Author Andrea Hutton to Speak at Antioch

Andrea HuttonAndrea Hutton, author of Bald is Better with Earrings, A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer, will speak and sign copies of her book at Antioch University Santa Barbara on Wednesday, July 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. with an author talk at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

In 2009, at the age of 41, Andrea was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I wanted to know everything,” said Andrea. “So I researched as much as I could on the web. I looked for books to give me an idea of what the treatments and surgery and radiation would feel like, and I couldn’t find it all in one place. I kept thinking somebody must have written this book. But they hadn’t. So I wrote it.”

The result is Bald is Better with Earrings (HarperWave), a comprehensive, must-have roadmap for anyone who is dealing with breast cancer or supporting someone with the disease. The book is a frank, funny, and uplifting guide to dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. Andrea takes the reader through all the steps: the initial diagnosis, surgery, the physical and emotional aftereffects of chemo and radiation treatments, and the recovery process. Now cancer-free, Andrea lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and two children. Learn more about her story at http://www.baldisbetterwithearrings.com.

Bald is Better with Earrings by Andrea Hutton“This book should be in every oncologist’s waiting room,” said Dr. Mukul Gupta, MD, oncology/hematology, at the Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara. Dr. Erin Ellis, MD, a medical oncologist at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, called the book, “A brave, practical, and sometimes lighthearted guide to what can be a grueling journey.”

“We are delighted to bring Andrea Hutton onto campus to kick off our Authors@Antioch series,” said Director of Institutional Advancement Barbara Greenleaf. “The series fits well with our Masters of Fine Arts in writing, which is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2016.”

Almost 150 AUSB Students Celebrate Commencement

2015 Antioch University Santa Barbara CommencementAlmost 150 Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) students walked across the stage to collect their hard-earned diplomas at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort on Friday, June 19, and transitioned from student to alumni.

At this year’s commencement, 147 students received degrees from AUSB’s academic programs. Of those, 77 received their Bachelor of Arts degrees; 13 completed the Graduate Education and Credentialing program; 42 finished the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program; 5 received their Master’s in Psychology degrees; and 10 completed the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program.

Dr. Nancy Leffert, AUSB President, and Victoria Riskin, chair of the AUSB Board of Trustees, gave welcoming remarks, and Lynn Houston, who received her BA from AUSB in 2011 and was honored with this year’s Distinguished Graduate Award, spoke on behalf of the alumni.

2015 Antioch University Santa Barbara Commencement“It is my honor this year, as it is every year, to usher a new class of Antioch graduates into the world to continue the good work they have already begun on furthering their careers and professional lives,” Leffert said.

Linda Hoover, who graduated from the PsyD program, and Miranda Rich, a Bachelor of Arts graduate with concentrations in Communication & Media and Marketing, were named as the commencement student speakers.

“Being selected as a commencement speaker is the crowning jewel in my academic journey,” Hoover said. “I am honored by the privilege to represent the PsyD program and graduates this year.”

“My Antioch experience taught me that the goal of my education was not to leave knowing the threats that exist today but is to leave having the passion to fight them,” Rich said.

Susan Lang, MA, an affiliate faculty member at AUSB, received the 5th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching at the ceremony.

Lang has taught at AUSB for over 15 years in both the Graduate Education and Bachelor of Arts programs and routinely receives stellar student evaluations. Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Barbara Lipinski wrote that Susan’s “dedication to student learning and success in the areas of child development, psychology, and education is commendable. She brings innovative learning techniques that make the material in challenging courses accessible and comprehensible.”

View over 180 photos from the 2015 Commencement ceremony on the AUSB Facebook page.

 

MA in Education Students Present Public Conversations

MA in Education Public Conversations
Heather Young, Mark Duran, Charlene Macharia, Shawn Amaro, Courtney Fleming

Five Master of Arts in Education candidates presented their thesis topics to the Antioch University Santa Barbara community on Wednesday, June 3, by constructing posters showing their work and to spark conversations about their chosen subjects. The five students – Shawn AmaroMark DuranCourtney FlemingCharlene Macharia, and Heather Young – gathered in a classroom packed with staff, faculty, students, and members of the public to discuss their work.

