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Becca Berkey, Ph.D.

Director of Service-Learning

Director of Service-Learning

617-373-5840 |
232 Hastings Hall

Becca began at Northeastern’s Center of Community Service in February 2013, and is now the Director of Service-Learning. Previously, Becca served as the Coordinator of Experiential Education in the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching at Keene State College, in Keene, New Hampshire. 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 a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.

Her scholarly research is at the intersection of leadership, change, and environmental justice with a specific interest in the justice issues facing farmworkers. For her dissertation research, she collaborated with the Northeast Organic Farming Association for Just Farming: An Environmental Justice Perspective on the Capacity of Grassroots Organizations to Support the Rights of Organic Farmers and Laborers. Becca serves as the Associate Director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, and her book, Environmental Justice and Farm Labor, published by Routledge, came out in 2017. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Agricultural Justice Project, and the Farmworker Health and Justice Workgroup of Coming Clean, Inc.

In addition, she does research, publishes, and presents in the field of service-learning and community engagement and a book she co-edited, Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement (through Stylus Publishing, LLC), came out in 2018. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). In her free time, she loves running and being active, as well as spending time with her husband, Jonathan, her stepson, Kaiman, and her son, Thayer.

I’m a resource for: Service-Learning Design, Pedagogy, & Practice; Participatory Action Research; Community-Based Participatory Research; High-Impact Practices; Faculty and Educational Development; Qualitative Research

Fun fact: When I went back to get my doctorate, I was between that and going back to school for fashion design (who knows, I still might!)

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