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Paid Summer Internship with MnDOT!

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The Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute and the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota are partnering with Howard University and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to offer an">eight-week paid summer internship program with MnDOT in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan region from June 11 through August 3, 2012. The internship will be open to undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota and Howard University. Participants will be part of a small cohort of students that will be involved in the program together.

The program is open to all qualified applicants, but it is designed to provide members of diverse groups with summer opportunities in transportation where these groups have been underrepresented. Undergraduates from all fields of engineering, material science, geography, planning, architecture/landscape architecture, communications, marketing, economics, psychology/human factors, and related fields are">invited to apply.

Compensation will be in the range of $12.21-$13.25 per hour and includes room and board provided at the University of Minnesota, a travel allowance, and access to the region's public transportation system operated by Metro Transit.

For more information and to apply, please visit The application deadline is Friday, May 11.

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Haag by phone: 612-625-5608 or email at

Are You President Material? Button UP!

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Button Up student group is currently looking for a new president for the 2012-13 school year!

Button Up's goal is to promote conversations on campus. Each year, members hand out several thousand buttons. If you happens to be wearing one, it means that it's okay if someone wants to start a conversation with you - about anything.

The group also hosts events where a member will volunteer to sit at a table with a sign that says "Free Conversations." Anyone can sit down and talk at the table, choosing a conversation topic from the provided "menu."

The president's responsibilities would include:
- ordering buttons
- planning events
- generating publicity
- delegating tasks to the group's officers.

The president will be leading the development of new, creative ideas for the group to accomplish next school year. Andy Schultz, the current president says, "this position has been a great way to serve the campus community while developing my leadership skills."

Any undergraduate or graduate students will be considered. Here is the application.Apply by Monday, May 7. Someone will be selected by Monday, May 14.

For more information, send a message on Facebook, or email Andy (current president) at

Learn more about Button Up on SUA's Student Group Directory:

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Seniors

Help Increase Safety for Older Drivers
Through CarFit, Volunteers of America of MN -- RSVP/Experience Corps of Minneapolis is working to increase older driver safety. Trained volunteers take drivers through a 12-point safety check-up, focusing on seat belt use, mirror and seat adjustments, and more. CarFit is not a driver assessment, but rather an education program.

Volunteer Medicare Phone Bank Counselor
The Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging (MAAA) assists individuals to age successfully and the capacity of communities to care for an aging population. Medicare Phone Bank Counselors work one-on-one with individuals to help understand benefits and options. Requires training and a minimum commitment of 16 hrs during office hours in North St Paul.

Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities

Tuesday-Therapeutic Riding Volunteer
River Valley Riders provide therapeutic horseback riding opportunities for people with special needs. At the riding sessions, the main jobs are horse leader and side walker. You don't need horse experience to volunteer -- just a willingness to learn. Weekdays and evenings, 1-3 hours per week in Afton.

Build New Worlds to make a Child's Day
Stages Theatre Company, a professional youth theatre in Hopkins, is looking for experienced adults to help in their scene shop. Help build, paint, and construct sets for upcoming performances. Relevant experience, in theatre or in life, a plus. Some daytime availability required. Put your skills to good use introducing children to the excitement of live theatre!

Garden Guru Chaska
If you love to garden, consider adopting one of the Aeon affordable housing properties in Chaska. They're looking for individuals and small groups who will come by a property weekly to weed, water and tend to flowers. Aeon will provide the plants, all you need to give is about two hours a week whichever day you're available. Suitable for supervised youth.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Patient and Family Support Hospice Volunteer
HealthPartners Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteers to assist a Care Team. Activities include running errands, caregiver relief, continuous support during the patient's last days/hours of life, and emotional support to patients and their families. Volunteers are required to take 24 hours of training which is offered next in May and June in St Paul.

Winefest - a Toast to Children's Health

Families are at the heart of the WineFest No. 17 - A Toast to Children's Health, the Midwest's most anticipated food and wine charity event. This two-day affair at The Depot in Minneapolis on Friday, May 11th needs volunteers for 3-4 hour shifts ranging from 10 AM to 11 PM on both Friday and Saturday. Volunteer Form .