Their topics and abstracts were as follows:

Shawn Amaro: Professional Tensions in Correctional Schools

The purpose of this paper is to identify the potential for conflict between correctional officers and correctional educators. Research shows that pay, benefits, and promotional opportunities vary between correctional officers and correctional educators despite the fact they both work in a prison setting with potentially dangerous individuals. The research design was mixed method, including qualitative interviews and an ethnographic viewpoint. This paper includes a prison tour, interviews with two current correctional officers, and interviews with two former correctional educators. The study shows that there is indeed conflict present between correctional officers and correctional educators. The scale of the conflict is often determined on a personal level and is on a case by case basis between correctional employees.

Mark Duran: Integrating Social Justice and Environmentalism

Some educators and educational theorists have proposed that to make education more relevant, and address a degrading environment and worsening social conditions, we should teach from an awareness of the fundamental interdependence of these usually segregated areas of study. Some scholars, such as Friere, have promoted the necessity of an educational context of social justice.  Others, such as Sobel, have placed the focus on environmental literacy and restoration. Still others, most notably Gruenwald, have suggested that these traditions have a deep and necessary natural affinity. This qualitative study uses interviews, ethnographic research, and force field analysis, to investigate the current status of educational organizations and individuals that attempt to unify the themes of environmental restoration/justice with social justice/restoration. So far, results indicate that such educational endeavors are rare in practice, usually take place in small private schools, and face both institutional and practical resistance.

Courtney Fleming: Sources of Conflict in an Elementary Classroom

In a First Grade classroom with 20 different personalities, conflict is bound to arise. The purpose of this study was to determine the themes, context, and role of gender in First Grade conflicts. With an action research design, I had the specific intention of creating small-scale change and improving my classroom practice. I collected my data in the form of daily reflective journals with a deep reflection and analysis into the conflicts of my first grade classroom. This paper will include background research about how children, ages 5-10, create and respond to conflict with other children. Some researchers claim that conflict in the classroom originates from prior and current familial experiences while some argue that attachment to parents may have to do with a child’s ability to handle conflict that arises. As a First Grade teacher, I was in a unique position to conduct the research in my own classroom during the 2014-2015 school year.

Charlene Macharia: Building Positive Communities

Isla Vista history is rooted in music and the arts though there have been periods of time where artistic expression decreased. Following the increased crime rates in 2014 and the tragedy that happened in Isla Vista resulting in the killing of 6 UCSB students, Isla Vista First Friday (IVFF) was created as a means of positively shifting the culture. IVFF is a musical and artistic event that occurs at a park in Isla Vista every First Friday of the month and IV Open Lab is the UCSB course that meets weekly to plan IVFF and engages in other collaborative art projects. My research will gauge the impact of IVFF on students, other Isla Vista community members and the culture of the city in general, as well as evaluate IV Open Lab as model to re-think and reform the education system. I used quantitative data in the form of a survey that was passed out during some of the Isla Vista First Friday (IVFF) events and an online survey as an end of year evaluation for students and community members. I also used qualitative data in the form of interviews of the art professor who started IVFF, the student and community members involved in organizing as well as those who just attended the events. The results are tentative as since data collection is still in progress.

Heather Young: Evaluating FOSS Science Programs

My research is a program evaluation of the implementation of a science curriculum called Full Option Science System (FOSS). Force Field Analysis was applied to see what factors helped and impeded teachers in the implementation of the FOSS program. I used quantitative data in the form of two electronic surveys sent to teachers, one in 2014 and the other in 2015, to inquire of their individual application of the program. In addition to the quantitative data, I used qualitative data in the form of three interviews; two science consultants and one administrator from a school district. They were asked as to why the FOSS program was selected and how might the district aid teachers in their execution of the program. The results were mixed and suggest that more time was needed for implementation and fidelity to the program was not consistent.

Susan Lang Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Susan LangSusan Lang, MA, an affiliate faculty member at Antioch University Santa Barbara, will receive the 5th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching at the 2015 Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 19.

Susan has taught at AUSB for over 15 years, in both the Graduate Education and Bachelor of Arts programs and routinely receives stellar student evaluations. Her award was announced by Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Barbara Lipinski this week. In the announcement, Barbara wrote that Susan’s “dedication to student learning and success in the areas of child development, psychology, and education is commendable. She brings innovative learning techniques that make the material in challenging courses accessible and comprehensible.”

In addition to a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from California State University Northridge, Susan also earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from AUSB. She also has taught courses at CSU Northridge and at Santa Barbara City College.

