McCall Center for Civic Engagement Staff
Stephanie Stokamer, Ed.D.
Director of Applied and Experiential Learning; Associate Professor
Stephanie is the Director of the McCall Center for Civic Engagement and an Associate Professor of Civic Engagement. She has taught in and administered community-based learning courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs since 2005.
She has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Portland State University, and her areas of scholarship include service-learning, civic engagement, and education for democracy, particularly with respect to pedagogical practices and faculty development. Stephanie has contributed to numerous books and publications related to civic learning in higher education, presents regularly at conferences, and conducts workshops for faculty, students, and community partners.
Stephanie is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum and was a National Service Fellow in 1997-1998 for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Jim Moore, PhD
Director of Political Outreach; Associate Professor
Jim Moore incorporates civic engagement into his teaching, into his roles connecting students with the larger community, and into his political analysis. His biennial classes—timed to general elections—require students to work with campaigns. Moore’s students in these classes have been a part of west coast politics since 1992. His role at the McCall Center for Civic Engagement is to bring decision makers and students together, usually with events on Pacific’s campuses. And in his role as a political analyst, Moore’s teaching stretches far and wide across the Pacific Northwest and often to national and international venues. He has been interviewed for media stories over 6500 times since 1991. Moore grew up in southern Oregon and northern California, and he has degrees from Stanford University, the Monterey (now Middlebury) Institute of International Studies, and his doctorate from Northwestern University.
Morgan Knapp, MPA
Program Coordinator; Adjunct Professor
Morgan is the Program Coordinator for the McCall Center for Civic Engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria and a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University. Morgan is passionate about community development and lifelong civic engagement & her professional background emphasizes programs and organizations that bridge the public-private divide. Morgan is the child of a Pacific alumna, grew up in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Canada, and loves helping first-time volunteers discover how fun and rewarding service projects can be.
Civic Action Team Specialists (CATS)
The primary purpose of the CATS program in the McCall Center for Civic Engagement (MCCE) is for students to serve our community in a way that connects their academic and personal interests with future employment and lifelong civic engagement. CATS integrate passions, skills, and responsibilities by working as a team on civic engagement programs and preparing for lives as active citizens in their profession and community. Through their engagement in the community, work in the MCCE, contributions to community deliberative dialogues, and reflection at retreats, participants will learn what it means to be a steward in their workplace and communities.
CATS work on MCCE programs, develop their own civic engagement initiatives, and support each other’s efforts as a team. For more information, or to apply, please visit the Civic Action Team page.
Elle Cordima '22
I am a sophomore at Pacific majoring in Psychology with a focus on cultural studies and minoring in Theatre. Here at the MCCE, my work focuses on raising awareness and promoting education surrounding civil rights and lifting minority voices. In the future, I hope to travel and learn about the practices and traditions of cultures around the world and spread this knowledge and perspective throughout the psychological field. For now, at Pacific, I lead projects that are centered around diversity, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and gender equity. I am also passionate about sustainable living and mental health awareness. Come stop by the office and ask me about opportunities for involvement centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion and sustainability.
Allison Wilkes '23
Hello! This is my third year at Pacific studying public health on a pre-optometry track. I am from Tillamook, Oregon, where I enjoyed participating in Key Club, student body government, cross country, and swimming. At Pacific, I participate on the Women’s Swim Team in addition to working as a third-year Civic Action Specialist here at the MCCE. My passion projects focus on environment, physical and mental health, and breast cancer research. I enjoy being a part of the MCCE team because of the welcoming staff and the positive impact we can make on the community. The experience I gain from working at the MCCE directly correlates to the public health major, as well as my future career in the health field. If you have any questions or ideas about how to get involved in community or service projects, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Carmen Bruno '23
I'm a freshman from Forest Grove who is majoring in Politics and Government with a minor in spanish and working here at the MCCE. To me, civic engagement is the work you do when you want to foster change and integration in your community. What I’ve focused on here in the McCall Center for Civic Engagement is immigration reform, along with access to education. By focusing on these two topics, I hope to be able to inform my peers of the many ways we can shape the lives of those who struggle with a lack of access to education and also those who are attempting to overcome the barriers that come along with being an immigrant in our community.
