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Messages from the President

10-27-22
State of the College 2022

My name is Jane Fernandes, and I am the president of Antioch College. She, her, or the inclusive they, them are my pronouns. I am here to deliver the State of the College address for 2022.

Watch the Video and Read the full Transcript here.

10-14-22
Antioch Activate

Dear Alumni, Supporters, and Friends of Antioch College,

All structures rely on their foundations for stability. Without a stable foundation lifting up and bearing the load, whatever good works that have been done, or are to be done, inside of the structure, cease.

I would like to talk with you today about the foundation of Antioch College in terms of history, of changemaking mission, of financial requirements, and of community engagement.

Read the full statement here.

10-13-22
Celebration of the Life of Terry Ogden Herndon (March 15, 1934 – August 6, 2022)

I attended a celebration of the life of Terry Ogden Herndon (March 15, 1934 — August 6, 2022) on September 24, 2022, at First Religious Society in Carlisle, Massachusetts. He was the husband for 66 years of Eva (Warmbrunn) Herndon. Antioch is indebted to Terry and Eva for their substantial financial support over the years culminating in the Herndon Art Gallery, where we will soon be privileged to witness Flourishing, an exhibit of photo and video work by five Black artists celebrating their stories and experiences.

Read the full reflection here.

 

10-11-22
Leadership in Action: DACA and American Values

It is time for America to show us who we are.

We were deeply saddened – though not shocked – by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling invalidating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, popularly known as DACA. Started in 2012, DACA is a pathway allowing immigrants who entered the country as children, and who have no other legal remedies for formal status here, to remain as long as DACA is in place. The recent court decision is therefore tragic. It directly threatens over 600,000 young people seeking to make a life in America, harming our communities in the process and injecting chaos into an already impossible immigration system.

Without Congressional action, we are almost certain to lose hundreds of thousands of young people. They have grown up in our schools, joined our religious communities, become high school valedictorians, played in our sports leagues, participated in our town fairs, and are now starting to join our workforce and tax base when we need them most.

Read the full statement here.

 

9-8-22
New Students, New Energy

Something I have often heard since arriving at Antioch is that there has been a renewal of energy on campus in the last year. The maintenance and facilities teams have been doing a wonderful job in making the spaces and buildings welcoming. The faculty and staff, those that have been here for many years and those that have arrived more recently, have been finding ways to engage the students and each other creatively and thoughtfully with fresh and renewed perspectives. The students themselves consistently bring energetic enthusiasm to the shaping of this community.

Read the full reflection here.

 

8-11-22
Reflections on Reunion 2022

Just a few short weeks ago, Antioch College Reunion 2022 brought alumni and friends back to our beloved campus for the first in-person reunion since 2019. It was truly an exciting and inspiring community event, which also marked my first Antioch Reunion. What an incredible introduction to the reasons why our community seeks to share these unique spaces and passionate conversations every year together.

Our guests and I were greeted with a full agenda. The days and nights were packed with awards and recognition, generosity of time, talents, and gifts, spontaneous dancing and food, exploring historic photos and memories while creating new ones, curated panel discussions covering important topics, and all of the equally important and wonderful impromptu face to face conversations, stories, and exchanges.

Read the full reflection here.

 

7-14-22
Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives

As announced recently in our email newsletters, I am excited to share that Antioch College’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan was unanimously approved by the Antioch College Board of Trustees last month. You can now read the full plan here: https://antiochcollege.edu/about/strategic-plan-2022-2025/

Created by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Yellow Springs community members, this clear, actionable, and measurable plan will guide us towards the better systems that we need to further our critically important mission over the next three years.

We know how committed and invested you are in Antioch College’s future, and as we implement this Strategic Plan, please know that we will regularly report on plan progress and have honest conversations about how we are meeting our goals and our work ahead.

Thank you for your continued dedication to and support of Antioch College. We look forward to welcoming many of you to campus here shortly to celebrate the 2022 Antioch College Reunion.

 

6-27-22
Roe v. Wade

Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court to overturn 50 years of precedent in Roe v. Wade dealt a striking blow to equitable access to reproductive health for us all.

It is stunningly difficult to comprehend the deliberate unraveling of human rights presently taking place in the United States of America. In several states, such as Texas, gender affirming care is barred in addition to new abortion bans. The barring of the human right to abortion and gender affirming care is horrendous enough, but made that much worse by their criminalization.

Read the full statement here.

 

4-11-22
Ohio HB 616

It is disheartening and distressing that we are once again confronted with news of misguided, attention-seeking legislative actions clearly aimed to promote division, stoke fear, breed misunderstanding, suppress, and marginalize.

On Monday, April 4th, 2022, Ohio state Representatives, Mike Loychik and Jean Schmidt, introduced HB 616 which bears strong resemblance to Florida’s recently passed Parental Rights in Education law, known by many as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. The proposed legislation is copied directly from that of other states.

Read the full statement here.

 

1-29-22
Statement on Suspended Medical License of Dr. Donald Gronbeck

Like many of you, I am grappling with the harrowing news that the State Medical Board of Ohio suspended the medical license of Dr. Donald Gronbeck, Antioch Class of 2002 and former campus doctor from 2015-2019. Antioch College unequivocally condemns sexual violence of any nature and we are working with local authorities to provide information and help ensure that a full accounting is made of any harms done as a result of Dr. Gronbeck’s work for the College.

Read the full statement here.