‘Love, Longing and Lust’ Poetry Reading with 5 Local Poets – Feb. 10

Acclaimed poet Diana Raab has gathered a group of local poets for a Valentine’s Day-themed event entitled “Love, Longing, and Lust: A Poetry Reading with Diana Raab” on Tuesday, February 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus.

The event, which is part of the Antioch in Conversation series, is free and open to the public and will also feature Santa Barbara-based poets Perie LongoMarsha de la OFriday Gretchen Lubina, and Jina Carvalho, who will join Diana for an evening of poetry aimed at the heart. Refreshments will be served.


Diana RaabDiana Raab is a poet, memoirist, blogger, and transpersonal psychologist. She has written eight books, including four poetry collections: Listening to Africa, Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You, The Guilt Gene, and Lust. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. A regular blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and BrainSpeak, Diana explores and facilitates workshops on the power of writing for transformation and empowerment.


Perie LongoPerie Longo, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emerita from 2007-09, has published four volumes of poetry with the latest being Baggage Claim in 2014. Her other titles are Milking the Earth, The Privacy of Wind, and With Nothing behind but Sky: a journey through grief. She has taught poetry to children in grades K-12 since 1985 through the California Poets in the Schools program. Perie runs a private practice as a psychotherapist and poetry therapist, sits on the literary staff of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and remains poetry chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.


Marsha de la OMarsha de la O won the New Issues Poetry Prize from the University of Western Michigan and an Editor’s Choice Award for her poetry book, Black Hope. Her work has been anthologized in Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (Ballantine), Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems from California (Greenhouse Review Press), and One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form (Lynx House Press). Her latest book, Antidote for Night, will be out in fall 2015.


Friday Gretchen LubinaFriday Gretchen Lubina’s poetry can be found in Artlife, Limited Editions, Dance of the Iguana, Caffeine, ASKEW Poetry Journal, Miramar Magazine, and A Bird Black As The Sun: California Poets on Crows & Ravens. In 2009, she became assistant editor for Askew Poetry Journal. Friday hosted the longstanding poetry series, “Friday on Saturday” and has been a host of Ventura’s Annual Erotic Poetry event for 13 years. She lives in Ventura, actively championing the literary and visual arts.


Jina CarvalhoJina Carvalho has just completed her first poetry collection, “The Hunger Diaries,” that spans her 30-year search for “voice” from a childhood in rural Portugal to Canadian immigrant to Green Card American. Jina graduated from Antioch University with a degree in Psychology and Theater Arts. She is the Director of Communications for the Glendon Association as well as Public Information Officer and one of the founders of the Santa Barbara Response Network (SBRN).


The reading is a part of Antioch in Conversation, an event series designed for public engagement and dialogue about the social issues that affect us on a local, national, and global basis. Previous AIC events have included “Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?” and “Laurence Tribe: The Roberts Court, The Constitution, and Our Future.”

UCSD’s Anthony Mathews to Lead MBA Workshop at Antioch

Anthony Mathews - UC San DiegoAnthony Mathews, a Senior Consultant and Lecturer at the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, will conduct a workshop at Antioch University Santa Barbara as part of the socially responsible MBA program on Friday, February 6, at 6pm in Community Hall.

While it will be part of AUSB’s MBA program, the public is invited to attend at no charge. Seating is limited so please contact Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at]antioch.edu or 805-962-8179 x5171 by Thursday, January 29 to reserve a spot.

The workshop is entitled “Partnering with Employees: Creating a Culture of Ownership.” With the participants, Mathews will explore the idea that employee ownership instills more dedication and commitment as well as tools to making employee ownership work.

Mathews is a frequent speaker and author on the subject of employee ownership. He is a founding member of the Administrative Advisory Committee of The Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association (ESOP), a member of the Steering Committee of the Western States Chapter of The ESOP Association, and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Mathews has deep Southern California roots, earning his BA from Loyola University of Los Angeles and his MA from UCLA.

AUSB’s socially responsible MBA program emphasizes social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership. The program is now accepting applications for Fall 2015. To learn more, visit the MBA program page or attend an upcoming MBA information session.

AUSB Dedicates Myrna Lord Memorial Classroom

Myrna LordMyrna Lord, a longtime resident of Santa Barbara who passed away in May 2014, was honored with the Myrna Lord Memorial Classroom at Antioch University Santa Barbara on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

About 30 of Ms. Lord’s friends and family, including her husband Donald Lord, gathered together for the dedication, which included a campus tour led by Victoria Riskin, chair of the AUSB Board of Trustees. Following the tour, AUSB revealed a plaque commemorating the classroom, room 340, in Ms. Lord’s memory on the third-floor of the downtown campus. The attendees then shared stories and memories over a catered lunch in the Community Hall.

