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Student Spotlight: Julia Bates ’17 and Meridian Howes ’17

Having completed the rigorous, three-year Japanese language track, Julia Bates ’17 and Meridian Howes ’17 were awarded the Lloyd Family Fellowship and traveled to Osaka, Japan. While in Osaka, Julia and Meridian worked at Suisen Fukushukai, a social services organization providing a variety of services and care for both children, adults, and seniors.
Coop faculty and advisor, Beth Bridgeman worked alongside former Antioch College Japanese teaching assistant, Haruna Tomura, to establish this partnership. Julia and Meridian were the first Antioch College students to work at Suisen Fukushukai. The organization was thrilled with the work that Julia and Meridian contributed in their time there and look forward to continuing the partnership and hosting many more Antioch College students. Much of their work revolved around childcare, assisting adults with intellectual disabilities, providing services to senior citizens.
Check out a post featured on the Suisen Fukushikai webpage about Julia and Meridian’s time in Japan! For the Japanese version, click here. For the English version, click here.
For more information on Suisen Fukushukai, visit their site here.
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Beth Bridgeman is an Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College. Her professional practice areas are informed by community engagement and student-centered experiential learning pedagogy. She teaches courses in co-constructed learning, agrarian systems, reskilling and resilience, plant medicine, seed-saving, and harvest preservation, utilizing the Antioch Farm and campus as a learning laboratory. From 2013-2015 she led the Ohio Agrarian Trade Partnership at Antioch College, developing fifty-two cooperative education partnerships in sustainable food production throughout Ohio. Bridgeman previously served for twelve years as a county extension educator with The Ohio State University, focusing on sustainable agriculture and experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults.

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