Dr. Janet Dewart Bell

The board of Women’s Media Center (WMC), a premier nonprofit organization founded by writers and activists Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, has just unanimously elected Dr. Janet Dewart Bell (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) as its new chair. The WMC focuses on ensuring that women are accurately portrayed and visible in the media. Highlighting powerful stories and varied perspectives the organization works to diversify sources and content throughout a variety of campaigns, initiatives, and outlets. Experienced communications strategist, activist, and advocate for racial and gender justice, multimedia expert, and leadership consultant Dr. Dewart Bell is founder and president of LEAD Intergenerational Solutions, a nonprofit organization that develops intergenerational and inclusive social change agents. Most recently she and her fellow PhDLC alumna Dr. Naomi Nightingale were featured in Antioch University’s Alumni Magazine in regards to what leadership means and looks like through the lens of their experiences. Dr. Dewart Bell’s dissertation is entitled, African American Women Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement: A Narrative Inquiry and she is the author of the 2019 NAACP Image Award-nominated Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement (The New Press, 2018).

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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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