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Meet Jeanine Mingé, our amazing Director of Community Engagement! Jeanine Mingé (PhD, University of South Florida) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She is currently serving as the Director of Community Engagement at California State University, Northridge.
Dr. Mingé directed CSUN Performance Ensemble: Creatives for Social Justice for the past ten years. Performance Ensemble partnered with community organization R.U.T.H. YouthBuild and Neighborhood Partners in Action through CSUN’s Institute for Community Health and Well-Being. Over the course of two years, PE journeyed to Canoga Park to workshop with youth ages 16-25.
The students worked as leaders and performers, as scholars and friends, to create and perform collaborative stories to promote social justice. Most recently, Dr. Mingé and colleagues are partnering with the Prison Arts Collective at CSUSB to bring community-based arts practices to folks in correctional facilities in the greater Los Angeles area.
Dr. Mingé also travels and works with the non-prot activist organization the Floating Doctors in Panama. The Floating Doctors Mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide.
Dr. Mingé has won the Visionary Community Service Learning Award; the Don Dorsey Teaching and Excellence Award; and OSCLG’s Feminist Teacher/Mentor award. She is co-facilitator of Bridges: A Teaching Excellence Program. Her areas of research interest include Community-Based Performance; Community Activism through the Arts; Health and Wellness; Space/Place; and Qualitative Methods.
All of her work is dedicated to cultivating social justice through use of narrative, visual imagery, poetry, installation art, and performance. Her book co-authored with Amber Lynn Zimmerman was published by Routledge Publishing Company in the series Innovative Ethnographies is entitled Concrete and Dust: Mapping the Sexual Terrains of Los Angeles.
She has published chapters in The Handbook for Autoethnography, Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life and Communicating Health: Personal, Cultural, and Political Complexities. She has also published work in Text and Performance Quarterly, Qualitative Inquiry and Studies in Symbolic Interactionism. Jeanine is currently working on her next book entitled Undertow on cancer and caregiving for popular press audiences.