This June 29, 2017, Mark C. Russell, Core Faculty in our PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, and Establishing Director of our Institute of War Stress Injury, Recovery, and Social Justice, was once again published in the HuffPost.

This latest publication is his 14th in the HuffPost and is summarized in its title: After 214 Investigations isn’t it Time for a Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Accountability Act?

A retired US Navy Commander and Military Clinical Psychologist, Russell is a tireless advocate for servicemembers and their communities, both during active service and after discharge. In this piece, he describes the power that the US military has in helping its servicemembers, and urges the military to take a leadership role in destigmatizing mental health care in the United States. In his words, “the military is so adept at changing attitudes that it’s not uncommon to hear of heroic self-sacrifices by individuals willing to eat an enemy’s hand grenade to protect their band of brothers and sisters”.

He also describes the complicated impact of discharging servicemembers with unidentified and/or untreated war stress injury back into civilian life, not only on the servicemembers themselves, but also the potential impact on veterans’ families, spouses, children, “and sometimes innocent by-standers”. Russell argues that identifying and treating war stress injury during military service, rather than waiting for servicemembers to transition into veteran life first, allows them to receive mental health treatment while connected to a military social support system, an “identity as a warrior”, and other benefits of military life.

Individuals interested in learning more about military mental health from Mark C. Russell and the Antioch University Seattle Institute of War Stress Injury, Recovery, and Social Justice are encouraged to attend our upcoming continuing education workshop, The Politics of War Trauma: Ending the Generational Cycle of Mental Health Crisis, which provides an opportunity to earn 5 MA/Psychologist CE credits.

The full article, After 214 Investigations isn’t it Time for a Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Accountability Act? is available at the HuffPost.

2002 AUS School of Education alumna and current AUS Adjunct Faculty Kate Sipe was recently honored with a Green Lake Elementary PTA Golden Acorn Award, as well as a Davis Law Group, P.S. School Supplies Gift Program’s Golden Apple Award for outstanding contributions to her school community. In the past, Sipe has won numerous awards and grants as well, including the Sister Schools Teacher of the Year Award.

For the law office financial award, Sipe was nominated by Marleen Arenivar, the proud parent of a Green Lake student, who believes that Sipe spends hundreds of dollars of her own money each year on books as well as reading and math materials.

At the award ceremony, Sipe’s lasting contributions to Green Lake Elementary, where she currently teaches 3rd and 4th grade, were noted by parents and fellow teachers, as well as returning high school and middle school students. Included in those speeches was middle schooler Genevieve Lardizaba, who told Sipe, “Not only did you teach the fundamentals of learning, but you also taught us how to be good citizens. I remember when you taught us a lesson about the difference between equity and equality, a lesson that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Outgoing parent Katie Harris, whose children had Sipe for six years, added, “Every time I walked into her classroom, the students were engaged, managing themselves, empowered, and happy…She taught my children to be conscientious citizens of the world, to work hard, aim high…to be nurturing, caring, and to stand up for what’s right.”

The community-wide assembly included an original song, “In This Moment” written for Sipe by former parent, Jonathan Albert, and performed by the school’s parent-rock band, Mystery Meat.

The Davis Law Group, P.S. School Supplies Gift Program was founded by attorney Chris Davis and his wife, who use this program to donate a $100 Office Depot gift card to “a deserving Seattle Public School teacher and his/her class” each week.

 

The NES test is required for those who are pursuing teacher certification in the state of Washington. Antioch is offering free sessions to help prospective teachers prepare to be successful on the math portion of this test!

This series of workshops is designed to be a series of FREE informal (and fun!) test prep sessions for teacher candidates taking the Math portion of the NES. Feel free to come to one, several, or all sessions depending on your current level of Math confidence and skill. Topics to be covered include number properties & operations, algebra, measurement probability & statistics, and general problem-solving strategies.On this form, please indicate all of the sessions you are interested in attending. Sessions will be held Saturdays at the Antioch University Seattle Campus (AUS) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

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Parking/Transportation:
If you are interested in driving to campus, street parking is available for a fee. Alternately, AUS is located within walking distance of several bus routes, many of which have a stop at Third and Bell.

Snacks/Lunch:
You are welcome to bring snacks. There will be a 30-minute lunch break. You can bring your lunch or purchase food from a nearby restaurant.