Information Desk volunteer

Staff information desk at Landmark Center in St Paul. Answer phones, direct and greet visitors. Hours available are: Monday - Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:00-3:00pm, Sundays 1-4 PM. Two times a month.

Pastoral Assistant

Help the Chaplain with worship and chapel for 1 hour per week at Presbyterian Homes & Services in Spring Park. Wednesday's 9:45 AM to 11AM, or 3-4:30 PM; or Sundays 3- 4:30 PM. Volunteer should be able to help with set-up and push wheel chairs. Minimum age for volunteers is 14.

Project Homeless Connect
Project Homeless Connect is a one-stop shop to help people experiencing homelessness connect with services they choose or need. On Monday, May14, Hennepin County, the city of Minneapolis, and partners will bring multiple resources to the Minneapolis Convention Center. At least 1200 volunteers are needed for shifts from 9 - 2 p.m. and 9 - 4 p.m.

Art-A-Whirl Volunteer Event!

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Art-A-Whirl, presented by Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), is the largest open studio and gallery event in the country. In order to ensure future funding and support for this important Twin Cities arts event, data will be collected on all Art-A-Whirl visitors, and your help is needed to make this possible!

Volunteers are needed May 18th, 19th, and 20th to be stationed around Northeast Minneapolis all weekend to hand out and collect "Art-A-Whirl Passports". These passes will allow for event staffers to count visitors and gather important information. At least 100 volunteers to make this happen.

You will meet new people, see cool art, have fun, and be working for an important cause!

To sign up to volunteer, please follow these two steps:

1. Fill out this form

2. Sign up for one or more time slots on this spread sheet

Need to know Information for Volunteers is included below:

All volunteers will need to attend a one hour orientation on on of the following dates & times:
May 2nd at 6pm
May 3rd at 10am
May 12th at 10am.

All Orientations will be located at:
California Building, NEMAA Office
2205 California St. NE, Suite 118
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Please make sure to enter through entrance with green awning facing California St, off the corner of 23rd Ave.

All volunteers will receive a free Arts District T-shirt and lots of gratitude!

For questions about the event or registration process, please contact Louise Jensen (, NEMAA board member and volunteer coordinator.

For more information about Art-A-Whirl and NEMAA visit

This is a student project being conducted by the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute. Visit for more information.

Silent Shout for access & equity!

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The Offices for Equity and Diversity and Student Affairs are hosting a Silent Shout on Northrop Plaza on May 2nd from 11-1pm.

Your help is needed in supporting breaking down barriers for access and equity.

What is a Silent Shout?
A Silent Shout is a public event where Signmark, a Deaf Finnish hip hop artist, will lead the crowd in performing "Against the Wall" using American Sign Language (ASL).

Signmark will begin teaching the signs to the song at 11 am on Northrop Plaza. The more people gathered in solidarity the better! You do not need to know sign language in order to participate. If you want to hold signs, dance, sing, or just show up, please feel welcome! If you are not planning on learning the signs, please come by 11:45am so a full crowd will be gathered before noon.

What is needed to participate?
For planning purposes, please take 15 seconds to let the Office for Equity and Diversity know if you're able to participate -- RSVP via this Google form

Start practicing now! Follow the links below:

"Against the Wall" Slow

"Against the Wall" Fast

Visit and click on "events" for more information.

Example of a Silent Shout in NYC

Lyrics for "Against the Wall"

Still have questions? Email

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Requiring Technical Skills

Bundles of Love Charity a New Brighton organization that provides baby clothing and bedding for sick and needy babies, is looking for a team of 2 - 3 volunteers to manage their website. Ideally candidates will have experience with Drupal on Linux; experience with Joomla or Wordpress or a desire to learn Drupal on Linux would also be acceptable.

Video Recording Volunteer
Work closely with CornerHouse's Training Assistant and the Volunteer Coordinator to video record training role plays in Minneapolis. Minimum 1 year commitment, 5 hours - two days a month (Thursday afternoon & Friday morning) with extra training in the beginning. Must be experienced in technologies including computers, taping technology and DVD burning technology.

Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities

Wildlife Nursery Volunteer
Feed and help care for infant songbirds, waterfowl, and mammals. The animals are brought to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville by people who have found them injured or abandoned. Choose either the mammal or the waterfowl nursery and volunteer 3-5 hours per week (1 shift). Hands-on training provided first two shifts.

