Abi Abrash Walton has been named the Director of the Advocacy for Social Justice & Sustainability concentration for the Department of Environmental Studies. She replaces Steve Chase who has accepted the position of Director of Education at Pendle Hill. Chase has worked at Antioch University New England for 21 years and will continue as affiliate faculty.
“We are excited to have Abi serving our students as an academic and concentration advisor, instructor, coach, networker, and team player,” says Dr. Jimmy Karlan, Core Faculty, Director of the Science Teacher Certification Concentration, and Acting Chair of the Environmental Studies Department. “She brings a powerful background as an advocate and change leader to these roles. Under Abi’s leadership, Environmental Studies’ students will have an opportunity to get involved, as graduate assistants, with Antioch’s 2016 East Coast Climate Preparedness conference in Baltimore, as well as partnership initiatives with the City of Keene.”
Abi is also excited about strengthening the advocacy and leadership skills of all Environmental Studies students, understanding that effective advocacy and leadership skills are core to environmental solutions. Abi welcomes conversations with students interested in applying for Antioch’s U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellow to serve with the Caucus in DC every summer. The fellowship is a powerful career launch pad for fellows.
Abigail Abrash Walton joined the Antioch learning community in 2003, serving as faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies, where she founded and directed the department’s award-winning Advocacy Clinic, which has served as the model for the Department’s Collaborative Service Initiative capstone course. She returns to the Department to direct its Advocacy concentration and to co-direct AUNE’s new Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience. She brings a powerful background as an advocate and change leader to this role, with specialization in communications, international human rights, leadership, political economy, public policy, and sustainability. Abrash Walton’s publications include “Conservation through Different Lenses: Reflection, Responsibility and the Politics of Participation in Conservation Advocacy,” in the journal Environmental Management, “The Victims of Indonesia’s Pursuit of Progress,” an invited New York Times opinion piece, and “The Amungme, Kamoro and Freeport: How Indigenous Papuans Have Resisted the World’s Largest Gold and Copper Mine,” in Lechner and Boli’s The Globalization Reader. Based on her research and analysis, she has served as a commentator for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” among other media outlets. Previously, Abrash Walton served as program director for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, and as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program. Abrash Walton is in her final year in Antioch University’s Leadership and Change PhD program. She holds a M.Sc. in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.