Job Board: April 18, 2014

Website Content Editor, Wisconsin Union Human Resources

Application Due: 5/15/2015

Description: Persons in this position will be responsible for editing and maintaining content on the Wisconsin Union website. They will also be responsible for managing statistics on website usage and distributing reports on those statistics.

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Poverty Analysis Intern, Morgridge Center 

Application Due: 4/30/2014

Description: This position primarily requires interns to create information sheets detailing poverty facts and statistics supplied by the Institute for Poverty and Research. Applicants should have strong writing abilities and high organization. There is also an opportunity to receive course credit for this work.

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Break Dance Instructor and Hip Hop Dance Instructor, PEOPLE Program

Application Due: 4/23/2014

Description: As part of the PEOPLE Program’s pre-college summer enrichment program they expose their students to various cultural and artistic avenues through their fine arts courses. This course is on Break Dancing and Hip Hop Dance.

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HAPPY Tuesday!

HAPPY Tuesday from the MSC!

Pharell Williams, his hat, and Oprah Winfrey are bringing us all the feels today!

Before Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” was nominated for an Academy Award, before it reached the top of the Billboard charts, before it garnered 182 million views on YouTube and before it sold more than a million copies, it was just another song that wasn’t even getting played on the radio. Then, on Nov. 21, 2013, Pharrell released “Happy” with a music video and everything changed.

“Zero airplay, nothing. And the next thing you know, we put out the video on November 21 — all of a sudden, boom,” Pharrell says. “When I say, ‘Boom,’ I mean boom.”

People around the world responded to “Happy” by uploading videos of themselves dancing to the catchy song, from Malawi to Iceland to Washington, D.C. During Pharrell’s interview for “Oprah Prime,” Oprah plays a montage of these videos. As Pharrell watches, he becomes overwhelmed and begins to cry.

“It’s overwhelming because it’s like, I love what I do and I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long, that I could make it to this point, to feel that,” Pharrell says through tears.

“I get it,” Oprah says. “I so now get why it’s so infectious, because it came from such a clear space that the energy was absolutely uninterrupted by anything other than allowing it to flow from heart to heart. And that’s what happens when you see it.”

“Oprah Prime” airs on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Originally posted on the Huffington Post on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

…And the happiness continues tomorrow, as Janet Mock will arrive on the UW campus to speak about her book Redefining Realness at Union South in the Varsity Room from 7 PM to 9 PM.

Rated P Arts Festival: Recap

The Filipino American Student Organization hosted the 4th annual Rated P Arts Festival on April 5, 2014. This year’s theme was the Art of Social Media. Cayden Mak, the New Media Director at 18 Million Rising, facilitated two engaging workshops on how to create an effective online campaign through social media.

Source: Filipino American Student Organization

Source: Filipino American Student Organization

The first focused on identifying our message. Often times we see campaigns or petitions that don’t really make sense or give the audience a reason to care. Cayden illustrates that understanding the story of self, us and now can help make that connection and influence people to get involved. During the workshop we thought about issues we have as individuals and as a group, how we handled them, and the results our actions made. We then applied that process to the issues of now. Cayden says one of the most important parts of a campaign is being clear and concise about what you hope to achieve and how your audience can help you do that.

The second focused on finding a vehicle for that message in digital spaces. In order to choose which social media platforms work best, you should work through possible weakness or limitations your campaign might face for that particular platform. Sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr and others all have strengths and weakness for different objectives. Once you understand what your audience does on those sites, it will be easier for you to deliver your message. If you have organized a rally, sit-in or conference, Cayden says you might want to think about live streaming it so people around the world can feel engaged as well.

For more resources about organizing and Cayden’s work, check out:

http://neworganizing.com/

https://www.quantcast.com/

http://topsy.com/

http://youngist.org/

National Champion Still Hungry…

Even though our beloved Badgers were bested by the Wildcats of Kentucky on Saturday, and it seemed the city of Madison may implode upon itself, the NCAA National Championship Game was played Monday night. Thankfully, the University of Connecticut and Shabazz Napier, their star savior, rather than player, were able to deliver us some sort of restitution by defeating UK. However, at the end of the day there is an issue that stretches farther than UK, UConn, or even us here at UW.

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The NCAA generates billions of dollars a year in revenue, head coaches are paid in the millions, and the athletes, which make it possible for this system to operate, are unable to receive any compensation. The argument is made that scholarships and the opportunity to attend such a prestigious university is enough, but it seems slightly peculiar that the star player of the team that just won the National Championship would admit to sometimes going to sleep “starving”. It makes you wonder the severity and reach of the issue and provides validation to its reality, especially as concurrently, the Northwestern Football Team is in the process of forming a players union.

For more about this check out Jamilah King’s “Race and Culture” Blog at Colorlines.com

Job Board: April 4, 2014

Substance Abuse Evaluator/OWI Assessor, Journey Mental Health Center

Application Due: 4/16/14

Description: “The Impaired Driver/Substance Use Disorder Evaluator assesses a variety of voluntary and court-ordered consumer, whether self-pay or contracted, and submits written evaluations to the appropriate referral source indicating identified substance use disorders, including signs and symptoms, summarizing consumer’s cultural and personal strengths and recommending clinical or educational programs and plans of care.

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La Mujer Latina 18th Annual Conference: Building Solidarity and Empowering Each Other

This post submitted by La Mujer Latina. La Mujer Latina is dedicated to bringing together Latinas to identify pressing issues affecting the welfare of La Mujer Latina in the university campus and the Madison community. In doing so, La Mujer Latina hopes to build networking among Latinas and be instrumental in advocating change for Latinas. 

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After all the hard work and effort, the 18th Annual Conference was once again a success. This year, our conference was on March 29th, 2014. We started our onsite registration started at 9am. We had nine workshops and two panels. We were fortunate to have Christine Neumann-Ortiz as our morning and only keynote of the day. She discussed issues on immigration and marches that are coming up on May 1st in Milwaukee. The first session we scheduled had three workshops. These workshops consisted of Demystifying Body Images of Latinas, Fortaleciendonos a traves de nuestro lenguaje-Mi dialect es mi identidad, es mi ventaja, and Do We Still Dare to Dream? Lunch was from 12:15-1:45pm that was catered by El Pastor.

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In the afternoon sessions, we will have two forums. This session we had were What Does it Mean to be an Activist?, and the second one was From Archetype to Stereotype. The third session had three workshops, Resources for Latin@s in College, Who Am I? Es Complicao!, and once again had Demystifying Body Images of Latinas. Our last session had three workshops. These workshops consisted of Health Disparities Affecting Latinos, Entendiendo las intersecciones de la cultura de la violacion, machismo y genero, and last but not least Querer es Poder: Using our resiliency to overcome obstacles in Higher Education. To end the night, we had Noche de Cultura with Tango Basico.

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All of these topics are topics that us, as committee members, believed were/are important in our community. We cater to everyone, campus and the Madison community, and hope people benefit from the hard work that we do. Bringing in people from the community and from our own communities is what is helping people from all over the Midwest to interact with the Madison community. Expanding and reaching out of other communities’ helps Madison and the campus students have more networking opportunities and get to learn more about other communities’ experiences.

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