Kelly Bleach ‘21 (GSLC, PhD)

Kelly Bleach ‘21 (GSLC, PhD) has been awarded a research grant from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) 2021 Small Grant Program. This one year grant is awarded to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research designed to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability. Kelly’s project is entitled “How People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired Experience Relationships in Text-Based Workspaces”. Given the fact that companies are increasingly turning to text-based communications to recruit, hire, and manage a distributed remote workforce, the project is particularly timely and will examine the impacts of these practices on people who are blind or visually impaired including challenges, opportunities, potential isolation, stereotyping, stigmatization, relationship building, networking, and employment success. This investigation will result in development of emergent theory and a model that can advance policies and practices for employers and for employment training and support programs in vocational rehabilitation agencies and employment networks. The research builds upon Kelly’s interest in investigating promising practices for leveraging technology to advance employment for people with visual impairments and is in direct alignment with her commitment to the mission of the American Foundation for the Blind, where she has worked for more than 25 years, and the Vision Loss Alliance of New Jersey, where she is a board trustee.

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Nicole D. Sconiers ‘10

Nicole D. Sconiers ‘10 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) had her piece, “Black Lives Matter and the Karen Surveillance State,” appear in Cultural Daily.

Lisa Cheby ‘10

Lisa Cheby’s ‘10 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) poem, “We don’t get to engage in violent language and exclusion,” appeared in Altadena Poetry Review.

Don Kingfisher Campbell ‘13

Don Kingfisher Campbell ‘13 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) appeared on the Quintessential Listening poetry podcast. His book, Kingfisher Kreates, was published by Cyberwit.

Jake Bailey ‘20

Jake Bailey’s ‘20 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) poems, “Thirteen Blackbirds” and “Ghost of my Ghost,” appeared in Tipton Poetry Journal. His poem, “Schizo Sees the Man in/on a Coffee Shop,” was nominated for Best of the Net.

Sarita Sidhu ‘18

Sarita Sidhu’s ‘18 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) piece, “How to Fall in Love,” was published in Emerge Literary Journal.

Toni Ann Johnson ‘08

Toni Ann Johnson’s ‘08 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) piece, “This Side and That,” appeared in Aunt Chloe.

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