Help Military Veterans with Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Majestic Hills Ranch Foundation provides equine assisted activities and therapies to military veterans that have been wounded in service. They need volunteers that are comfortable around horses that would like to assist these brave men and women as they work on their rehabilitation in Lakeville.

Trail Watch
Midtown Greenway Coalition volunteers on bikes act as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement by patrolling the Midtown Greenway corridor nightly. Rides last for two hours and volunteers report anything suspicious or unsafe along the Greenway or Hiawatha LRT bike trails in Minneapolis.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Carousel Operator
Volunteers at Cafesjians Carousel in St Paul work on and around the carousel. They operate the machine, greet & assist visitors, sell tickets & gifts, and share historic carousel information. Volunteers ensure a fun and safe time for all. Shifts during the week and weekends.

Office/Clerical Scanning
Ramsey County Veterans Services in St Paul is converting from hard copy file system to on-line data system. Help organize, prioritize, review and scan paper documents from existing files into the new system. Knowledge of Microsoft Office helpful but not required. Must be comfortable using computer.

Event Specialist Assistant
The Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis is a place for people to come together to build relationships and create a community. The volunteer will be the first point of contact for visitors and will help facilitate access to the facility and LSS services by managing the reservation process and handling all walk-in tours & CFCL questions.

Fund Development Committee Member
The Fund Development committee of Sober Corps focuses on strengthening financial support from individual donors, corporations and foundations. Activities include researching, grant writing and cultivating contacts. Sober Corps is based in Minneapolis.

Homeless Shelter

Are you concerned about homelessness and want to do something to help? First Covenant Church in Minneapolis needs a homeless shelter volunteer.

Info Sessions: Volunteer Abroad Programs!

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The 2012-2013 Learning Abroad Center Volunteer Abroad Programs Have Been Finalized! Come find out more about the Winter Break and Spring Break opportunities in Ecuador, Guatemala and Ghana!

April 19 at 4 p.m.
110 and 214 Heller Hall

Spend your break making a difference! Learn more about new volunteer opportunities available for Winter Break and Spring Break. These short-term, non-credit programs will go to Ghana in the winter and Ecuador and Guatemala during Spring Break. LAC staff and partner organizations will be on hand to answer your questions. Join us for any or all sessions that interest you. Pizza will be provided. For more information, contact Scott Daby at

Guatemala (4 p.m., 110 Heller Hall)
- Enjoy the picturesque, colonial city of Antigua next spring break while volunteering, taking informal Spanish language lessons, and exploring Guatemala culture through a homestay.
- Personalize your volunteer experience by engaging in an area of interest to you, such as health, education, construction, and social work.

Ecuador (4:20 p.m., 110 Heller Hall)
- Engage with the local community through volunteering, host family stay, and excursions near Otavalo, home of Ecuador's largest artisan market
- Volunteer placements may include education, sustainable resource management, social services, and public health.

Ghana (4:40 p.m., 214 Heller Hall)
- Spend nearly 2 weeks in the heart of the culturally rich Ashanti Region in Kumasi, Ghana volunteering at a locally-run school and orphanage.
- Experience Ghanaian music and dance, language, and tradition cooking classes. Visit local and national sites on day trips and an overnight excursion.

Mental Health Awareness Day: Volunteer Opportunity

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Mental Health Awareness Day

Where: Coffman Front Lawn
When: April 25th 9:00am - 3:00pm, Demonstration & Spoken word performances at 12:00pm

The event is committed to educating, and raising awareness about mental health at campus. Includes a display of 1,100 empty chairs, representing the average number of college students that die annually by suicide. The display will be titled Don't Sit in Silence. There will be free t-shirts, spoken word performances, and more! This is a really great opportunity for everyone and anyone to get involved.

Like us on Facebook:

Looking for people to submit personal stories:

Food and Free T-Shirts provided for volunteers!!! We are asking for volunteers to help pass out t-shirts, have meaningful conversations about the display with people at the display, and help set up & take down materials outside of Coffman. If you are interested we ask that you commit to a 2 hour block of time between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. the day of according to your own availability.