Interested students can register free online now through July 7th, 2017.

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To celebrate Pride this month, AUS Art Therapy student, Beckett Weeks*, drew a mandala for everyone to color in as they see fit. He says of his design:

“The symbols in top and bottom center are the transgender symbol, and the symbols in the center circle are the Alchemical symbol for Mercury/Quicksilver. In Alchemy, Mercury was believed to be the “First Metal,” from which all other metals were derived, and in mythology Hermes/Mercury was one parent (along with Aphrodite/Venus) of Hermaphroditus, from whom we get the word “hermaphrodite.” Not a scientific or biologically accurate term for intersex people, but it is a term from Western mythology for people outside the gender binary.”

Grab the medium (markers, watercolors, colored pencils, etc.) of your choice, download the free mandala, print it out, and celebrate Pride!

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About the artist:

Beckett attended the Columbus College of Art and Design before, inspired by his own experiences with therapy and art-making, transferring to the University of North Texas to pursue a degree in psychology. Before attending Antioch, Beckett was an art instructor at a children’s art studio and at a women’s rehab facility. Beckett is in seventh quarter of Antioch’s Clinical Mental Health and Art Therapy program; he currently lives under a bridge, where he enjoys making comic books and yelling at the internet.

*Please note the mandala is copyright ©Becket Weeks, 2017.

 

Antioch University Seattle is live-streaming our Commencement 2017 ceremony during the event this Sunday, June 18, 2017, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Our Commencement ceremony celebrates our latest graduates, and includes graduating students from Fall 2016 through Summer 2017. Because of the limited space at our Commencement venue, Town Hall Seattle, each participating graduate will be guaranteed two (2) tickets, and have the option for getting more once all the RSVP’s are in. Our live stream of Commencement 2017 will help our students share their graduation with friends and family who are not able to attend Commencement 2017 in-person.

In addition to celebrating our graduates, Commencement 2017 will also feature a keynote address by Seattle City Counselor Debora Juarez, JD, and a speech by Joey Burgess, the winner of this year’s Distinguished Alumni award.

Debora Juarez is a lifelong legal and economic advocate for marginalized communities in the Pacific Northwest, such as working as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs under two of Washington State’s governors, and as an attorney who specializes in providing legal services to Native American tribes, on topics such as tribal-state inter-local agreements, gaming, and economic development.

Joey Burgess is a 2015 graduate of Antioch University Seattle, and he is also a co-founder of Guild Seattle, a dining and entertainment group which includes Lost Lake Cafe, who are well known in the Antioch University Seattle community for providing the food for our Women’s Education Program Soup Bowl events.

Persons interested in learning more about Antioch University Seattle’s Commencement 2017 are encouraged to go to our Commencement Details page for more information.

Rasheena Fountain and Tiffany Adams, Antioch University Seattle students in our MA in Education with Urban Environmental Education (UEE) program, recently collaborated on a story about their experiences at Islandwood. Fountain’s words and Tiffany’s photographs paint a picture:

“There we were: three people of color trekking through what looked to be an enchanted forest, welcoming us with assortment of tree branches covered in moss and carved paths. To get here, we had traveled our own long paths both literally and figuratively. My daughter and I are from Chicago and Tiffany from New York City. Yet, through our love of nature and educating others about the environment, Tiffany and I found ourselves gleefully charging through IslandWood’s beautiful campus, having just begun our journey in the Urban Environmental Education Masters program.”

In telling the story of their day, Fountain also adds information about how it can feel to be a student in AUS’s UEE program. “In our classes and in our practicums, we have searched for ways to explore the interconnectedness of nature everywhere. It is a concept that has opened my eyes to differing ways of teaching students about nature.”

Read all of Rasheena’s experience at Islandwood.

Antioch University Seattle offers our MA in Education with Urban Environmental Education (UEE) in partnership with Islandwood. This ground-breaking master’s program addresses the theory and practice of urban environmental education, urban ecology, and community action and stewardship, and encourages diversity in the field of environmental education.

Read more about our Urban Environmental Education program

Visiting a tent encampment has been a regular feature of my course on homelessness in the past. I took my winter quarter class for a first-time visit to the Nickelsville Tiny House Village at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 22nd and Union in Seattle.

