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 and the Younger Women’s Task Force. 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 Office of Civic and Community Engagement and 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, Ph.D.
Housing and Community Development
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Telephone: (305) 284-6635
Office: 34P Pentland House

Emily Eisenhauer is a recent graduate of Florida International University’s Global and Socio-cultural Studies Department, where she completed her dissertation research on socio-ecological vulnerability to climate change in South Florida. 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.

Program Associate: Crystal Godina
Housing and Community Development
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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 graduate school.


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

Tanya Desdunes is from Long Island, New York and graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, New York with her bachelor’s and master’s in history. As a master’s student she completed her thesis on African Diaspora and Women’s Studies. She interned with the New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Manuscript and Archives Division. Tanya continued to remain involved in her community by tutoring after school children in Brooklyn. During her undergraduate years she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and completed a summer research project where she presented at national conferences in the United States and Puerto Rico. Aside from her scholarly interests she studied abroad in Salamanca, Rome, and Paris. She is very excited to be working in the Office of Community and Civic Engagement. As an Americorps VISTA her goal is to preserve the local history of Miami by developing public programs to build community partnerships between the University of Miami and the greater Miami community. 



AmeriCorps VISTA: Ashley Hans-Barrientos
Civic Engagement Fellow
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Telephone: (305) 284-1046
Office: 34P Pentland House

Ashley is a recent graduate of Eckerd College where she received her BA in Gender Studies, with minors in Sociology and Human Development. She has lived in Latin America, Africa, and the South Pacific and has worked on a wide variety of issues including reproductive health (with Planned Parenthood), primary education (as co-founder of Aves de Libertad, an NGO focused on education in the Dominican Republic), anti-discrimination, grassroots organizing, and community development. Passionate about these issues, Ashley is committed to civic engagement and social justice. A Miami native, Ashley is bilingual in English and Spanish, and conversant in French and Portuguese. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys exploring Miami by bike and spending time outside.

AmeriCorps Public Ally: Lauren Bartlett
Service and Engagement Coordinator
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Telephone: (305) 284-6636
Office: 34P Pentland House, Civic and Community Engagement/SAC, Butler Center

Lauren Bartlett has joined the ‘Canes community from the state of California. She graduated from Mills College with a B.A in Ethnic Studies, and served as the Coordinator of Engagement and Inclusion at Mills immediately following her graduation. During her time as an undergraduate student, Lauren served as a Peer Advisor and engaged students in social justice dialogues and identity exploration. Through her role she also implemented curriculum to support the development of first-generation, low-income college students, as well as designed and executed campus programs for student leadership and professional development. In addition, Lauren has worked in communities on an array of equity issues including sustainable food justice, women’s reproductive justice, and issues of educational access for underserved students. Lauren is excited to work the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and continue her passions in working with communities toward equitable and sustainable solutions to social injustices. Upon completing the Public Allies Program Lauren hopes to begin her graduate education in Higher Education Administration.

AmeriCorps Public Ally: Sibongile Charles
High School Partnership Coordinator
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Telephone: (305) 284-1050
Office: 34P Pentland House

Though born on the Caribbean island of Tobago, Sibongile Charles considers herself to be a native of Miami. She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, double minoring in Political Science and Legal Studies. As an undergraduate, Sibongile served as President of her university’s chapter of BACCHUS–a national peer education initiative which focuses on health and campus safety. Additionally, Sibongile was a research assistant for the Criminal Justice Department, studying the juvenile plea bargaining process in the greater New York City area. Before her current term as an AmeriCorps Public Ally, Sibongile served two summers as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working with the non-profit organization Single Stop USA at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson and North campuses. This experience laid the foundation for her drive to combat poverty through higher education by connecting those in need with a network of community resources in order to achieve their education goals and rise from their impoverished state. Sibongile hopes to obtain a law degree after her term as a Public Ally to continue working on social justice issues. 

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.