The lives of current students are being shaped by massive social, economic, digital, and public health disruptions that are challenging long-held assumptions about the employment landscape of the 21st Century. To lead lives of significance and service in this emerging world, students must develop different skills and capacities than those of previous generations. Beyond the deep content knowledge that has always been central to Antioch’s rigorous liberal arts approach, co-op students are encouraged to build robust collaborative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary capacities in order to collect data, communicate ideas, and test proposed solutions to global problems.
With over 1,300 co-op placements since the College’s independence, the impact of the Co-op Program is clear: Demonstrated ability to help students gain traction in the world and to communicate their stories for a public audience. This online journal of social practice and professional engagement offers an opportunity to learn more about the experiences of our intrepid Antioch students as they explore new places, experience new communities, and make a difference in the world.