The experiences I am gaining by working here are experiences that will cultivate my goals of becoming a politician and protecting the rights of marginalized communities. As I’m only in my first year here at Pacific, I am still learning the ins and outs of civic engagement and would love to work with those of you who share similar goals and passions!
Tamlyn Higaki '22
Hello everyone! My name is Tamlyn Higaki and I am from Pearl City, O’ahu in Hawaii. I am currently a Sophomore here at Pacific studying Exercise Science in hopes of pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. Living on an island my entire life I have grown to love and respect the ocean and lands everywhere we go. I’m excited to be a part of the Civic Action Team and learn from the individuals here on campus and also the community as a whole. I wish to be able to make a difference, not only in my life, but also in the lives of my family, friends, and even classmates. I have strong feelings of responsibility on this earth and I can’t wait to share my ideas with you all!
Kara Putman '22
Hi! My name is Kara. I am a senior majoring in math and minoring in biology while on a pre-dental track with the goal of becoming a pediatric dentist. I grew up in Tillamook, Oregon, where I was involved in community service/engagement projects throughout my life. I have been a part of the MCCE for over three years now. My favorite part of the MCCE is the team atmosphere and the passion students have for participating in and organizing projects. I love civic engagement projects that bring people and communities together. Some of the projects I have coordinated at Pacific are the Love Rocks Table, Act in Kindness Table, and SOLVE Beach Cleanups. In addition to service, I love being active! I run for the Cross Country and Track & Field teams at Pacific. I also enjoy swimming, rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, backpacking, and just about anything else outside. Please feel free to contact me if you have any ideas or projects you want to bring to Pacific. I am excited to continue being involved on campus and in the community of Forest Grove! Goooooooo Boxers!!
Luciana Linares '24
Hi! My name is Luciana Linares and I am a freshman this year and am from Salem, Oregon. I plan to major in Anthropology and minor in CSD (Communication Sciences and Disorders) in order to hopefully become a speech-language pathologist. My passions when it comes to civic engagement are helping animals and the environment. I volunteered with the local humane society, helped start a community garden and participated in multiple river clean ups. I hope to raise awareness about the current state of the environment and how that will affect both the human population and the animals that share our planet. While I'm here at Pacific, I plan to participate in some climate change protests and hopefully save some animals in need:)
Boxer Food Share
The primary responsibility of the Boxer Food Share is to provide a resource to students who are unable to get the necessary nutrition and subsistence they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Boxer Food Share aims to promote nutritional well being as well as a healthy campus community. The staff maintains cultural sensitivity to ensure that not only nutritional needs are met, but cultural needs as well. The Boxer Food Share works closely with the McCall Center for Civic Engagement to promote healthy communities in and around campus. Learn more.
Advisory Council The MCCE Advisory Council provides guidance and support to MCCE staff related to academic civic engagement and co-curricular programs. The 2020-2021 Advisory Council consists of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. If you are interested in serving on the MCCE Advisory Council, please review the complete description of council roles and responsibilities and contact Program Director Stephanie Stokamer for more information.
Remembering Bevin McCarthy
We fondly remember Bevin McCarthy, Assistant Director of the Center for Civic Engagement from 2013-2018, and her years of service with us prior to her untimely death. Bevin's work lives on in our Center through the Bevin McCarthy Endowed Program Support Fund and the Bevin McCarthy Spirit of Civic Engagement Award.
The Bevin McCarthy Endowed Program Support Fund is designed to be a long-term, yet flexible way to honor Bevin’s work and will be used to directly support students in their civic engagement and/or social justice work. Learn more about the fund and they ways in which it honors her advocacy, her energy, her vulnerability, and her courage.
The Bevin McCarthy Spirit of Civic Engagement Award is presented annually at the Community Collaboration Celebration. It is awarded to an individual, program, partnership, or organization selected by the MCCE staff for particularly noteworthy achievements over the past academic year and/or accumulated over time. Learn more about the award and consider nominating a candidate by emailing us any time.