Dr. Becca Berkey is the Director of the Service-Learning Program at Northeastern University’s Center of Community Service, where she has been since February 2013. Previously, she served as the Coordinator of Experiential Education in the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching at Keene State College. She has also served as a Course Director for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida facilitating leadership education and development initiatives on campus both in the curriculum and the co-curriculum. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Butler University, a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.
Becca’s research is at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers, and her dissertation (finished in August 2014) was titled Just Farming: An Environmental Justice Perspective on the Capacity of Grassroots Organizations to Support the Rights of Organic Farmers and Laborers. She conducted this research with the Northeast Organic Farming Association and still has an active research partnership with the organization. In addition, she was published in a 2012 anthology on Environmental Leadership compiled by scholars at Duke University, a chapter entitled Environmental Justice from the Ground-Up. She has served as an Instructor and Academic Dean for the Civic Leadership Institute and as a Site Director for two Civic Week programs (for Northwestern University), and believes wholeheartedly in all things related to positive social change.