Kelly Bleach ‘21 (GSLC, PhD) has been awarded a research grant from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) 2021 Small Grant Program. This one year grant is awarded to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research designed to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability. Kelly’s project is entitled “How People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired Experience Relationships in Text-Based Workspaces”. Given the fact that companies are increasingly turning to text-based communications to recruit, hire, and manage a distributed remote workforce,
Dr. Etta Jackson ‘20 (GSLC, PhD) published “How to Think about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: A Primer” within NonProfit Quarterly. Etta has additionally authored a series of books including, Unveiling the Secrets of the Feminine Principle (Lapis Communications, 2018) which can be found here.
Kathy Hoffman ‘20 (GSLC, PhD) was appointed to the advisory board of the Tombolo Institute for Design Thinking at Bellevue College. In this role she joins other professionals from the private and public sectors in shaping the design thinking program at the college. She also authored three chapters concerning cannabis law in the Cannabis Law Deskbook (AGA and Thomson Reuters, 2021), a joint collaboration with The Attorney General Alliance and Thomson Reuters. As chief legal officers, the State Attorneys General offer a unique insight into cannabis law and policy. Cannabis law has rapidly emerged as an international issue. Beginning in
Stacey Guenther ‘20 (GSLC, PhD) was named one of three finalists for Academy of Management’s Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) special interest group’s 2021 Most Promising Dissertation Proposal Award for her proposal entitled, A Phenomenological Inquiry into Group Beingness. The award is made annually to doctoral students beginning the formulation of their dissertation topics, and/or currently performing dissertation-related research. Stacey has also been named a Fetzer Scholar for MSR, which is awarded to 20 doctoral candidates and new faculty members each year and includes membership and tuition to all MSR meetings and events for one year. The purpose of the
Dr. Betty Johnson ‘21 (GSLC, PhD) has just published a new book based on her Antioch dissertation research (video here). Entitled, Making Virtual Work: How to Build Performance and Relationships (Bridging The Difference LLC, 2021), the book is filled with the voices of her research participants’ straightforward recommendations for relieving the emotional exhaustion of virtual meetings, what’s commonly called “Zoom fatigue.” The book is endorsed by a host of thought leaders whose work underpins Dr. Johnson’s research, and the disarmingly simple solution offered in the book is especially timely in these unprecedented times. Founder and President of Bridging the Difference,
Dr. Courtny Davis Olds ‘20 (GSLC, PhD) was recently named President-Elect of the Academy of Religious Leadership. Courtny was also selected, in addition to GSLC alumna Dr. Atim George (Cohort 14), to participate in the 2021 International Leadership Association Women and Leadership Colloquium.
Dr. Nate Woods ‘20 (GSLC, PhD), Senior Customer Support Manager for GE Aviation in Africa, worked closely with the senior leadership of Hidaya Development Association to obtain a $12,500 grant from GE Africa to empower 200 women to start their own businesses and gain entrepreneurship skills. The program will include training on key topics such as marketing and finance, while providing access to microfinance loans. Ultimately, income in the hands of women benefits their children and families, while reducing poverty. He also worked with the GE Volunteers organization in Ethiopia to support the project as well. The program kicked off
Dr. Maria Chavez-Haroldson ‘20 (GSLC, PhD) was just promoted to Regional Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Director for Willamette Education Services District in Salem, Oregon. Through established partnerships with the Student Success Act (SSA) Team (CFEIA) and the Regional Educator Network (REN), Dr. Chavez-Haroldson will continue to serve as an EDI consultant, facilitator, guide, and thought partner in the Willamette region. She will have immediate access and connection to leaders across the region seeking to explore and discover effective ways to put EDI into practice as they too, become EDI Practitioners in education.
Bishop Dr. Daniel Kyei-Poakwa ‘21 (GSLC, PhD), the Lead Pastor at House of Deliverance Church of God in Dorchester, Massachusetts, has launched The Open Heavens Devotional Series. This quarterly devotional series combines a variety of engagement points including daily scriptures and prayer points to provide a resource handbook for principles of excelling in a difficult world.
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