Annie of Gallatin Campus Icarus Joins Co-CoordinatorsSubmitted by Icarus Project on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 2:00pm
Icarus just brought another co-coordinator into the Intergalactic collective, this time to work on the Education and Outreach group out of the New York office and stipended at $250/month. Annie has been a key organizer with Gallatin Campus Icarus at NYU. Check out the Gallatin image gallery, and you can also listen to a great interview with her here. Here are some words of greeting from Annie:
I am thrilled to be stepping into my new role as Education-Outreach
co-coordinator with The Icarus Project. TIP has been near and dear to my heart since I first “discovered” it about two years ago when I got involved in leading the Campus Icarus chapter at Gallatin/NYU. Before that, I led a student mental health organization at Smith College, where I began my higher education. I graduate in May from Gallatin, a school at NYU for Individualized Study where I designed a concentration called “Stories of Self: Realization, Empowerment, and Well-being” which interweaves alternative mental health/post-psychiatry, reproductive health (with a focus on birth), the philosophy of medicine, gender studies, social change, narrative theory, and creative expression.
I am a proud and loud self-proclaimed 3rd wave feminist, brazen bisexual, self-empowerment advocate, anti-establishment activist, and radical paradigm-shaper. In addition to my mental health work, I serve as a birth doula, providing women with continuous emotional and educational support during labor and birth.
I have ample history dealing with extreme psychic and emotional experiences, which serve as a bedrock for my participation with Icarus. I have had an onslaught of diagnoses cast upon me over the past 10 years – generalized anxiety disorder, clinical depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anorexia nervosa, body dysmorphic disorder, post-traumatic-stress disorder (the doctors couldn’t make up their minds!). I have experienced both trauma and triumph from my interactions with the mainstream medical mental health field, and today rely on a nice balance of modalities for wellbeing, including but not limited to traditional therapy,
peer support, acupuncture, and yoga.