AUSB’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is an annual recognition of a faculty member by his/her faculty peers based on the following criteria:

  1. Excellence in teaching in general, particularly in teaching AUSB’s core purposes.
  2. Excellence in instruction design to achieve the school’s and the student’s goals.
  3. Engagement in teaching, stimulating, and educating students.
  4. Passion for inspiring students “above and beyond the call of duty.”

The first award in 2011 recognized John Forhan, JD, Adjunct Faculty in the BA program. Subsequent winners are:

2012: Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD, Core Faculty and Chair of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD).

2013: Dawn Murray, PhD, Core Faculty and current Chair in the BA program.

2014: Frank Rust III, PhD, Adjunct Faculty in the BA program.

Miranda Rich of the BA program and Linda Hoover of the PsyD program previously were announced as student speakers at this year’s Commencement, to be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19 at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. For more information on the 2015 Commencement, visit antiochsb.edu/commencement.

Antioch University Deepens Ties with Peace Corps

Antioch University and Peace Corps
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman

Antioch University has deepened its commitment to supporting those who serve their country through new agreements with the Peace Corps to build and expand academic programming that recognizes the educational value of service. In addition, the university is the first national university to commit to the Employer of National Service (EONS) program, which encourages the hiring of Peace Corps and AmeriCorps alumni.

Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet signed a formal agreement on Monday, May 18 to announce the partnership during a breakfast event on the Seattle campus with leaders from the Seattle community, business and nonprofit sectors.

“Antioch University is truly a national and international leader in service and innovation and this new partnership is further evidence of their commitment to our strong collaboration,” said Hessler-Radelet. “Antioch University students bring unique skills to Peace Corps service, while gaining hands-on experience that will give them a competitive edge upon graduation.”

The new partnership enables Antioch University’s Peace Corps Masters International degree programs to expand to all five Antioch campuses across the United States. The first Peace Corps PhD program was launched earlier this year at Antioch University’s New England campus and is based off the existing Master’s International program geared toward students already involved with Peace Corps. Students enrolled in these programs earn credit toward their graduate degrees through Peace Corps service.

“As a university that embraces service and integrates social, economic and environmental justice themes into all of our academic programs, expanding our offerings for present and future Peace Corps volunteers and becoming a Peace Corps Employer of National Service perfectly aligns with our mission and vision,” Nudelman said. “Blending Peace Corps service with graduate and doctoral degree studies and experiential learning opportunities prepares students to truly be effective global citizens empowered to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Across its five campuses, Antioch University has more than 80 faculty, staff or board members that have served in the Peace Corps. Employers of National Service builds a talent pipeline which connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring and advancement opportunities.

Antioch University’s doctoral and master’s programs offer 12 credits tuition-free for the service and research conducted while volunteering in the Peace Corps. Students also receive specialized training and gain access to an extensive network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) with diverse areas of expertise to help them prepare for their next venture.

In addition, the Seattle campus also recognizes those who perform or value service through its new Master of Science in Management and Leadership program. Peace Corps volunteers are just one group that can enroll in this program, which is geared towards building service experience into the academic program as a way to open doors for future leadership roles.

About the Peace Corps

The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide.

Linda Hoover, Miranda Rich Named Commencement Speakers

2014 Antioch University Santa Barbara commencement
AUSB Commencement in 2014.

Linda Hoover, a student in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, and Miranda Rich, who will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Communication & Media and Marketing, have been named as the Antioch University Santa Barbara 2015 Commencement speakers.

This year’s commencement will take place on Friday, June 19, from 2:00-4:00pm at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort at 633 East Cabrillo Blvd. in Santa Barbara. For more information on the ceremony, please visit antiochsb.edu/commencement.

“Being selected as a commencement speaker is the crowning jewel in my academic journey,” Linda said. “I am honored by the privilege to represent the PsyD program and graduates this year.”

Graduates-to-be from all programs submitted speeches to a panel comprised of faculty from all programs. The committee reviewed each without knowing the authors’ identities on writing quality, interest to a general audience, evidence of critical thinking, and consistency with the following theme:

Linda Hoover
Linda Hoover

Antioch University’s mission is to provide “…education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.” How has this mission been manifested in your experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara?

“My Antioch experience taught me that the goal of my education was not to leave knowing the threats that exist today, but is to leave having the passion to fight them,” Miranda said.

“Antioch exposed me to a world of new ideas, diverse cultures, and endless possibilities,” Linda added. “I was given the opportunity to see the world through my neighbor’s eyes, and discover something about others as well as myself in the process.”

