November 2012 Archives

WOMEN'S WEEK- Brought to you by La Raza Student Cultural Center

Next week we will be hosting women's week! Please come and learn about different issues that we as communities must address and discuss We are looking forward to seeing you all! All events are FREE and open to the public. Please let other people know and spread the word. The events are described below. Please let us know, if there is a particular issues that you want us to address and/or discuss and we could have an event regarding that issue/s and/or topic/s.

Thank you,

La Raza SCC Board

WOMEN'S WEEK- Brought to you by La Raza Student Cultural Center and all our allies.

o REP YO ROOTS! Brought to you by, Voices Merging

§ In the Whole! CMU, UMN

§ Monday, November 26th, 2012.

§ Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

§ Event is FREE and open to the public.

§ Join us and represent your roots. Be ready to have fun and learn about our diverse histories and stories! In the Mix and Bomba Umoya will be performing. Be ready to be inspired, be ready to inspire and represent your roots!

§ Food provided by La Raza Student Cultural Center.

o Self Defense

§ At La Raza SCC room #211

§ Tuesday, November 27th, 2012.

§ Starting at 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

§ Event is FREE and open to the public.

§ Come and learn about self-defense. Self defense is any means of safely avoiding or escaping a potentially dangerous situation. Get helpful tips and learn ways to safely protect and/or escape potentially dangerous situations. Come ready to learn and we hope you can come! A paid professional will be able to come and teach the public about basic concepts of self defense.

o Reproductive Justice in the Queer and Immigrant Latina Communities

§ -CoSponsored by WSAC

§ Coffman Theater

§ Wednesday, November 28th, 2012.

§ Starting at 3:00 p.m.

§ Event is FREE and open to the public

§ Come hear from speaker and writer Miriam Perez. She will be discussing and analyzing certain myths that plague the Queer and Immigrant Latina communities. She is also a former editor of, founder of the blog, and is currently serving as the Board Chair of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice ( Food from Chimborazo restaurant will be provided!

o Women of Color in Academia

§ President's Room, CMU, UMN

§ Friday, November 30th, 2012.

§ Starting at 12:00 p.m.

§ Event is FREE and open to the public.

§ Come and learn about the experiences and struggles of Women of Color in Academia. Various professors will be joining us from different departments of the University of Minnesota. Come and learn how the community can help be advocates and support women of color in academia. And how we as a community can be advocates for race and gender equality! Free food will be provided.

o Karaoke Night

§ La Raza SCC

§ Friday, November 30th, 2012-11-21

§ Starting at 7:30 p.m.

§ Event is FREE and open to the public.

§ Bring your friends and your beautiful voices and have some fun. This will be the first of many Karaoke nights at La Raza SCC. You will not want to miss this fun packed night!

New Job Posting!

Please find attached a job posting for the full-time civil service position of Executive Office Support Administrator.

Interested parties can use the online application process through the MPRB website. To apply online, go to and click on Jobs at MPRB and then click on Job Opportunities. This position is open for applications until 4:30 PM on December 3, 2012.

Please forward this information to anyone who may be interested in applying.

Job Posting 11-16-12 MPRB Exec Office Support Admin (2).pdf

New course: GWSS 4490: Black Feminist Thought

Topic: Black Women, Resistance, and Global Social Change

We will develop diverse answers to these questions:

* How have African descendent women enacted political resistance in the U.S. and the African diaspora?

* What are the primary issues that black women have addressed in their community work?

* How have black women worked across racial-ethnic difference to pursue social justice and equality?

In this course we will examine how black women have promoted social change in the U.S. and abroad by challenging social inequalities. We will study iconic black women in who sparked global social movements to challenge the combined effects of racism, (hetero)sexism, and colonialism globally. These women include Claudia Jones, Fannie Lou Hamer, Shirley Chisholm, Wangari Maathi, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Barbara Lee, and others. We will reflect upon how black women scholars have defined and refined the concept of "intersectionality" to advocate for new ways of studying democracy, civic participation and social movements in the diverse black diasporas. Finally, this course will introduce students to new ways of thinking about politics, careers in advocacy and social justice in diverse black communities, and how to conduct black feminist research across the humanities and social sciences.

Selected Reading List:

Black Women, Cultural Images, and Social Policy (2009) by Julia Jordan-Zachery

Sister Citizen: For Black Women Who Have Considered Suicide When Politics Was Enough (2011) by Melissa Harris Perry

Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance (2013) by Zenzele Isoke

Creating Africa in America: Translocal Identity in an Emerging World City (2004) by Jacqueline Copeland-Carson.

