Cowles Active Learning Program Facilitators

Meet the experts leading our fun, innovative, and engaging workshops!

Your Story, Well Told

  • Craft five-minute personal experiences into oral stories
  • Develop two stories and learn to apply different structures and editing elements to make the stories more compelling, whether it be funnier or more poignant
  • Wrap up the series by participating in a storytelling showcase!

Tuesdays | Starts March 19 | 10:00am – 1:00pm

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Corey Rosen

Corey is an Emmy-award winning writer, actor, and storytelling teacher. He has hosted The Moth StorySlam and GrandSlams since winning the first ever Bay Area Moth StorySlam (2014). Corey also performs at BATS Improv, one of the world’s foremost centers for improvisational theater. He has written for Comedy Central, Jim Henson Productions, and Lucasfilm.


When not writing or performing, Corey works as a visual effects artist and executive producer. He has credits on dozens of movies, including Mission: Impossible, several Star Wars films, and Disney’s A Christmas Carol. He has taught at NYU, and Academy of Art University. Rosen has written and directed television commercials and Emmy award-winning short films.

Current Events and Social Issues

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Culture 101

  • Define culture and its significance.
  • Embrace the concept that we are all cultural beings.
  • Participate in small group activities exploring backgrounds and experiences through participant discussions, creating sculptures that convey cultural perspectives, responding to cultural images and personal reactions, discussing  implicit bias, and fostering reflection and dialogue.

Thursday | April 4 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Stacy Poe

Stacy Poe is a native of Newport News, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in psychology as a first-generation college student. Not having any idea what she wanted to do after college, she moved to California to “find herself” and figure out what life had in store for her. After two years of discovery, she was led to her chosen profession in student affairs at Bowling Green State University, where she earned her Master of Arts degree.


During her life’s work of 30+ years as a student affairs practitioner, Stacy mentored, advised and coached countless college students, preparing her to share her wisdom and experience to a wider audience.


Stacy is in her third year as the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Dominican University of California. In this role, she serves as a consultant to campus stakeholders, facilitates professional development workshops on DEI and serves as an Integrative Coach for students. She earned a certification in DEI from Cornell University in 2020.

Kevin Gallagher, JD, MA

Kevin is an attorney, author, and the Director of Emergent Resilience. Kevin has a master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on International Environmental Institutions. He has trained with the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, the Center for Council, the Work That Reconnects, and the School of Lost Borders.


Kevin began his career in climate change working on climate change law and policy issues as an attorney in private practice in Washington D.C. and as a law clerk with U.S. Department of Justice – Environment and Natural Resources Division. 


He is the author of a forthcoming guide on responding to the psychosocial dimensions of a climate-changed world.

Current Events and Social Issues

Climate Justice: The Climate Wisdom Lab

  • Examine links between climate change, environmental degradation, economic inequality, and social injustice.
  • Explore emotions as functional states shaping internal experiences and external behaviors.
  • Acquire practices for personal, organizational, and social resilience.
  • Build a community with fellow participants and collaboratively create strategic projects to integrate program content into your life and community.

Thursday | April 11 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Current Events and Social Issues

Creative Strategies for Social Change: The Activist’s Toolbox

  • Create effective social justice campaigns and tools for change.

Thursday | April 18 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Rae Abileah

Rae Abileah is a social change strategist, facilitator, and editor. For over fifteen years she’s worked with nonprofits and social movements, from volunteer to executive director. She now runs her own consultancy, Create Well, supporting clients to create impactful, strategic campaigns and tools for change.


She is a trainer at Beautiful Trouble, and co-creator of the global Climate Ribbon art intervention which was featured at the COP21 and subsequent UN Climate Summits. She consulted on digital strategy for social justice at ThoughtWorks, which informs her current work engaging agile tools for innovation at The Nature Conservancy’s Agility Lab.


As an editor and book project coordinator, she supports award-winning authors at the intersection of spirituality and social change, such as Deep Liberation by Langston Kahn (North Atlantic Books, 2021), Wounds into Wisdom by Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone (Monkfish Press, 2019), and Tending: Parenthood and the Future of Work by Amy Henderson (NationBuilder, 2020). Rae is a contributing author to numerous books including Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (O/R Press, 2012).

Richard Hertz

Richard Hertz is a longtime public opinion pollster and Lecturer in Political Science at Sonoma State University. His fields of expertise include American politics and government, voter behavior and engagement, and following the money and other forms of influence in politics. Professor Hertz has conducted hundreds of original surveys and developed election and other web apps for many California newspapers, television stations, public, non-profit, and private entities. He is recognized as one of California’s leading experts on campaign finance data. His government experience includes stints as a California State Senate Elections and Reapportionment Committee Consultant and state agency Communications Director. 

Current Events and Social Issues

Democracy: Saving Our Democracy

  • Voting Rights: Explore methods to ensure easy and equal voting access for all Americans, addressing recent changes in state voting policies.
  • Political Parties Today: Assess the relevance of political parties in the digital age and how technology facilitates access to candidate information and donor details.
  • Citizen Participation: Examine avenues for increased individual involvement in public decision-making beyond voting.

Thursday | April 25 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Peller Marion, Ph.D.

Dr. Peller Marion is an organizational psychologist, exhibiting artist, and author of several books, including An Age of Grace: 7 Spiritual Challenges to Attaining Elder Wisdom. She has taught creative writing at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts for eight years.


Dr. Marion specializes in guiding executives through personal and professional transitions and corporate teams through difficult real-time management issues. Dr. Marion has appeared on CNN, CBS and Delta Airlines Audio Tapes in Flight Business News. She has been written about in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune.

Fiction and Memoir:
Writing from the Heart

  • Find your writing voice. Share your stories, memories, and inspirations while receiving steady positive affirmation for your work and a community to immerse yourself as you deepen your writing.
  • Dive into your creativity without all the routines, stress, and obligations that keep us distracted from our dreams.

Thursday | May 2 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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