Organized tent encampments in Seattle date back to 1988 and the numbers have grown, especially since 2000, to nine authorized encampments, primarily through the organizing efforts of SHARE/WHEEL and Nickelsville, in cooperation—after much foot-dragging—with the City of Seattle, as alternatives to living on the streets, in cars, or in shelters. Tiny houses are a recent innovation in these encampments. Smaller by definition than a living unit and not subject to zoning laws, they may be assembled in groups on relatively small lots.

We met with Sharon Lee, director of the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI), and Pastor Steve Olsen of the host congregation. LIHI has been providing consultation and case management services for the Nickelsville camps. “Tiny houses are a preferred option over tents for many reasons,” says Sharon Lee. “They provide better protection, they are insulated, some have heat, light and electricity, you can lock the door and windows, and you can get a good night’s sleep without worrying about your safety. Living in a tiny house allows a person to go to work or school, and gives them the ability to keep their belongings safe and secure.” (Crosscut, Jan. 4, 2017)

The students were impressed by the tiny houses. Overall, they felt that it was a more humane and, in many ways, more hopeful way to assist people experiencing homelessness. They noted a sense of dignity among the residents, the possibilities for creating community, and the advantage of having your own space and privacy that shelters and even tents don’t provide. While acknowledging that the houses were not a replacement for having your own house or apartment, they saw it as a positive interim step as long as the problem of homelessness continues to exist. The students are hopeful that the strategy will expand, and they saw how practical it can be for themselves to become involved in organizing groups to build a house. They all agreed: “It’s a tangible way I can help!”

There is now a template whereby church, school, community, other volunteer groups can construct tiny houses for about $2,200 for materials (Tiny House Assembly Instructions). There are currently six Tiny House Villages in Seattle, and the numbers are growing. The idea is catching on nationally, and the Wall Street Journal recently published an article (April 27) on their growth in Seattle, Portland, Denver, and other cities.

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David Bloom

Adjunct Faculty, BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
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This post is republished here with permission from Dr. Jennifer Sampson, President of the Board of Directors at The Hoarding Project. It was originally published April 24, 2017.

One of the major reasons that hoarding disorder is one of the most complicated mental health issues to treat is that is a co-occurring disorder, which means that it is almost always (92% of the time, in fact) shows up alongside another mental health diagnosis- like major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. The idea of co-occurring disorders helps guide the way we think about the behavior of people who are affected by them. We understand that the symptoms of one psychiatric disorder are highly intertwined with symptoms of the other.

The term co-occurring disorder (or dual or comorbid disorder) is typically used in the field of substance abuse treatment, referring to the idea that people who abuse substances like alcohol or drugs are likely to be struggling with another diagnosable mental health condition as well. For instance, if someone is struggling with alcoholism that is co-occurring with generalized anxiety disorder, we may explain that some of the behavior of abusing alcohol may be exacerbated, or made worse, when life gets particularly stressful and anxiety increases. From there, the outcomes of excessive alcohol use can create additional stress in a person’s life, which can further increase anxiety, thus increasing alcohol use. It’s a slippery slope.

Things are similar with hoarding disorder. By applying an understanding of co-occurring disorders, we can start to make sense about why efforts to address the symptoms of hoarding (like difficulty parting with items or excessively acquiring things) seem so difficult for the person struggling with them. For instance, if a person has co-morbid diagnoses of hoarding disorder and major depressive disorder, that person may really struggle with motivation to work on discarding items or struggle with paying attention and decision-making about their possessions. While symptoms of hoarding disorder do include having a difficult time parting with items, they do not include a lack of motivation, inattentiveness, or indecision. However, all three of those are symptoms of depression. In this case, the person’s depressive symptoms are making the symptoms of hoarding disorder even more challenging to manage.

There are a lot of diagnoses that can co-occur with hoarding disorder- in fact, almost any of them can. The most common ones are mood disorders (like depressive or bi-polar disorders) or anxiety disorders. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common co-morbid condition, as is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We also see a fair amount of other types of diagnoses alongside hoarding disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other types of organic brain illnesses, like dementia or schizophrenia. When symptoms of any of these other types of mental health diagnoses show up, it can make managing symptoms associated with hoarding to be a very difficult task.

