November 18, 2020
The Graduate School of Leadership and Change Awarded Funds to Support Positive Social Change To Build Bridges and Tear Down Walls
Antioch University (AU) has established The Guskin Center for Democracy and the Common Good. Named after Dr. Alan Guskin, a catalyst behind the establishment of the United States Peace Corps, former President of Antioch College, former Chancellor of Antioch University, and Founding Faculty member of AU’s groundbreaking PhD in Leadership and Change program, The Center renews the University’s 160-year commitment to socially engaged teaching, learning, research, and practice to win victories for humanity. Founded on the belief that education is a cornerstone of democratic engagement and that an informed citizenry is the precondition for vibrant communities and a just society, The Guskin Center is an institution-wide vehicle for educational outreach engaging interdisciplinary creativity with community-based action to strengthen democracy, tackle society’s “wicked problems”, and embolden the common good.
The University Center’s inaugural activities will focus on community-based grants and collaborations given the importance of strengthening AU’s engagement with communities to improve well-being and promote positive social change. The Graduate School of Leadership and Change has chosen to use its portion of the Center’s funds to support the critically important work of the program’s students in their efforts to lead positive social change across the tremendous divides we see and experience within cities, across states, the country, and worldwide. More specifically, GSLC will award grants to current GSLC students who are working with or leading community-based organizations or projects that specifically focus on creating spaces and activities for the interaction of diverse and conflicting perspectives through dialogue and action that further builds a multiethnic vision of racial, social, economic, and/or environmental justice.