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Larissa Petrillo B.Sc. (Tor), MA (WLau), PhD (UBC)

Surrey Campus: 
Surrey Office: 
Fir Building, Room 207
Richmond Campus: 
Richmond Office: 
Room 2360

Larissa Petrillo is serving as the current Director of CIR:CLE (The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research: Community Learning Engagement) at  Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU, Vancouver, BC).  She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia (2001), and has worked extensively with interdisciplinary teaching teams at UBC.  She began community service learning projects with her students in the Foundations program at UBC, in the initial stages of this practice at UBC (2007-8), under Margo Fryer.  She has been a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, in the Anthropology Department and has run community service learning projects every year with the latest class involving 34 students volunteering at 18 different non-profit organizations.  She has worked with Native communities in both Canada and the United States, and has published Being Lakota: Identity and Tradition on Pine Ridge Reservation (2007) with the University of Nebraska Press.  The book was written in collaboration with a Native/Mexican couple, Melda and Lupe Trejo, and was completed after ten years of fieldwork in South Dakota.  Larissa is passionate about social and cultural change, cross-cultural communication, research ethics, indigenous knowledge, and community-based conservation.  She is pleased to engage with the innovative projects that are emerging at KPU as it moves forward with a new strategic plan (Vision 2018). 

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