Director:  Robin F. Bachin, Ph.D., Assistant Provost for Civic & Community Engagement
Email: rbachin@miami.edu
Telephone: (305) 284-4261
Office: 606 Ashe Administration Building

Robin Bachin received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. Her areas of research and teaching include American urban, environmental, immigration, and cultural history. Her award-winning first book, Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004 (paperback 2008). Her current book project is Tropical Urbanism: Modernity, Exoticism, and the Creation of South Florida, 1890-1965. Bachin also has published numerous articles and delivered scholarly presentations on topics including universities and community engagement; urban planning and public space; sustainability and urban design; and the intersections of urban and environmental history. She is the Past President of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and has served on the Boards of Directors
of the Urban History Association, the Miami Consortium for Urban Studies, the Coral Gables Museum, and the Urban Environment League of Greater Miami.


Associate Director:  Ashley Arostegui
Email: a.arostegui@miami.edu
Telephone: (305) 284-6626
Office: 34P Pentland House

A Miami native, Ashley is passionate about the arts, public policy, and civic engagement. She holds BA degrees in English and History from Florida International University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She did her MA in Media Studies at The New School in New York City, where her work focused on film theory and continental philosophy. Ashley has worked in diverse fields on a wide variety of issues including affordable housing, sustainability, food security, and community development, and is an avid volunteer, serving on the board of organizations like New Leaders Council Miami. She also served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with CCE, building organizational capacity and forging community partnerships. She’s very excited to continue working with the University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement and work to leverage the University’s academic resources in the service of pressing social issues. Ashley is also an avid yoga practitioner and advocate for local and sustainable food systems.

Program Coordinator: Emily Eisenhauer
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Telephone: (305) 284-6635
Office: 34P Pentland House

Emily Eisenhauer is currently a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Florida International University, working on her dissertation “The Construction of Socio-ecological Vulnerability to Climate Change in South Florida,” which will document early impacts of sea level rise and efforts at developing climate change adaptation policy in Miami.  Her research was supported by an NSF Urban Long Term Research Area–Exploratory project (ULTRA-EX) with PI Gail Hollander. From 2005 to 2011 she was a Research Associate at the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) at the FIU Center for Labor Research and Studies where she conducted applied research projects with labor and grassroots social justice organizations on issues of economic justice, environmental justice, and social movements. She served in the Peace Corps as a TEFL educator at Qing Yang Teacher’s College in Gansu, China. She grew up in central Florida and completed her undergraduate work in German and Humanities at Stetson University in DeLand, FL.

Carnegie Classification Project Coordinator: Brendan Corrigan
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Telephone: (305) 284-6636
Office: 34P Pentland House

Brendan Corrigan is a third-year law student at the University of Miami School of Law, concurrently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration dual-degree. Brendan is interested in the confluence of law, public policy and politics. He plans to work in LGBT-equality advocacy after completing his education. He is a native of Pennsylvania and graduated from Arizona State University, magna cum laude, with a bachelors degree in political science. Brendan will be working with the Office of Civic and Community Engagement to coordinate the University of Miami’s application for the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification. The classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification based on voluntary participation by institutions that takes place on a five-year cycle, and provides a way for institutions to describe their identity and commitments to community with a public and nationally recognized classification.

Imagining America Research Assistant: Hadassah St. Hubert
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Telephone: (305) 284-6636
Office: 34P Pentland House

Hadassah St. Hubert is a doctoral student and a McKnight Doctoral Fellow. Hadassah earned her B.A (2009) & M.A. (2010) degrees in American History from St. John’s University in Queens, New York.  Her research specialization focuses on late Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Haiti and its participation in World’s Fairs and Expositions. She is currently the Assistant Editior for Haiti: An Island Luminous, a site dedicated entirely to Haitian history and Haitian studies. An Island Luminous pairs books, manuscripts, newspapers, and photos digitized by libraries and archives in Haiti and the United States with commentary by more than 100 authors at 75 universities around the world and will launch in December 2013. She works under the direction of Dr. Kate Ramsey.

AmeriCorps VISTA: Crystal Godina
Civic Engagement Fellow
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Telephone: (305) 284-6636
Office: 34P Pentland House

Crystal Godina has come to Miami as a native Chicagoan. She received her B.A. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago with a specialization in Environmental Policy and a minor in Human Rights. As an undergraduate, Crystal was the Outreach, Advocacy and Fundraising Chair on the board of her campus Habitat for Humanity chapter. Additionally, Crystal also worked as a research assistant at the University of Chicago’s Center for Early Childhood Research. These activities reflect her interests in affordable housing and education policy. Crystal is very excited to use her passion for social service to contribute to initiatives within the Office of Civic and Community Engagement. After her year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Crystal hopes to attend a graduate program in Public Administration.

AmeriCorps Public Ally: Noor Fawzy
High School Partnership Coordinator
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Telephone: (305) 284-1046
Office: 34P Pentland House

A Palestinian-American, Noor Fawzy was raised in South Florida and speaks Arabic and Spanish. She was honored to be chosen for the AmeriCorps Public Allies Program for the 2013-2014 term. During her term with Public Allies, Noor hopes to meet and work with individuals who are also passionate about public service as well as enhance her leadership and professional development. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University, summa cum laude, with a bachelors degree in political science and a certificate in Asian Studies. Throughout her undergraduate university career, Noor demonstrated leadership through her campus involvement and service to the South Florida community. She served as a student instructor and an academic tutor for students in traditionally-difficult courses. Noor will be working with the Office of Civic and Community Engagement to coordinate its High School Partnership Program. The program is an innovative partnership between the University of Miami and Southridge High School in South Miami-Dade County and Booker T. Washington in Overtown. In this partnership, upper-level UM undergraduate students with majors in the STEM disciplines as well as History and English partner with a high school teacher in their respective field to enhance the class curriculum, give guest lectures, and mentor students about collegiate life.  After her AmeriCorps service, Noor plans to attend law school and specialize in public interest law. Human rights education and advocacy are her major interests.

AmeriCorps Public Ally: Vanessa Navarro
Service and Engagement Coordinator
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Telephone: (305) 284-1050
Office: 34P Pentland House

Vanessa Navarro is a recent graduate from Florida State University’s Ethnomusicology Master’s program. Before studying at FSU, she received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Before her current term with Public Allies, Vanessa was working with HistoryMiami as a Folklife Intern, assisting with the upkeep of the organization’s web presence. Ms. Navarro was also a Research Intern with The Pluralism Project, a nation-wide study on the diversity of religions in the United States. Vanessa hopes to organize and contribute to programs in the community that are dedicated to cultural preservation and the use of artistic expression for advocacy and raising awareness. She is thrilled be working at the University of Miami and at the opportunity to begin a career in community engagement in her hometown, Miami.