January 2016 Residency

Dr. Sacks has announced that the January Residency dates will be January 4 – 10. This reduces the Residency duration by one-half day. Instead of having registration and the opening dinner on the day prior to courses beginning, we will register students the morning of the 4th and have the opening dinner that evening. The MLK workshop will be scheduled during the week rather than on the first half-day.
The Residency Planning Committee (which includes two SGC Representatives) will collaborate to plan the event within these parameters. Students will able to depart in the afternoon on the 10th.
If you have met the residency requirement nor required to attend residency, please disregard this message.


ILA’s 17th Annual Conference in Barcelona

Looking for funding to attend ILA’s 17th Annual Conference in Barcelona?

If you are a student or recent graduate (within 1-year), submit your paper to the Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award.  If your paper wins, you’ll receive a free trip to ILA’s 17th annual global conference in Barcelona (air, hotel, and conference registration) PLUS a $1,000 cash prize PLUS a guaranteed presentation slot in the program to share your research.

See complete submission details at: http://goo.gl/QUDwQ9

The International Leadership Association (ILA) is pleased to join with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to co-sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of CCL.

Looking for additional opportunities for students at ILA Barcelona?

Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award (Deadline July 6) Details: http://goo.gl/V40Tzg

9th Annual Student Case Competition (Sign-Up by Sep. 13) Details: http://goo.gl/gaRNqo


P.S.  Registration for ILA Barcelona is now open.  Visit the conference home page at http://goo.gl/CMvyzj for details.

Dr. Ricardo Smith recent Ph.D. graduate featured in City Beat

Good news,


Dr. Ricardo Smith and his research is featured in this week’s City Beat. Although the article does not credit Union for his dissertation, it is good exposure for the important work Dr. Smith is doing. I really enjoyed meeting him and telling his story.

 In addition to the City Beat feature, he was profiled on our web and interviewed by a local radio station.

 Here is the link to City Beat http://npaper-wehaa.com/city-beat//#2015/06/03/?article=2527984&dpg=1&z=92


Here is the link to blog profile https://www.myunion.edu/spotlight-on-alumnus-dr-ricardo-y-smith/


Here is the link to his radio article http://wvxu.org/post/small-study-points-problems-local-prison-re-entry#stream/0

Spotlight on Alumnus Dr. Ricardo Y. Smith

Dr Ricardo Y Smith

What are the most critical issues facing post-prison African-American men in Hamilton and Butler counties?

Registering to vote

Alumnus Dr. Ricardo Y. Smith (Ph.D. 2014) gives voice to local men facing these issues in his 2014 doctoral dissertation, No Way Out: Giving Voice to the Post-Prison Experiences of African-American Men in Two Ohio Counties.

Dr. Ricardo Smith is a Gulf War Veteran (1990-1994), a distinguished honor graduate from the United States Army Signal School in Augusta, Georgia, and an adjunct instructor in psychology at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. Dr. Smith spent three and a half years researching and two months interviewing 10 formerly incarcerated African American men from Hamilton and Butler counties. A critical interpretative analysis conducted through in-depth interviews that examined the post-prison lives of African American men, his study addressed the post-prison obstacles of ex-offenders as they struggled to find employment, housing, and registering to vote. Dr. Smith examined the problems and the impact of labeling prisoners and investigated the issues of prison debt and prison money-making plots. The policy restraints impacting the lives of ex-offenders (who usually come from targeted poor communities) are described as an apparatus of social control, particularly upon African-American men. He found that ex-offenders often experience a post-prison system of no way out that has become a type of social incarceration.

Dr. Smith’s research questions focused on the post-prison impact on the lived experiences of 10 African American men. His hope was to give voice to these men as they attempt to rebuild their lives after prison, particularly as it relates to two questions:

• When returning to communities where social barriers exist and persist, what barriers do the men recognize? To what extent do these barriers affect their lives post-prison?

• To what extent do the men recognize the impact of the criminal label (criminal for life) on their lives post-prison? How does this label affect them when they are seeking employment, permanent housing, and trying to vote?

Dr. Smith hopes that scholars can better understand the dynamics of what it means to (re)live life post-prison. His recommendations for future research include the necessity to examine how and why the lack of employment remains the number one problem for returning citizens after prison. The men he interviewed returned to communities where jobs and housing remain scarce. If the returning citizen does not go to a halfway house or have family housing support, there are very few housing options through public assistance. Not being able to find housing or employment has been shown to lead to significant relapse implications and high probable rates of recidivism.