Negras in Brazil: Reinvisioning Black Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity by Kia Lilly Caldwell

Two Brains Are Better Than One: How Small Brains Make Big Decisions

Two Brains Are Better Than One: How Small Brains Make Big Decisions

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) School of Public Affairs
301 Nineteenth Avenue South, Minneapolis 55455
Dessert reception follows the lecture in the HHH Atrium

Free and open to the public but please RSVP online at

Featuring Professor Karen Mesce
Karen Mesce, professor in Entomology and the Graduate Program in
Neuroscience, presents an overview of her original and imaginative,
almost playful, approach to understanding how neuronal networks
develop and function. Her work has revolutionized thinking about the
plasticity of the nervous system--capturing functional changes of
individual invertebrate neurons (in teal-colored caterpillars, OCD
honey bees and leeches--ewww!!) under hormonal or neurotransmitter
control in a visually compelling context. Karen's research on
neuromodulators has helped to drive investigation about how
decision-making processes are carried through to result in
physiologically appropriate responses in simple model organisms. A
gifted communicator of this work, one of her papers published in the
Journal of Neuroscience begins by asking the reader to envision the
decision-making parallels between a human choosing a restaurant and a
leech deciding whether to swim or crawl.

Honorable Mention: Professor Sarah Hobbie, Department of Ecology,
Evolution and Behavior

The Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award honors a
University of Minnesota woman faculty member's exceptional research,
scholarship, teaching and leadership contributions via a public
lecture. Information about Ada Comstock and other awards can be found

Presented By:
Women's Center, Office for Equity and Diversity
Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
University of Minnesota Libraries

Teatro del Pueblo

Give to the Max Day is here!
Please give generously to support Teatro del Pueblo

Click to donate

On "Give to the Max Day" many Minnesota nonprofit organizations raise as many donations as possible in 24 hours to support their programs.
Please show your support for Teatro del Pueblo by making a donation.

Your contribution helps Teatro:
Promote graduation and higher education among Latino youth through the Open Minds program.
Provide educational opportunities and build cultural awareness through The 12th Annual Political Theater Festival: "Latina Feminista" (Quita Mitos in February 2013)
Explore Latino culture and promote cross cultural dialogue through Lorca in a Green Dress, coming this April 2013
Celebrate differences through touring children's productions

American Indian Science and Engineering (AISES) Study Sessions

Wednesdays from 3-6pm in Lind Hall 216, Native graduate students and senior undergraduates will be available to assist with classwork ranging from physics to biology to writing. This is an opportunity to study with other students from the community and get a little help when needed. It is hosted by AISES members for all students who could use assistance with STEM subjects, regardless of your major.

Snacks will be provided.

Contact Matt Anderson ( or Youn-Jee Pine ( for any questions.

Job opening for Public Services Worker - Parks.

Public Services Worker - Parks job act (2012).doc

Check the links above for information regarding a maintenance position in Fridely, MN.

Public Policy and Leadership Conference @ Harvard

Every year, the Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) at Harvard brings a cohort of about 30 students to the Harvard Kennedy School in order to support them in their journey to serve the community and pursue degrees in public policy related fields.
The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) is designed to inform undergraduate students from historically under-served communities about public service careers in an effort to increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees. PPLC seeks to prepare students who otherwise would not have access to information about graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs. PPLC also provides information on various fellowships and support programs related to public policy.
This opportunity is strictly open to First and Second year students and is not available for international students.

This year, the deadline for applying is Friday, November 16th, 2012.
Please visit the link below to see application details:

Please contact Marlysa Thomas the Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) Coordinator at for more information.

THE LINE BETWEEN SECULAR & SACRED: Religion, Public Institutions and the Constitution

The role of religion in politics and public life has been a point of
contention and debate throughout American history. Conflicts between
religious practice and public space have occurred in public schools,
governmental workplaces, and public buildings. Join this discussion
examining the rights and limits of religious freedom as stated in the
Constitution and interpreted through several Supreme Court decisions.

Panelists: Professor Fred Morrison, University of Minnesota professor
of international law, Constitutional law, and comparative public law;
Rev. J. Cody Nielsen, Director, Wellesley Foundation; Sarah Routman,
Executive Director, University of Minnesota Hillel House; Matthew C.
Palombo, Faculty in Philosophy and Global Studies, Minneapolis
Community and Technical College. Moderator: Kimberly D. Hewitt,
Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

These sessions are excellent opportunities for in-depth exploration of
the key issues we work with as professionals within OED. I hope you
will take time to participate in this important discussion and to
SPREAD THE WORD to your networks of students, staff, faculty, and
community members!

Please note that a flier is available for download on our Critical
Conversations webpage:

BAM: Diversity in the Workplace

BAM is really excited about our event this week, Diversity in the Workplace. Here's more information about it:

What: Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity in the Workplace is a great opportunity for students to learn about the constantly evolving topic of 'diversity' from two experienced professionals, President of NSHMBA, Fernando Duque and Assistant Dean to the Carlson Undergraduate Program, Mary Kosir!

Where: Carlson Atrium
When: Thursday, 15th November, 2012
5pm-7pm *Check-in begins at 4.45pm

This event is casual, and open to non-BAM members.
Registration is required! Don't forget to register online to secure a spot at the event!


Invitation to U of M's HMSA Heritage Day Event

My name is Josephine Yang and I am the president of the University of Minnesota's 2012-2013 Hmong Minnesota Student Association (HMSA). HMSA was established in 1986 and aims to support and empower the advancement of students, community members and society through the active promotion of education, social change and Hmong culture, thus creating leaders for a better tomorrow. We host/engage in a variety of events throughout the entire academic school year, including social gatherings, educational workshops, and volunteering.

