Our Stories | Malka, Class of 2018

“Antioch has given me the skills to... take ownership of an issue that I’m passionate about, and to do something about it.”

Malka '18

When Malka Berro ’18 arrived at Antioch, she thought she wanted to become a clinical psychologist. But her first Co-op, at St Elizabeth’s Hospital Mental Health Services in Washington, DC, where she worked as a Case Support Associate, changed her mind.

“After that Co-op I realized that while I really enjoyed psychology, because of the more systemic problems that I was noticing, I decided I wanted to work with mental health policy and advocacy.”

So for her second Co-op, she worked on health policy as a Congressional Intern at the Office of Mike Turner, the Republican U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 10th District.

But it was her fourth Co-op, working as a policy analyst for the National Council for Behavioral Health, that confirmed that policy and advocacy work was really what she wanted to do: “That Co-op was my dream job!”

Malka had the chance to put her Spanish language fluency in practice during her third Co-op, when the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions sent Malka to Mexico and Cuba to get footage and do research for a documentary about sustainability, and during her fifth Co-op, in Madrid, where she helped to coordinate an international health conference at the Fundación Sindrom de West.

Malka’s Co-op journey not only gave her a most impressive resume, it also inspired the research for her Senior Project, A critical examination on privatization of mental health services in the United States, and allowed her to visit three foreign countries and gain invaluable life experience. It exemplifies experiential learning at its best: the heart of an Antioch Education.

Antioch has given me the skills to find my agency and to take on leadership roles; to take ownership of an issue that I’m passionate about, and to do something about it.”

Malka’s extraordinary Co-op journey would not have been possible without your generosity. To support the next generation of Antiochians on their Co-op adventures, make a gift to the annual fund today.