Antioch University New England – A graduate school with a Social Justice, Sustainability and Stewardship Mission

4/24/2013, 8:53 a.m.
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Antioch University New England aims to be carbon neutral by 2020. Pictured is the main entrance.

Antioch University New England aims to be carbon neutral by 2020. Pictured is the main entrance.

“I’m a survivor and a thriver.” Mirza Lugardo is a PhD student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Antioch University New England (AUNE) who, at age 12, fled an abusive stepfather in Puerto Rico. Nothing has come easy for her.  “I feel like I have to work harder and continue to prove myself because I’m a petite woman that speaks with an accent and I am a Puerto Rican.”

But AUNE has given Mirza, who lives in central Massachusetts and directs a hospital program for mentally ill children, the support and flexibility she needs to juggle school, work and family. She also received an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship. Scholarships like this help reflect AUNE’s commitment to social and economic justice. “They teach social justice in every course here, and I’m very, very happy about that,” Mirza said. “AUNE probably saw something in me, and I am grateful.”

Dedicated to Justice, Sustainability and Stewardship

AUNE’s commitment to social and economic justice, and to sustainability and ecological stewardship, shines through its programs:

  • AUNE’s Multicultural Center for Research and Practice, established 13 years ago, focuses on culturally diverse and immigrant youth, adults and families. Dr. Gargi Roysircar, the professor of clinical psychology who founded the center, has expanded its mission. Through the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity/Disaster Shakti, students engage in community service in disaster-torn areas. Dr. Roysircar trained students to volunteer in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and in India after the 2004 tsunami
  • Clinical Psychology professor Susan Hawes regularly leads students to South Africa to provide counseling services to HIV-affected children. At AUNE, service learning is a critical piece of every student’s experience. It’s often part of the minimum 600 hours of practical experience required by many of our programs.
  • The MBA in Sustainability program weaves the triple bottom line of people, profit  and planet throughout all of its coursework. Through independent projects, internships and field study trips, these students gain real-world experience while still in school. They learn how, as future managers, leaders and entrepreneurs, their actions can reflect their values and success can reflect their ethics.
  • The Department of Environmental Studies (ES) was the first such program offered in the United States, back in 1971. The department’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability concentration is the only program in the country that trains public-interest advocates and grassroots organizers to work for environmental protection, corporate accountability and social justice.
  • Students in AUNE’s Department of Education can gain global perspectives on their vocations through a long-running teacher exchange program with Auroville, India, or an inter-session field study partnership in El Rosario, Honduras. Through its inclusive approach, our new Holistic Special Education concentration advances AUNE’s progressive, student-centered philosophy into the field of special education.

AUNE’s Areas of Study

Our programs are practice-oriented, focused on providing a transformative education to students with diverse backgrounds who go on to become leaders and agents of change. We offer master’s and doctoral programs, and certificate programs in five areas: applied psychology, clinical psychology, education, environmental studies and management.