What is something that makes you feel truly alive and awake? When are you in a rhythm, a flow, your element?
What does your body feel?
Who are you with?
What is your state of mind?
These are the questions Rockwood’s enrollment coordinator Teresa asked us to meditate on in our staff meeting yesterday. In the midst of this whirlwind year, it seems crucial to our resilience to take a moment to tap into our power and feel it in our bodies and minds. To allow that feeling to give us strength and help sustain us despite everything we’ve faced this year, and everything we may meet in the year to come.
As you take a few minutes to learn about all the amazing work Rockwood alums are doing out in the world, we invite you to also ask yourself: what makes you feel truly alive and awake?
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Alum in the News
- Heather Booth is the subject of a documentary highlighting her work as an organizer and activist.
- angel Kyodo williams’s work was featured in a profile by ThinkProgress.
- Susana De Anda was named a 2017 Pritzker Award finalist.
- Alicia Garza wrote a personal piece about staying centered in the face of adversity for Complex.
- Nora Vargas emcee’d the first Women of Change the Game awards.
- Linda Sarsour wrote about the power of Colin Kaepernick’s protest for GQ.
- Andrea Jenkins was elected to Minneapolis City Council for Ward 8, becoming the first openly trans black woman elected to public office in the U.S.
- Caitlin Breedlove and Standing On The Side Of Love’s podcast Fortification started its second season.
- Rashad Robinson was interviewed by Fast Company about Color of Change’s recent campaigns.
- Malkia Cyril talked FBI surveillance and Black organizing with Colorlines.
- Ai-Jen Poo wrote about taking care of care-workers for U.S. News & World Report.
- Jack Walsh is a recipient of a 2017 SF Arts Commission grant for his short story collection, Gone Foreign.
- Monica Ramirez launched the Latina Equal Pay Day campaign on November 2.
- Gordan Whitman’s book Stand Up! How to Get Involved, Speak Out, and Win in a World on Fire is available for pre-order.
- Marisa Franco, Alberto Retana, Michael Smith, Rashad Robinson, Alicia Garza, and Favianna Rodriguez were all named 2018 Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity.
- Insight Garden Project’s work at San Quentin was highlighted in a documentary short by filmmaker Chihiro Wimbush.
- The Durfee Foundation released a report, “From Creative Disruption to Systems Change: A 20-Year Retrospective on the Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Program.”
News & Inspiration
- “I’m An Activist — Am I Allowed To Unplug From The Internet?” by Alaina Leary
- “Ancestral Spiritual Resistance Zine – For Our Collective Healing” from Mijente
- “6 Awkward Holiday Conversations You’re Dreading, And How To Deal With Them” at Buzzfeed
- Washington, DC: Director of Operations, Center for Community Change
- San Francisco, CA: Philanthropic Director, Tides Foundation
- New York, NY: Chief Operations Officer, Lambda Legal
- New York, NY: Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
- Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership’s US Latino Leadership Fellowship