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Diversity Month Spotlight on Ph.D. Student Diane McDaniel

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Diane McDaniel, a Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute & University, has been named a 2021 Top 100 Diversity Officer by the National Diversity Council. Recognized for her leadership and counsel to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives, Diane provides innovative solutions to advocate for diverse talent in the workplace.

Diane is the Inaugural Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Community Health Network, a health network with more than 16,000 employees and a $10 million budget, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Forbes 2021 edition of America’s Best Large Employers named Community Health Network as one of the best healthcare systems to work, serve, and thrive.

“The role of Chief Diversity Officer and the scope of responsibilities may slightly vary within work sectors; however, the common thread that binds sectors is a commitment to advance humanity’s cultural awareness development. Celebrating humanity, listening, debriefing and understanding differences is a significant segment of the work,” McDaniel said. “Organizations placing their people as “first priority” generally identified Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) as a strategic goal in their operational plan. Just maybe, with my transition to healthcare coupled with my Ph.D. courses, a glimpse of hope is occurring regarding research content around DEI and healthcare disparities. The opportunity to make a difference in health care and cultivate a climate of belonging is a very special place to be.”

Why are diversity, equity, and inclusion so important to her?

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion reflect humanity’s ongoing and heighten societal struggle. An organization must first want to do the work. It starts with leadership. Leadership sends a message that this work is important, externally and internally, but must commit to the work. Each organization has its own culture and must answer and define what’s meant by the term diversity. Why is diversity, equity and inclusion important to the organization? How is equity reflected when serving patients, students, and staff? How are we inclusive?”

Currently, she is working with the Community Health Network CEO and Executive Leadership Team to determine where the organization is with current and past DEI efforts.

“We have invited an external consultant in to look at DEI efforts and access our readiness for present-day and future development. I am leading this initiative and will utilize the findings to create a Diversity Strategy Plan for the organization. The plan will benchmark the organization’s past/current efforts and provide a roadmap for future work. Definitely an investment in time, a marathon; however, the work is rewarding,” McDaniel notes.

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are paramount to this organization’s goals. Every segment of the business will have a plan. I serve as the chairperson for the networks (RASE) Racial and Social Equity Steering Committee, and oversee strategic initiatives created by sub-committees to problem solve equity issues, and to achieve healthcare outcomes built on employee and patient trust,” McDaniel said.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, McDaniel went through a unique interviewing process.

“This is a new and innovative position for the organization, I was hired sight unseen in late 2020 because of the pandemic. I interviewed virtually and was vetted by numerous leaders, directors and managers – all virtually.”

Diane said she started preparing for this field of work as a child. “My father was a Baptist minister, my mother was a pillar of the church and community. I grew up watching them treat each other and the communities they served with love, trust and respect.

My first job was in high school with the Bell system, now AT&T. AT&T was a trailblazer in the work of DEI; in addition, a place that promotes and values people development through training mentoring and sponsorship programs. During my work history with AT&T, I worked in customer service, human resources, marketing and network services,” McDaniel said.

After 30+ years in the corporate sector, she joined Indiana Wesleyan University, serving as Director of Faculty Recruitment, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, and Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. She was responsible for developing the university’s diversity strategic plan framework, and for identifying institutional priorities, programs, and initiatives to advance inclusive excellence learning for faculty, staff and student groups.

Why did she choose Union for her Ph.D.?

“A peer recommended I look at Union because of its curriculum and program emphasis on social justice,” McDaniel said. “I had researched many Ph.D. programs, and the emphasis and concentration on social justice was not there. I made the call, and enrollment counselor Weston Atchison spent time with me going through my work background and experience. He suggested I consider a concentration in ethical and creative leadership. That’s when I knew Union was a match for me…and I was hooked! My classes have helped me dive deep into my interest, better understand my journey and possibly answer my calling. Yet a bit fuzzy on a dissertation topic, but certain DEI, Leadership and Healthcare Disparities will show up somewhere in my final content.”

Diane is grateful to be in position to make a difference. “I am honored to be doing this work and I believe it is my calling. My reward is helping people reach their potential. I have a love of people and I am sharing that love and acquired knowledge to help build a better society…. humanity.”


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Social Justice: Empowering the Incarcerated through Education

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You are invited to a free webinar, Social Justice: Empowering the Incarcerated through Education, a thought-provoking discussion on social justice, art, and mass incarceration on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

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The event is hosted by Union doctoral faculty members, Dr. Anu Mitra and Dr. Diane Allerdyce. Featured guest is Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, faculty director of California State University, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts program. Dr. Roy and Taffany Lim, senior director of the Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good, initiated the first in-person degree program at Los Angeles County Prison, which has now expanded to California Institute for Women.

They founded Words Uncaged and Paws For Life programs, as a result of their work with the incarcerated.

Words Uncaged is a platform for the incarcerated to explore creativity through art, narrative therapy and writing. As a result of their work, two books have been published by students in the program: “Man, I Wish We Would Have Known: Letters from Calipatria State Prison” and “Disconnected/Reconnected: Writing from Lancaster Prison.” In addition, examples of writings, poetry, and visual art are displayed on the website. Words Uncaged currently has chapters operating in Donovan, Calipatria, and San Quentin State Prison.

Dr. Roy reflects, “When I first visited California State Prison, Lancaster, what I saw there were not prisoners, but cages filled of hundreds of lights – lights of knowledge, wisdom, compassion, love, insight and remorse. It was as if hundreds of candles had been locked in a distant closet, or that the stars had been hidden behind the blanket of the desert night, denying us the light that they had to shine upon the world. I was struck by the desire of the men to learn and their thirst for meaningful intellectual engagement with someone from outside the walls. There was a palpable desire for a critical awareness of their context and a reminder that education only needs a desire to learn and an object of study. All the classrooms, degrees and institutions of education mean nothing without this desire to learn and be open to the transformation that new ideas can bring.”

