Libby McCann Will Pedal 300 Miles on California Ride to Honor Students

Libby McCann, core faculty member in Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Department of Environmental Studies and director of its Environmental Education concentration, will ride in the annual Climate Ride California 2013, a multi-day cycling fundraiser and ‘green conference on wheels.’  She will join more than 200 cyclists traveling more than 300 miles along the coast of Northern California to San Francisco, from May 19 to 23.  The ride is designed to raise awareness of sustainability, renewable energy, climate change issues, and bicycle advocacy.

Libby is raising money for the Climate Ride, her first. She is riding to honor AUNE’s Environmental Studies department and the Environmental Education graduating class of 2013.

It will be challenging to ride 300 miles in 5 days, she said. But the issues and the organizations that Climate Ride supports are critical. I am fundraising and pushing myself to do this ride to inspire people to take action in their day-to-day lives. Climate Ride is about awareness and exchanging ideas, resolving serious issues that will affect our future, and doing something positive to support others in this work. And it’s going to be a really beautiful ride.

Libby will join more than 200 riders, who each raised at least $2,400 to benefit one of more than fifty organizations. Libby is riding for the World Bicycle Organization. Other beneficiaries include Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, NRDC, 350.org, Green America, Environmental Defense Fund, 1% For the Planet, Alliance For Climate Education, and more.

Help Libby raise the money she needs for the ride here.

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Carol Potter

Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Poetry Faculty Carol Potter had four poems published: “Tickled Pink” and “When the archeologists” in Unbroken, “The Requisite Bad Hair” in The Laurel Review, and “I know it was not nice of me” in Hotel Amerika.

Vanessa Smith, ’03

Vanessa Smith ’03 (Antioch University Los Angeles, BA) started a new job as the Shriver Family Law Attorney at Legal Access Alameda. In this role, she is supervising volunteer attorneys who represent low-income individuals at hearings in child custody cases. “I have wanted to work in the nonprofit legal sector since I was a student at Antioch and then at law school,” said Smith. “This job represents finally reaching this goal.”

Dr. Yves P. Gakunde ’12 and ’20

Dr. Yves P. Gakunde ’20 (New England, PhD in Environmental Studies) and ’12 (New England, MS in Sustainable Development and Climate Change) assumed the position of Purchasing and Contract Services manager for the City of Keene after previously working as environmentally preferred purchasing program coordinator. He will assist the city in working toward its sustainability goals.

Dr. Kavon Ward

Community Organizer, Spoken Word Activist Dr. Kavon Ward (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has teamed up with fellow activists in California to launch Anti-Racist Movements (ARMs) Around the South Bay (LA). The mission of ARMs is focused on “Mobilizing families to raise anti-racist children and enact change in our community through organized action”. The group provides a space for involvement and education to engage in deep conversations about privilege and race to enact change. Kavon brings years of demonstrated experience in community leadership to the group and has extensive expertise in nonprofit organizational development, grassroots organizing, governmental relations, and volunteer

Dr. Maya Townsend

Dr. Maya Townsend (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) recently co-published “The Road to Successful Change is Lined with Trade-Offs” in Strategy+Business, an award-winning management magazine focused on strategy, operations, human capital, and governance.

Dr. Brittany Pines

Dr. Brittany Pines (PhD in Leadership and Change, GSLC) has successfully garnered a new Department of Education Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Title V grant to benefit students of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) where she is Project Director of an existing Title III grant entitled EXITO: Exit on Time in STEM. This new grant entitled, CASA: Creating Access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for All, allows NEIU to create a freshman/sophomore STEM cohort that embeds Ethics, History, and Financial Literacy into the cohort but taught through a STEM lens in a collaborative, co-teaching way. In addition, the grant allows NEIU

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