Friends and family of Myrna Lord take a campus tour

“Myrna Lord was a strong believer in the value of education,” said Barbara Greenleaf, Ms. Lord’s friend and director of institutional advancement at AUSB. “She was always there for young people who wanted to better themselves, which is why AUSB — with its emphasis on creating access to higher education for all — is the perfect place to honor her name.”

Originally from Chicago, Ms. Lord spent many winters in Santa Barbara and was active in progressive causes, mostly notably serving on the local committee of Human Rights Watch.

For more photos, visit Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Facebook page.


AUSB Sponsors Global Fund For Women ‘Architects For Change’ Reception

Global Fund for Women honorees
From left: Amina Doherty, Yvette Kathurima, Musimbi Kanyoro.

Antioch University Santa Barbara is co-hosting a special invitation-only reception on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, in partnership with the Global Fund for Women to honor human rights activists who are architects for change.

To RSVP for the event, visit globalfundforwomen.org.

The event, which is part of the Antioch in Conversation series, will feature three women who have worked to inspire change and strengthen the women’s rights movement across the globe. They are:

Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women and an advocate for health and human rights for women and girls around the world

Amina Doherty, a feminist activist who focuses on philanthropy and creative arts

Yvette Kathurima, head of advocacy at Femnet, the African Women’s Development and Communication Network, based in Kenya

In addition to AUSB, the event will be hosted by Junemarie Justus, AUSB Trustee Susan Rose, Janet Wolf, Libby Moore, and the Orfalea Foundation.

In light of numerous recent events around the world, from the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria, to the stoning of pregnant women in Pakistan, to the epidemic of rape on college campuses, it is critical for the world to hear about women who are fighting the courageous battle to advance women’s human rights. While the media focuses on the struggles and violence women face, the stories of these women leading change are inspirational.


‘Cowspiracy’ Is Next Film in AUSB’s Environment In Focus Series

CowspiracyThe next event in AUSB’s Environment in Focus series, as a part of Antioch in Conversation, takes on what filmmaker Kip Andersen calls “the most destructive industry facing the planet today” in the screening of the documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.”

In the film, Andersen not only investigates the devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming, but also why why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

The film will be screened on Thursday, January 22 from 4-6 p.m. in the Community Hall on the AUSB campus at 602 Anacapa Street. The is free and open to the public – we invite you to join us!

View the trailer for “Cowspiracy”:

Each quarter, the Environmental Studies faculty in the BA program at AUSB sponsors a collaborative series on contemporary environmental issues affecting our world for our community. The Environment in Focus events are part of Antioch in Conversation, an event series designed for public engagement and dialogue about the social issues that affect us on a local, national, and global basis.

For more information about the “Cowspiracy” screening, please contact Susan Gentile at 805-962-8179 x5178.

Stream the Full Antioch in Conversation Water Panel Broadcast on KCRW

Warren OlneyKCRW has made the full broadcast of the Antioch in Conversation event “Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?” – a presentation by the Santa Barbara Independent and moderated by Warren Olney – available on its website, KCRW.com.

In addition to Olney, the five local panelists who joined the discussion are:

Charles Hamilton, General Manager, Carpinteria Valley Water District

• Kira Redmond, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

• Helene Schneider, Santa Barbara Mayor

• Nick Welsh, Executive Editor, Santa Barbara Independent

 Robert Wilkinson, Professor, UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Panelists from Water: Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?To listen to the full hour-long discussion, please visit KCRW.com.

The discussion on California’s historic drought was held on Friday, Dec. 12 at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West.

Three years into the worst drought in California history, Santa Barbara is looking for water. From importing supplies to re-opening its desalination plant — what are the costs? And what’s the environmental impact? Listen in at your convenience as Warren Olney moderates a panel of local experts on Santa Barbara’s sustainable future.

Antioch MBA Students Look for Local Projects

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshopLocal businesses and organizations have a chance to work with AUSB’s first cohort of socially responsible MBA students starting in 2015.

The MBA students are currently researching topics for year-long individual projects that will begin in January. Local organizations are encouraged to submit projects that align with at least one of the MBA program’s core values of social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership for student consideration. Projects also must provide students with opportunities to challenge themselves, apply their classroom knowledge, and test new skills learned in the MBA program. Students will select their own projects, and not all submitted projects will be chosen.

