Nikia Chaney ’09

Nikia Chaney ’09 (Los Angeles, MFA) was profiled in the Precinct Reporter Group about her educational trajectory. From growing up in poverty in South LA and San Bernardino, to receiving her BA from San Bernardino Valley College, which inspired her to later pursue and receive two master’s degrees. Chaney is the fourth Inlandia Literary Laureate, a two-year position bestowed on her for community volunteerism, writing and literacy programs, and as the author of Us Mouth. Inlandia is a nonprofit that seeks to broaden creative awareness by sponsoring various literary events, including reading programs, boot camps for writers, publishing books, and workshops throughout the Inland Empire. During her term, the organization received a grant award from the nonprofit California Humanities to address Voices Against Violence in the community.

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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

Lynn Horan

PhD in Leadership and Change student Lynn Horan recently published two articles on her research regarding embodied leadership and boundary work of female clergy. The first, “Separation of Church and State Fails to Protect Female Clergy,” was published by Young Clergy Women International, and the second, published by Presbyterians Today, is entitled “A Time to Dance, Belief and Healing Begins in Our Bodies.” Horan is an ordained Presbyterian minister and leadership consultant specializing in women’s leadership development in both secular and religious contexts.

Jessica Leith

Jessica Leith, faculty in the MA in Couple and Family Therapy program in Seattle, will present in the third part of a four-part webinar series through the University of Washington entitled Family-Based Interventions for Child and Youth Mental Health Across the Developmental Spectrum on December 7, 2022.  This webinar is dedicated to family interventions for children and adolescents, with Part Three being specifically targeted toward those interested in learning more about adolescent mental health and family-based treatments, as well as strategies that demonstrate effectiveness in doing this type of work. The webinar will give an overview of current adolescent mental

Nicole Bossard ‘11

Dr. Nicole Bossard ‘11 (GSLC, PhD) has launched Practicing Positivity The Studio. This innovative YouTube channel builds upon her background in creating thriving cultures through coaching, strategic consulting, and positivity-infused facilitation and training to cultivate a powerful, engaging vision of the future emboldened by aspirational values powerful enough to guide day-to-day practice. With over 20 years of experience, Nicole has extensive expertise in leveraging engagement and inclusion to build and maintain positive focus helping individuals, organizations, and teams worldwide. Dr. Bossard is the President and Positivity Strategist TGC Consulting, Inc. Learn more about Dr. Bossard and read her dissertation Enough

Victoria Chang

MFA in Creative Writing Acting Program Chair and faculty Victoria Chang had her new book The Trees Witness Everything included on the New Yorker’s list of the Best Books of 2022.

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