AUNE ES PhD student Karen Saunders wins competitive spot at UMN institute

Antioch University New England ES PhD student Karen Saunders has been accepted to the LacCore/CSDCO Drilling and Coring Summer Institute (DCSI). Karen is researching the long-term climate, environmental, and human history of New England and the Northeast US by examining geological records (last 12,000 years) of changes preserved in cores of organic materials in ideal locations determined by her and her committee via searches of existing literature and independent surveys and coring.

The applicant pool for the institute was extremely competitive, and it was noted that Karen’s application stood out as excellent “because of its thoughtfulness, detail, and specificity, and how her stated needs align with what the DCSI offers.”

LaCCore is a highly regarded analytical laboratory housed at the University of Minnesota. LacCore and the associated Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO) provide infrastructure for scientists utilizing core samples from Earth’s continents in their research, through integrated support for coring and drilling projects, from project inception through curation.

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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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