Deadline for project submission is Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014; download the project submission form herePlease contact MBA Program Coordinator Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at]antioch.edu with any questions.

Before beginning their projects, the MBA students attended a workshop on campus on Friday, Dec. 5, during which they split into five groups to conceive and pitch a start-up idea. Students, faculty, and program advisors all participated in the groups.

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshop

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshop

Antioch University Santa Barbara MBA workshop

View more photos from the workshop at the Antioch University Santa Barbara Facebook page.

AUSB’s Odyssey Online Releases Video Showreel

The Odyssey Online, a digital magazine produced by Antioch University Santa Barbara students, has released a video showreel that depicts the interests and talents of several students in the Bachelor of Arts program.

The video was produced by Jacob Kistner, a BA student with a concentration in marketing and who moved to the United States from Sweden four years ago.

The Odyssey Online accepts stories, photos, and videos from all members of the AUSB community. View more from the Odyssey at odyssey.antiochsb.edu, and click here to submit your work and suggestions.

In addition, BA students can still sign up for COM 332 – Online Odyssey: Digital Magazine Publication with Jim Murray for the Winter Quarter.

AUSB To Host Free RICA Review Workshop

ann lippincottAntioch University Santa Barbara is offering a free Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Review Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-noon in room 343 at the AUSB campus at 602 Anacapa Street.

This workshop, hosted by AUSB adjunct faculty Dr. Ann Lippincott, is designed for students working toward a credential who have not yet passed the RICA requirement.

Please RSVP before the event to Kelly Pena.

RICA is a part of California’s effort to improve student reading skills. State law requires the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to administer the RICA to develop prospective teachers to deliver high-quality reading instruction to students. Click here to learn more about RICA.

Learn more about AUSB’s Graduate Education and Credentialing program. 

Four MEd Students Present Inquiry Projects

MEd students present projectsFour more Master of Education students at Antioch University Santa Barbara presented their educational project portfolios on November 15 as part of the “Public Conversations with Critical Friends” series, an updated formulation of the more traditional master’s thesis defense. Four other MEd students previously presented their projects in September.

The four students – Amelia Horner, Lindsay Johnson, Janet Lemons, and Angela Sturgeon – presented their year-long Inquiry Projects on the topics listed below.

Titles and Abstracts of MEd Inquiry Projects:

Amelia Horner: Importance of and Ways to Integrate Art Within Elementary School Multiple Subject Classrooms

Amelia Horner“The purpose of this inquiry project is to illustrate the importance of integrating art within elementary school multiple subject classrooms, and ways in which it can be integrated.  By sharing my personal experiences and passion for various art forms I hope to establish a classroom culture where students use art materials as a vehicle to learn various academic subjects such as Social Science, Math, and Language Arts.  My proposed lesson style would utilize project based learning, classroom routines, and provide various forms of learning opportunities designed to address multiple intelligences as described by Howard Gardener. Lastly, this inquiry project focuses on teaching a rounded arts education which flourishes when students are taught Art History, art criticism, and aesthetics alongside the discipline of creation. When students are taught those four pieces of art education together they learn how to appreciate creative efforts, express their response to specific works, and develop their own personal aesthetic.”

Lindsay Johnson: Sustaining School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms in Santa Barbara County Elementary Schools

Lindsay Johnson“This study looks at the importance of gardens as outdoor classrooms on Elementary School campuses.  I chose this project because of my passion for outdoor and environmental education. This topic is very relevant to me because I work for an organization that recently adopted one of the largest school garden programs in the nation. I am learning the logistics of operating thirty two school gardens in nine school districts with thirteen Garden Educators administering garden and nutrition based curriculum to approximately eight thousand elementary aged students. During this work, I have taken the time to look at myself as a leader of a local non-profit organization while examining the partnerships and interactions within the community that have developed myself and the organization to where we are today.”

Janet Lemons: How Am I As A Positive Mentor/Teacher Going to Advocate for Students in Foster Care

Janet Lemons“It is important for teachers to understand the obstacles students have who are placed in foster care.  This study has confirmed that there are a high percentage of foster care students that have attended seven or more schools between their elementary and high school years.  This research assists teachers in recognizing how vital it is for students in foster care to have at least one positive role model in their lives. Students in foster care who have a mentor have a higher success rate in school than those that do not have a mentor as a positive role model.  After meeting with community members affiliated with the foster care system and teachers in both the Goleta and Santa Barbara School Districts I have discovered that teachers need to establish consistency in their classroom for children who face challenges of volatile homes. It is imperative that teachers have routines and structure to help make the foster care student feel safe and secure. This helps build confidence in their daily life.  It is essential to keep lines of communication open between the relationships built between the teacher and foster parent as well as all the court mandated Social Workers and Child Appointed Special Advocates. This will help to plan and provide services for foster care students. The findings confirm how important my role is as a teacher to be a positive mentor to foster care students. With the evidence I have found I believe my commitment will lead to a higher success rate of foster care students graduating from high school and going onto college.”

