McCall Center for Civic Engagement Staff
Stephanie Stokamer, Ed.D.
Director and 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 and 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 and 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 grew up in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Canada, has a child in Pacific Early Learning Community, 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 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 MCCE this year! Come find me for volunteer opportunities in medicine and in Portland. See you around!
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.
Lauren Maland '20
I am currently a senior and have been working at the MCCE since my freshman year. During my time with the center I have grown my interest in helping others onto deeper issues and areas of focus. I am a Criminal Justice and Applied Theatre double major, and I have been able to connect what I am learning in those disciplines to issues within the civic engagement sphere. For example, understanding how one's housing access is severely limited if they have been previously incarcerated; so in community conversations on housing issues we should discuss previous convictions as a barrier to entering a shelter or housing system. If you are interested in how your major is civically tied, stop by Scott 110 or email me! One of the best parts of civic engagement is having a dialogue about what matters to you. After I leave Pacific this spring I am hoping to work in the arts to ensure all communities have access and representation, including incarcerated individuals.
Allison Wilkes '23
Hi! My name is Allison Wilkes and I’m from Tillamook, Oregon. This is my first year here at Pacific and I am majoring in Public Health. Being a Civic Action Team Specialist is one of my favorite things about being at Pacific. The civic issues I am interested in include: pro-choice legislation, physical and mental health, breast cancer research, safe driving practices, gun violence in schools, and food insecurity. My favorite types of projects are services that raise awareness in the community and have an immediate impact; for example, drives and fundraisers. I would also like to someday participate in a protest or a walk for a cause. My civic engagement interests and participation directly correlates to my Public Health major. I am excited to bring this experience and knowledge into my future career!
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!
Kela Nakama '20
Aloha! My name is Kela Nakama, and I grew up on the island of Oʻahu in the occupied Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. I am Native Hawaiian and am beginning to learn more about my culture and language. As someone who went to a school for Native Hawaiians, I grew up on Hawaiian values. Native Hawaiians believed that the poʻe (people) have a kuleana (responsibility) to mālama Honua (care for the Earth). I am working here in the MCCE because I want to make a positive difference here at Pacific University, as well as in the community. I believe that if we work together, we have the power to change the world and make it a better place for future generations. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with the MCCE, and I am excited for the chance to be able to do my part in helping the world we call our home.
John Cloke '21
Hey-o, my name is Christian Cloke, but I go by John or Jade. This is my third year here at Pacific. I was recruited into the MCCE by Bevin Mcarthy, the best person that ever walked this planet. Here at the MCCE I have found a new sense of community and a way to make an impact on the world. My Civic desires are based around various issues. These include but is not limited to: lack of food, voting, freedom to openly express sexuality and gun violence in schools. I enjoy watching anime and Netflix, playing board games and video games and chilling with cats. It is a pleasure to be working at the MCCE and I love to help in any way I can. So please feel free to stop by during my shift.
Karen Ara '21
I’m from Kea’au, Hawai’i and I am a Junior majoring in psychology (pre-medicine track), and I aspire to pursue a career in emergency medicine. After graduating from Pacific University, I plan on joining the Peace Corps and working with disadvantaged families in the Philipines. I am most passionate about raising mental health awareness, medicine, service, and education (focusing on first-generation students and students from low-income families). My favorite types of projects are self-care related or service/volunteering based events (i.e., beach clean-ups with SOLVE or tree planting with Friends of Trees) and I would like to create more events like these! I also would like to collaborate with students and clubs on campus. If you ever have any questions regarding self-care tips, Rotaract or Rotary, service opportunities, or more information about our Give & Go event, please feel free to swing by the center on Mondays and Tuesdays around noon or send me an email!
Kara Putman '22
Hi! My name is Kara. I am a sophomore majoring in math while on a pre-dental track with the goal of becoming a pediatric dentist. I grew up in Tillamook, Oregon, home of Tillamook Cheese, where I was involved in community service/engagement projects throughout my life. I have been a part of the MCCE for over a year now. My favorite part of the MCCE is the team atmosphere and the passion of students for participating in and organizing projects. 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, hiking, and just about anything else outside. I am excited to continue being involved on campus and in the community of Forest Grove! Goooooooo Boxers!!
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 MCCE 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 Program Director Stephanie Stokamer for more information.
Remembering Bevin McCarthy 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.
If you would like to make a donation in Bevin’s honor, please visit Pacific’s giving page, make a donation with a credit card, and when you have an opportunity to choose a designation for your contribution, choose OTHER and type in “Bevin McCarthy Fund” and it will get to the right place. It doesn’t matter whether your gift is large or small – any amount of participation contributes to our shared goal to support social justice and civic engagement.