Caryn Park

Advocating to Center Equity and Cultural Awareness in Social Emotional Learning

When Caryn Park was a small child, her parents moved the family from South Korea, where she was born, to the U.S. so that they could pursue their education. While her parents were international students, Park found herself enrolled in a public school classroom in a small midwestern town. She had to learn the language, and she also had to learn, she explains today, “this whole different way of being, of relating to other people.” She learned English so well that she forgot how to speak Korean.

Maura Hart, A professional woman in a suit and black heels confidently speaking on a stage.

Cool Course: Rightful Presence in the Experiential Classroom

As a child in public school, Maura Hart never once felt safe in the classroom. She didn’t know exactly why. She just knew she wasn’t going to open her mouth. Today, Hart has a better understanding of classroom dynamics, one born of over 25 years working in the American education system. She’s been a classroom teacher and an educational consultant to school districts and state departments of education; currently, she is Assistant Director of Capacity Development at the University of Kansas’ SWIFT Education Center and Adjunct Faculty in Antioch University’s School of Education.

Mary Ann Short sitting at a desk with her computer.

Passion for Using Online Education to Reach Underserved Students Leads Mary Ann Short to New Role as Associate Dean

A few years ago, Mary Ann Short called an HR representative to resolve an insurance issue. It was one of those phone calls that you put off, and then on the day you actually make the call, as the phone rings, you prepare yourself for a complex negotiation. To say she was not expecting a life-changing experience would be an understatement.

Person sitting at desk looking at a laptop. The laptop screen is full of boxes with people's faces, like an online call is happening.

Cool Course: “Senior Project”

“We’re not reading a book and taking a test on each chapter; we’re talking about how what you’re learning impacts your life,” says Hays Moulton, Chair of Undergraduate Studies for Antioch University’s Online programs.

Coretta Bliss

Carrying on a Legacy of Activism and Teaching

For Coretta Bliss, kindergarten was a hard year. Her parents—activists living on a Catholic Worker Farm—were viewed as outsiders by the local community. She ended up feeling unwelcome even in her classroom. As she explains, “I just sat at my desk and kept my mouth shut and was scared of the teacher.” 

Common Thread- Francis Tuokuu

Opening a World of Opportunities Through Sustainability

Climate change is at emergency status, with global temperatures and extreme weather surging. Facing this, sustainability efforts are more important than ever, both at all levels of government and also for large organizations with vast power and impact. For Francis Xavier Tuokuu, a 2019 graduate of Antioch’s PhD in Environmental Studies, this urgent problem requires taking responsibility.