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.
Co–op 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.
Beth Bridgeman is an associate professor of Cooperative Education. She teaches a series of Reskilling and Resilience courses, exploring seed-resilience, plant medicine, regenerative agriculture and commensality. Her pedagogy includes peer-to-peer teaching within a democratic educational framework. Beth directs cooperative education partnerships in sustainability, environmental science, biomedical science, and alternative education. She is co-op liaison to the science division and to the Japanese language and culture program. A recipient of a faculty excellence award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, she is also an Oral History in the Liberal Arts Faculty Fellow, receiving funding for her project “Re-establishing a Seed Commons through Oral History Methodology” with support from the Mellon Foundation. Her concurrent research, “Pedagogies of Nature: Shinto, Spiritual Ecology, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge” recently received National Endowment for the Arts funding through the Great Lakes College Association.