Kelly Bleach ‘21

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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Patrick O’Neil 08

Patrick O’Neil‘s 08 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) memoir, Anarchy at the Circle K, was published by Punk Hostage Press

Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner Presents on Critical Race Theory at National Conferences

Dr. Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, Associate Chair and faculty of Antioch New England’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, recently spoke at two national conferences on the topic of Critical Race Theory as an approach to address race, racism, power, and privilege in counseling practices and systems that may work to silence the voices of historically marginalized populations. Entitled “Critical Race Theory as a Framework of Decolonizing Counselor Education,” her presentation identified the key tenets of CRT, and ways to ethically incorporate CRT into counselor education curricula to effectively teach students about advocacy, activism, and multicultural competence. Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner spoke at the Association

Paloma Arnold ‘04

Paloma Arnold ‘04 (Antioch Santa Barbara, MA in Psychology) has been selected to serve as the new Vice President of Student Affairs at Santa Barbara Community College. Arnold has worked in Student Services at SBCC for over 20 years, most recently as the Dean of Student Affairs, providing oversight for various Student Services departments and programs including EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, Guardian Scholars, admissions and records, financial aid, academic counseling, University Transfer Center, Transfer Achievement program, articulation, foster and kinship care education, enrollment and retention services, dual enrollment and the Federal Work Study program. In 2019, she was recognized as the Outstanding

Hazel Stark ‘15 and Joe Horn ‘16

Hazel Stark ‘15 (Antioch New England, MS in Resource Management and Conservation) and Joe Horn ‘16 (Antioch New England, MBA Sustainable Business, MS in Environmental Education), both partners in marriage and in business, own and operate Maine Outdoor School based in Milbridge. Their outdoor school reaches out to people of all ages through guided outdoor experiences and summer camps, while offering programs that align with Maine educational standards and school science curricula. Read the full article here. 

Melissa Chadburn ’09

Melissa Chadburn ‘09 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA) began a book tour for her novel A Tiny Upward Shove which was featured on Book Riot’s New Releases Tuesday: The Best Books Out This Week. An interview with Chadburn was published in Electric Literature.

Gabriella Emmett ‘19

Gabriella Emmett’s ‘19 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) story “Little Feet” was selected for the 2022 Best Small Fictions anthology.

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