Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Psy.D. Program Hosts Open House in Brattleboro Dec. 9

BRATTLEBORO, VT –Union Institute & University (UI&U) in Brattleboro will host an open house to introduce prospective students to its doctoral degree program in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology (Psy.D.), from 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, December 9, in the program’s offices located at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro.  Faculty, admissions staff and current students will be available to answer questions and to explain key aspects of the program.

Consistent with UI&U’s mission, the Psy.D. program integrates social justice into all of its courses and emphasizes multiculturalism in clinical practice. “We train people to become more aware of injustices, such as trauma, abuse, oppression and racism, and prepare them to be active agents of change, both with their clients and the larger social system,” said Dr. William Lax, dean of the program. Students are trained to be culturally competent clinicians, able to provide mental health services to individuals, families, groups and organizations.

The UI&U Psy.D. program integrates face-to-face and online courses to offer flexibility for working adults who need to balance career, family, and other social and civic responsibilities. In addition to the online courses, students attend two week-long fall and spring academic meetings, as well as weekend professional development seminars and courses in Brattleboro about once a month for the first three years of the program.

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2012 Brattleboro cohort.
The program welcomes applications from those with either earned master’s or bachelor’s degrees in psychology or related areas.

To learn more or to register, call: 802-257-9411 or email: UI&U’s Brattleboro offices are located minutes from Interstate 91 at the juncture of the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts borders. It is easily accessible throughout the greater New England region.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Former Atlanta Mayor to Deliver MLK Legacy Lecture

Mayor Shirley Franklin
CINCINNATI, OH – As part of its ongoing mission to engage the community in dialogue that creates positive social change and inspires servant leadership, Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) Ph.D. program will host the fifth biannual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Lecture, Friday, January 6, 2012 from 1-1:45 p.m. at the Kingsgate Marriot in Clifton. Former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, the first African-American woman elected mayor of a major southern city, will serve as lecturer and will discuss how to apply Martin Luther King’s vision towards today’s public policy initiatives.

“We are very honored that Shirley Franklin will serve as the speaker for the MLK legacy lecture,” said Dr. Nancy Boxill, coordinator of UI&U’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies Martin Luther King Jr. Specialization. “This is a great opportunity for Union Ph.D. students – as well as the entire community – to hear one of the most important voices in urban American leadership talk about Martin Luther King Jr. and how his legacy lives on.”

Franklin served as Atlanta’s mayor for two terms, from 2002 until 2009. During her eight- year tenure, the city experienced unprecedented growth and afforded Franklin the opportunity to partner and collaborate with many local and regional leaders in addressing urban policy challenges which included urban planning, economic development and infrastructure.

Named by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the top five best big city mayors, Franklin is best known for her work in advocating for and tackling major government operations and ethics reform, launching the Atlanta Beltline, planning and executing airport and water infrastructure improvements, and leading the acquisition of the Morehouse College Collection of Martin Luther King Jr. Papers. In addition, she launched the Regional Commission on Homelessness as part of the United Way of Atlanta and developed successful business and public sector partnerships and alliances.

In 2009, after leaving office, Franklin was appointed to the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Chair at Spelman College and served in this capacity until June 2011. Her community service spans almost 40 years in Atlanta and includes her active participation in the arts, homelessness, and higher education. Currently, Franklin serves on several boards and is president of Clarke-Franklin and Associates, Inc.

UI&U’s biannual MLK Legacy Lecture is an integral part of the university’s MLK Studies specialization within the Ph.D. program and is held twice yearly in conjunction with Ph.D. residencies in Cincinnati. The January 6 lecture, from 1-1:45 p.m., will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Kingsgate Marriott, 151 Goodman Drive, Clifton. The event is open to the public, however, seating is limited. To reserve tickets, contact Nicole Mayes-Boyd, senior program specialist, at 513-487-1142 or at

Monday, November 7, 2011

"Experience Day" at the Brattleboro Center, Saturday, November 12

BRATTLEBORO – Union Institute & University's Brattleboro Center will host "Experience Day" on Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at VABEC on Old Guilford Road. The event will feature an overview of the B.A. weekend program by enrollment counselor, Lindsay Guido. Guests will also have the opportunity to sit-in on various faculty seminars to observe and experience what it’s like to be a student at Union.

The B.A. weekend program caters to working adults, offering a flexible schedule in which students engage in studies at the Brattleboro Center one weekend a month. The progressive learning format allows students to build relationships with faculty and other students, while also allowing them to complete their studies on a schedule that works for them.

Union’s unique program is structured in a way that allows students to customize studies around their own interests and passions. Coursework can be designed around one or more of the following concentrations: arts, writing, and literature; education (teacher-licensure track available); environmental studies and sustainability; global studies, history, and culture; psychology and human development.

Experience Day will give prospective students the opportunity to see how these studies take place, a chance to mingle with current students and faculty, and time to speak with enrollment staff. Guests are welcome to begin their day with Union as early as 8 a.m. for a free hot breakfast before the overview begins at 9 a.m. Students are encouraged to participate until noon. Those who are interested may stay for lunch and the rest of the day’s activities.

Union's B.A. weekend program is currently accepted students for our winter term beginning in January. $1000 scholarships are available to all new applicants. For more information about applying or the Experience Day, please contact the Brattleboro Center at, or at 802-257-9411. RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Brattleboro Center Hosts Dialogue With Kate Jellema Nov. 12

Kate Jellema
BRATTLEBORO, VT – As part of its ongoing mission to provide socially relevant education opportunities for its students, Union Institute & University’s (UI&U) Brattleboro Academic Center will host a dialogue on social and ethical responsibility Saturday, November 12, with Kate Jellema, director of the program in nonprofit management at the Marlboro College Graduate School. The discussion is one in a series as part of Union’s Bachelor of Arts residency program.

For many years Jellema has worked in a variety of international and local settings to engage in questions that link history, community, and culture. In addition to her current role at Marlboro, Jellema is a scholar of Southeast Asia and has lived and worked in Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Uganda. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

“Dr. Jellema will lead the BA students in a vigorous and timely dialogue on this topic,” said Dr. Dan Lerner, dean of the Vermont academic centers. “Today, our society is grappling with a stagnant economy and multiple wars. In Brattleboro and elsewhere around the state, the lives of thousands of Vermonters have been forever changed by Tropical Storm Irene. Perhaps there is no better time than now to ask, what does it mean for us to be socially and ethically responsible?”

The Brattleboro community is invited to take part in the discussion held Saturday, November 12, from 3-4:15 p.m., in Community Room at the barn located at the Brattleboro Academic Center, 3 University Way, Brattleboro. For more information contact the Brattleboro Center at, or at 802-257-9411.