Guests enjoyed remarks from Antioch University Seattle Provost Benjamin Pryor, University Chancellor Bill Groves, and Steve Crandall, who serves on the University Board of Governors.
Crandall praised Antioch for its commitment to social justice. “Today, more than ever, we need value-driven organizations like Antioch University that model compassion, commitment, and community involvement,” he said. Crandall shared personal reflections on how Antioch has impacted him and people he’s known. “At Antioch, we believe in people no one else does and those people go on to do great things,” he said.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests enjoyed light refreshments and mingling, as well as several activities. In the art studio, Antioch faculty and art therapist Michael Buchert assisted guests as they created their own mandalas. Buchert also invited guests to further the conversation of social justice and multiculturalism by writing down actions they will take to advance social justice causes and increase cultural awareness. Responses included “Say ‘yes’ to other people’s choices,” “Don’t assume other people are like you,” “Acknowledge my privilege,” and “Meet new people and build new relationships”, among other ideas. Their responses were hung up on the wall in the art studio.
The social justice conversation continued in a panel discussion on homelessness. Panel participants and guests talked about solutions to homelessness, acknowledging that many of the current solutions in place in Seattle aren’t effective.
Ribbon-cutting celebrants also enjoyed touring the new campus, where they had an opportunity to visit classrooms, the library, and administrative offices. They admired the “Legacy Tree” adjacent to the library, which features beautiful wooden leaves of various sizes containing personalized inscriptions, memorials, and tributes to faculty, friends, and family. The “Leaf a Legacy” campaign gives donors an opportunity to support Antioch University Seattle programs and to be part of its rich history.
The concept design for a donor recognition wall honoring university donors was also unveiled at the event. Naming opportunities remain available for classrooms, study nooks, and the entire building.
Guests also toured the Antioch University Seattle Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic, which offers low-fee counseling services to individuals and families.
Before they left, guests were encouraged to leave their own mark on the new campus by contributing to a chalk wall in one of the hallways. The chalk wall features a large drawing of a tree with branches and roots and the questions “What makes a community?” and “What is your role in it?” Guests wrote their answers with colored chalk, highlighting community values such as love, empathy, compassion, and justice. The chalk wall currently serves as a reminder to students what the Antioch University Seattle community is all about.