Morgan Appel

Morgan Appel is Assistant Dean for Education and Community Outreach (ECO) at the Division of Extended Studies at UC San Diego, overseeing a diverse array of programming for PK-post retirement, including opportunities for students, practitioners, administrators, parents, and community stakeholders across the globe. He previously served as Director of Education Programs at UC Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education (DCE) following a research appointment at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. With expertise in education transformation and policy, Appel has worked with several school districts, universities, and research institutes to explore the impacts of legislated and organically generated change agentry across segments of education. Professional specialties include gifted and talented education; the neuroscience of teaching and learning; arts integration; business education; and organizational behavior in educational institutions. Beyond his current administrative appointment, Appel teaches a variety of courses at both UC San Diego and UC Irvine.

The work of Education and Community Outreach (ECO) with diverse regional constituencies is very much driven by Speaking Truth to Power and RFK Human Rights more broadly. It is an idea borne of enthusiasm for engaging community partners and putting in the work to transform communities and campuses in authentic, cooperative and reciprocal ways.

Incorporating STTP has provided a critical entry point in our discussions with PK-12 teachers and school communities and has similarly offered unique occasion for parallel parent education in support of human rights education. Across our binational region, this work has demonstrated that one person can serve as inspiration for change and that support from educational institutions can serve as a support forward momentum toward that end as essential catalysts.