Nia Keith ’09

Nia Keith, Mass Audubon VP for DiversityNia Keith ’09 (Antioch University New England, MS in Environmental Studies, Environmental Education) has been promoted to the role of Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) at Mass Audubon. This is a new executive-level position that will help advance organization-wide DEIJ priorities for the organization.

In her new role, Keith will be responsible for building on and advancing the organization’s DEIJ strategy to ensure it is creating a positive, inclusive, and equitable work environment, and support the organization’s work to create greater access to nature for everyone. As part of this work, she will lead corporate culture change initiatives, including staff and management training and leadership development programs, support the DEIJ Board of Directors’ Committee, and implement programs such as the Mass Audubon Environmental Fellows Program.

“I am thrilled that Nia is taking on this critically important new role at Mass Audubon, and serving on our Executive staff leadership team,” said President David O’Neill. “I have had the opportunity to work with Nia over the past nine months on the Action Agenda and I have been thoroughly impressed with her overall leadership skills and her devotion to helping Mass Audubon realize its commitment to becoming a more inclusive and more equitable institution.”

Since 2020, Keith served as Mass Audubon’s statewide Climate Change Education Manager. In this role, she focused on creating standards for program development, delivery, and evaluation of climate change curricula, with an emphasis on climate justice. She also led a team that helped develop the DEIJ goals for the Action Agenda, an ambitious set of initiatives that will guide the organization over the next five years.

Outside of her work at Mass Audubon, Keith co-founded and has served as an officer with Professionals of Color in the Environment (POCIE; pronounced “posse”). This professional organization for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) works to collaborate and network throughout the Commonwealth, promoting DEIJ integration into the environmental sector.

Mass Audubon protects more than 40,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half-million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.

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Leatrice Oram ’16 and Martha Miser ’11

Dr. Leatrice Oram ’16 (GSLC, PhD) and Dr. Martha Miser ’11 (GSLC, PhD) co-authored the article “All Ears: The Gift of the Introvert” that appeared in Coaching Perspectives. Read Dr. Oram’s dissertation A Method to My Quietness: A Grounded Theory Study of Living and Leading with Introversion here. Read Dr. Miser’s dissertation The Myth of Endless Accumulation: A Feminist Inquiry Into Globalization, Growth, and Social Change here.  

Greta Creech

Dr. Greta Creech ’21 (GSLC, PhD) published a new article entitled, “Misaligned Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion in the Intelligence Community” in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence. Read Dr. Creech’s dissertation Holding on to Who They Are: Pathways for Variations in Response to Toxic Workplace Behavior Among U.S. Intelligence Officers here.

PhD in Leadership and Change Students and Alum to Present at Conference

PhD in Leadership and Change students LauraLynn Jansen, Cindy Mako Robinson, Kader Gumus, and alumna Dr. Shana Hormann will present at the International Association’s Women in Leadership Conference in Portsmouth, United Kingdom June 15-17, 2022. The conference includes three days of programming including keynotes, reflective conversations, workshops, panels, presentations, and more. The conference will provide space and time for participants to reflect and rejuvenate while inspiring each other and developing research and practice as leaders for today and tomorrow. The schedule and presentations include: Wed, June 15, 8:00 to 8:40am: PhD in Leadership and Change student LauraLynn Jansen will present “Integrated Alchemy: Awakening

Angela M. Franklin ‘20

Angela M. Franklin ‘20 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) conducted Our Soul wRITES: Sexual Trauma Undressed, a two-part healing and writing workshop series, presented through the Anansi Writers Workshop during women’s history month in March 2022. The events were held at The World Stage in Leimert Park, in Los Angeles. “After attending several poetry workshops, I noticed a reoccurring theme of sexual trauma being expressed through poets’ work. As an overcomer of violence, I sensed a calling to conduct an intimate setting where women would be free to express themselves without shame or censorship,” said Franklin. “The participants

Elizabeth Sampson ’17

Elizabeth Sampson ’17 (Antioch Online, BA in Liberal Studies, with a specialization in Literature) was a member of The Road Theater’s Under Construction Playwriting Group, where she developed her newest play, The Skeleton Flower. The play had two staged readings for the Road, one on Zoom in 2020 and another on the Road Stage in Fall 2021. “It was a great experience to develop the play with such an accomplished group of nine other playwrights,” said Sampson. She also appeared in PEN15, Season 2 Episode 11 “Yuki” and last fall began as a full-time Professor of Performing Arts at Savannah

Cari Simson ’05

Cari Simson ’05 (Antioch Seattle, MA in Whole Systems Design) is an artist and an environmentalist who thinks in whole systems and has an impressive career working for social and environmental justice. She talks about her exhibit “Our Plastic Planet” which was presented as part of the opening event for Our Blue Planet exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. View the video here. 

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