Dr. Nora Pillard Reynolds approaches her work from her experiences as a nonprofit practitioner, educator, and researcher. She serves as Director of the Community-based Global Learning Collaborative (formerly the Globalsl network), a network of educational institutions and community organizations that advances ethical, critical, and aspirationally decolonial community-based global learning for more just, inclusive, and sustainable communities. The Collaborative is hosted in the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College. In this role, she leads the Global Engagement Survey, which examines the outcomes of high-impact programming, such as engaged learning and study abroad programs, on global learning competencies, as articulated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Following her graduation from Villanova University in 2002, Nora cofounded Water for Waslala, an NGO that worked for access to water and sanitation in rural Nicaragua. On April 1, 2016, Water for Waslala was acquired by WaterAid. During the startup phases of Water for Waslala, she also earned her MA in international development at La Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2004. From 2004-2006, Nora worked as a first-grade teacher at Potter-Thomas Bilingual School in North Philadelphia through Teach For America while completing her MS in elementary education at St. Joseph’s University. She returned to Villanova as the Assistant Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships before leaving to pursue her PhD in urban education at Temple University.
In her research, Nora utilizes participatory methods to explore multiple perspectives in civic engagement and community campus partnerships. Her research findings have been published in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (2014 and 2019), International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities (2015), The Wiley Handbook of Family, School, Community Relationships in Education (2019), and Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Diversity and Democracy (2019).