Angela Sturgeon: Mapping the Future: Geo-Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

Angela Sturgeon“This inquiry project supports my belief that geo-literacy is at the core of global understanding and that, as a teacher, I have a responsibility to prepare my students to be citizens of our globally interconnected world. The focus of my inquiry was “how can I help increase students’ geographical knowledge so that they learn to recognize the relationships between people, places, and environments both locally and globally?” I looked at the five themes of geography, the current state and national geography standards, and historical and current research on geography teaching. I collected numerous children’s books that can be used to develop children’s geographical knowledge. I also collaborated with teachers and other experts in order to learn more about the current state of geography teaching in elementary schools. My project proposes that we teach with maps and globes at hand and incorporate the study of geography across all content areas so that our students learn to identify and make connections between themselves and other people and places in the world.”

AUSB Forms Partnership with KCRW Public Radio

KCRW 88.7 FMAntioch University Santa Barbara is excited to announce a partnership with KCRW, Southern California’s flagship NPR affiliate broadcasting in Santa Barbara as KDRW at 88.7 FM.

Under the partnership, KCRW will inhabit space on the AUSB campus in downtown Santa Barbara, which will allow AUSB students – particularly in the Bachelor of Arts program concentrations of Communication & Media and Marketing – to have exposure to and work with a professional media organization to enrich their studies as well as KCRW’s operations.

The partnership between AUSB and KCRW, which began in November, also will lead to collaboration on community events, the first of which will be “Antioch in Conversation: Water – Is Santa Barbara All Dried Up?” on Dec. 12. KCRW’s Warren Olney and a panel of local experts will discuss the state’s historic drought and Santa Barbara’s sustainable future. Tickets to the event, which is also co-sponsored by The Independent, are free and open to the public, but space is limited (RSVP here).



AUSB Holds Veterans Day Reception to Honor Those Who Served

AUSB Yellow Ribbon ProgramAntioch University Santa Barbara held a Veterans Day reception on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in Community Hall on campus.

All AUSB alumni, students, faculty, and staff were invited to the reception honoring the U.S. military veterans and families of the AUSB learning community.

AUSB proudly supports veterans and recently became a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides men and women who have served honorably in the United States armed services with tuition assistance at private educational institutions. As a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, AUSB makes additional funds available for student-veterans’ education through direct tuition grants without an additional charge to their GI Bill entitlement. In addition, credit is given for military training and experience, and attendees have the ability to transfer as many as 80 college credits into AUSB.

View photos from the reception on our Facebook page:

To learn more about how AUSB’s Yellow Ribbon Program could support your educational dreams, please visit antiochsb.edu/yellowribbon or contact Sharisse Estomo, Director of Admissions.

Barbara Greenleaf Joins AUSB as Director of Institutional Advancement

Barbara GreenleafAntioch University Santa Barbara is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Greenleaf as Director of Institutional Advancement. In this position, she will be responsible for community outreach, development, and alumni affairs.

Barbara comes to AUSB with a strong background in development and communications. As a consultant she helped numerous nonprofits reach their financial goals through a strategic combination of personal appeals, advertising, public relations, and event planning.

Barbara is enthusiastic about her new affiliation. “I’ve been consulting at AUSB for more than two years, during which time I’ve come to deeply admire its mission, programs, students, faculty, and staff,” she said. “I look forward to helping this wonderful institution realize its full potential as an educational force in Santa Barbara.”

She is the author of six books, numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and several award-winning speeches. Upon graduation from Vassar College, she worked at The New York Times and then went on to become a contributing editor at McCall’s magazines. Her other corporate experience includes Conoco, an energy conglomerate, and VideoStar Connections, a satellite communications firm. She did graduate work at the Hunter School of Urban Planning.

Barbara also has an impressive track record as an entrepreneur, having launched Greenleaf Video, Inc. and Strategic Communications in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. She founded the much-lauded Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival. As a community volunteer Barbara works with the Dons Net Café at Santa Barbara High School and serves on the board of the More Mesa Preservation Coalition.