Dr. Smith points out that the ethnic minority prison population continues to rise. As a people, African Americans make up less than 15 percent of the U.S. population but almost 43 percent of the U.S. prison population. Are African Americans more criminal? Dr. Smith says the answer is no, but does answer yes to the fact that black persons are convicted and sent to prison statistically more often than other ethnic groups, particularly for federal drug convictions. He sees it as a racialized mechanism of incarceration that has produced a major social problem for young black teens and men.

More research is needed to evaluate and gauge the success of reentry and reintegration. Without statistics and stories to measure work and housing efficacy of ex-offenders, how can reintegration or rehabilitation be effective in terms of successful reentry? Without a permanent address, being registered to vote becomes another barrier of reintegration. Dr. Smith explains that ex-offenders need a second chance to redeem themselves and become contributing citizens in society. First steps of viable employment, housing, and the opportunity to vote will give the returning citizen a chance of true reintegration into the community. Reinvestment in people will increase public safety and reduce recidivism for the collective betterment of society and all communities.

In addition to his 2014 Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University, Dr. Smith holds a master’s degree in Human Relations (Applied Psychology) from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Smith’s dissertation about post-prison experiences of African Americans was featured on WVXU radio in Cincinnati in April 2015.

Learn more about Union’s Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies program.


Penumbra, Issue 2 Now Live!


I am happy to announce the publication of the second issue of Penumbra, the journal of the PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies program at the Union Institute & University. Visit http://unionpenumbra.org/ to read critical and creative works aligned with our mission to publish socially engaged innovative, creative, and critical scholarship, with a focus on ethical, political, and aesthetic issues in the humanities, public policy, and leadership.


Penumbra is currently accepting Reviewers and Submitters of scholarly and creative works. If you are interested in getting involved, please register yourself with the journal’s management system located here: http://journal.myunion.edu/index.php/penumbra/login


Our regards,


Gariot P. Louima (Cohort 12)


Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical and Creative Inquiry

Special Residency Event – The Scholarship of Toni A. Gregory: A Discussion of “Leading with Integral Diversity Maturity: Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela”


 The Scholarship of Toni A. Gregory: A Discussion of “Leading with Integral Diversity Maturity: Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela”         

 When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013; 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: Marriott Kingsgate – Room Amp II

 All interested students and faculty are cordially invited to participate in an hour-long discussion of the forthcoming book chapter, “Leading with Integral Diversity Maturity: Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela” (2013), by Toni A. Gregory and Michael A. Raffanti.

 Following the discussion, co-author Michael Raffanti will join the group to discuss the genesis and process of this collaborative project.

 In a 2010 review of a conference presentation that provided the basis for “Leading with Integral Diversity Maturity,” UI&U graduate Jeannie Carlisle Volckmann elucidates:

               Toni A. Gregory & Michael A. Raffanti…develop a framework, Integral Diversity Maturity (IDM), by drawing heavily from the work of Roosevelt Thomas and his concept of “diversity tension,” as well as Ken Wilber’s AQAL model of interpretation. This tension existed both for Mandela and Malcolm X (as well as millions of others acted upon by the oppression of racism). Yet through a   process of personal reflection and responding and reacting to the diversity tension,   Mandela and Malcolm X gained a ‘clarity’ about the nature of the tension. This clarity, or ‘maturity,’ allowed both men to accommodate new, expansive, and productive ways of relating to self and interacting with the world as a whole.”  (“Notes from the Field,” Integral Leadership Review 10.4 [2010]: 2)  

Please contact Karsten Piep via email (karsten.piep@myunion.edu) to obtain an electronic advance copy of “Leading with Integral Diversity Maturity: Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela.”       


“Surviving a Doctoral Program” Boot Camp Starter Kit

Union Institute & University Residency | January 2012
Surviving a Doctoral Program

Regina Nelson (Cohort 10)                     Steve Stone (Cohort 9)
regina.nelson@email.myunion.edu                steve.stone@email.myunion.edu

Boot Camp Starter Kit

“How to Survive a Doctoral Program” Powerpoint

Used book sites



On-line Backup



Reference/Citation Managers
Pomodora Method
Text Aloud/Dragon Speaking Naturally

How to Gut a Book

Excel Spreadsheet > Tables (demo)
Study Hacks

Amazon Prime for students ($29/year)
Stanford On-line Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Fr. Guido Sarducci