CAROLINE DISTELL passed her dissertation proposal meeting on February 6th. The title of her dissertation is A training manual for a workshop for foster parents: Understanding the connection between attachment and parenting stress.

MEGHAN W. DUFF passed her draft review meeting on February 3rd and her final orals on February 10th. The title of her dissertation is Self-reported multicultural competence and provider interest in multicultural training and supervision.

TRISHA DUFFY passed her dissertation proposal meeting on February 8th. The title of her dissertation is Examining psychotic symptoms in PTSD and PTSD symptoms in severe mental illness.

PATRICK PRESTON passed his dissertation proposal meeting on February 9th. The title of his dissertation is Working with adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities: Community-based staff training.

On Saturday, February 18th, SERD will be presenting at the Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Under the banner Disaster Relief: International and National Social Justice Efforts, GARGI ROYSIRCAR, PhD will present Tsunami Recovery Work in Tamil Nadu, India; CHERYL WILCZAK will present Consultant Feedback on Studying 9/11 New York City Police Trauma; ANDERS GORANSON and HANNAH LORD will present Responding to the Katrina Disaster: Racism, Classism, and Immeasurable Loss; and, WENDY VINCENT will present Care and Self-Care in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

The Winter Roundtable is the longest-running continuing professional education program in the United States devoted solely to cultural issues in psychology and education. This year, the Winter Roundtable continues its tradition of bringing together scholars, practitioners, researchers, social change agents and students interested in the intersections between race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation in psychology and education. The theme of the 2006 conference, “Empowerment and Social Justice in Cultural Psychology and Education,” underscores the Roundtable’s commitment to recognizing the multiple and complex effects of culture and social location in psychological and educational matters.

MARTHA STRAUS, PhD and four Antioch students will be presenting at the Vermont Foster/Adoptive Family Association’s 19th Annual Conference, “Life Changes” in Burlington, VT on March 24-26. Dr. Straus and MARGARET OBER, MS will present All the Rage: Fostering Resilience and Hope in Angry Adolescent Girls; and Dr. Straus and JENNIFER FORRIDER, BRIAN DENIETOLIS, AND RICHARD DURANT will present Playing a Bad Hand Well: The Insider’s Guide to Attachment, Identity, and Survival in Foster Care.

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Vanessa Smith, ’03

Vanessa Smith ’03 (Antioch University Los Angeles, BA) started a new job as the Shriver Family Law Attorney at Legal Access Alameda. In this role, she is supervising volunteer attorneys who represent low-income individuals at hearings in child custody cases. “I have wanted to work in the nonprofit legal sector since I was a student at Antioch and then at law school,” said Smith. “This job represents finally reaching this goal.”

Dr. Yves P. Gakunde ’12 and ’20

Dr. Yves P. Gakunde ’20 (New England, PhD in Environmental Studies) and ’12 (New England, MS in Sustainable Development and Climate Change) assumed the position of Purchasing and Contract Services manager for the City of Keene after previously working as environmentally preferred purchasing program coordinator. He will assist the city in working toward its sustainability goals.

Dr. Kavon Ward

Community Organizer, Spoken Word Activist Dr. Kavon Ward (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has teamed up with fellow activists in California to launch Anti-Racist Movements (ARMs) Around the South Bay (LA). The mission of ARMs is focused on “Mobilizing families to raise anti-racist children and enact change in our community through organized action”. The group provides a space for involvement and education to engage in deep conversations about privilege and race to enact change. Kavon brings years of demonstrated experience in community leadership to the group and has extensive expertise in nonprofit organizational development, grassroots organizing, governmental relations, and volunteer

Dr. Maya Townsend

Dr. Maya Townsend (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) recently co-published “The Road to Successful Change is Lined with Trade-Offs” in Strategy+Business, an award-winning management magazine focused on strategy, operations, human capital, and governance.

Dr. Brittany Pines

Dr. Brittany Pines (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has successfully garnered a new Department of Education Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Title V grant to benefit students of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) where she is Project Director of an existing Title III grant entitled EXITO: Exit on Time in STEM. This new grant entitled, CASA: Creating Access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for All, allows NEIU to create a freshman/sophomore STEM cohort that embeds Ethics, History, and Financial Literacy into the cohort but taught through a STEM lens in a collaborative, co-teaching way. In addition, the grant allows NEIU

Dr. Ileya Grosman

Community Builder, and Educational Strategist, Dr. Ileya Grosman (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has just authored “Will COVID-19 Be a Disruption or an Interruption” for Medium an online network of scholars and practitioners. The piece examines the impacts of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and provides deep reflection regarding the ways in which it will drive transformation throughout communities, within individuals, and amongst leadership practices. Acknowledging that change and disruption are continual, she questions the takeaways of this historic moment in time. Ileya’s scholarship, practice, and expertise focuses on fostering relational connections and educational engagement driven by the power of communication

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