What is 60K Day?

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TODAY the U of M community will raise $60,000 in one day to sponsor a home in south Minneapolis. The event, 60K Day, will be a joint effort between the University community and Habitat for Humanity. 60K Day is already bringing together 59 student groups across campus, multiple U of M colleges - including CBS, CDes, CEHD, CFANS, CLA, CSE, CSOM, and the School of Nursing - and the leaders of the University. Even if you're not in a participating student group, you can still make a difference on April 12 by donating online or in person. Check out for more information and a list of participating groups.

The main point: 60K Day is a one-day fundraiser to raise $60,000 to sponsor a University of Minnesota Habitat home. BUT it is also the opportunity to make new friends, build relationships, and unite the UMN community, as well as the opportunity to support a family in need and show that we care.

Who does it benefit?
Meet Kadra Musse and Noor Ahmed. They were forced to flee their home in Somalia as a result of a violent civil war. The couple is doing their best to raise their three teenage sons and twin four-year-old daughters, but a substandard living situation hasn't made things easy. Both Noor and Kadra work full time, and after seven years and three application attempts, they have finally been accepted to be a Habitat family! Your donation will be used to help build their home in South Minneapolis.

How can I get involved?
There are plenty of ways to help make a difference! Online donations will be accepted from midnight Thursday morning until midnight Friday morning. Anytime during the big day (TODAY! Thursday, April 12), visit and make a donation to any of our participating groups. If you haven't noticed already, there is also a huge carnival out on Coffman Lawn from 10am-3pm, where you can come hang out and donate in person! There are also donation boxes set up across campus. If you donate, you'll receive an "I donated" sticker,which will get you some great discounts, such as 25% off Bookstore apparel (valid April 12 only), and Buy One Get One Free blizzards from Dairy Queen!

HECUA Class this Summer! Race in America

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Race in America, Then and Now: "Post-Racial" Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement

This program explores the Civil Rights era's struggles as well as current movements for equality, and dares to ask questions about racial justice in America today. During the one-month program, students meet with civil rights activists who were active in the 1960s and those who are active now, and with lawyers, politicians, educators, and youth to learn about how America's present is inextricably linked to its past. Field experiences open up connections among issues related to education, incarceration, distribution of wealth, health care, housing, employment, and the environment. Students also delve into racial identity development theory, the philosophy of nonviolence, and how social movements function. By the end of the month, students have a profound understanding of the Civil Rights Movement--its motivations, strategies, successes and failures--and they have also developed ways to make meaningful contributions to their own communities. The program is based in Jackson, Mississippi, where students stay at Jackson State University, one of the U.S.'s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Mississippi typified the "Deep South" during the era of Jim Crow, and in many ways continues to be racially and politically divided. In and near Jackson and during trips to Alabama, Tennessee, and the Gulf Coast (including New Orleans), students also explore current issues related to health, education, culture, and community organizing.

Dates: June 4 - June 25
Credits: 6 credits
ID 3574
meets these LEs: Historical Perspectives core and Diversity and Social Justice theme
U of M resident credit
Cost: $2900
Financial Aid: may be OneStop
More info is available at
Contact an advisor at
Apply by April 15th.

Apply for 2012-2013 AISCC Board!

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The American Indian Student Cultural Center (AISCC) is requesting applications for the 2012-2013 AISCC Board. They are looking for board members who are interested in contributing to the broader American Indian community, and the University of Minnesota community. Students from all backgrounds are invited to run for a seat on the 2012-2013 AISCC board.

The AISCC board plans and hosts several events through the year. Annual events include the Honoring American Indian Women Luncheon, Winter Storytelling, fall and spring powwows, and American Indian Heritage Week. Also, AISCC hosts other smaller events throughout the year, and each month host Frybread Fryday. Each event that is hosted includes cultural and educational opportunities for students, staff, and faculty.

Board members have the opportunity to plan and execute many events that support the mission of the AISCC, and encourage students to learn more about American Indian cultures. Board members also have unique experiences allowing them to work with and form relationships with members of the broader American Indian community.

