Tessa Hicks Peterson

Tessa Hicks Peterson

Director

Tessa Hicks Peterson assumed the position of the director of the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration in July, 2018. She is also the Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement at Pitzer College and faculty director of the CASA (Critical Action + Social Advocacy) community program and center, as well as Associate Professor of Urban Studies.

Before coming to Pitzer in 2006, Tessa worked for almost a decade as a program director with a number of leading civil rights and social justice organizations in Los Angeles. She has a Masters and PhD in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz.

Tessa’s teaching and scholarship center on community-based education and research, social change theories and movements, decolonization and indigenous knowledge, and prison education and abolition. Tessa enjoys bringing diverse groups together for collaborative projects that build community and foster personal and systemic change.

Leeann Nabors

Leeann Nabors

Administrative Coordinator

Leeann Nabors joined the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration (OCAC) as administrative coordinator in November 2019. At the OCAC she supports Director Tessa Hicks Peterson in realizing the office’s mission: to develop and maintain effective, efficient, sustainable, and enduring cross-campus academic collaborations among The Claremont Colleges.