“Barbara brings a great skill set to our campus,” said AUSB President Nancy Leffert, PhD. “Exuberant and effective, she will be an excellent advocate for AUSB’s mission. I am delighted with her transition from consultant to full member of our senior staff.”

PsyD Student Dalia Ruiz to Present at ISTSS Conference

Dalia RuizDalia Ruiz, a student in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, has been chosen to present at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ (ISTSS) 30th annual meeting.

In a poster format, Dalia will present “An Application of Developmental Theories to Understand the Impact of Trauma on Latino Children.” The presentation will center on understanding the effect of trauma and interpersonal violence on Latino children based on age, motor and cognitive abilities, and cultural factors with the goal of developing more effective treatment approaches. She is scheduled to present on Friday, Nov. 7 at the conference in Miami, Florida.

“I have always had a love for children, and it was my initial interest in children and my curiosity on childhood trauma that pushed me to enroll in a doctoral program,” Dalia said. “At Antioch, I have been taught that contextual/systemic influences are crucial factors in lifespan development. Ultimately, it is this perspective that has led to my idea of exploring the specific factors for Latino children as they relate to witnessing interparental violence.”

The overall theme of the ISTSS meeting – “Healing Lives and Communities: Addressing the Effects of Childhood Trauma Across the Life Span” – is a perfect fit for Dalia’s area of study, and she said AUSB’s intimate environment is helping her prepare. 

“Being able to participate in small classes has helped sharpen my communication and presentation skills and has given me the confidence needed to be able to undertake this,” Dalia said. “In the end, however, it has been the instructors’ support and emphasis on fostering every student’s own special interest that has made this possible.”

For more information on the ISTSS meeting, visit www.istss.org.

Marianne D’Emidio-Caston Presents at CCTE Institute

marianne d'emidio-castonMarianne D’Emidio-Caston, Acting Chair of the Graduate Education Program at AUSB, presented “Educating Teachers to Inspire Moral Development through the Arts” at the California Council on Teaching Education’s Fall 2014 conference in San Diego on Oct. 25.

“(The presentation) supports AUSB graduate education and credential programs’ mission to advocate for elementary school classrooms as caring learning communities where children reach their full potential as self-motivated, resilient learners,” Marianne said. “Creativity through the arts energizes learning with self expression.”

The conference described Marianne’s presentation further: “Even without explicit instruction, influences on moral development are inescapable in school contexts because of the powerful relationships that occur throughout schooling – relationships that may or may not foster a strong sense of caring and fairness. This institute will explore classroom teaching for moral development as an inherent function of public schools, using various artistic media. Participants will engage in thoughtful inquiry into the moral side of teaching Common Core State Standards (CCSS) using graphic and performing arts, as well as linguistic forms of artistic expression. Teacher educators will leave the institute with a more explicit notion of how integration of the arts can be used in course settings to engage teacher candidates in thinking about the important role they can play in the moral lives of their own students while they are addressing the CCSS.”

MACP Program Presents ‘Healing Trauma’ Seminar

W.-Elliott-Head-ShotAntioch University Santa Barbara’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program presents “Healing Trauma Through the Body-Mind Connection” on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Hall on campus.

Wendy Elliott, MA, LPCC, SEP, BC-DMT, will lead the seminar, co-sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Santa Barbara chapter, which will focus on how to heal trauma through the body-mind connection.

Drawing from the emerging field of somatic psychology and interpersonal neurobiology, this workshop provides participants with a basic understanding of how awareness, body, breath, mindfulness, and movement are integrated in the therapy session.

Participants in the workshop will:

  1. Gain understanding in the fields of somatic psychology, somatic experiencing, dance-movement therapy, and mindfulness based psychotherapy. 
  2. Understand the neurophysiology of emotions and behavior.
  3. Observe the connection between the nervous system, cognitive schemas, and emotional self-regulation. 
  4. Summarize how the stress response and unresolved trauma influence emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and body. 
  5. Learn to integrate awareness and movement techniques with other psychotherapy approaches. 

Presenter Wendy Elliott is a licensed counselor, board certified dance movement therapist, and somatic experiencing practitioner. She is an adjunct faculty member at AUSB and also has a holistic psychotherapy practice in Ojai. She offers professional trainings that focus on how the mind-body connection may be supported within the psychotherapeutic context. 

Space is limited so please click here to register. General admission to the seminar is $110. The cost for NASW and CAMFT members as well as AUSB alumni is $90, and the cost for current AUSB students is $60. The cost includes snacks and six Continuing Education Units. Please pay at the door by cash or check payable to NASW Santa Barbara.

Learn about future events in the AUSB-NASW Seminar Series.