Center for Civic Engagement Staff
Stephanie Stokamer, Ed.D.
Director and Associate Professor
Stephanie is the Director of the 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.
Interim Program Manager
Alicia Fox graduated with an interdisciplinary major from Pacific last year. While doing so, she spent most of her time fighting for social justice on campus in a myriad of ways: working at the McCall Center for Civic Engagement, working at the Student Multicultural Center, participating and mentoring at the Social Justice Retreat, attending the National Conference of Race and Ethnicity in higher education, serving as a board member with the Oregon Prison Project, sharing Nonviolent Communication practices, and so on. Not much has changed, save for the title change to interim MCCE project manager and interim SMC coordinator. Through her experiences, and especially from watching her mentor Bevin McCarthy, she’s come to understand that empathic connection is not a means to engaging in social justice, but rather the very heart of it. In the pursuit of that, she welcomes students to stop by Scott 106 for tea and talks.
Morgan Knapp, MPA.
Co-Curricular Programs Volunteer
Morgan is the Co-Curricular Programs Volunteer. As a community member and parent of a Pacific Early Learning Community preschooler, Morgan is passionate about community development and lifelong civic engagement. Morgan has lived in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Canada and her professional background emphasizes programs and organizations that bridge the public-private divide. She loves helping first-time volunteers discover how fun and rewarding service projects can be.
Civic Action Team Stewards (CATS)
The primary purpose of the CATS program in the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) 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 CCE, dialogue in staff meetings, and reflection at retreats, participants will learn what it means to be a steward in their workplace and communities.
CATS work on CCE programs, develop their own civic engagement initiatives, and support each other’s efforts as a team. For more information, or to apply, please follow the link at the bottom of the page.
Hi there! My name is Anna Nguyen and I am a sophomore here at Pacific. I was born and raised in Portland, OR, so I definitely did not stray too far from home. I am intending to major in Exercise Science with a Motor Behavior emphasis. My ultimate goal is to become a doctor in Occupational Therapy, so this will be an interesting academic journey. A few of my favorite things here at Pacific are the Friday night Open Mics, the cherry blossom trees in Trombley Square, and the caring community that is established here. I am stoked about working with the CCE this year! Come find me for volunteer opportunities in medicine and in Portland. See you around!
Aloha! I am Manu Wengler, and I was born and raised on the island of O’ahu in the occupied Kingdom of Hawaii. I am Native Hawaiian and have a deep-rooted passion for my language and culture. Being raised on Hawaiian and Christian values, I advocate for the protection of ‘åina (land) and pono (justice for all people.) I am here in the CCE because I have a desire to bring positive change to Pacific University, the larger community, and the world. I believe that we have a collective power to make this world a better place, and I believe that unity is the only path toward this goal. I am very appreciative of this opportunity to work in the CCE, and I am excited to be of service to this beautiful world we live in. Aloha!!!!
Hi, my name is Danielle Cordima, but I go by Elle. I am a first year here at Pacific. I joined the MCCE to work with my new community and do what I can to improve life on and around campus. My passions include advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, raising mental health awareness, and voter education. I am a volunteer member of campus wellness as well. I also love theater, dogs, hiking and stand up paddle boarding!
Lauren Maland '20
Hello! My name is Lauren Maland and I am super excited to be a Civic ActionTeam Steward for a second year. I am from Snoqualmie, Washington, which is about 30 miles east of Seattle. I love being in Oregon and at Pacific University because of all the opportunities and communities, I have been exposed to. I am a Criminal Justice major and in my free time I am involved with campus theater, the Philos sorority, am a Resident Assistant, and participate in the Criminal Justice Club. I am excited to learn more about social justice and civic engagement during my time at Pacific.
Olivia Rockwood '21
Hi, my name is Olivia Rockwood! I am a freshman this year and I intend to study politics and government! I come from a small town in Oregon, called Canby. I am super excited to be working with the CCE this year. I love helping people and planning events that give back to the communities. I also play rugby and participate in speech and debate! In my spare time, you can catch me doing homework or jamming out listening to music. Fun fact, cows are just grass puppies, and they are my favorite!
Food Share Liason
Boxer Food Share
The primary responsibility of the Food for All pantry is to provide a resource to students who are unable to get the necessary nutrition and subsistence they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Food for All 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. Food for All works closely with the Center for Civic Engagement to promote healthy communities in and around campus.
Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Council The CCE Advisory Council provides guidance and support to CCE staff related to academic civic engagement and co-curricular programs. The Advisory Council consists of up of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. If you are interested in serving on the CCE Advisory Council, please review the complete description of council roles and responsibilities and contact the CCE if you would like to get involved.
We fondly remember Bevin McCarthy, Assistant Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, and her years of service with us prior to her untimely death. Our love goes out to her family and the many causes she supported.