transdisciplinary Research: Developing a Cal State L.A. Partnership with Multicultural Communities for Mobility

This project will establish a community-university partnership with local transportation advocacy organization Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM). MCM focuses on highlighting the needs and voices of people of color living in low-income neighborhoods and advancing walkability, bicycling, and increased alternative transit use. Cal State L.A. Educational Foundations graduate students will be involved in the collection and analysis of data to inform the development of MCM's "Community Mobility Profiles" for use in ongoing advocacy efforts in local transportation planning. Specific course assignments will incorporate analysis of existing data sets and collect first-person community narratives. This transdisciplinary project will work across scholarly and neighborhood boundaries to explore the influence of social contexts on lived experiences of people in underserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Students will develop community-based participatory research skills while MCM expands its research capacity in partnership with Cal State L.A.