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.

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Alicia Wargo

PhD in Leadership and Change student Alicia Wargo recently participated in the National Summit for Courageous Conversations on Race, held in Washington, DC. Her session, “Abolishing Whiteness in Educational Spaces,” highlighted her expertise in equity-focused education, which supports school leaders and teams to serve young people through an anti-racist lens. Wargo is the Program Director of Leadership Development for the School Empowerment Network, where she brings her decades of experience in the field of education to create thriving schools and caring communities.

Alesia Grace Thompson

PhD in Leadership and Change student Alesia Grace Thompson has been awarded The Marge Ramsey Scholarship from the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE). This award assists union women in both leadership and career development and it recognizes recipients that have a demonstrated record with labor activism and have outlined professional development goals.

Kelly Cerialo ‘21

Dr. Kelly Cerialo ‘21 (GSLC, PhD) recently co-chaired a responsible tourism workshop at EuroMAB, a biennial conference hosted by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Nockberge, Austria. Cerialo is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the Business and Hospitality Department at Paul Smith’s College. She specializes in the social impacts of tourism in protected areas, tourism in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves governance and management, recreation overuse, youth leadership mentoring in sustainable communities, and cross-cultural communication. (To learn more about Ecotourism, read the Common Thread article Envisioning Justice in Ecotourism, which features Cerialo and PhD in

Sean Creighton ’06

Dr. Sean Creighton ’06 (PhD, GSLC) has been named President of The Washington Internship Institute following the organization’s merger with the New American Colleges and Universities (NACU) where he remains President. Learn more about Dr. Creighton and read his dissertation Community Partner Indicators of Engagement: An Action Research Study on Campus-Community Partnership, here.

Harriet Schwartz ’09

Dr. Harriet Schwartz ’09 (GSLC, PhD) served as the keynote speaker for the Cedar Crest College summer 2022 faculty development day. With Relational Cultural Theory as a foundation, Schwartz presented her work on relational teaching. In addition, she engaged the faculty in dialogue regarding authenticity, role, and relational clarity in the teaching space. Schwartz is a Professor of Relational Practice and Higher Education in the Graduate School of Leadership and Change.

Youn Han ‘13

Youn Han ‘13 (New England, MS) authored the article, “3 ways educators can embrace and enable inclusive programming,” for eSchool News which explores all facets of education technology. This article makes a case for intentionally inclusive learning spacing for LGBTQIA+, female, and BIPOC students to help address the negative mental health effect of the pandemic and social stereotypes. She offers people working with youth three steps to building learning environments where students feel supported, respected, and have a sense of belonging. Youn is the Chief Programs Officer at Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest and has over 14 years of

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