Dr. Roy has made the following observation about his work with the incarcerated.

“The thing that has surprised me most, is that those who commit violent acts have often been the victims of violent acts in the past. So many young men who end up joining gangs or committing murder have experienced molestation, gun violence, or others forms of abuse as children. The idea that there is an easily distinguished category between ‘criminal” and “victim” does not hold after you have spent a lot of time in prisons. Rather, what becomes evident is that “hurt people, hurt people” and “healed people, heal people.”

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the annual cost of mass incarceration in the United States to the taxpayer is $81 billion. (Source: Equal Justice Initiative)

“Prisons reflect how we respond to harm caused in our world and reveals a lot about how we view our fellow human beings. On the broadest level, if we can only imagine a punitive response to crime, then we simply perpetuate harm, violence, and trauma. From an ethical perspective, this is not the sort of world I want to support as a taxpayer,” said Dr. Roy. “But from a narrower, budgetary perspective, it means that our current system of mass incarceration creates more problems than it solves and, in so doing, creates more expense for the taxpayer. We should care about incarcerated men and women because they are our fellow human beings – our brothers and sisters. But we should also care about them because they are hidden assets in our community that can help solve the problems in our communities more cost-effectively than our current systems can. I can’t have any influence on a 16-year-old gang member following a path of violence, but a former gang member, transformed and released from prison can. Wouldn’t it be better for our taxes to support this process than to build more prisons?”

“Museums offer a unique role to educate and explore issues of equity, inclusion, diversity, and reconciliation,” says Dr. Mitra, faculty in Union’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies Program and certificate facilitator in Design Thinking and Museum Studies. “Museums have the power to educate, empower and inspire. They are cultural and community institutions and can play a pivotal role in social justice by exhibiting art and collections of under-represented artists of a variety of societal groups and modes of artistic expression.”

Union Institute & University’s Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies focuses on the importance of developing new problem-solving skills through visual cognitive skills, as well as developing novel social justice theories through the lens of art – and even leadership principles through visual culture. For example, recent Ph.D. graduate Dr. Tamara White is creating informative art exhibitions to heighten awareness about diabetes and incarceration for the purpose of creating policy changes in prison medical protocols. She is also using her expertise in tandem with Dr. Roy to create new opportunities for incarcerated artists.

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), whose mission is to champion museums and nurture excellence, reflects Dr. Mitra’s beliefs. In its strategic plan, the organization urges members to focus on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in all aspects of museum structure and programming for the sustainability of museums.” (Source: AAM)

Featured Guest:

Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, faculty director of California State University, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts program, and a professor in the Department of English.

Moderators:

Dr. Anu Mitra is faculty in Union’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies Program and certificate facilitator in Design Thinking and Museum Studies.

Dr. Diane Allerdyce is chair and faculty of the Humanities & Culture (HMS) concentration of the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Register today for Social Justice: Empowering the Incarcerated through Education, a free webinar focused on social justice, art, and mass incarceration, streaming live on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.

Photo Credit: Emilio Flores, Cal State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Union Institute & University Celebrates Founders’ Day April 2, 2021

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Each year, the university devotes a day in the spring to recognize the unique and historic vision of its founders in creating the blueprint for our journey forward.

Union Institute & University was founded during the tumultuous 1960s, a time of change and transformation throughout all facets of our society.

Looking back, 1964 was a pivotal year. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law; Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize. Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison in South Africa; Congress authorized war against North Vietnam leading to the student protest movement and James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi as the first African American to attend a segregated school.

Dr. Samuel Baskin (on right) & Dr. Goodwin Watson

It was during this time of change that ten university presidents gathered to change the face of higher education. Together, they established a consortium of colleges and universities they called the Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education (UREHE), a forward-facing institution that evolved over the years to become Union Institute & University. Those ten founders and so many others in the early days of Union’s beginnings, including Union’s first president, Dr. Samuel Baskin, along with Dr. Goodwin Watson and Dr. Roy Fairfield, pioneered many of the concepts now common in higher education including:

  • Credit for prior experience and knowledge, and learner-centered education, especially for adults;
  • Distance education, foreseeing the idea of online education before the technology existed to support the approach;
  • Accelerated completion and other innovative and flexible educational models that challenged traditional education and pedagogy;
  • The belief that education is about achieving aspirations and goals, celebrating the very best of the human spirit, expanding knowledge, leading to the transformation of lives and communities.

Throughout the decades, Union Institute & University has continued to renew itself and create opportunities for adult learners. Today, we reflect upon the unique foundation created by our visionary founders and the significant impact Union has made in the lives of more than 20,000 alumni and the communities they touch. Now celebrating 57 years of innovation, Union students, faculty, staff, and alumni are building upon our founders’ conviction that higher education betters the individual and the world through a celebration of differences and active participation and leadership in all sectors of society.

In 2021, Union Institute & University is:

  • embarking on a new strategic plan;
  • creating structure, programs, and pathways for the Institute for Social Justice;
  • redesigning our website and creating new ways to showcase Union’s expertise through podcasts and webinars;
  • developing new avenues to teach, learn, and contribute to the greater good;
  • launching a new Doctorate of Education and a number of certificates; and
  • seeking corporate and international alliances and partnerships.

Throughout its history, Union has been an acknowledged leader in American higher education, providing progressive alternatives, innovative solutions and influential graduates. Together, we remain steadfast in our commitment to create a more perfect Union that will be a leader in providing pathways to a more just society.

I am happy to share some recent accolades and achievements below.

Thank you for joining the Board of Trustees and me as we recognize the inspiration of our founders and continue to change the face of higher education in the 21st century!

Warmest regards, and thank you for your support of Union!

Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D.
President

Learners at Early Colloquiums

 

 

 

 

 

 

Union’s Rankings

#1 Child Development Degree for 2020 (Child & Adolescent Development major)
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# 3 “Best Colleges for Veterans in Ohio”
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#7 Top Ten Forensic Psychology Bachelor’s Degrees for 2020
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#30 Top Online Child Development Degree Programs in U.S.
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#47 Best Colleges in Ohio
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#58 Top Online Doctorate in Education Degree Programs in U.S.
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#61 (top 5%) Best Colleges for Veterans
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#171 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
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Gold Designation for Best Military Friendly Schools 2020-2021
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“Best for Transfer Students” for Online Doctorate in Education Programs
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Most Affordable Online Special Education & Teaching Programs for 2020
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Phi Theta Kappa 2020 Transfer Honor Roll

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Alumni, Student, Staff, and Faculty Achievement

  • 29 alumni have served as president of more than 35 colleges and universities.
  • 39 Chiefs of Police/Sheriffs and more than 6,000 law enforcement officers nationwide hold a Union Criminal Justice Management or Emergency Services Management degree, including the chiefs of police in Dallas and Oakland.
  • Don Mee Choi, Ph.D. 2006, was awarded the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry.
  • Ph.D. student Diane McDaniel was named one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the nation by the National Diversity Council.

Read more about these and other alumni, students, faculty, and staff making a difference.

Grants
Union has received $975,000 in grants from government agencies, corporations, and private foundations, funding scholarships and programs across the university.

Enrollment, Retention, and Graduation
Enrollment in the Ph.D. program, the Master of Arts program, and first-responders degree programs have exceeded goals, and we continue to record overall retention rates of 75 percent and a strong graduation rate of 76 percent.

Responding to a survey, students reported strong satisfaction with the level of quality of online instruction, technical assistance, response time, and frequency of faculty interaction.

Strategic Planning 2020-2023
More than 10,000 individuals participated in discussions, interviews, and surveys, leading to four broad themes that have emerged as strategic pillars to guide our efforts:

  • Visibility: Impactful and clear communication of Union’s brand, mission, and values at all touchpoints.
  • Growth: Expand Union’s community of diverse stakeholders and attract more students looking for a flexible, relevant, and affordable digital learning experience.
  • Delivery: Purposefully adjust and invest in our service model to provide a seamless and exceptional learning environment
  • Value: Provide an affordable digital learning environment that is fueled by innovation and committed to diversity and social justice

Institute for Social Justice
Strategic planning and implementation are underway for Union’s Institute for Social Justice to develop. In the next year, the Institute will give voice to, and actualize, 21st-century collaborative thought leadership with a variety of programs. These offerings will be led by individuals who, like our founders, are committed to providing innovative and pragmatic solutions on a global level through programs that reduce racism, increase civic engagement, promote economic and social equity, and eliminate social disparity.

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Women’s History Month – Alumna fights for women’s rights

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Juli Parker, Ph.D., organized her first women’s rights cause in college and hasn’t looked back since. “I took a Women’s Studies class as a junior, and I learned about women’s issues and activism. I started volunteering at the campus women’s resource center where the director, Sharon Barker, became a mentor,” said the Union Institute & University graduate, who received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with a focus in Theatre and Women’s Studies in 2006.

Dr. Parker is the assistant dean of students and director of the Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality (CWGS) at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, the second oldest collegiate Women’s Center in the country. She leads the Center in its quest to be a voice for women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans community, with the purpose of eliminating barriers, diminishing prejudices, and creating a supportive climate and space for all.

“Our mission is to offer resources and support on LGBTQ and women’s issues.  In addition, the CWGS coordinates campus initiatives to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The CWGS recognizes that investigations of gender must take place in tandem with explorations of race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression and other significant aspects of individual identity,” said Dr. Parker. Her leadership and advocacy for women have been recognized with many significant awards including the 2012-2014 UMASS President’s Office Roy J. Zuckerberg’s $100,000 Leadership Prize, 2012 YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts Women of Distinction Award, and the Pride Alliance 2010 Harvey Milk Award.

She still combines her love of theater with activism as an actor, director, and producer. While at Union, she wrote her first play, “Liberating Women, A Play in Three Acts” and its accompanying contextual essay, “Is Feminist Theatre a Method of Social Change?,” with the encouragement of her Union professors.

“My first core was Dr. Minnie Bruce Pratt. Unfortunately, Union was undergoing changes and when Dr. Pratt left, Dr. Judith Arcana then became my core. She retired but she stayed with me. She was amazing and led me to believe I could write this play. My initial colloquium was great and my experience at Union was rich in every way. I am grateful to my doctoral committee, for their advice, knowledge, encouragement, and ability to make me laugh. I was so lucky to have Dr. Arcana, Wendy Overly, Dr. Lenora Champagne, Dr. Karen Bovard, Dr. Erika Feigenbaum, Dr. Rita Arditti, Dr. Margaret Blanchard, and Dr. Pratt encourage me,” said Dr. Parker. “I am still in close touch with a peer from my colloquium to this day.”

Dr. Parker laments the work left to advance women.

“This pandemic has revealed the imbalance working women face. Women are taking on more – more work at home, helping the kids, and pursuing and maintaining their own jobs and careers. The family-friendly policies in the U.S. seriously lag behind other wealthy countries such as Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. We need universal child care and paid maternity leave. The lack of paid child care is a huge burden. Women are forced to choose between work and children when women are essential wage earners. It is too easy for employers to assume the male will work and leave the childcare to the female. We must work for family-friendly policies that benefit all of us.”

What does the future hold for Dr. Parker?

“Currently, I am a founding member of the Women’s Work Theatre Collaborative, representing women playwrights and actors over 40, and at some point in the near future, I would like to lead more people. Perhaps as a chief diversity officer, dean of student affairs, or even run for political office,” said Dr. Parker who has been director of the Women’s Resource Center since 1995 and dean of students since 2013.

