As a writer, multi-media artist, teacher, and community organizer, Michele has developed youth empowerment programs, led social justice-based campaigns, and utilized multi-media art & technology in strategic communications and critical narrative production. She has worked in a variety of settings including community organizations, non-profits, and classrooms. Currently pursuing a teaching credential in English Education, she aspires to work with students in Long Beach, CA, where she was born and raised.
These are just some of key examples of my work experience. For a more detailed overview of my experience please view my entire resume here.
Project Return Peer Support Network, Southern California
Peer Support Specialist, Spring & Summer 2014
Khmer Girls in Action, Long Beach, CA
Cultural Historical Arts Coordinator, Jan. 2005 - June 2007
Conducted community outreach, strategic planning and campaigns development around reproductive justice and immigrant rights.
Led cultural arts programming for Southeast Asian high school-aged women, including the Tongues Afire creative writing and performance workshops and Third Eye Vision digital storytelling institute.
Worked with a team to develop and implement an academic support program for high school young women based on holistic empowerment models.
Center for Media Justice, Oakland, CA
Grassroots Media Activism Program Coordinator, 2007 - 2008
Led media justice campaigns, developed grassroots leadership program, and managed movement building activities on a local and national level.
Experiential Learning Program Leader, 2014 - ongoing
Will co-lead/facilitate Just Journney and additional educational proramming, rooting learning in Social Justice framework and Unitarian Universalist principles.
Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, CA
Getty Multi-Cultural Intern, Summer 2013
Archived and annotated thousands of human rights and social justice posters and artifacts.
Assisted in curating and installing "Art Against the Empire: Graphic Responses to US Interventions Since World War II."
University of California, Los Angeles
Asian American Studies
& International Development, 1999 - 2003
Michele's dual degrees in Asian American Studies and International Development offers her an interdisciplinary foundation and global perspective on issues around social justice, communications, and community development. As a student and community leader she participated in the Asian Pacific Coaltion, Samahang Pilipino, and the Coalition for Peace & Justice and advocated for a variety of policy changes on campus including a hate crimes policy, more funding for outreach and retention in underrepresented communities, and a diversity requirement.
California State University, Long Beach
English Education Teaching Credential (43 credits)
As a credential student in CSULB's College of Education, Michele's coursework includes digital rhetoric, critical pedagogy, creative writing & composition, as well as fieldwork in middle and high schools in the Long Beach and surrounding areas. Her scholarly interests include relevant education in underrepresented communities, critical literacy, digital communities and online engagement.
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
Grassroots Community Organizing:
Member Recruitment & Leadership Development
Final Cut Pro
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
CSULB CED Scholarships (2014)
PEN USA Access Scholarship for Emerging Writers (2014)
Manuel G. Flores Scholarship, Philippine American Writers’ Association (2013)
UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, Community Scholarship (2012)
CSULB College of Education Merit Scholarship (2012)
SUN Magazine Scholarship, Esalen Institute Writer's Retreat (Summer 2011)
Visual Communications’ Armed With a Camera Fellowship (2010-2011)
Undergraduate Keynote Speaker, UCLA Pilipino Graduation (2003)
Angie Kwon Memorial Scholarship (2002)
Philip Vera Cruz Memorial Scholarship (2002)
UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association Outstanding Junior Scholarship (2002)
UCLA 21st Century Undergraduate Scholarship (2002)
For more a more detailed overview of Michele Gutierrez's work experience and accomplishments, please view the GOOGLE DOC version of her resume.
English X 407.15, UCLA Extension, Writers Program,
Winter 2013 Erika Schickel’s Introduction to Memoir Workshop
N.V.M. Gonzalez Writers Workshop, University of Washington, Seattle,
Summer 2013 Peter Bacho’s Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
English 404, California State University, Long Beach, Spring 2013
Suzanne Greenberg’s Advanced Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
English 205, California State University, Long Beach, Spring 2013
Tyler Dilt’s Introduction to Fiction Workshop
UCLA Extension, Writers Program, Winter 2012
Writer’s Studio: Unlocking the Writer Within with Rachel Kann
English X 401.49, UCLA Extension, Writers Program, Fall 2012
Alison Singh Gee’s Intermediate Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
Sun Magazine’s “Into the Fire” Writers Retreat, Big Sur, CA, October 2011
VONA/Voices Conference, University of California, Berkeley, June 2011
Faith Adiele’s Memoir Workshop
Visual Communications Armed With a Camera Fellowship, 2011
Mentorship with Ann KanekoStoryboarding with Mar Elepano
Final Cut Pro Intensive with Walt Louie
Camera and Lighting with Richard Briglia
The Undeniables Writer’s Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2011
"Stirred," Beyond Lumpia, Pancit and Seven Manangs Wild: An Anthology of FIlipino American Writing (2014)
"Homecoming," Our Own Voices Literary E-Zine
"Find Me, Name Me," Maganda Magazine (2013)
"Reflection Internal," Field of Mirrors: An Anthology of Philippine American Writers (2008)