About Us


The Community-Engaged Teaching & Research team (CETR) facilitates two main areas: (1) service-learning (S-L) courses, wherein students and faculty work with community partners to reinforce and build upon concepts learned in the classroom, and (2) engaged research where faculty, community partners and students collaboratively pursue projects related directly to the impact and practice of service and community engagement or research questions that are co-identified with broader social implications. CETR does this through multiple mechanisms including, but not limited to, strategic recognition of community-engaged teaching as a form of experiential learning, student leadership programs, informal and formal partnership processes, and multiple stakeholder professional development opportunities. 

We are housed in the Education Innovation team of the Office of the Chancellor at Northeastern.

Our Boston campus is on the lands of the Massachusett People. The word Massachusett is an Algonquin Indian word which roughly translates to “large hill place” or “at the great hill.” We pay respect to the Massachusett elders both past and present. We acknowledge the truth of many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement, as well as generations of survival and resiliency that bring us together here today.

We also acknowledge that this statement is not enough, and we need to be asking ourselves the following question: how am I engaging in action and solidarity with the indigenous populations on whose land I am on?

Meet Our Team!

Community-Engaged Teaching and Research is staffed by four full-time positions: Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director, and Program Manager. As a close-knit team, we work collaboratively to support and facilitate programs for our many stakeholders across the University and broader community.

Becca Berkey (she/her), Ph.D,
Jalene Tamerat (she/her), Ed.D,
Associate Director
Lisa Ingravera (she/her)
Assistant Director

Bilguissa Barry (she/her)
Program Manager

Left to right:
Lisa, Becca, Bilguissa & Jalene

The CETR team is supported by Program and Communications Assistants each semester.

Here are our 2 Fall 2023 student workers!

Kat Costa (they/them)
Administrative Assistant
Yumiko Chow (she/her)
Communications Assistant