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!
Luisa joined Antioch’s Cooperative Education faculty in 2015, and has a background in performance, women’s and gender studies, international education, 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 the arts and therapeutic practices as well as opportunities in Latin America. In Argentina, Luisa has developed co-op partnerships with a range of organizations engaged in community action and social change, including: Mujeres de Artes Tomar, a feminist performance activist troupe; Fundación Hampatu, engaged in arts, sustainability and skills-based classes; and Club de Reparadores, a "repair club" that recycles and repairs items for reuse.