If you are interested in holding a seat on the board, please fill out the questionnaire (at the bottom of the post!). The questionnaire will allow those voting to get to know you, and make an informed choice about who will represent the AISCC during the 2012-2013 school year. Please submit the questionnaire by 6:00pm Friday, April 20th, to the AISCC (Located in Coffman Memorial Union, Rm 204) or Emmy Her Many Horses (

Elections will take place April 23rd to April 27th and be held in the Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN) in 322 Appleby Hall. COIN will be open for voting 8:00am to 4:30pm. For students who are unable to visit COIN to vote during that time, online voting will be available. Information regarding voting will be sent out at a later time.

If you have any questions or would like to pick up a paper copy of the form below please stop by the AISCC or call us at 612-624-0243.

12-13 AISCC board questionaire.docx

Volunteer / Leadership Events

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Volunteer Opportunities

Earth Day Clean-Up

April 22nd 10:00 am to 1:00pm Van Cleve Park. Need help setting up, directing participants, serving food, and event clean up. Please e-mail Patrick Terry at if you are interested; you will be contacted with more detailed information.

Tech Dump
April 23rd 3:00pm - 7:00pm Van Cleve Park. Mass technology recycle project. Need help with set up and event clean up and directing participants. Please e-mail Patrick Terry at if you are interested; you will be contacted with more detailed information.

The Heritage Academy in SE Como is looking for tutors in high school math and science. Long term tutors would be best. Please e-mail Patrick Terry at if you are interested; you will be contacted with more detailed information.

Leadership Events

Investing in Your Talents - April 19th
League of Women Voters Minnesota (LWVMN) presents how you can recognize, enhance, and utilize your talents to accomplish your professional and personal goals.

The Office for Student Engagement, in collaboration with U Relations, will be launching a promotional campaign late summer/early fall 2012. The campaign will be focused on raising awareness of the value of and opportunities for student engagement and having students use their strengths in the process of being engaged. We are currently looking for undergraduate students who have experience in one or many of the following areas: student groups, campus leadership and involvement, research, volunteering, internships, student employment, studying abroad or away, and/ or with StrengthsFinder® to participate and share their stories.

If this interests you, send a message to Brian Long, Program Associate in the Office for Student Engagement, at

CLA Ambassador Postion & Youth in Government Opportunity

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Become a CLA Student Ambassador!

- Do you enjoy working with diverse people, communities, and organizations; such as prospective students and parents, your CLA student community, alumni and community groups?
- Are you excited to share your positive CLA and U of M experiences with others?
- Would you like to increase your networking abilities and develop connections with college and university administrators, faculty, staff, and other students?
- Do you want to be part of a supportive and fun team that challenges you, draws on your strengths, and builds your leadership and interpersonal skills?

If so, apply today for several open positions as a CLA Student Ambassador!

Application Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2012

Learn more about becoming a CLA Ambassador and complete the application today!

Be a part of something bigger: Attend Youth in Government Conference this Summer!

Interested in Government? The YMCA is looking for interested U of M students who might be interested in participating in the UY - Youth in Government (YIG) program conference, which is hosted this summer from June 19-21, 2012.

The Youth Conference on State Issues (Y-CSI) is a chance for students to make their voices heard on important issues. Students will debate, gain great leadership skills,
and make new friends with other students across the state! Apply today!

You'll engage with a theme related to discrimination in Minnesota. To better
understand the issue, you will be able to participate in site visits and other real life experiences to see the issue firsthand and work together on ways for Minnesota to address the subject.

2012 Y-CSI Topic:
"Do Minnesotans Discriminate?"

For registration materials and more information:
check out:

Application deadline is Friday, May 4th
Registration fee is $25. Scholarships are available.

New Scholarship through UROP

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International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Scholarship opportunity!

Deadline: May 1, 2012 (for fall 2012 or 2012-13 academic year)
Award Amount: $1,500

The International Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Scholarship
is designed to promote learning abroad opportunities to undergraduate students by providing critical funding to students enrolled in select credit-bearing learning abroad programs involving a research project. The learning abroad program must be a semester or academic year in length involving a minimum of 100 hours dedicated to research that occurs onsite.