Congratulations to all upcoming 2015 Antioch University Santa Barbara graduates!

Antioch Grad Ashley Somics Turns to Social Media For Help With Kidney Donation

Ashley Somics Noozhawk
Ashley Somics (photo credit: Joshua Molina, Noozhawk, used by permission)

Ashley Somics, an Antioch University Santa Barbara alum of the Graduate Education and Credentialing program, has successfully undergone one kidney transplant but is now in need of a second.

The 30-year-old Ashley, who is a teacher at La Cumbre Junior High School in Santa Barbara, and her family have set up a GoFundMe account to help offset the high medical costs incurred by her treatment, and they have spread the word via social media using both Twitter and Facebook.

Ashley’s story has attracted media attention, including a recent profile written by local outlet Noozhawk. In the story, Ashley outlines her plans for the future.

“I want to have a family,” she said. “I want to do something with education. I still have so much I want to do.”

Read the full story at noozhawk.com, and click here to make a donation to Ashley’s GoFundMe account.

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Honor Two from Antioch MBA Program

spirit of entrepreneurship awards
Nathalie Gensac (left) and Diana Pereira (right)

Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MBA program will be well-represented at the 2015 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards as Nathalie Gensac, a member of the program’s advisory board, and Diana Pereira, an MBA adjunct faculty member, have been nominated.

Nathalie is nominated in the Nonprofit category for her work with Youth Interactive, an academy located in the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara that aims to instill an entrepreneurial spirit in students aged 14-24. Youth Interactive also emphasizes technology and the arts and strives to help young people stay in school and prepare for college and beyond.

Diana’s nomination in the Professional Services category is for her work with Balance Financial Management, a consulting company that provides nonprofit and for-profit companies of all sizes with accounting, HR, payroll, operational, and regulatory management services. Diana founded BFM about five years ago.

Over 90 women were nominated for 11 categories. The winners will be announced at a reception on Friday, May 8 at The Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara with Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of lynda.com, serving as the evening’s host.

Antioch Celebrates Achievements of 2014-15 Scholarship and Grant Recipients

Lynn Houston
Lynn Houston

Antioch University Santa Barbara will honor students and donors alike at its Annual Grant and Scholarship reception on Wednesday, May 20.

The reception, which is invite only, will recognize the students who have been awarded over $135,000 through this year’s institutional scholarships and grants, as well as the generous donors who made these financial awards possible.

Special recognition will go to Lynn Houston, the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Graduate Award. Lynn, who graduated from AUSB in 2011 with a BA degree in Liberal Arts, went on to found A Different Point of View, a nonprofit organization in Santa Barbara that aims to inspire youth through flight, and was recently profiled by both Noozhawk and the AUSB student online magazine The Odyssey.

“My experience at AUSB literally changed the course of my history,” Lynn said. “Antioch’s founder, Horace Mann wrote, ‘Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.’ His call to action, along with Antioch Santa Barbara’s undeniable commitment to social justice, inspired me to become my very best self and found A Different Point of View. I am grateful for my time and education at AUSB and extremely humbled to be the first recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award.”

The 2014-2015 AUSB Scholarship and Grant recipients are as follows: Avanti Alias, Nieves Antonio, Alexa Aparicio, Nicole Auckerman, Simon Auckerman, Ruby Avila, Ildiko Benyak, Giovanna Bustamante, Matilda Dahlin, Charlotte Dessens, Reina Duran, Di Elman, Amanda Gilbert, MaryLou Hernandez, Johni Hull, Douglas Johnson, McKenzie Kay, Ian King, Marissa Kochan, Cesia Koris, Manoj Kumar Sharma, Maria Lemus, Claudia Martinez, Joan Mayer, Deana Medina, Ryan Moxley, Brittiny Reeves, Jacqueline Robertson, Helen Rosales, Holly Stewart, Genevieve Swords, Karen Taylor, Sarah Villalobos, Rachel Walsh, and Cary Young.

To learn more about grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial aid available to AUSB students, please visit antiochsb.edu/financial-aid.

Ron Pilato Joins Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Board

Ron PilatoDr. Ron Pilato, Chair and Core Faculty of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), has joined the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Pilato will Chair the Continuing Education Committee of the Board with the responsibility for developing continuing education events that meet California Board of Psychology and American Psychological Association criteria for Continuing Education.