As mental health professionals, we can use strategies developed for other co-occurring disorders in our effort to support our clients. By prioritizing treatment interventions that help reduce the most significant symptoms first, we can then work more easily on addressing the direct symptoms related to hoarding. For instance, if a client has a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder and is actively experiencing panic attacks, it would benefit the clinician to first work with the client on improving emotional regulation skills and distress tolerance prior to focusing attention on decision-making and discarding items.

By recognizing hoarding disorder as a co-occurring condition, we can help better understand the challenges people who hoard face and work with them to develop more effective approaches to treatment.

Jennifer Sampson, Ph.D., LMFT, is the President of the Board of Directors at The Hoarding Project

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Jennifer Sampson, Ph.D., LMFT

Core Faculty, Couples and Family Therapy, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

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Antioch University is both humbled and proud to establish the Bruce and Arlene Crandall Social Courage Award, with its first grant slated for Fall 2017. Founded by Antioch University Board of Governors member Steve Crandall, the award will enable the research, planning, and testing of actionable ideas for sustainable community improvement proposed by Antioch University students. The award is named for Steve Crandall’s father, Colonel (Ret.) Bruce Crandall, and late mother, Arlene Crandall.

The Bruce and Arlene Crandall Social Courage Award will reduce the financial barrier between idea and action, and encourage recipients to break new ground in the promotion of social justice. The award also includes faculty, community, and alumni mentorship and support. Currently, the award has more than $53,000 in contributions and continues to grow with support from the community.

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“This program is one way AUS students may take action and deliver on the commitment to social justice that they adopted when they accepted admission,” said Crandall, who pledged an initial $30,000 to the award program. “I look forward to the creative and innovative ways future award recipients apply the valuable knowledge and inspiration gained at AUS toward helping and inspiring others through entrepreneurism and community engagement.”

Colonel Bruce P. Crandall (Ret.) is a husband, father, explorer, pilot, Vietnam War hero, engineer, and civic leader. Colonel Crandall will participate in a Vietnam War panel discussion with former prisoner of war Captain Joseph Crecca, Jr., U.S. Air Force (ret.), and Joseph (Joe) L. Galloway, one of the best-known correspondents of the Vietnam War, on May 23rd at Shoreline College.

Colonel Crandall’s awards include two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and the Congressional Medal of Honor—the latter was earned for leadership and fearless courage in Vietnam as he “voluntarily flew his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire, delivering desperately needed water and medical supplies….” He also made 16 trips to the front lines, transporting wounded to safety during a voluntary mission that even MedEvac pilots declined. His courage inspired other pilots to follow his example, multiplying the impact of the missions. Crandall remains committed to promoting the courage necessary for social justice to this day.
Arlene Crandall was also acknowledged in her lifetime. She was made an Honorary General by the US Army and an Honorary Admiral by the US Navy. She was awarded the Order of St. Joan D’Arc by the US Cavalry and Armory Association and the Honorable Order of Our Lady of Loreto by the Army Aviation Association. She passed away in 2010, leaving a legacy that continues to inspire.

Crandall Social Courage Award
The award reflects Antioch University’s commitment to providing educational access, healing, and social support to America’s veterans. In addition to this new award program, Antioch University Seattle also supports the Clemente Veteran’s Initiative, which draws upon the study of humanities to support American servicemen and women who are struggling with the transition to civilian life, as well as the Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery, and Social Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the military and national healthcare systems through the investigation and elimination of the preventable causes of behavioral health crises in military personnel, their families, and civilians affected by war.

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About Antioch University:
Inspired by the pioneering work of 19th-century educator Horace Mann, Antioch University promotes higher education that incorporates the common good, values experiential learning, and fosters a diverse academic community. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

Today, President Trump announced that the United States plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. We at Antioch University are both disheartened and concerned with this symbolic decision, as well as a lack of US leadership on global efforts to combat climate change.

Despite the efforts of the current administration to discredit climate science, opportunities for collaboration grow at the local level. We are proud to partner with our communities, which continue to focus efforts to respond and adapt to climate change.

Now, more than ever, we must be diligent and unrelenting in our work to protect the environment as we prepare for the continued effects of climate change.

Antioch University maintains our commitment to furthering social, economic, and environmental justice. We will continue our fifty-plus year history of training environmental policy-makers, environmental scientists, educators, and leaders to solve critical and emerging environmental challenges by delivering visionary, progressive, and interdisciplinary Environmental Studies programs.