For more information:

Funding is provided by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Learning Abroad Center (LAC), and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Act! Speak! Build! : Habitat For Humanity Events

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Starting today, campus will be buzzing with Habitat for Humanity activism and advocacy. April 9th marks the start of this year's Act! Speak! Build! Week. The U of M chapter of Habitat for Humanity will host a wide array of events throughout the week aimed at raising awareness and support for the affordable housing crisis around the world and right here in the Twin Cities. The week's events range from an on campus speech by a state representative to a game of glow in the dark capture the flag. There will be several house builds, TONS of free food and a massive, one day event on April 12th to raise $60,000 for a Habitat home. The following is a listing of all the festivities!

Monday April 9th: World Habitat Day
• Explore Habitat around the world on Coffman Front Lawn: 10am-3pm
• Watch Slumdog Millionaire in Mechanical Engineering Room 18: 6:00pm

Tuesday April 10th: Volunteer Day
• "Help YOUR Habitat" on Northrop Plaza: 10am-2pm
• Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House 5:30-7:30pm

Wednesday April 11th: Virtual Day
• Connect online via Facebook and Twitter all day. Win BIG CASH PRIZES!
• Join us for glow-in-the Dark Capture the Flag on Coffman Memorial Union: 7:30pm

Thursday April 12: Habitat Carnival & 60K Day
• Food, games, and FUN on Coffman Front Lawn: 10am-4pm

Friday April 13: Advocacy Dinner
• Speakers, a free meal, and MORE From 6:00-8:30pm
Register online today!

Saturday April 14: Act! Speak! BUILD!
• Make a difference in your community and get a FREE t-shirt from 8am-4pm!
Register online today!

Habitat for Humanity at the University of Minnesota Background
For over 20 years, Habitat for Humanity at the University of Minnesota has been building homes, building awareness and building friendships. The chapter offers almost weekly home builds and renovation projects throughout the school year. Students also plan and participate in out of state volunteer trips and campus-wide events. Bi-weekly meetings are held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. on the university campus.

For more information, visit

The Human Rights Program in the Institute for Global Studies is seeking talented and creative undergraduate students with a passion for human rights advocacy and scholarship to join the 2012-13 Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board (SAB).

SAB members will...

- meet monthly with Program staff.
- develop student-led initiatives on current human rights issues.
- work as partners with the program's director and staff in providing support for existing HRP projects.
- serves as HRP ambassadors among U of M students.

Who is eligible?
- Must be a full-time undergraduate during the academic year for which you are applying.
- Students from ALL undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply.
- Everyone, from first semester freshmen to seniors, is welcome to apply.

What are the desired qualifications?

- Commitment to the HRP mission to provide the University with opportunities related to human rights in the classroom, through research, and through direct actions, such as projects, internships, and fellowships.
- Prior organizing, advocacy, activism, and leadership skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Why get involved?
Hone tangible skills for effective advocacy in the field of human rights.
Engage and network with human rights faculty and staff within the Program and the broader University, as well as with fellow students with a keen interest in human rights.
Contribute to the HRP through action, advocacy, and leadership.
Space and support to think and act creatively in human rights activities at the University.

How do I apply?

Submit a CV or resume AND a brief cover letter detailing why you would like to be a part of the SAB and the leadership qualities, skills and ideas you would bring to the board.
Applications due by 6 pm, Wednesday, April 11 to Rochelle Hammer via email at or via hard copy to 214 Social Sciences.

Contact Rochelle Hammer at or 612.626.7947.


The 2nd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award
Recognizing undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota who have made significant personal contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights

This award will be given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet era Jewish refusnik who was repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The friendship between Lisa Paul and Inna Meiman is memorialized in the book, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope.

The award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. The Awardee will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Eligibility: The awards are open to all full-time undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota.

· Demonstrated a personal commitment to the promotion and protection of international human rights through significant work on a human rights cause during their time as an undergraduate;
· Raised the visibility of a particular human rights issue among the University community or the broader public;
· Made a positive difference in the life of others, and has given voice to those who might otherwise not be heard.

Nominations: submit a letter of 750 words or less describing the human rights activities undertaken by the nominee during his or her time as a student at the University of Minnesota and a CV of the student being nominated; Students may be nominated by faculty, staff or other students at the University of Minnesota.Self nominations must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from faculty, staff, and students who can attest to the achievements.

