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, Ph.D.
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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.

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.