About Antioch University
Antioch University is an accredited, non-profit university and a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult students around the world, online, and from its five campuses in four states, in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.

Art therapy is changing lives in China. “Big Miao” Shimming showed us how.

The room was set in an intimate fashion, full of colorful cushions strewn on the floor in preparation for Miao’s presentation.  Miao, affectionately known as “Big Miao” because of his height, visited Antioch University  Seattle (AUS) in May of 2017 to seek professional training and guidance in the art therapy field. On May 17, Miao gave a presentation on his important work. AUS staff and students were so eager to engage with Big Miao, they began asking questions right away in the evening’s Q&A session.

Big Miao began working AUS’s Art Therapy Program after reaching out to Dr. Janice Hoshino, Chair of Art Therapy.

“I observed Janice working and knew I needed her training!” exclaimed Miao. Hoshino, reaffirmed his story.

“WABC [World of Art Brut Culture], Big Miao’s art studio, is collaborating with AUS to gain professional training from registered art therapists.”

Dr. Hoshino has already led two Art Therapy workshops in China in collaboration with Big Miao and is looking forward to future trips this summer.

Big Miao began as an art curator and artist specializing in oil painting.  In 2009, he came across the Special Needs population, moving his heart and changing his life. Since then, he has been transforming the lives of hundreds of people with “special needs” through creative expression. Big Miao opened World of Art Brut Culture, an art studio in which children and young adults with special needs come after school to paint, free of cost.

The majority of the students they work with are on the autism spectrum, have cerebral palsy, or have other varying developmental impairments. In a video Miao showed, the students spoke about their artwork, their own process, and the impact WABC has had in their life. Their teachers (they are not professionally trained art therapists) also speak about the students’ progress and involvement with WABC.

Parents of the students are pleased with the visible progress their children are making, noting the tangible transformation creative expression has brought into their lives. One audience member commended Big Miao’s hard work: “It’s apparent you have a huge heart, honorable intent, and are doing a wonderful service to your community.”

WABC has now opened public art centers in eight different cities in China (including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzghou, and Chengdu). They are collaborating with 32 different communities and schools and have served over one thousand children and families.

Big Miao plans various events and fundraisers, such as Cultural Creative Center, Dream of China, and Charity Night. These events have attracted large audiences and engaged the Chinese population.

The car company Infinity is a sponsor and has collaborated with the WABC students to create an art piece in their Beijing headquarters. WABC has also collaborated with various Chinese celebrities, pop stars, entrepreneurs, and CEOs. These events have brought healing and are changing how Chinese see and treat children with autism.

Through their work, WABC aims to foster a genuine connection between the Special Needs population and their Chinese community. They have empowered students to use their talents and have brought them closer to their dream of “being treated like everyone else.” There are 10 million people in China on the Autism Spectrum. There is a great need for psycho-education and awareness in China where people with special needs are not treated equally. Big Miao is among the first to do this kind of work in China, where most have no concept of art therapy.

“He is making inroads, paving the way, and doing fundamental work,” said AUS Drama Therapy faculty member Bobbi Kidder. “His progress is amazing!”

Despite this great progress, WABC and Big Miao recognize the road ahead still needs to be paved. There are still families who do not accept art therapy as a real treatment.

“Art therapy is a seed,” said Miao. “We are waiting for it to blossom.”

In order to gain more training and more empirical evidence to bring home to gain support, WABC partnered with Antioch University.

“We know art is powerful, transformative, and necessary,” said Miao, when asked how professional training can improve WABC. “However, we still have questions on technique, behavior, how to interact with families, fundamentals, how to gain all the therapeutic benefits of artistic expression, and how to properly raise awareness.”

Hoshino added, “The teachers in WABC are hungry to learn.  I’ve done two trainings with them in China and over fifty people attended. My heart is really with this organization.” Both Antioch University Seattle and WABC are eager to share the benefits of Art Therapy with as many people as possible.

Big Miao concluded his presentation by showing his students’ stunning artwork. Big Miao smiled and happily invited AUS students to join him in China.

“We all have advantages and disadvantages,” said Miao. “Together we can make each other better!”

