2014 MCOR Roundup

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Over the last weekend the MSC had the opportunity to host its annual, and heavily attended Multicultural Student Orientation and Reception (MCOR). On Friday September 5th, we celebrated all of our returns to campus in the original home of MCOR at the newly remodeled Memorial Union. The evening kicked off with a Campus Resource Fair in Tripp Commons at 5:30, where students were able to get information from several different Professional and Academic resources on campus about the services and opportunities that they offer. For even more pictures from the events and the performances, visit facebook.com/uwmulticultural

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Multicultural Student Center (MSC) Interns Eric, Hiwot & Daisy staffing the MSC resource table.

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MSC Intern Learesi discusses upcoming programs with two students at the student resource fair.

From there we took a trip into the newly remodeled Shannon Hall for a collection of performances by student groups with a wide variety of talents. From musical performances to cultural dances, the performances were impressive and well appreciated by the audience. The event was hosted by students Steven Rodriguez and Nailah Frye, and also included appearances by MSC Director Joshua Moon Johnson, Dean Lori Berquam, Vice Provost Patrick Sims, and University Chief of Police Susan Riseling.

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Students engage in an impromptu hip hop battle up on stage.

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The Wisconsin Surma dance crew performaing at MCOR 2014.

Below is a list of all the groups that performed:
• The BellHops
• Dancas Dance Club
• School of Bhangra
• University Gospel Choir
• REPLAY: HASA Dance Crew
• Wisconsin Surma

We left the performances hungry for more, and while the organized entertainment was over for the time being, guests had their appetites for more filled with the second best form of entertainment besides incredible performers. Food. The R in MCOR truly embodied the statement last but not least. As the last letter in the acronym one may think that it was less important than the other elements of the event. However, our guests were heavily receptive to the spread provided by the Wisconsin Union Catering. Lines stretched out the door and around the corner, all the way back to what else but more fun? During the reception our guests had the opportunity to dress up and get their photos taken in a photo booth with their friends, as well as explore the Great Hall and see all the tables at the Student Organization Fair. This event had an incredible turnout and was densely populated as students milled about learning more about Multicultural Student Orgs and how they can get involved in more communities on campus.

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A lively discussion at the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity booth at the Student Org Fair in Great Hall, Memorial Union.

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Student Org Fair in Great Hall, Memorial Union.

After food, friends, and entertainment there wasn’t much else we could ask of our guests except to dance their hearts out. From 10:30 to 1:00am in the new Playcircle Theatre we opened up the stage to some awesome First Wave performers and a DJ to allow the celebration to continue for those who wanted to burn the midnight oil.

Overall, the event was a great success and we anticipate a great year for all of our students and organizations. Be sure to come by anytime during our open hours to say hello or find a quiet place to study. And definitely take the chance to come to one or many of the plethora of events we will be putting on this semester!

The full calendar for MSC events, Fall 2014.

The full calendar for MSC events, Fall 2014.

The Search for a New MSC Director is Over! Welcome Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson!

The MSC is pleased to announce that the search for a new director and associate dean has concluded! Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson’s diverse background and passion for social justice fuels his work as he has served in student affairs, the classroom, and community non-profit organizations. Through dynamic workshops, inspirational presentations, and writing new literature, Joshua hopes to create hope for those marginalized and inspire allies to take action.  We here at the MSC would like to give a huge welcome to Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson!

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Joshua will be on campus this August to help kick off the 2014-2015!

Dr. Joshua Moon Johnson is coming from the University of California – Santa Barbara where he currently serves as the Director of the Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity / LGBT Services and the Non-traditional Student Resource Center.

Job Board: May 9, 2014

Departmental Assistant at American Family Insurance

Application Due: ASAP

Description: This position supports division management, departments and projects by assisting with project administration, working with data and reports, creating, filing and distributing documents, coordinating meeting schedules, logistics and materials, and performing other administrative support activities.

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Student Voices Naming and Re-Claiming Diversity

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As a group, as a community, as a collective we can achieve diversity. This means solidifying an understanding of what diversity is. It is climate. It is creating and fostering an environment where all voices and all people are welcome for who they are. Devon Hamilton, a student at UW, wrote about the importance of climate, or the environment we foster, just earlier this month. It is important to nurture a world we want to see. Students have been responding in a number of ways to various matters of diversity, including responses to attacks on affirmative action.

(WBSU response to the Not Fair campaign)

The “unfairness” being addressed in this campaign is tied to a misguided notion that somehow, in an aim for diversity, students of color have taken spots at the university that were “meant” for white students. That point becomes entirely moot when the facts are laid out: according to UW-Madison’s registrar, in the Fall 2013 UW-Madison saw an enrollment of 43275 students, 31036 were categorized as Caucasian.

At this Fall’s convocation the chancellor said that this year’s incoming freshman class was the most diverse that the university has seen. Diversity is more than numbers. How do we foster an environment where students feel proud to be at this university? Where they dream of contributing to the growth of Madison rather than escaping to a better place? These are questions I’ve asked myself in this first year. The existence of the “I Too Am UW” campaign is a way for marginalized students to assert our place and right to the title of Badger.

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(Images courtesy of I, too, am UW-Madison’s Tumblr page.)

Last week, after a meeting hosted by Professor Richard Davis and Vice-Provost Patrick Simms at the School of Music, where a number of students spoke on their experiences surrounding diversity, a graduate from the school put the matter into perfect perspective for me. She said, “Diversity is not a person. A person is not diverse. You are not diverse. I am not diverse. WE are diverse.”

One of the latest issues is the potential consolidation of the Afro-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Chican@/Latin@ Studies departments into one ethnic studies program and there will be an open and free event to ” clarify current developments in Ethnic Studies at the UW-Madison and provide an opportunity for participants to offer their insights on future planning.” 

The combination of voices, the articles written, the panels and meetings attended, the questions asked and the demands made will all contribute to diversity on this campus. Diversity is not vague and unattainable, it is a possibility much closer than many have taken the time to imagine. We don’t have to wait 5 or 10 years to improve the experiences of all Badgers. Let’s begin today.

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Job Board: April 25th, 2014

Transportation Intern, Morgridge Center

Application Due: 4/30/2014

Description: This person will be responsible for maintaining and editing the online transportation module through Adobe software. They will also be responsible for responding to student transportation needs, expanding google maps through the Center, and collecting and analyzing data for monthly reports.

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Planning & Program Manager (Middleton, WI), American Family Insurance 

Application Due: N/A

Description: This person would be assisting the director with management, providing key stakeholders with project performance assessments, and ensuring timely communication to the stakeholders about projects and changes.

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Project Engineer, Intertek 

Application Due: N/A

Description: This person would be responsible for providing technical support to sales teams in order to help determine the scope of new projects. They would also work on conducting engineering interviews and visiting manufacturing facilities in order to

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Recruiting Inside Sales Trainee, Apex Systems

Application Due: N/A

Description: This person would be utilizing tried and true recruiting resources to attract professionals. They will be preparing candidates for the interview process and conducting skills testing along with other pre-employment investigations.

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Unit Controller-Fluno Center, Aramark

Application Due: N/A

Description: This person is responsible for ensuring that the Fluno Center’s accounting priorities are met. They will lead process improvement initiatives, coordinate and conduct an annual ARAMARK Audits, and construct and demonstrate Labor Analysis results for all departments among other responsibilities.

 

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Employee Wellness Coordinator, Office of Human Resources and Development (UW-Madison)

Application Due: 5/8/2014

Description: This person will collaborate with stakeholders, assess needs, identify gaps and work towards improving the effectiveness of population-based wellness promotion a UW-Madison employees and campus community.

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