Crown College

Media/Student Engagement


Lisa Berkley


With more than 30 years teaching, meditation, well-being, and holistic healthcare, and working in human rights, equity and social justice, Dr. Lisa Berkley’s life’s work is dedicated to how we thrive, as individuals and society. She is the Founder and President of the Institute for Inner Economy, a non-partisan think tank dedicated to operationalizing positive peace and establishing healthy governance at the local, national, and international level. At UCSC, in addition to teaching Core, Lisa Berkley has developed a resilience program and co-founded the Center for Applied Ethics in Advancing Technologies (CAVEAT)

Dr. Berkley holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Economics, an M.A. in International Policy, focusing on Counterterrorism and Transitional Justice, and both an M.A. and PhD in Leadership and Change. She is the co-author of the book chapter “Female Leadership for Peace and Human Security: A Case Study of Israel/Palestine,” which can be found in Women and Leadership Around the World, Vol. III (Information Age Publishing, 2015). She is currently co-editing the forthcoming book: Leadership at the Spiritual Edge: Emerging and Non-Western Concepts of Leadership and Spirituality (Routledge, 2024).

Lisa resides in Marina, California where she is a former elected official.

Carolina Gonzalez-Riaño 

CRWN 96 

Carolina is a performer, theater director, producer, and educator. Her research of interest includes the relationship between theater and armed conflicts, politics, women in playwright, and social justice. She is a co-founder of RET – Red de escuelas de teatro in Colombia, an active member of ITI – UNESCO.

She has performed and directed with various companies, including notable plays by Aesquilous, Moliere, Bertolt Brecht, and Carlo Goldoni. Being a part of the company Teatro Libre, toured as part of various festivals: Festival Cervantino de Guanajuato, Mexico; Festivals de Teatro Clásico de Chinchilla; Festival de Teatro Clásico de Almagro, Spain; Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá. Carolina is a lecturer at Crown College, teaching the Crown’s College 1 course since 2020. Currently, she is working in partnership with Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas in Bogotá, Colombia, teaching a version of the Global Classroom of Crown 1 course. Carolina holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from Universidad Central and a M.A. in Theater Arts from UCSC. 

Rachel Goodman


Rachel Anne Goodman is a UCSC Continuing Lecturer in Community Studies and College One at John R. Lewis College. She has worked as a writer and radio producer for much of her career, earning a Peabody award for her work as Managing Editor for NPR’s The DNA Files radio series. Her most recent radio documentary was the four-part series, Pastures of Plenty: A History of California’s Farmworkers, which aired across the U.S. and Canada. She has hosted live radio interview shows in Virginia, Kentucky, and California. Her academic interests are media studies, social movements, and social justice. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UCSC.

Katie Greaney


Kati Greaney came to UC Santa Cruz from St. Louis, MO as an undergraduate in the Community Studies department and then returned as a graduate student in the Social Documentation program. Her interest and passion for humanity and storytelling led her to work as a photographer and documentary filmmaker on projects across the US, throughout Southern India, Cuba and Brazil. She is currently teaching the college one course at Crown College and John R Lewis College, in addition to courses in Digital Storytelling and Entrepreneurship.

Shavit Melamed 


Shavit Melamed is a Crown Lecturer whose experience in college radio production and management led her to teach Crown 70, the training class for new staff members at UCSC’s radio station. Having graduated from UCSC in 2023 with degrees in Sociology and Literature and a minor in Education, she values interdisciplinary studies that merge diverse fields of study and thought. 

During her time as a student, she pursued education through the execution of a self-designed Student Directed Seminar in the Literature department. Concurrently, she developed and refined coordination and radio production skills as the Station Manager and, previously, Class Instructor at KZSC Radio. At the end of her student career, Shavit completed an honors thesis in the Sociology department surveying students at each college radio station in the UC system about the relationship between college radio involvement and academic and professional outcomes. As an educator, she strives to cultivate and forever improve an inclusive, accommodating, and student-centered environment in her classrooms.