One thing is sure; she will continue her fight to advance women’s rights and to end racism.

“I will continue to work advancing women’s representation in education and media.”
Dr. Parker holds a B.A. in Theatre/Dance from the University of Maine and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama. She has served on various campus committees focused on diversity, women’s issues, and strategic planning throughout her career at UMass Dartmouth.

On a professional basis, Dr. Parker is an active member of the YWCA of Southeastern MA having served as president and as a member of the Board of Directors. She chaired the Miss-Representation to Mass Representation: Educating for Change Conference and was a co-founder/co-chair of the Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women.  She served as Co-Chair of the New England Women’s Studies Association Conference: Performing Activism, and is a member of the National Women’s Studies Association. She has been an invited keynote speaker and panelist at many conferences and written several publications.

Learn more about Dr. Parker’s work.

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Social Justice Webinar: Saturday, March 20, 2021 – Restorative Practices: Learning About Reciprocity, Courage, and Inclusion

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Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. program is pleased to present Restorative Practices: Learning About Reciprocity, Courage, and Inclusion on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at 11 a.m. (ET).

Join Ph.D. alumna Dr. Linda Kligman, recipient of Union’s 2020 Virgil A. Wood Award for Excellence, and moderator Dr. Stewart Burns, professor in Union’s Martin Luther King Jr. Studies specialization and chair of the Ethical & Creative Leadership major of Union’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program. Dr. Burns is also a noted King scholar.

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Dr. Kligman earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Ethical and Creative Leadership and a specialization in Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies in 2020. Her dissertation “Widening Circles: A Grounded Theory Study of Workplace Leadership,” also earned her the Marvin B. Sussman Award, an award given annually to recognize excellence in dissertations. Her research utilized grounded theory to examine restorative practices within organizational leadership.

Restorative practices is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. Dr. Kligman defines restorative practices as “… a lens to look at relationships and bring out the best in humanity. We can build on others’ ideas and work collaboratively. Solutions can’t be achieved unless our dignity and those we work with are intertwined. We need to hear each other and listen to each other. Everyone’s voice is valuable.”

Dr. Burns explains Dr. Kligman’s work this way. “Utilizing the complex methodology of constructivist grounded theory, Dr. Kligman interviewed a group of restorative justice practitioners in the U.S. and beyond to develop an understanding of how restorative justice principles and practices could more fully embody participatory learning in order to enhance relational and group-centered leadership in the restorative justice context. She has advanced the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by demonstrating the influence of Kingian principles on the development of restorative justice, as well as the applicability of the group-centered leadership philosophy of Ella Baker and the participatory learning process exemplified by the Highlander Center in Tennessee. The incorporation of “soul force” principles and methods in restorative justice that she has pioneered will likely strengthen restorative justice practices in its various settings. It also addresses criticisms of restorative justice, especially whether its practices are more about bolstering or transforming the status quo; and whether restorative justice has the potential to help bring about structural and systemic change. [Her dissertation was] an absolute tour de force!”

As an emerging field, restorative practices proposes a participatory approach to learning and decision-making. Dr. Kligman says that restorative practice calls for an inclusive approach – sharing power – to address community issues.

She explains, “In order to be creative we must work with people different than ourselves. The more that power is shared, the more people gain and interact better. We can be more authentic, recognizing the dignity in one another, and become mutually accountable to ourselves and others. We can create relationships where we respect each other and bring high expectations and support to approach one another. You get caught empowering people.”

Union was chosen for her doctoral studies on the recommendation of a friend. “A friend suggested I look at Union because of its commitment to social justice. I was so impressed by Union’s approach to power through influence, and the MLK Studies specialization sounded so interesting. I had a very rich experience at Union.”

Among other ideas and practices, Dr. Kligman hopes participants will learn from the March 20 webinar that they can be more authentic and thus, improve their interactions with their colleagues.

About Linda Kligman, Ph.D.

Dr. Kligman is vice president for Administration at the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School in Pennsylvania. She provides leadership for all non-academic staff. She is deeply committed to supporting faculty, students, and staff by using restorative principles with an eye to continual improvement.

In addition to her Ph.D., Dr. Kligman holds two Bachelor of Science degrees, a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Appropriate Technology from Drexel University, and a Master of Science in Restorative Practices from the IIRP Graduate School.

Linda has two decades of experience in leadership and development. She worked with LaSalle University’s Nonprofit Center as instructor and consultant, was principal of a marketing firm, and executive director of a community-revitalization agency.

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Kudos to Team Union

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Congratulations to the following Team Union members for continuing the mission of transforming lives and communities.

President Webb’s Service on Boards

Union President Dr. Karen Schuster Webb has been appointed to the Indiana University School of Education Advisory Board in Bloomington, and the Hoxworth Blood Center Community Advisory Board in Cincinnati. She also serves on the board of directors for Every Child Succeeds and Women Walking West, both in Cincinnati.

Dr. Soto Participates in Fireside Chat

Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University, participated in “Adaptability and Resiliency in a Changing World,” a fireside chat with John Baker, president and CEO of D2L, and Steve Rogalsky, senior director and project manager for D2L. D2L is the creator of Brightspace, Union’s learning management system. View the VIP roundtable.

Dr. Gore is a Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shanda Gore, vice president of institutional innovation and economic development at Union Institute & University, was the keynote speaker for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Toledo Chapter’s 32nd Annual Black History Celebration on February 27. Watch a video of the event and learn more about the chapter.

Dr. Alidou Works with UNESCO

Dr. Hassana Alidou, Ph.D., is a Union faculty member and the first Scholar in Residence for the Institute for Social Justice. UNESCO requested Dr. Alidou to coordinate a team of bi/multilingual education for the elaboration of a training guide to be used by African countries in conceptualizing their competency-based teachers. UNESCO and OIF, (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), will publish the guide in 2021. Dr. Alidou participated as a panel member for the celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 19. Learn more about the event on YouTube, or view the PowerPoint.