“I am happy to accept this invitation to serve the SBCPA Board of Directors in this way,” he said. “I see many potential opportunities for Antioch and the Association to collaborate on providing pragmatic, cutting edge continuing education programs in the near future.”

The Antioch University Santa Barbara Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology offers students a doctoral level practitioner-scholar training in clinical psychology, preparing them for multiple roles in the field. Learn more about the program at antiochsb.edu/psyd.

MACP Student Jenn Kennedy Joins SB-CAMFT Board

Jenn KennedyJenn Kennedy, a second-year student in Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Masters in Clinical Psychology program, has joined the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as Director of Communications. In this role, Jenn will work with the news media to promote SB-CAMFT as well as manage the chapter’s newsletter.

“Jenn’s presence as a student member on the SB-CAMFT board is an important contribution to the growing partnership and collaboration between AUSB and CAMFT,” Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, chair of the MACP program said. “CAMFT is the professional organization with which most MACP graduates will affiliate as they train and prepare for licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists. … We are delighted that Jenn has stepped forward to volunteer in this position serving as an important role model to her fellow students around the values of community service, leadership, and affiliation with one’s professional organization.”

Jenn also is involved with the statewide California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, working as the chair of its Public Outreach Committee since March. Her role is to rebrand the organization and raise public awareness of the benefits of seeking therapy and the value of hiring a licensed MFT.

Jenn has a varied background, working as a marketing director, writer, and photographer before beginning her studies at AUSB. She has been a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, LA Confidential Magazine, Noozhawk, Shape Magazine, and The Advocate. She also has written Success by Design: Revealing Profiles of California Architects, available on Amazon.com.

MBA Workshop to Feature Former Google, Microsoft Executives

David Kramer and Jon Kechejian
David Kramer and Jon Kechejian

The socially responsible MBA Program at Antioch University Santa Barbara welcomes the public to its free workshop on Friday, May 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, with former executives from Google and Microsoft.

The workshop, entitled “Building a Socially Responsible Partnership: The Investor’s Role,” features guest panelists David Kramer and Jon Kechejian and event facilitator Ron Gans, an adjunct faculty with the MBA program.

The evening will include a panel discussion with David and Jon at 5:30 followed by an interactive workshop at 7:15. An MBA program information session for potential students will be held beforehand from 4:30-5:30. Please RSVP to lcrissman[at]antioch.edu by Monday, May 4, and indicate which events you will be attending.

About the panelists:

David Kramer joined Thinking Machines Corp. as a research scientist and then moved to Oracle. Subsequently, he joined the founders of startup Vivace Networks as a software architect and moved to Google after Vivace was acquired. While at Google, he led the team responsible for data storage and designing Geographic Information Systems. David, an active angel investor and board member of several privately held companies, also serves as technical advisor and executive coach to several startups, mostly in the high-tech space.

Jon Kechejian worked as a programmer for a number of companies doing large-scale implementation projects and then as the database administrator for billing systems at MCI Telecommunications. Jon joined Microsoft in Washington, D.C., starting in a sales and support role before moving to Redmond, Wash., where he worked in product marketing, OEM sales, and business development. Since leaving Microsoft, Jon assists high tech start-ups doing business development.

Ron Gans is a Technology Executive and CTO Consultant who has been engaged with software development and hardware technology for three decades. Ron mentors and consullts with startup companies and is usually in the process of starting his own. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ron earned a Doctoratre in Experimental Solid State Physics. He holds a BA in Physics and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

About the MBA Program:

AUSB’s innovative, 16-month MBA experience is rooted in the strategic leadership model and the philosophy that social responsibility and civic engagement are at the heart of transformative business practices. Learn more about the program.

Elizabeth Wolfson Named to Board of SB CAMFT

Elizabeth WolfsonDr. Elizabeth Wolfson, the chair of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MA in Clinical Psychology program, has joined the Board of Directors of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Santa Barbara Chapter.

As Program Co-Chair, Dr. Wolfson will be involved in developing community education programs and events.

“I am delighted and honored to be a member of this Board, which plays such a significant role in the professional identity and life of our community’s practitioners,” Dr. Wolfson said. “I am particularly excited about opportunities for collaboration between SB CAMFT and Antioch University. One important component of this will be to support the professional evolution of MA Clinical Psychology students, many of whom are training to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.”

