As a writer, multi-media artist, teacher, and community organizer, Michele Gutierrez 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. 

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 Electracy, participatory composition and digital communities. 



Grassroots Community Organizing: 
  • Facilitation
  • Campaign Development
  • Program Planning
  • Strategic Communications
  • Member Recruitment & Leadership Development
  • Base Building
Multi-Media Production:
  • Final Cut Pro
  • iMovie
  • Photoshop
  • Audacity
Online Engagement:
  • Prezi
  • Wix
  • Wordpress
  • Google Drive
Software Programs:
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • PowerPoint


  • 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)