Social Justice Institute 2016

Counter-Stories of Service-Learning & Community Engagement

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1pm-4:30pm Dr. Tania Mitchell

Join Dr. Tania Mitchell and Bay Area colleagues for an interactive workshop and deep conversation exploring the tensions between critical service-learning and traditional service learning. Some of the ideas we will explore include: how students of different social locations experience service-learning and community engagement; how service can reinforce and challenge systems of power and privilege; what a more justice-oriented community engagement looks like; and, how we as professionals need to to grow in order to meet a justice imperative. (This workshop will be in the Soda Center.)

NOTE: There is an additional SMC-only workshop from 9:30am-11:30am focused on fostering student learning and development through critical reflection. Register for the morning and/or afternoon using the link provided below. (This workshop will be in Hagerty Lounge.)


  • Free for Saint Mary's College faculty, staff, students, alumni
  • $25 for Campus Compact members & non-profits
  • $40 for all others
  • Registration includes afternoon snacks; parking is free and plentiful.
  • Register here.


Tania Mitchell is an assistant professor in the department of postsecondary teaching and learning at the University of Minnesota’s college of education and human development. Her teaching interests include social justice theory, civic discourse, public service, college student development and the pedagogy, philosophy and practice of service-learning in higher education.  Much of her research focuses on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice.

Tania came to the University of Minnesota in August 2012 from Stanford University, where she spent five years leading an innovative program-based service learning and community engagement initiative for the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. With professional experience in admissions, student activities, residential life, and academic affairs, Tania is a scholar-practitioner who has taught both undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University, Mills College, California State University Monterey Bay, and the University of Massachusetts.

An internationally recognized scholar in service learning and community engagement, Tania was recognized with the Early Career Research Award by the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement and is frequently invited to lecture at conferences, universities, and community organizations. Her scholarship has been published in books and journals including: Equity and Excellence in Education, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, and Diversity and Democracy.


The Saint Mary’s College of California Social Justice Institute is coordinated by the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) with support from the Office of the Provost and California Campus Compact.


Contact Jennifer M. Pigza, Ph.D., Director of CILSA, at 925-631-4755 or