According to ANE president David Caruso, the recipients of this year’s Campus Compact President’s Awards are a powerful example of the purpose and values of Antioch New England coming to life in the real world.
This year’s President’s Good Steward Award recipient is Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky. Gargi created Disaster Shakti (meaning Empowerment in the face of Disaster) to train graduate student volunteers to design and implement social justice outreach and mental health services to disaster-affected communities. Shakti responded to community mental health needs in Tamil Nadu, India, after the 2004 tsunami and in New Orleans and Mississippi following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Shakti also responded in November 2007 when Tabasco, Mexico was struck by massive floods, leaving thousands without homes and jobs.
This year’s President’s Leadership Award recipient is Vincent Pignatiello. Vincent recently completed his term of service for AmeriCorps’ SERVE Northern New England program. Vince is the editorial assistant for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD) and is an active member in the social justice-oriented, Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD).
This year’s President’s Community Partner Award recipient is the Monadnock Conservancy.
Ryan Owens serves as the Conservancy’s executive director and alumni Pete Throop serves as the organization’s project director for its Community Conservation Partnership. Jack Calhoun, Antioch New England Institute executive director, is a former board chair for the organization.
The Conservancy became a partner with Antioch New England Institute in January 2008 in order to implement an innovative program of building local capacity for enhancing land conservation in the Monadnock Region. This program, the Community Conservation Partnership, is working with five pilot towns (Alstead, Walpole, Westmoreland, Gilsum, and Surry) to help them develop a conservation open-space plan using a community-driven process that raises awareness and builds local knowledge and capacity.