Teacher. Mentor. Social Activist. Writer. Therapist. Friend. There are so many different ways to describe Douglas Sadownick, yet not one encompasses them all. In his over twenty years at Antioch University, Douglas has expanded our understanding of what it means to be a part of the LGBT community, and has made the Antioch identity more vibrant and inclusive as a result.
After a decade of visionary leadership, Douglas will step down as Director of the LGBT Specialization in April 2016 and return to the faculty. From his earliest days at Antioch and even before, Douglas has been deeply committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ people through psychological mindfulness wed to social activism. Intellectual curiosity, outstanding teaching, dynamic clinical work, social responsibility, and a deep commitment to the LGBT community have been the hallmark of Douglas’ work.
In 2006, he helped to found the LGBT Specialization at Antioch, the first in the country to provide LGBT-affirmative training to counselors. While Director of the LGBT Specialization, Douglas took responsibility for founding two clinics: Colors, Antioch University’s initiative providing free counseling to LGBT youth under 25, and Antioch Alive, a free mental health program serving the HIV-impacted community at Being Alive.
Take a moment to hear about this significant work in Doug’s own words.
To honor his contributions, Antioch University has established the Douglas Sadownick Scholarship Fund. Any psychology student at AULA who has taken at least one LGBT Specialization class will be eligible to apply for financial support for his/her/ze studies.