The Center for Civic Learning and Community Action

The Center for Civic Learning and Community Action (formerly known as the Department of Community Engagement) promotes social justice, creates learning opportunities, and fosters partnerships to serve the community while engendering a culture that challenges privilege.

Department Staff

Camille Williamson, LCSW

Director of the Center for Civic Learning and Community Action

FullSizeRenderCamille Williamson is a Chicago native and a graduate of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Through-out her career she has worked in various neighborhoods on the south and west side of Chicago in the areas of Education, Community Health, Community Development, Advocacy and Community Organizing. As an LCSW, Camille has utilized her education, training, and professional experience to highlight social injustice and to promote progressive change for human equity through experiential education, advocacy, and action.

As the Director of the Center for Civic Learning and Community Action at Adler University, Camille develops programming that adheres to the School’s mission on engaging communities through socially-responsible practice on the Chicago campus. She is responsible for the development, management, and evaluation of the Center’s strategic plan.


Francine Reed

Manager of Community Partnerships

francine2Francine assists SJP Partners with intern requests, Adler Practicum Tool navigation such as completion of project descriptions, hour logs, student evaluations and trouble shoot issues which may come up during internship. Francine conducts site visits, hosts partner orientations, webinars, assist with the department’s student workshops and end of year symposium. Please contact Francine if you have any questions regarding internship requirements.

Francine Reed has worked in higher education for the past 10 years at Adler University, she is a people person who enjoys cooking, gardening, reading novels, and comedy. Francine is the mother of a teenage male who is in his first year of college and she is very excited that he is enjoying his educational experience. Each year Francine looks forward to working with the new cohort of students and community partners in the movement to create a positive change within our communities.


Jessica Vásquez, MA

Community Project Coordinator

jvasquezJessica assists SJP partner organizations by initiating collaborative projects with university stakeholders. Projects are centered on building partner capacity and sustainability to further advance social justice through our collective missions. Please contact Jessica if you would like to collaborate on an existing project or if you would like to discuss ways that Adler can provide additional support.

Jessica was born and raised in the Northwest side of Chicago. She is the daughter of Colombian immigrants. Prior to working at Adler University, Jessica worked for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and National People’s Action. In her spare time Jessica enjoys oil painting, yoga, and eating donuts.


Mike Joyce, MSc

Social Justice Practicum (SJP) Coordinator

mjoyce1Mike Joyce is the SJP Coordinator, his responsibilities are centered around managing students as it pertains to the SJP, including: monitoring student progress, working with the Manager of Community Partnerships to resolve student issues, assisting in the evaluation and distribution of student grades at the completion of the SJP, and fielding student questions.

Mike has worked in higher education for the past seven years. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Communications program. When not working or studying, Mike writes fiction and works as the founding editor of a literary journal, he has been interviewed in such places as the Chicago Reader, the Northwest Herald, and Poets & Writers.