Alumni/Student Achievements

 

Alumna named Superintendent for Human Resources

The Glen Cove City School District (New York) announced the appointment of Kim H. Rodriguez, Ph.D. as the district’s new assistant superintendent for Human Resources. In addition to having her own private practice in counseling, Dr. Rodriguez brings over 30 years of experience in public education to the district. Dr. Rodriguez earned her Ph.D. in 2004, with a concentration in Counselor Education. Read more.

New Chief of Police

Union alumnus Kevin Kilgore has been selected as Sebastopol’s (California) new Chief of Police. Kilgore, an Ohio native, earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University in 2012.  Read more.

 

Union Ph.D. Student Named to Top 100 Diversity Officers Listing

Diane McDaniel, Ph.D. student, has been named one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers in the country by the National Diversity Council. She is the inaugural vice president, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for Community Health Network in Indianapolis, IN. McDaniel leads and guides the network’s strategic work for positioning and achieving DEI organizational goals and serves as the Senior DEI Officer for 16,000 + employees, overseeing a $10 million budget. Read more.

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Authors of Union – March ’21

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Welcome to Authors of Union, highlighting our many published authors. Each month, we will highlight a selected few of our accomplished community of writers who are transforming lives and communities.

The Glorious American Essay

Dr. Philip Lopate, (Ph.D. 1979) is an award-winning author, essayist, editor, educator  and film critic. His latest book is “The Glorious American Essay”

The New York Times review describes the book as a kind of essay-built history of America, as opposed to a history of American essays — though Lopate points out that those histories are naturally intertwined. And naturally echoing. Many of these essays “speak vividly to our present moment,” he writes, about issues that “keep recurring on the national stage.”

The review goes on to say, “Lopate has cast his net intentionally wide, embracing critical, personal, political, philosophical, humorous, literary, polemical, and autobiographical essays, and making room for sermons, letters, speeches, and columns dealing with a wide variety of subjects. Americans by birth as well as immigrants appear here, famous essayists alongside writers more celebrated for fiction or poetry. The result is an extensive overview of the endless riches of the American essay.”

Dr. Lopate is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two New York Foundation for the Arts grants. He received a Christopher medal for “Being With Children,” a Texas Institute of Letters award in the best non-fiction book of the year category for Bachelorhood, and was a finalist for the PEN best essay book of the year award for Portrait of My Body. His anthology, Writing New York, received a citation from the New York Society Library and honorable mention from the Municipal Art Society’s Brendan Gill Award.

Dr. Lopate has taught creative writing and literature at Fordham, Cooper Union, University of Houston, Hofstra University, New York University, and Bennington College. He is a professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches nonfiction writing. Dr. Lopate earned his Ph.D. from Union in 1979, with concentrations in arts and education.

On Freedom and Revolt: A Comparative Investigation

Alumnus Carl E. Moyler (Ph.D. 2000) presents a comparative analysis of the writings of Nobel Prize winners Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and French philosopher Albert Camus in On Freedom and Revolt: A Comparative Investigation.

Even though they came from vastly different backgrounds, both men stood for justice and freedom. Dr. Moyler explains. “Camus and King were born, reared, and lived as personal witnesses to the political, economic, and social ravages of their time and place. Neither man was willing to stand in the presence of tyranny, oppression, racism, exploitation, murder, and war and do nothing. Therefore their response, based on their calling, was a revolt for freedom. Camus was the moral conscience of thousands of people, young and old, in Europe, the United States, and beyond. He was able to impart to generations past and present a vision of hope and courage that gave optimism to doubt and uncertainty.

Likewise, Dr. King, in his nonviolent American civil rights struggle, has left a message for present and future times – a philosophy of militant nonviolent revolt in the face of overwhelming nullification against himself and his followers that is infused with hope, justice, and love. I hope, that by comparing the writings of these two Nobel Laureates and international hero-scholars, I have made a contribution to the never-ending quest for a more just, humane, and rational world where we coexist in a civilized society in pursuit of being ‘My brother’s keeper’.”

Dr. Moyler was born in Newport News, Virginia, and currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. He was a graduate of West Virginia State University in 1954 with a major in foreign languages and was elected Alumnus of the Year in 2007. He holds a master’s degree in French from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He taught foreign languages at several high schools and served as professor and administrator at Urbana University and Wilberforce University. He is also a small business founder and president/CEO. Dr. Moyler graduated from Union in 2000.

TechStress-How Technology is Hijacking our Lives, Strategies for Coping and Pragmatic Ergonomics

In alumnus Eric Peper’s (1975) new book, TechStress-How Technology is Hijacking our Lives, Strategies for Coping and Pragmatic Ergonomics, co-authored with Richard Harvey and Nancy Faas, he asks you to reenvision your relationship with technology to reclaim health, happiness and sanity in a plugged-in world.

Dr. Peper argues, “Evolution shapes behavior—and as a species, we’ve evolved to be drawn to the instant gratification, constant connectivity, and the shiny lights, beeps, and chimes of our ever-present devices. In earlier eras, these hardwired evolutionary patterns may have set us up for success, but today they confuse our instincts, leaving us vulnerable and stressed out from fractured attention, missed sleep, skipped meals, aches, pains, and exhaustion.”

So how can we avoid the pitfalls programmed into modern technology use?

Tech Stress offers practical tools to avoid the evolutionary traps that trip us up and helps us address the problems associated with technology overuse. You will find a range of effective strategies and best practices to individualize your workspace (in the office and at home), reduce physical strain, prevent sore muscles, combat brain drain and correct poor posture. The book also provides fresh insights on reducing stress and enhancing health.