Address and Deadline
Letters should be submitted by email to the Human Rights Program,, or delivered to the Human Rights Program, 214 Social Sciences Building, 267 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

The nomination deadline is Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. The Inna Meiman Award winner will be recognized publicly at an event in April or May 2012.

On-Campus Jobs: Marketing Communication & TRiO Advisor

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The Office for Student Engagement (under Student Affairs) is hiring student positions for next year (Fall & Spring semester). Both positions are open to all current undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. Please apply online:

The Edge

Job Title: Student Employment Leadership Program Training Coordinator
ID: 81284

Job Title: Marketing and Communications Coordinator
ID: 81285

Gold Pass

Job Title: Marketing and Communications Coordinator
ID: 75565

Job Title: Student Employment Leadership Program Training Coordinator
ID: 75572

If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about the application process, please email


The April 6th deadline for Upward Bound summer jobs is approaching quickly

TRiO Upward Bound | CEHD | UMNTC is hiring a dynamic team of individuals as live-in residential camp advisors (RAs) for our 5 weeks pre-college program serving low-income, first generation Minneapolis HS youth.  We're looking for high energy individuals with strong leadership and coordination skills.  Previous youth work experience is a plus.  
• This is a paid summer position.  
• Housing and meals are free for RA's during the 5 week program. 
• Must pass criminal background check.

Contact Isaac Mixon, TRiO UB Residential Director at or 612-625-6626 for more information.

Tomorrow & Wednesday: Events On-Campus

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Student Elections: Don't Forget to Rock the Vote Starting Today!
The 2012 elections for student government positions in MSA and USenate open today at 8:00 a.m. and close Wednesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Cast your vote online at or stop by one of three Get Out the Vote Rallies from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. located on the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campus areas where laptops will be provided. Specific dates, times, and locations for the rallies can be found at Contact the All Campus Elections Commission with questions at

Men as Advocates: Tracy Davis on Gender Equity
When: Tues, April 3, 4:00 PM
Where: Bell Museum Auditorium

Tracy L. Davis, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center for the Study of Masculinities & Men's Development at Western Illinois University, will discuss how men can advocate and promote gender equity. Co-sponsored with the Women's Center and many other offices and departments across campus. For more information, please contact

Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race
Wednesday, April 4, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race is the most recent book by author and professor Joe Soss. It highlights the changes in poverty governance over the past forty years and explains the central role of race in this evolution. Seats are limited, so please RSVP at Links to speaker biographies can be found on the Eventbrite page.

Schedule for the evening:
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Registration
5:15 PM - 6:15 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM Social

This event is being hosted by the Humphrey School's Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center as part of its pubReads series. Contact Hunter Gordon at with any additional questions you may have.

Global Leadership Opportunity: Abroad and Domestic, Open House
Explore leadership in a new cultural context! There are short-term and semester-long programs with a leadership emphasis. Sites in include Ireland, South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil, Rome, Tanzania, New York City, and Cedar Riverside. Come to the open house to meet the leaders of these programs and students who have participated in the past.

When: Wednesday, April 4th
Time: 4:30 - 5:30PM
Location: Appleby Hall 303
FREE PIZZA will be provided!

National Public Health Week Film Festival

Film: We Were Here
When: Wed, April 4, 5:30 PM
Mayo Memorial Auditorium

The GLBTA Programs Office is partnering on this screening of We Were Here for "AIDS & GLBTQ Perspectives" night during the 8th Annual National Public Health Week Film Festival! We Were Here provides a deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of HIV/AIDS in San Francisco and how people rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis. Check out more information about the NPHW festival on their Facebook page!

Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights & Organized Labor: The Fight Against Right to Work Laws, Then and Now
Date: Wednesday, April 4th
When: 6pm-8pm
Where: Bell Museum (10 Church Street SE)

AFSCME Local 3800 is hosting a film screening and panel discussion to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the anniversary of his assassination. "At the River I Stand" (1993) will be shown Wednesday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bell Museum, located at the corner of University Ave. and 17th Ave. SE in Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota campus. The film documents Dr. King's last two months alive and his work with the sanitation workers' strike in Memphis in 1968. This powerful documentary illuminates the connections between economic and civil rights through these public employees' fight for dignity and justice.

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