Institutional Partnerships

Belltown Business Association

Antioch University Seattle (AUS) and the Belltown Business Association (BBA) have formally entered into a collaborative partnership on the Education for Social Engagement Project – Learning in the Service of Self and Society. BBA and AUS will provide a range of in-kind support for mutual benefit. The shared goal is to: 1) improve community relations among the businesses, residents, low-income housing operators, and social services in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, and 2) strengthen the identity and branding of Belltown as a thriving business, residential, and civic center. The first curriculum project is a Program Evaluation of the Millionair Club Charity located in Belltown.

Freehold Theatre and Pratt Fine Arts Center

Designated classes at Freehold Theatre and  Pratt Fine Arts Center are available for credit to AUS students in the B.A. in Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program.


A study abroad education and training option through LEAPNOW is available for AUS students enrolled in the B.A. in Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program/ Global Studies concentration.

Recent Grant Awards

Washington Women’s Foundation Merit Award

Awardee: Antioch University Seattle Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic

Project Period: 2013

Awarded: $2,000

The Russell Family Foundation

Project Title: Roadside Rain Gardens/ East Ballard Greenstreet

Project Director(s): Cari Simson, Research Faculty

Project Period: 2013- 2014

Awarded: $55,000

Summary: In an effort to improve urban water quality and neighborhood livability, The Russell Family Foundation awarded Antioch University Seattle with funding to site, design and build demonstration roadside rain gardens in the East Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The goals of the grant are specifically focused on reducing flows of polluted runoff to Salmon Bay, which connects to Puget Sound through the Ballard Locks. We are interested to learn how citizens choose to get involved in clean water efforts, specifically local natural drainage improvement projects that also provide street beautification, traffic-calming, tree canopy increases, and other neighborhood goals. For more information visit the project website.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.

Project Title: Growing Healthy Soils & Communities with BioChar at Sammamish Valley Farm

Project Director(s): Jonathan Scherch, Core Faculty, MA Programs in Leadership and Change

Project Period: 2012-2013

Awarded: $20,000

Collaborating Organizations:

  • SeaChar
  • Pacific Bamboo Resources
  • 21 Acres
  • Sammamish Valley Alliance
  • Transition Woodinville

Summary: The grant will underwrite a series of sustainability education workshops with AUS students and constituents from partnering community organizations. The workshops will focus on the use of BioChar technology and will be offered on a five-acre+ organic, sustainable farmstead located in the Sammamish Valley Agricultural Production District which is preserved farmland supported by King County. BioChar is a form of charcoal that is created by heating organic waste at high temperature without the use of oxygen. BioChar can endure in soil for thousands of years giving it the potential to help mitigate climate change via carbon sequestration. Among its many benefits, BioChar produces clean energy, builds healthy soils and increases fertility, reduces the risk of water table contamination, and raises agricultural productivity. The project will consist of three, two-day, weekend workshops with 30 participants (AUS students and constituents from partnering organizations) over the academic year.

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Project Title: First Peoples’ Program

Project Period: 2008 -2014

Awarded: $433,612

Summary: To provide support for the First Peoples’ B.A. in Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program and Writing Center at Muckleshoot Tribal College; and to provide scholarships for urban Native American students attending the Antioch University Seattle main campus.

C. Charles Jackson Foundation

Project Title: Developing Women’s Leadership – Around the Globe

Project Director(s): Barbara Spraker, Associate Faculty, MA Programs in Leadership and Change

Project Period: 2012-2013

Awarded: $10,000

Summary: Developing Women’s Leadership – Around the Globe, will support women and organizations engaged in developing leadership competence by identifying and sharing cross-cultural leadership development needs and strategies. The project will engage key women coordinators in a variety of countries who can speak to the leadership needs of women in their country, and can identify and coordinate a small group of women in Conversation Circles – guided conversation regarding such needs as they experience them. These Conversations will both provide data as well as create interest and readiness among participants for utilizing the leadership strategies developed. Antioch University Seattle (AUS) students will participate in local Conversation Circles, and, co -design and co-facilitate a Women’s Leadership Conference on the AUS campus at the conclusion of the project. A paper and accompanying workbook entitled Developing Women’s Leadership: A Capacity Building Guide will be created for use by individuals, groups of women, or trainers of women around the globe. For more information visit the project website.

Jiji Foundation

Project Title: Puget Sound Edible Democracy Project

Project Director(s): Ed Mikel, Interim Dean, School of Education

Project Period: 2011-2013

Awarded: $10,000

Summary:  For more information visit the project website.

Chancellor’s Discretionary Academic Innovation Fund at Antioch University

Project Title: Bringing 21st Century Skills to 21st Century Students

Project Director(s): Christie Kaaland, Core Faculty, School of Education

Project Period: 2010-2013

Awarded: $75,000

Summary: The grant funds will support the design and pilot of a hybrid online M.A. degree in Education with Library Media over two years in consultation with Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Antioch University Seattle and Mansfield University were partners in a program that used a hybrid learning model funded by a $1M federal grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences. The collaboration with Mansfield University laid the groundwork to launch the proposed program at Antioch University campuses. The target audience are classroom teachers and other candidates who currently hold a teaching certificate Washington. Ultimately, the aim is to expand the program across all campuses in the Antioch University system.

Chancellor’s Discretionary Academic Innovation Fund at Antioch University

Project Title: Program Evaluation Replication and Course Development Project

Project Director(s): Pat Linn, Core Faculty, Psy.D. Program, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy

Project Period: 2011-2013

Awarded: $94,835

Summary: The grant funds will build capacity for program evaluation (PE) across Antioch University.  Dr. Pat Linn and a colleague from the Santa Barbara campus will visit experienced program evaluators with the faculty at Antioch University New England to learn their approach to practice-based participatory evaluation. Grant outcomes include the development of a Sakai-based graduate course on PE for possible use across centers and campuses at Antioch University; service-learning opportunities for graduate students as part of the PE course; and building an infrastructure for future paid evaluation contracts with local community agencies. Generating paid positions for graduate students who have built PE skills and increasing the number of partnerships between Antioch University and community agencies are long-term project goals. For more information visit the Office for Program Evaluation.

Chancellor’s Discretionary Academic Innovation Fund at Antioch University

Project Title: The Expressive Therapies Summer Institute: A New Vision for Inter-Campus Collaboration

Project Director: Janice Hoshino, Chair of Art Therapy and Drama Therapy Specializations, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy

Project Period: 2012-2015

Awarded: $17,820

Summary: Our vision is to establish Antioch University as a national expressive therapies hub. First, the proposed project will develop a Summer Institute series at Antioch University Seattle that will provide both graduate degree credit to current Antioch University students as well as continuing education opportunities for alumni and clinicians. Students from all campuses will be invited to attend the week-long intensive training. Second, the Expressive Therapies week will integrate Antioch University campuses by rotating host campuses, thereby offering new trainings and continuing education units (CEUs) for students, alumni, and professionals in each region.  Further, attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn from faculty across the national Antioch University system. The Antioch University Seattle campus will be in close collaboration with our cross-campus partners at Antioch University New England and Antioch University Santa Barbara.

Memberships & Affiliations

American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
American Association of School Libraries (AASL)
American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
American Library Association (ALA)
American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC)
Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC)
Belltown Business Association (BBA)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA)
Horace Mann League of the USA
NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
National Council of Schools & Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)
South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce
Washington Association of Colleges for Teachers Education (WACTE)
Washington Campus Compact