November 2011 Archives

Racial Formation and Transformation in the United States

Spring 2012 AFRO/AMIN/AAS/CHIC 1201

Racial Formation and Transformation in the United States

Liberal Education Theme: "Diversity & Social Justice in the United States" Mondays and Wednesdays 10:10am-11:25am

Blegen Hall, Room 130

Yuichiro Onishi
Assistant Professor of African American & African Studies/Asian American Studies

What does it take to discuss race seriously?
An exploration of this question demands a counter-narrative, for our contemporary moment is such that a growing public opinion (1) casts America as a "raceless" nation, (2) interprets antiracism as "reverse racism," and (3) embraces "diversity" to maintain the racial status quo. Talking about race is not easy to be sure; it engenders a host of unsettling emotions ranging from guilt and shame to anger. Yet not talking about race as a social fact in American life and culture merely reinforces the existing racial hierarchy. It forecloses opportunities to reach across boundaries of social difference to strive toward a shared sense of community and belonging. Together, we will participate in racial struggles, albeit at times painful and challenging, to address and grapple with ethico-political imperatives to pursue social justice and make the notion of diversity anew.

For more information, contact:

Aas 1201 Flyer.pdf


Are you looking for a Spring semester internship?

Is it time to boost your resume and begin networking?

The University YMCA Community Leadership Intern Program (Y-CLIP) unites companies all over the Metro area with University of Minnesota students during the Spring semester. Those accepted into the program receive great work experience with a local organization as well as 6 University Credits (these can count for Service Learning credits for the Community Engagement Scholar Program, should count for the Family Social Science Internship, and can also be petitioned to count for others e.g. Non-Profit Management)

The program consists of two components:

·Internship: Once accepted into the program students are guaranteed an internship. Students work 12-15 hours per week at their organization and obtain valuable work experience.

·Weekly Seminar: Students attend 2.5 hour weekly seminars that address topics including ethical leadership, community building, multicultural awareness, and professional development. Sessions involve speakers and field trips and are a great way to meet other students.

The application deadline is quickly approaching for this year! A few of the opportunities include; The TCF Foundation, The Wilder Foundation, Junior Achievement, St. Anne's Place, Achieve MPLS, Housing Link, an HR position with Commonbond, adult education with Cedar Riverside and many more!

If the Community Leadership Intern Program seems like the right fit for you then we'd love to move forward with you for this program's specific application process.

Attached is the program description/timeline as well as an overview of the internship opportunities available.


Activities for kids of all ages!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
University of Minnesota
Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

FREE and open to the public.

Fascinating activities, hands-on exhibits and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics add up to a day of fun and learning. Free backpacks for the first 350 students attending!

This year's fair highlights include:

* Interactive science and engineering exhibits
* Physics Force shows at 10:30 a.m. and Noon (Seating is limited. Arrive early to get free tickets to the show.)
* Energy and U shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Seating is limited. Arrive early to get free tickets to the show.)
* Make your own earthquake
* Create your own color-changing jewelry
* Discover hidden microworlds
* Build your own FM radio while learning about circuitry
* Create origami to practice geometry skills and make beautiful works of art
* Control robots that can climb stairs, work in water, and fly

And much more!
Full schedule coming soon!

For more information, contact Dorothy Cheng at or 612-626-7566.

Leadership Program for Black Male College Students

For more info please email- or visit

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SPRING 2012 Class
3 credits, (Class Number 68432) 12:45PM- 2:00PM TTh
(01/17/2012-05/04/2012), Fol 119, TCEASTBANK

The language we use forms an important part of our identity. The course will explore the role of language in constructing diverse identities: gender, national, ethnic, and religious. Throughout the world, and particularly in Western society, there are now strong pressures for social and racial integration. Some sociolinguistic studies have shown that greater intergroup contact can actually reinforce social distinctions and ethnic stereotypes. The course will examine conversational mechanisms, discourse conventions, socio-cultural factors, and tensions between personal and collective identities and politics of multilingualism.

The course will be of importance to linguists, anthropologists, psychologists and others interested in cross-cultural communication.

Professor Indira Y. Junghare
For more information, please e-mail:

Rev Flyer Linguistics 5900 Language and Identity.docx

Internship Opportunities @ MN Department of Human Services

This is an opportunity for graduate or advanced undergraduate students interested in government service to gain experience. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is accepting applications for their Executive Pathways Internship Program. Click the link for more information on deadlines and requirements or contact / 651.431.3040 if you have questions.

Women of Color Student Summit: Safe Spaces, Critical Connections

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