BA, Anthropology, Music and Dance, Goucher College
MA, Ethnomusicology, Tufts University
Christiana Usenza is the Community Liaison for Environmental Charter Middle School – Gardena. She holds 10 years of experience working in non profits and teaching. She has a background as a community organizer focused on environmental sustainability, and she founded a program in Baltimore City’s neighborhood called Reservoir Hill, which brought community volunteers together to conduct outdoor greening projects to make the community more beautiful, safe and sustainable. Her graduate work focused on Afro-Latin migration and music. She most recently worked in the Latino community in Boston and directed an after school music program for kids who otherwise didn’t not have access to music education. She also helped organize a program to bring music to Latino elders to help increase joy and reduce isolation in their lives. For several years she has taught private music lessons to people aged 5-70 years.
This position at ECS was exciting to her because it combines her work as a community organizer, environmental educator and work in Latino communities. In her free time Christiana is a songwriter and has a band in which she plays drums, piano and sings. She also loves dancing, cooking, the outdoors and traveling.