Dr. Peper is a professor at the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, Department of Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Holistic Health at San Francisco State University. He serves as president of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and is past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. An international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation, he was a behavioral scientist for the United States Rhythmic Gymnastics team and received the 2004 California Governor’s Safety Award for his work on Healthy Computing. He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books, including Biofeedback Mastery, Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer, Make Health Happen Training and De Computermens. He is also the co-producer of weekly “Healthy Computing Email Tips.” His research interests focus on the psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention, voluntary self-regulation, holistic health, healthy computing, respiratory psychophysiology and optimizing health with biofeedback. He graduated from Union in 1975 with a Ph.D. and concentrations in Holistic Health and Biofeedback Training.

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Women’s History Month Spotlight on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority – “To be supreme in service to all mankind.”

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To be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) is to be part of something larger than yourself.

Kristina James

“Membership is a commitment to a lifetime of service,” said Kristina James, 2016 Union alumna (Master of Science in Organizational Leadership), and a management consultant with Accenture. “The sorority has shaped me as a woman, a leader, a friend, and a servant. AKA is a safe place to test ideas. Being a member of AKA means everything to me.”

Tammy Richardson, Ph.D. student, and a director at Microsoft, echoes that sentiment. “As an AKA, I am always looking for ways to make life better for everyone. The sisterhood bond is forever. I spent 25 years with P&G, then moved across the country to take a position with Microsoft. My first call was to my local AKA chapter.”

Union Institute & University President Karen Schuster Webb is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, as was her mother. Dr. Webb reflects on the organization’s historic legacy. “The founding of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority epitomized the self-empowerment of women who were determined to make an indelible difference in the world, as did our Soror, Vice President Kamala Harris with her historic victory,” says Dr. Webb. “ I am proud to be an AKA, and it is very special for me to know that globally I can find a sisterhood of women who are dedicated to excellence, share my passion for the cause of social justice, and who are dedicated to serving humanity.”

The sorority, founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University, is the first Black women’s sorority in the country and part of the Divine Nine. “The Divine Nine consists of the nine Historic Black Greek-letter sororities and fraternities, six of which were founded at Howard University, a historically Black college or university (HBCU’s) and three were founded at predominately white institutions (PWI),” said James. “It’s important to remember that HBCUs were founded to educate students of African-American descent. People of color were denied admission to most higher education institutions, campus clubs and groups.”

James and Richardson are both graduates of HBCUs. James graduated from Florida A&M in Tallahassee. Richardson holds her undergraduate degree from Grambling State University in Louisiana.

AKA boasts a membership of 300,000 across 1,026 chapters in 47 states and one U.S. territory, and 10 regions in nine countries, including the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Japan, Liberia, South Korea, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the United Arab Emirates. Its mission has remained the same since AKA’s founding 113 years ago: High scholastic and ethical standards, unity and friendship among college women, improve the social stature of girls and women, maintain a progressive interest in college life, and “Service to All Mankind.” (Source: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated)

For Kristina James, AKA is a family affair.

“I was introduced to AKA by my mother. She has been a member for 51 years. Several of her friends are sorority members and those friends are like family. This is just one example of the rich sisterhood AKA offers,” she said. “My sister and sister-in-law are members too. When we attend conferences, it’s a true family affair.”

At the age of 30, James was elected as president of the Sigma Omega chapter, the graduate chapter located in Cincinnati.

“Being president at such a young age was a great accomplishment. Because AKA provides professional development, I felt ready to accept this challenge,” said James. “The experience helped me learn patience, leadership skills, expectation management, and collaboration skills. These skills have enhanced me personally and professionally.”

Tammy Richardson

Tammy Richardson is not a legacy member, but she holds another distinction:  “I was the first in my family to go to college and I graduated summa cum laude from Grambling, then went to Tulane for my master’s, where I also graduated magna cum laude.”

Her passion is learning. Union was her only choice for her doctorate because of its focus on social justice. Her concentration in Public Policy & Social Change and MLK Studies Specialization will help her move toward her goal to uncover the roots of racism.

“I am passionate about uncovering the roots of racism. Why is there such prejudice? I want to change things. At some point, I may run for public office in my home state of Louisiana as a way to change racism. I want to be mayor of my hometown, governor of the state, and maybe a U.S.  ambassador.”

Both Richardson and James point out that AKA has high expectations. Both are very proud of Vice President Kamala Harris. Richardson explains, “Kamala’s path was not a given. She knew she had the support of her AKA sisters. It was so exciting to hear her refer to her AKA sisters and HBCU brothers and sisters as family at her nomination for vice president.”  Source: (Kamala Harris’ Address to 2020 Democratic National Convention)

James proudly points out that Harris is not the exception. “We have exceptional talent in AKA. The expectation for AKA is to be great. I think our founders 113 years ago knew they were starting something great even though they were just a generation removed from slavery.”

Both are very proud of the program targets set by International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover, Ph.D., J.D., C.P.A., elected in 2018, who will serve through 2022. Dr. Glover is president of Tennessee State University, also an HBCU. Her theme is Exemplifying Through Sustainable Service. Chapters engage in five program targets (see: AKA Program Targets) to accomplish their goals:

  • Target 1: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action – Encourage students to attend HBCUs as a sustainability measure and financial sustainability.
  • Target 2: Women’s Healthcare and Wellness – Raise awareness of health issues that impact African-American women with a focus on breast cancer, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for caregivers.
  • Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy – An emphasis on financial planning, asset accumulation, and wealth building.
  • Target 4: The Arts! – Emphasize and showcase students to the visual and performing arts with an emphasis on Salute to the Harlem Renaissance and Salute to the Black Arts Movement.
  • Target 5: Global Impact – Enlarge the international footprint of AKA

Another source of pride is Dr. Glover’s call to raise $1 million dollars in one day, a target the sorority has reached for the last three consecutive years.

