Crown College

Creative Expression/Student Well-being


Lisa Berkley

CRWN 81: Theory and Practices for a Purposeful Life

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.

Dion Farquhar

CRWN 80F: Science Fictions

Dion has a distinguished teaching record across UCSC including Crown, Porter, and Cowell Colleges and the Politics, Feminist Studies, and Literature Departments. Rooted in the tradition of Marxist and Feminist Theory, she has extensive knowledge of science fiction and of the literature on emerging technologies as well as being an accomplished poet. She has a strong, leading role in the innovation and development of Crown’s College 1 course.

Carolina Gonzalez-Riaño 

CRWN 96: Digital Theater Workshop 

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

CRWN 98: Podcasting: Digital Storytelling

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

CRWN 86: Storytelling in a Digital Age

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 

CRWN 70: Introduction to Broadcast Media: Radio

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.


Marilyn Patton

CRWN 80F: Science Fictions


Marilyn loves teaching at Crown College because of the supportive Provost and staff and the wonderful students!! Her doctoral work was on cannibalism in literature, focusing mostly on the writings of Melville and Atwood. Her published articles include work on Moby-Dick, and two pieces on Atwood’s novels. Her most recent publication is a chapter in a book on Latinx Literature, on teaching the plays of El Teatro Campesino. Her reading interests include Asian and Asian-American writing, science fiction, the origins of the universe, mythology and folklore, and theater. She earned her B.A. in English at Stanford University and her Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz. She taught Literature and the Arts at Stanford, American Studies at UCSC, and both writing and literature in Silicon Valley. In this disenchanted world, where do we look for magic?