 

Written by Art Therapy student Kim Bjanes

 

Learn more about our Art Therapy Programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Couple and Family Therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we know of life is only where we have decided to rest with our questioning.*

                                                                                                                        –  Peavey

This is not so much the story of the powerful American History Traveling Museum he showed up with in 2014; the unspoken truths that this year earned AUS graduate (2016) Delbert Richardson the National Education Association’s (NEA’s) prestigious Carter G. Woodson Award. It’s not really even about completing his Bachelor’s degree – the courage to finish what he started 40 years ago.

It’s the story of showing up in academia.

And the value of story in the mix.

Delbert’s is the blending of three stories, really. There is Richardson’s own Pacific Northwest narrative, which he describes as having been limited “by texts reviewed not by (his) African American peers, but by the peers of an oppressive culture.” A second strand came via Seguin, Texas; a legacy passed on by Delbert’s father. “There’s an expectation in the Native American and African American experience to give voice to the parts of our culture that are not honored by the community at large. I showed up at Antioch a second generation storyteller.”

In the blink of an eye between 1976 and his first class at Antioch, Delbert refined the stories from Seguin, supplementing them with the stories of African Americans from other small towns and big cities, narratives hidden on the back pages of newspapers and on late-night broadcasts. He conducted studies about studies – followed up to uncover the distinctly dark wind behind the wings of white heroes – and black heroes in their own right.

The third and critical thread in the braid of Delbert’s story involves another prominent African American Seattle artist and cultural custodian; Delbert met then AUS professor Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga at an MLK rally in 2013. They connected through their story-work; their roles as researchers. Delbert’s approach empowered his audience, something Marcia recognized from her own work – the work she continues today, helping to capture unspoken narratives with students in Seattle Schools. Tate Arunga knew well the struggle to fit in to academia and the barriers keeping the public from Richardson’s vision. It was Marcia’s mentoring that spirited Delbert toward returning to school.

Richardson frames his learning opportunity at AUS as uniquely powerful. “There is something extremely enriching about being among the very few African Americans in a class when issues are viewed through a multicultural lens.” The fishbowl approach to engaging – in Abnormal Psychology & Diversity, Power & Privilege course in particular – offered Delbert a refreshing departure from the controlled environment of traditional college classrooms. “Courses at AUS are structured such that all students are assessed by interacting and sharing. I had the opportunity to challenge classmates and even professors to consider issues of history and ‘normalcy’ through the lens of cultural, historical, generational trauma. You find out that our stories are more similar than different; that we’ve all been lied to. It’s a rich place to develop allies.”

As a candidate for the BA in Liberal Studies with Global & Social Justice Studies, Richardson had the uniquely Antioch opportunity to earn up to 45 of his 180 degree credits through the documentation of life experience – those steps between 1976 and 2014. He credits Dr. Phoenix Raine, former AUS instructor and evaluator of his Writing Prior Learning, with empowering him to find the value language. “I have the language now to connect with the administrators and teachers in academia that are the key to my audience.” Richardson’s approach now values his story. “I’ve learned to leverage it. I’m a community scholar now.”

For Richardson, the learning will continue. “As kids, we are so conditioned to believe what we are told; seeing those in power as powerful. The reflective practice I learned at Antioch stimulates young learners with curiosity and leads to more self-discovery. Seattle Public Schools has just adopted and begun to develop an Ethnic Studies requirement in the district. I’m looking forward to being a big part of that.”

Rather than teaching, the Founder, Creator, and Woodson Award-winning Curator seeks to learn with his scholars. What he offers is a fishbowl.  “I’m committed to changing the world, one consciousness at a time.”

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The opportunity to experience Richardson’s American History Traveling Museum in person is coming up June 10-11, 2017, at the Seattle Center, as part of Festival Sundiata’s Black Arts Fest, 2017.

To learn more about Richardson’s American History Traveling Museum online, visit http://www.theunspokentruths.com/about.html.

For more information about the BA in Liberal Studies with Global & Social Justice Studies, visit https://www.antioch.edu/seattle/degrees-programs/undergraduate-studies/liberal-studies-ba/global-and-social-justice-studies/.

*Fran Peavey’s Strategic Questioning (1994) is among the powerful texts engaged with in Narrating Change, a story course at AUS that fulfills the Community Engagement and/or Social Justice Methodologies component of the BA program.