While the signature colors of pink and green and wearing pearls reflect the members’ adherence to their sorority, the real distinguishing characteristic of an AKA member is servant leadership. James and Richardson sum up their membership this way.

“Servant leadership is what connects us as human beings. We are not on this earth for ourselves. When we serve others, we help everyone. If we have been given talents and education, we have a responsibility to live up to AKA’s credo, ‘To be supreme in service to all mankind.’

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U.N.’s World Day of Social Justice resonates with Ph.D. students through Penumbra, Union’s journal of critical and creative inquiry

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The United Nations sets aside February 20 annually to observe an international day of Social Justice. Students in Union’s Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Studies examine social justice within a context of academic excellence every day of the year.

One vehicle Union has created to examine and further social justice is Penumbra, the official, refereed, scholarly journal of the Ph.D. program. It is a joint project between students and faculty, giving students the opportunity to promote their scholarship and to experience publishing that scholarship.

Created by and for Union students in 2012, Penumbra now features seven issues. The publication’s content is designed to disrupt and challenge injustice through interdisciplinary studies and critical scholarship. Penumbra is managed by Union Ph.D. students, who, in turn, are advised by Union faculty.

Fearless painted by Ph.D. alumnus Raul Manzano depicts the resilience of the brave ones to overcome threats, suffering, and adversity to defend and preserve the race’s survival and evolution. Click the image to read more about this painting and artist.

Current editor Kristen N. McNutt explains the significance of the journal: “Penumbra’s purpose is to promote theoretically informed engagements with concrete issues and problems through critical scholarship. The journal publishes socially engaged, innovative, creative and critical scholarship with a focus on ethical and political issues in the four concentrations of the Ph.D. program. (Educational Studies, Ethical & Creative Leadership, Humanities & Culture, and Public Policy & Social Change). With Union’s interdisciplinary focus, we are able to look at the vast perspectives of social issues and seek to address injustice through scholarship, which is embraced by Penumbra. Penumbra supports students to develop their voices as social justice scholars and provides an opportunity to push the boundaries of scholarship to support social change. This can be rare in academia and publishing.”

In addition, the process of getting published can be daunting, with few opportunities for students.

“Penumbra offers a safe space for the newer scholar to gain experiences in the publishing process as a whole. It’s an opportunity to develop a voice as a scholar without judgment,” said McNutt. “Most importantly, students at Union have the opportunity to participate in the full publishing process. Not only are students encouraged to submit papers or creative works from their courses or dissertation, but students at Union also have the opportunity to participate in all the facets of the publishing process.”

Each year students are encouraged to apply to serve on the editorial team, with calls of positions sent out each year. Additionally, students can serve as peer reviewers alongside faculty. Submissions are judged through a double-blind peer-review process by a faculty and student reviewer.

Another area of focus is learning how to publish.

“Publishing a scholarly article can be confusing and frightening. Submission criteria often requires the student to adapt their research to the requirements of the journal. The process for submissions will vary from journal to journal, so this is a real-world chance to learn,” said McNutt. In academia, there is an expectation to publish.

Karsten H. Piep, Ph.D. doctoral faculty and current chair of the journal’s faculty advisors, offers this view: “While not a prerequisite to obtaining the Ph.D. degree, the publication of one or two articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Penumbra gives doctoral students a head-start in establishing themselves as scholars within their fields. An excellent dissertation will no doubt open many doors inside and outside of academia. But, in an increasingly competitive academic job market, doctoral students and recent graduates with a record of conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications will have a clear advantage. And those who are not pursuing academic careers should also consider publishing their research in peer-reviewed journals, for this remains the most effective way to engage with the wider scholarly community.”

The current issue, Enough, was published in August 2020.

McNutt expands on the current issue: “This seventh volume of Penumbra emerged at the intersection of the 2020 presidential elections, the global pandemic, and the racial justice protests and reckoning after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Both the pandemic and the protests drew attention to ongoing and systemic racial, class, and gender disparities in the United States and around the world.”

The issue tells a story of the complexity of achieving social justice. The articles, poetry, and visual arts contributed by the authors and artists shed light on the contested spaces to bring social justice issues out of the shadows through an interdisciplinary lens. Using poetry as a medium, Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan calls into question the white picket fence of the American Dream. In her poem, Light ’em Up America, Nuzzo-Morgan asks, “Who the hell were Ozzie and Harriet anyhow, right?” Through the autobiographical narrative of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me (2015), Chinelo Ezenwa utilizes close reading to deconstruct the black experience of the American Dream. Larry Ellis, in “In Search of My Mother’s Garden”, examines the intersection of race and gender by discovering the creativity of his mother and grandmother’s gardens. By deconstructing Beyoncé Knowles’s music video and Super Bowl performance of “Formation,” Nena Carpenter explores the singer’s emancipatory artistry that she brought into the living rooms of America. In her conceptual essay, “One Heroine’s Journey through the Dissertation,” Angela Kraemer-Holland explores her challenges and resilience in completing her doctoral dissertation. Taking a social science turn, Kei Graves traces the exploitation of adjunct faculty. Tamara White’s “Flying by the seat of my pants,” asks viewers to examine the complexities of social justice implications of living with diabetes. On a different note, Sherri Moyer, in her poem, “Within My Lane”, wrestles with family and social norms that can keep people silent to injustices.

Woven within all the pieces included in this volume is a call to end racial, social, gender, and economic injustice. However, for change to occur, we cannot be afraid to move from our comfort zones and say, “ENOUGH.”

No Breath was painted by Ph.D. alumna Tamara White. Tamara focuses her visual pieces on the intersection of art, social justice, and health equities. Click on the image to read more about the interpretation of this visual piece.

