Dr. Caryn Park

Antioch University Seattle School of Education teaching faculty Dr. Caryn Park was featured in a CBC story “How to talk to kids about race, and why you should start now.” 

Caryn Park, part of the education faculty at Antioch University Seattle, said many parents of young children have had “that moment”: their kids ask about another’s skin colour out loud or point to someone who looks different from them in the grocery line. Rather than “shush” them, she says to “acknowledge” those differences, “cultivate curiosity” and explain the benefits of plurality.

“We tend to be so alarmed by children’s responses that don’t follow social norms, that we want to shut it down because we think they’re not ready,” said Park, who gives workshops to preschool teachers about anti-bias education.

“You’re there to support. You’re not there to have all the answers.”

–CBC News · Posted: Jun 04, 2020

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Gwynne Garfinkle ‘06

Gwynne Garfinkle’s ‘06 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) piece, “Sinking, Singing,” was reprinted by Mermaids Monthly.

Theresa Daskalakis ‘14

Theresa Daskalakis ‘14 (Antioch University Los Angeles, BA) had a piece, “Silent Night,” appear in Tipping the Scales. 

Jeri Frederickson ‘18

Jeri Frederickson’s ‘18 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) chapbook You Are Not Lost will be published by Finishing Line Press on October 1, 2021.

Jesus Francisco Sierra ‘18

Jesus Francisco Sierra ‘18 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) was accepted into and attended a two-week residency at Mesa Refuge. His essay, “Twelve Grapes,” was published in the Write Now! SF Bay anthology Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color.

Mary Birnbaum ‘17

Mary Birnbaum’s ‘17 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) essay, “Everything Was Wild, No One Was a Stranger,” was a 2021 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize finalist.

Rebecca Kuder ‘01

Rebecca Kuder’s ‘01 (Antioch University Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) essay, “A Trampoline,” was published in Los Angeles Review of Books.

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