Change Cadet Podcast

Welcome! The Change Cadet Podcast is about sharing the stories of soldiers of change - "Cadet" meaning soldier in French. While change often feels like an uphill battle, our guests will share their journeys towards joy. Dr. Akilah Cadet (literally born a solider of change) will share her own stories of change and interview guests who took risks and grew from their experiences of navigating change to find their passion and purpose. These stories of change and transformation will hopefully inspire you to become a Change Cadet in your own life. Available on Spotify, Play, iTunes, and Soundcloud. Follow along on @changecadetpodcast.


Episode 1: The Power of Coaching

Michelle Dew is a rejuvenating life coach with the purpose to listen, to see, and to affirm. Growing up in the rural south, Michelle has always seen the power in listening actively, along with utilizing her empathy to see others. Since graduating from Dartmouth College, she is currently a skilled Life Coach at Beyond 12 for first generation, under-resourced college students and peers with the Co-Active Coaching framework. Further, as a queer, disabled woman of color, Michelle is constantly working to empower her communities and fight for equitable access in spaces not ready for them.

The inaugural episode of the Change Cadet Podcast, both Dr. Cadet and Michelle discuss the power of coaching, self care, and living with invisible illness and chronic pain.

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Episode: Two Docs Changing the World

Dr. Shamell Bell is a mother, community organizer, dancer/choreographer, and documentary filmmaker who received her PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. Dr. Bell is currently a visiting faculty at Dartmouth teaching in the department of Theater and the African and African American Studies program. Her work with "street dance activism" situates street dance as grassroots political action from her perspective as a dancer, choreographer, healer, and scholar.

An original member of the #blacklivesmatter movement, beginning as a core organizer with Justice 4 Trayvon Martin Los Angeles (J4TMLA)/Black Lives Matter Los Angeles to what she now describes as an Arts & Culture liaison between several social justice organizations such as the BLM network, Blackout For Human Rights, The Undercommons at UCLA, among others. She also consults for social justice impact in the tv, film, and music industry with credits such as “community engagement consultant” for George Tillman Jr.'s film adaptation of Angie Thomas' best selling book, "The Hate U Give".

In this episode, Dr. Cadet and Dr. Bell chat about the pressures of academia, being a single mother, and dealing with illness. Despite all these things, they share how the power of facing our fears and braving vulnerability can lead to beautiful opportunities for growth and change.

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