Why did you choose Antioch’s Advocacy program? Really it was because it was so unique; I was really interested in advocacy work at the time especially party politics and social and economic justice. I wasn’t even thinking of going to grad school until I heard about this program. Through some of my advocacy work I had actually already heard about the program. I saw a post in a forum about the program and thought, wow this is something I would really like to study.
What did you like most about your time in the program? I really enjoyed the chance to meet new people, people that I otherwise not have met in life. The thing that I really like about the program though was the hands on aspect. The requirement for an internship really allowed me to dig much deeper in the advocacy work I was already doing, working more with organizations I was already involved with and to do all this for credit was great. It allowed me to work and learn about other organizations as well so that when I graduated I had that knowledge available to me already. Really being able to use what I was learning in the classroom and then apply that knowledge was something I liked.’
What valuable skills do you think you learned in this program? The core of advocacy and the theory of what advocacy is, and then applying that in the field. I really learned some interesting things about being an effective organizer. Those advocacy skills were really valuable. I learned how to work more effectively with others and in groups too. It’s something that I am still working on in my personal and professional life, but I don’t think I would have gotten to that point if it hadn’t been for Antioch.
What is your current work and what other jobs have you had since graduation? I am currently a logistics consultant with the NH coalition to abolish the death penalty. I also have worked in the most recent election and the marriage equality campaign in Maine, known as yes on one, and the Mainers united for marriage. It was really exciting to be working on a marriage equality victory in the state of Maine.
How did Antioch’s Advocacy program help you get there? Mostly the skills and the networking and the hands on experience. The death penalty job came to me through Antioch; the director contacted Steve Chase who then said I should look into it. The working family’s job was similar; I heard about it through the department and took it. Steve sends these opportunities to alumni and students and keeps everyone up to date, it’s great. My internship also helped me find volunteer positions like the Maine marriage position that I found out about through a meeting at leadership training. This led me to gain skills to get all these other jobs; I took these skills and brought them with me to my future positions that all have directly led me to get the job I have now. It really all comes down to the Antioch skills, and networking that brought all this about.
Is there anything else you want to add that I didn’t ask? I would just want to stress the innovation and unique program and ways of doing things at Antioch really drew me in. if it hadn’t been for this program I probably wouldn’t have gone to grad school at all. But because it was so innovative and different, I felt really comfortable making that stretch and going for it. It’s that creativity that made Antioch stand out for me.