I would like to formally invite you all to our largest and most anticipated event of the year: Heritage Day. Heritage Day is an annually held event, celebrating the Hmong culture and experiences with the community. For this year's production, HMSA has prepared a musical production incorporating three traditional Hmong folk tales, but with added twists. Experience the cultural rhythms of Hmong singing, dancing, acting, and poetry in this all-student based musical production. Please bring your friends and family and join us for an afternoon of delicious food, entertainment, and celebration! Lunch will be served during intermission at this free, public event.

HMSA would greatly appreciate it if you could share this event with all of your networks, and we hope to see you there! RSVPs are not necessary, but if possible, would be greatly appreciated.

Any questions or concerns can be directed back to me at or 651-253-9124. Otherwise please check out our facebook event of Heritage Day at

Al Franken Spring Internship

The Office of Senator Al Franken is now accepting applications for the Spring Internship Program.

The internship role requires individuals who are professional, articulate, and responsible with an interest in government service. Based on the individual's availability, interests, and skills, interns will work with outreach staff, case workers, communications staff, and administrative staff. Interns will serve as a vital component of keeping the office functional by assisting with the constituent mail process and managing the front desk.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Answering phones and assisting constituents with requests

• Assisting constituent and field staff with casework and related tasks

• Assisting outreach staff with research, event planning and other work

• Attending meetings with and for field and outreach staff

• Assisting the scheduling and communications staff

• Other assigned tasks based on the needs of the staff and office

In addition to assisting the office, interns will receive unique career development opportunities. Through working with field, casework, and other state staff, and meeting with the Senator, interns will be able to make an informed decision about what areas of political work interest them and gain valuable skills that will prepare them to succeed in a political and professional career.

If you are applying for the fall or spring session, please include the days and hours you are able to work. In the summer session, interns are expected to work full time unless enrolled in summer courses. We will work with universities that offer academic credit.

Senator Franken accepts all applications for internships; however Minnesotans will be given preference.

If you are interested in an internship in Senator Franken's Saint Paul office, please send the following materials:

• Resume

• Cover letter indicating weekly availability

• Three references

These can be emailed to, or faxed to (651) 221-1078. Please do not mail any applications because of the Senate's mail delivery delay.

Applications must be received by the deadline of Thursday, November 15.

If you have any questions concerning the program, please do not hesitate to contact the Intern Coordinator, Brynna Schmidt at (651) 221-1016, or by emailing

Internship for the Minnesota Historical Society

I am writing as the Internship Coordinator for the Minnesota Historical Society. We are looking for new interns for Spring 2013, and I thought your organization might be the right place to help us get the word out to students. Please let me know if I should make any changes to my address list!

We have several new and exciting positions now available for multicultural undergraduate and graduate student interns, and we would love to have the opportunity to place your students in some of these positions. For Spring 2013, we have 20 positions available across 30+ majors in 16 departments. Five of these positions are paid, and in addition we also offer a limited number of stipends for students who are from communities of color currently underrepresented in the Society and the public history field. Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. A list of these opportunities is attached to this email and the details can be found on our website at: The semester internships starts with Orientation on January 8, 2013 and runs through the end of May.

The deadline for applying is November 18, 2012. Students who are interested in future opportunities are encouraged to "like" our facebook page for early notifications of internship opportunities as well as insights into the program. They can find us on Facebook here:

I hope you will not mind forwarding these opportunities to your contacts, as I would greatly appreciate your assistance in getting the word out to students, organizations or other contacts who might be interested in this opportunity. I look forward to the opportunity to work with your students!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Shona Ramchandani
Internship Program Manager
Minnesota Historical Society
Volunteer and Internship Programs
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
Saint Paul Minnesota 55102

T: (651) 259-3191
F: (651) 297-3343

Native American Heritage Month & New Scholarship

$2000 scholarship for Natural Resources majors
Deadline: January 18th 2013

Please see attachment for full details
Natural Resources Major Scholarship.pdf

Ded Unk'unpi--We Are Here

Han, Boozhoo, (Hello),

"This year marks the 150th year since the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, fought in Southwestern Minnesota.

"Ded Unk'unpi--We Are Here," now showing at the James J. Hill House, features the work of 20 American Indian artists reflecting on this disastrous time in the history of Minnesota and the nation.

Featured artists: Joe Allen, Angela Babby, Karen Beaver, Todd Bordeaux, Julie Buffalohead, Avis Charley, Gordon Coons, Jim Denomie, Michael Elizondo Jr., Evans Flammond, Charles Her Many Horses, Dakota Hoska, Henry Payer, Charles Rencountre, James Star Comes Out, Maggie Thompson, Jodi Webster, Gwen Westerman, Dwayne Wilcox, Bobby Wilson.

The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 was fought over six weeks in Southwestern Minnesota, resulting in hundreds dead, the Dakota exiled from their homeland and the largest mass execution in U.S. history: the hangings of 38 Dakota men in Mankato. The war's causes began decades earlier and the profound loss and consequences of the war are still felt today."

It is a moving, thought provoking exhibit. I hope you have time to experience it.

Here is a link to the news release and more information:

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