AUNE Student and Alum Hike for Homeless Women

Antioch University New England (AUNE) students recently joined in Wilderness Heals, the all-female, three-day pledge hike that benefits Boston’s Elizabeth Stone House (ESH). Marilyn Castriotta, an Environmental Studies master’s student, participated for the fourth year, and Ali Furman, MS ’13, also joined the annual hike.

ESH provides safety and services to help women resolve the issues that made them homelessdomestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illnessto help them attain and maintain permanent housing, personal safety, and economic stability.

This year’s Wilderness Heals was held July 19-21. Five teams of forty-three women, whose ages ranged from teens to sixties, spent three days hiking in various parts of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.  The weather conditions were challenging, with heat and humidity, as well as tornado warnings on the second day.

Each hiker was required to raise at least $1,500. All proceeds are unrestricted funding that ESH uses to help individuals and families heal and rebuild their lives. This year’s overall goal of raising $175,000 was the highest yet in Wilderness Heals’ eighteen-year history and for the first time was reached before the event was held. Most came from individual donations; there was also corporate sponsorship. You can still make a pledge through September 12.

Marilyn co-led the Carter Notch team, which summited two 4,000-foot mountains, Carter Dome and Wildcat A. The essence of Wilderness Heals is about building confidence and community in the lives of both homeless individuals and those hiking for their benefit, she said. Serving as a team leader the past three years, she aspires to lead according to a favorite quote of hers by Eleanor Roosevelt: A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.

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Kate Sipe ’02

What if classrooms were envisioned as a small democracy? What if our students practiced democracy in their classroom year after year? Further, what if they knew they deserved it? Kate Sipe, ’02, Antioch University Seattle MA in Education with Graduate Teacher Preparation and an adjunct faculty who teaches Classroom Management courses, published a timely post in Medium in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election about the importance of democratic schools and teaching civics to our children: “Psst… Hey teachers… Let’s teach civics in our classrooms every single day.” Start today. Start small. Just start. Let your classroom be a microcosm

Andressa Lutiano

Andressa Lutiano (Antioch University Online, IMA) was interviewed about her work at Wish School, the bilingual school in São Paulo that she directs. The interview covers the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote learning, and the importance of innovation. Lutiano is interviewed in Portuguese, however auto-generated English subtitles can be turned on, and they work great. Find the video on Youtube.

Noah McIntyre 

Noah McIntyre (Online, IMA) was interviewed by Kelle Sparta on her podcast “Spirit Sherpa.” The episode, titled “Graditute with Noah McIntyre,” is a deep discussion of the practice of gratitude and the impact it can have on everyday life. He talks about his experiences being taught to meditate by Thich Nhat Hanh, working as an executive at Werner Erhard’s Landmark Education, and now working as a gratitude coach. Find the episode in your favorite podcatcher or stream it on Youtube.

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang, Chair of AULA’s MFA in Creative Writing, has had her fifth book of poems, Obit,  selected by Time magazine as one of 100 “Must-Read” books of 2020. The Time editors say that Chang captures the “visceral, heart-stopping ache” of grief in these poems, which were written in the wake of the death of her mother. “Although Chang initially balked at writing an obituary,” write the editors, “she soon found herself writing eulogies for the small losses that preceded and followed her mother’s death, each one an ode to her mother’s life and influence.” Obit is published by Copper

Mindy Velasco ’19

Mindy Velasco ’19 (Los Angeles, MA) serves as California Program Manager for the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership.

Michelle Suzanne Snyder ’19

Michelle Suzanne Snyder ’19 (Los Angeles, MA) began working as an arts educator at CSU-Long Beach. She also launched her own business, DreamOut People’s Project, a customized workshop that blends oral history, writing, and visual art for community building.

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