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Community-Based and Engaged Learning (CB-EL) Faculty Fellows

The Lindy Center’s supports Community-Based and Engaged Learning faculty and courses with the help of faculty experts in community engaged teaching and scholarship to inform and lead its work at Drexel, support training and faculty workshops, and design pedagogical preparation for undergraduate and graduate community-engaged students and student projects. Lindy Center Faculty Fellows also work to create a shared community among scholars committed to integrating their scholarship with work being led by people, groups and organizations to address local and global issues.

Faculty Fellows AY 21-22

Faculty Fellow 21-22 Headshots

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fellows clockwise from top left: Stephanie Smith Budhai, Steve Vásquez Dolph, Mira Olson, Ayana Allen-Handy, Valerie Ifill


Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD, is a Faculty Fellow at the Lindy Center in Community-Engaged Research, supporting the development of pedagogy and preparation for students and faculty engaged in research with local and global communities. Dr. Allen-Handy is an Associate Professor of Urban Education in the School of Education and the Director of the Justice-oriented Youth (JoY) Education Lab where she leads several youth and community-led research projects including the AmeriCorps funded project Anti-displacement: The Untapped Potential of University-Community Cooperative Living, Black Girls STEAMing through Dance, and the West Philadelphia Youth Archivists Project at West Philadelphia High School.

Steve Vásquez Dolph, PhD, is a Faculty Fellow at the Lindy Center in Community-Based Global Learning, supporting the development of collaborations, programs, and courses in community-based global learning. Dr. Dolph directly supports students and projects using community-based learning as a pedagogical and organizing tool for community, education, and collective change. He is also an Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages at Drexel University, where his teaching and research situate the intersection of global diaspora and climate change.

Valerie Ifill, MFA, is a Faculty Fellow at the Lindy Center in Community-Based Learning in Artistic and Creative Practices. Valerie is an active dance artist, educator and researcher interested in the intersection of dance and community, making dance education more accessible to communities of color and embodied storytelling. Valerie is a collaborative dance artist and Associate Teaching Professor of Dance at Drexel University, invested in university-community dance education initiatives and using Africanist perspectives to support university dance curriculum. Her written research is centered on university-community partnerships; race and power in education; and making dance accessible to all.

Mira Olson, PhD, is a Faculty Fellow at the Lindy Center in Community-Engaged Research, supporting the development of pedagogy and preparation for students and faculty engaged in research with local and global communities. She is an Associate Professor in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at Drexel University. The broad focus of her research is on protecting source water quality, including remediation of contaminated ground water, assessing the impact of water resources technologies and policies on source water supply and quality, and the fate and transport of both chemical and biological agents in the environment. Dr. Olson is a co-founder and Director of the Peace Engineering program at Drexel.

Stephanie Smith Budhai, PhD, is a Faculty Fellow at the Lindy Center in community partnerships, student engagement and curriculum development, supporting the CIVC 101 course program and the development of multi-tiered civic competencies for the Lindy Center.  Her professional and scholarly interdisciplinary work is focused on civic and community engagement, culturally responsive and anti-racist pedagogy, digital equity, and online learner success. She is also working with a team on a grant funded project focused on revealing and reducing the invisible boundaries of access and inclusion to university health, wellness, and recreation programs for older adult promise neighborhood community members.