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Luisa joined Antioch’s Cooperative Education faculty in 2015, bringing expertise in international education, women’s and gender studies, and community engagement through the arts. Luisa has designed new co-op coursework engaging art as social practice, community action research, and place-based learning. Her primary focus areas within co-op include in the arts and therapeutic practices as well as opportunities in South America. In 2012, at Antioch Education Abroad, Luisa designed and implemented a semester-long study abroad program in Argentina with an integral service-learning component.

MA, Utrecht University, Comparative Women’s Studies. BA, Smith College, Theater, Latin American Literature. Coursework: Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella: Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Luisa's work as a writer, director and performer explores intersections of human rights, cultural identities, feminist thought, migration, ritual and place making. As an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow with Creative Alliance, Luisa developed an award-winning community arts program for and mostly by southeast Baltimore neighborhood residents, new immigrants, and refugees. Currently, a member of Sol Rising healing arts troupe, Luisa was a founding member of Baltimore’s Theater Action Group and trained at The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory with Agosto and Julian Boal, among others. She continually engages in community building and anti-racism work. You may also find her hiking in Glen Helen, canoeing on the Little Miami or in her garden.

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  • National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Bi-Regional Conference, Indianapolis. Presenter: “Teaching Effective Cross-Cultural Skills through Study Abroad,” 2013.
  • “Imagining the un-imaginable: Facing terror and truth in Griselda Gambaro’s Antígona Furiosa.” Guest lecture to students and faculty of Smith College’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Department of Theater, 2012.
  • “Belongings: A Neighborhood Search.” In Community Arts Network, A Publication of the Community Arts Convening and Research Project. Volume I, Number 4, September 2008.




Student Spotlight: Leo Brandon ’17

Feb 15, 2016
Per month, roughly 100,000 people are recorded as having visited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to take pictures and enjoy the sites of The White House where the President of the United States resides. While many may get the chance to walk the halls in guided tours, very few get the chance work within those walls. For his third co-op, Leo Brandon ’17 found himself doing just that. Leo joined the team of White House interns working within the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Few people ever get to see what Americans actually write to the President about,  but by reading letters (on some days up to 600 letters per day!), Leo became very aware of what Americans valued and found important enough to send a letter to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Beyond the daily tasks of working within the mail room, Leo was also given opportunities to attend workshops ranging in topics from MS Office training to resume building!
Check out this West Wing Week; White House Intern Edition video and see if you can spot Leo!


Student Spotlight: Greta Treistman ’17

Feb 10, 2016

North Star Fund has partnered with Antioch College to provide students co-op opportunities and in the Fall 2015 cooperative work term, Antioch College student, Greta Treistman ’17, took advantage of that opportunity. Aside from the fabulous chance to live in the “Big Apple”, Greta joined North Star Fund and quickly fell in love with the team, its mission, and the victories for humanity they were propelling through the work they did. Alongside her team at North Star Fund, Greta managed the grant cycle. This allowed her to meet with a wide number of organizations working to tackle the various political issues in the city and to help redistribute grants to those organizations to further their causes. In meetings with the various organizers, Greta was introduced to the creative and innovative solutions they were generating to help garner more attention from politicians and community members to further improve the situations of those in need.

Encouraging other students to select North Star as a co-op, Greta states “If you’re at all interested in community organizing or urban political issues, I would strongly recommend you go to North Star…as a group, they have a really incredibly thoughtful and critical analysis of what their own role is in the non-profit world, including the power dynamics between funders and organizers. The perspective of the people that worked there was really nuanced.” She truly enjoyed being able to become aware of, analyze, and assist in improving the current political issues in the five boroughs.


Student Spotlight: Ellie Burck ’18

Feb 10, 2016

For her second co-op, Ellie Burck ’18 finds herself in the wonderful city of Chicago working as the Creative Intern for Ink Factory. Ink Factory specializes in graphic recording and has a mission “to create visual experiences that inspire and engage.” The hope is to transform the way in which communication occurs through the art of visualization. As a part of this creative and dynamic organization, Ellie is able to take part in various projects from creating an email-based newsletter template, to maintaining social media accounts to share the great work being done at Ink Factory, and even generating content for new projects! Through personal connections, Ellie was able to self-design her co-op with Ink Factory allowing her to join personal passion with academic learning, and ultimately helping her expand creatively. Pictured above is a visual syllabus that Ellie created and submitted as a portion of her Work Portfolio course. Ellie is very excited about the rest of her co-op in Chicago, and is looking forward to bringing the skills she’s learned at Ink Factory to Antioch College!

Check out the Ink Factory blog here to see Ellie Burck featured!

*Illustration by Ellie Burck


Student Spotlight: Spencer Glazer ’17 and Myrcka Del Rio ’17

Feb 10, 2016

Spencer Glazer ’17 and Myrcka Del Rio ’17 are currently in Nepal with Clubhouse International on their third Co-op. Spurred to action by news of recent devastation in Nepal from the 2015 earthquakes, the pair embarked on a Co-op journey of a lifetime. Spencer and Myrcka spend much of their days volunteering in a local school in Kathmandu with students across all ages teaching lessons in various subjects. Despite the tragedies from the quake and destruction to schools, “the kids still show up everyday, happy and ready to learn”, says Spencer. Through the gracious hospitality of a host family, they have been able to attend various festivals, ceremonies, and even a wedding. They are also following closely, the current political efforts of Nepal’s new Constitution and complex relationship with neighboring India. Talk about meaningful international and cultural immersion! Click here to view their tumblr page and follow their fabulous adventures! To donate to those affected in Nepal, click here. Keep up the good work, Spencer and Myrcka!