Director of Youth Programs
M.Ed. in Literacy, Culture, and TESOL
Ilana Sabban Lopez is the Director of Youth Programs for the Center for Community Service Learning at the University of San Diego (USD), where she encourages critical and creative thinking in the K - higher education community through USD’s Youth to College program, which includes over 80 USD students. She also co-creates K-12 programs with community partners, which serve low-income youth. During her years with CSL, Ilana has co-created the Montgomery Intersession Academy, the Montgomery Counseling program, and has re-envisioned the Youth to College student leader and tutor program.
While finishing her M.Ed. in Literacy, Culture, and TESOL at USD, Ilana was awarded one of two Francis Parker Fellowships where she took on the role of an Associate Teacher in three second-grade classrooms. She also ran an after school program at Bayside Community Center focused on literacy development through utilizing mentor texts with English language learners.
Ilana began her career in the nonprofit sector in Washington, DC, where she worked with organizations such as the Children’s Defense Fund and Teaching for Change, all of which focused on spreading awareness of the social issues impacting children and working families. While at Teaching for Change, Ilana facilitated the Civil Rights Teaching Global Learning Network, presented at the first Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner Living Memorial Civil Rights Education Summit, collaborated with the Tellin’ Stories project that focused on helping to organize low-income parents around education issues, supervised and recruited undergraduate interns, and created a resource guide for teachers on how to educate students on the socio-economic and racial issues that arose during Hurricane Katrina. Ilana is committed to working on youth issues and empowering students through education.