A special section, “The Politics of Breath: Pandemic to Protest,” was also published in 2020 to better illustrate how issues can intersect within oppression so differently within daily lives. “This volume tells a story of the complexity of achieving social justice. The articles, poetry, and visual arts contributed by Union authors and artists shed light on the contested spaces to bring social justice issues out of the shadows through an interdisciplinary lens,” said McNutt

While typically published annually, students in the MLK Studies Specialization asked to develop a special edition to be published later this year. Ph.D. students Bryon Garner and AC Panella are co-editors.

“This special issue grew out of some of the important activist work that our MLK studies produce. Our hope is to do a special issue each year highlighting a different element of the Ph.D. program,” said Panella. “I believe that one of the elements that makes Union unique is that we take an interdisciplinary approach not just to academics but also to bringing scholarship into and with social justice movements. This special issue will highlight how activism and academics are both ways of supporting social change.”

Submissions are invited from a variety of genres – including creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual works that address any aspect of the journal’s mission and scope. Submissions will be accepted from Union alumni, graduate students, junior scholars and university programs – including programs in Africa, where Union has recently worked to develop Ph.D. programs. Critical and creative voices who are established in their fields are also invited to submit.

Learn more about Penumbra.

About Kristen N. McNutt

Kristen N. McNutt is a scholar-practitioner completing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Social Change at Union Institute & University. She holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Kristen has studied women and gender studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels, earning a Bachelor of Science at Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research is in decolonial and feminist theories, epistemologies, and methodologies with a focus on gender policy and postconflict reconstruction. Her dissertation research will focus on a comparative analysis of Ministries of Gender/Women and gender mainstreaming in postconflict state-building in Africa.

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Authors of Union – February ’21

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Welcome to Authors of Union, highlighting our many published authors. Each month, we will highlight our accomplished community of writers who are transforming lives and communities.

Peter Lazes

From the Ground Up: How Frontline Staff Can Save Americas Healthcare

Dr. Peter Lazes is passionate about transforming the healthcare system. He believes, “All Americans deserve and should have access to high quality, affordable healthcare services delivered by professionals who have sufficient time and resources to care for them.” His new book, From the Ground Up: How Frontline Staff Can Save Americas Healthcare, (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2020); written with his wife, Marie Rudden, M.D., the book presents proven and practical approaches for redesigning healthcare organizations. By tapping into the experiences of frontline workers, the organizations will be less fragmented and more patient-centered. Their work focuses on identifying and finding solutions to access and quality of care issues. They share case studies of the use of Labor-Management Partnerships to improve patient care and to redesign healthcare organizations.

Harvard Business School professor, Amy C. Edmondson, author of  The Fearless Organization urges healthcare leaders to read this book. “Everyone in a hospital leadership role should read this book as it offers a wealth of practical advice for organizations intent on improving their clinical care delivery.”

Mitchell H. Katz, MD, CEO and President, NYC Health + Hospitals encourages healthcare leaders to use Lazes’ book as an important roadmap for identifying and creating changes. He says, “…as you read this book you will not only learn the successful techniques of engaging and supporting frontline staff but will also be inspired to improve healthcare wherever you work.”

Dr. Lazes is a specialist in organizational change, leadership development, and Labor-Management Partnerships. He is also the founder and former director of the Healthcare Transformation Project and Programs for Employment and Workplace Systems at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where he has served for 40 years. He has worked with labor union and management leaders in the U.S. to customize and implement strategic worker participation programs. His recent work involves assisting hospitals and healthcare organizations to develop methods to improve patient care and reduce costs with a focus on frontline staff engagement.

Traveling extensively in Europe, Dr. Lazes conducts seminars on organizational change and ways to encourage employee-driven innovation opportunities. He has written more than 30 articles on such topics as the creation of agile work systems, new roles for unions in the 21st century, ways to create meaningful jobs, methods to increase civic participation and strategies for keeping American jobs; in addition, he has produced several videotapes on topics such as creating breakthroughs in organizations.

Dr. Lazes received his Ph.D. from Union Institute & University in 1974 with concentrations in clinical and industrial psychology.

Nancy Shiffrin

Game With Variations

Nancy Shiffrin earned her Master of Arts in English studying with Anais Nin. She earned her Ph.D. at Union Institute & University studying Jewish-American women authors. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Quarterly, Earth’s Daughters, Lummox Journal, The Canadian Jewish Outlook, A Cafe in Space, Religion and Literature, Shofar, and numerous other publications. She has received awards and honorable mentions from The Academy of American Poets, The Poetry Society of America, The Alice Jackson Foundation, The Dora Teitelboim Foundation, and most recently first prize in the Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Contest Lummox Journal 2019. Her poetry collection, The Vast Unknowing, (Infinity Publishing) is available from BN.com. Her collections, Game With Variations and Flight, are forthcoming from wordpoetrybooks.com. Her recent works include:
FLIGHT. New poems accepted by wordpoetrybooks.com. Two new poems excerpted on PoetrySuperHighway.com.
GAME WITH VARIATIONSLove poems; THE VAST UNKNOWINGPoems of the creative life; OUT OF THE GARDEN – a novella invoking Anais Nin. For more information visit www.NancyShiffrin.net.

Betty Fox Cooper

Family Vital to Us and Society

Alumna Betty Fox Cooper, Ph.D. 1990, was living a life of purpose, facilitating professional and community development, peace studies, and directing the Adlerian Family Education Center. When she suddenly lost her husband of 62 years, she found herself crippled with pain and grief. This led her to an examination of intensive and extensive contemplation of the past. She journals this experience in her recent book, Family Vital to Us and Society.

Amazon describes her journey as, “While contemplating life experiences, she saw how families had not only been vital to her but were also our society’s change agents. Feelings of gratitude became overwhelming as she saw the love, compassion, and encouragement given to her through the years yet previously overlooked. The book covers her journey of moving from grief to joy, from sadness to happiness, from malfunctioning to functioning, and finding life is enriching and invigorating.”

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