The MA in Clinical Psychology program provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to mental wellness and therapeutic practice. At the core of this degree is a strong emphasis on advocating for and creating positive individual and community change, particularly within the two optional concentrations in Healthy Aging and Latino Mental Health.

‘Standing On Sacred Ground’ is Next Environment In Focus Film

Standing on Sacred Ground film
Winnemem Chief Caleen Sisk at Shasta Dam with Mt. Shasta in the distance. Source: @sacredlandfilmproject on Instagram.

“Standing on Sacred Ground,” a series that focuses on how indigenous people around the world struggle to protect their sacred lands, is coming to Antioch University Santa Barbara on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. as the next installment of the Environment In Focus film series. The film is free and open to the public.

The “Standing on Sacred Ground” series has four installments, and the one screening on campus will be “Pilgrims and Tourists,” which focuses on indigenous people of the Altai region in the Russian Republic and the Winnemem Wintu people in northern California, as they resist destruction of their sacred lands.

“This film reminds us that land and resources are sacred and we must unite to defend local and global habitats – stand together for ethical protection of land and cultures,” said Dawn Murray, chair of AUSB’s BA program. “There is hope when listening to indigenous communities, as human rights and ecological justice are inexorably linked.”

Alexis Slutzky, a mentor, educator, and wilderness guide for the Flowering Earth located in Santa Barbara, will present the film. She has chaired the Land Leadership Circle of The Ojai Foundation and designed and facilitated numerous nature-based retreats for adults and youth.

View a sample scene:

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 and is part of Antioch in Conversation.

Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world.

 

Diana Raab Joins AUSB Board of Trustees

Diana RaabAntioch University Santa Barbara welcomes Diana Raab, PhD, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees.

Diana is a memoirist, transpersonal psychologist, inspirational speaker, thought-provoker, poet, and blogger. She’s the award-winning author of eight books, including two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey and four poetry collections, including the latest one, Lust. Her undergraduate work was in Health Administration, Nursing, and Journalism. She is the former director of a chronic care hospital and was a medical journalist f or more than 25 years. She received her MFA from Spalding University’s Low Residency Program. She’s a regular blogger for Psychology TodayHuffington Post, and BrainSpeak, and Diana’s doctoral dissertation focused on the transformative and empowering aspects of memoir writing. Diana writes about and facilitates nationwide workshops on the power of writing for transformation and empowerment. Diana, originally a New Yorker,  has traveled worldwide and has lived in New York, Montreal, Orlando, and now calls Santa Barbara her home.

Diana is on the Board of Poets & Writers, The Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a UCSB Trustee. Diana is also on the Advisory Board for Antioch University Santa Barbara’s developing MFA in Writing Program and sponsors the forthcoming Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series.

She also organized and headlined the Love, Longing, Lust poetry event held on the AUSB campus in February (click to view photos from the event).

MBA Program Offers Workshop on Scalability of Social Change

Alternative Rite of Passage in KenyaThe socially responsible Master’s in Business Administration program at Antioch University Santa Barbara will present a free workshop open to the public on Friday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. focusing on the scalability of social change.

The workshop, entitled The Challenge of Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation Among the Masaai People of Kenya: Is It Scalable?”, will feature Teri Gabrielsen, founder of Africa Schools of Kenya (ASK), and will be moderated by Paul Lynch, CEO and founder of Cage Free Productions and an adjunct faculty in AUSB’s MBA program. It will take place in AUSB’s Community Hall. Please RSVP to Lindsay Crissman at lcrissman[at]antioch.edu or 805-962-8179 x5171.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a global and culturally sensitive issue. Communication and education rest at the center of the international effort to eradicate this ritual that creates staggering health and devastating social consequences for young Maasai women and their communities. ASK is successfully tackling this challenge.

In conjunction with the Maasai people living in Kenya, ASK created an Alternative Right of Passage (ARP) ceremony, following the traditional Maasai Emuratare, with the exception of FGM. In the eyes of their community, ARP graduates are recognized as women and are no longer married off at puberty.

ASK is on the brink of a major expansion into all of Maasailand. What obstacles must be overcome as ASK expands to other African communities? How is cultural resonance maintained? Join us for a fascinating presentation by Gabrielsen, followed by a problem solving/working session that will explore these challenging issues of scalability and sustainability inherent in change.

For more information on AUSB’s MBA program, please visit antiochsb.com/MBA.