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Executive Director of the
Center for Commu
nity Engaged Learning

Claudia May, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Engaged Learning and the Professor and Program Director of Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University, Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a specialist in the practices and principles of reconciliation; African American, Caribbean, and Ethnic American literature; and Practical Theology.

Dr. May has more than two decades of experience working alongside global practitioners of reconciliation. Throughout her extensive teaching career Dr. May has incorporated community learning models and strategies in the courses she teaches and manages. She has designed courses emphasizing the importance of place-based academic and community-minded partnerships for the student learning experience. As a sought-after practitioner in reconciliation and community-engaged learning, Dr. May delivers lectures, f
acilitates workshops, and provides consultations on the benefits of community-engaged learning in higher education.

Program Coordinator of the
Center for Community Engaged Learning

Sarah Disher is the program coordinator of the Center for Community Engaged Learning.

Sarah supports the work of the Center for Community Engaged Learning.


Started at Bethel: 2023

Wheaton College– B.A.

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CCEL Advisory Board

Dr. Robin R. Bell

Founder of Lefty Bell LLC


Jack Mordh

Goodhelps Inc./ President

Siri Fiebiger, MD, MPH

Obstetrician/ Gynecologist

Maricella Xiong

Bethel University Alumna, Book Artist, and the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Capitol Region Watershed District

Melvin Giles

Co-Director of the Urban Farm &
Garden Alliance

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