Weekend Job Board: May 25

Advisor in UW-Madison Student Loan Servicing Unit This position advises and counsels students and former students with repayment problems unique to educational loans such as monthly repayment, deferments, forbearances, and cancellation options for federal and institutional/private loans. The ability to effectively and efficiently handle difficult conversations on the phone, in person, and in writing with composure is important. The ability to work well independently, confidentially handle sensitive information, and to recognize the human element within a person’s financial condition while balancing program goals and loan loss mitigation needs is key to success in this position. Appointment level 60-100%. Hours of operation: M-F 8 am – 4:30 pm with possible two early evenings a month. Finalist will need to pass a personal credit check. Deadline: June 8

Requirements: B.A. or B.S degree. While a specific major or specialization is not critical, course work in business or financial fields is desirable. 3 years of experience in collection work with an educational institution or finance company or bank/credit union or student guarantee agency; or a collection agency specializing in student loans. Details here: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_073549.html

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The WI Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) is seeking a full time Prevention Coordinator This is a grant-funded position. This position begins with paid vacation, personal, sick, holiday, 401k Plan, and an employer contribution toward a flexible benefit package.This 40 hr/wk exempt position primary responsibilities are:

  • Works closely with local agencies and statewide/national partners to support the effective development, implementation and evaluation of primary prevention of domestic and dating violence initiatives.
  • Administers a CDC funded project which involves: managing a statewide primary prevention plan; administering local sub-grants; incorporating prevention strategies into organizational work and training and providing technical assistance to programs and allies throughout the state.

Completed applications will be accepted until 4:30 PM (CST),Thursday, June 7, 2012. WCADV is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, empowerment and social justice. For more information or to obtain application materials, go to: http://wcadv.org/prevention-coordinator or call (608) 255-0539.

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Online News Producer at Wisconsin Public Radio – Madison: Searching for a journalist with online skills to play a major role in coordinating and producing WPR’s online news content, by re-purposing on-air material and creating original content for the web.  Requires: bachelor’s degree; minimum 3 years journalism exp. And 2 yr. online journalism exp; strong editorial and ethical judgment.  See details online: http://www.wpr.org/about/jobs/Online_News_pd.cfm.  Contact: Betsy Nelson, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI  53706. Betsy.nelson@wpr.org. Deadline June 15. 

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APIA Heritage Month: Hmong Culture Night

May is National Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month. In recognition of the month, members of Asian American Student Union (AASU) have contributed articles to spotlight important issues within the APIA community. Tshiabdua Yang recaps Hmong Culture Night and talks about the relevance of language to the Hmong community and her own cultural identity. 

Hmong Culture Night (April 14, 2012), hosted by the Hmong American Student Association (HASA), celebrated the Hmong culture and its presence on this university through language. The event features skits performed by students in different language course levels. While it’s not easy to immerse oneself in culture via language, language builds understanding across differences by helping people focus on other similarities.

The night began with remarks from the Language and Cultures of Asia’s department, which highlighted the precious opportunity of having such a language course and the positive impact it has in the campus’ Hmong community. By proudly recognizing the Hmong language as well as the people and culture, the LCA department kick off was like a sweet embrace for the performers and audience members.  The skits were performed in order of course levels 2 through 6. Each class presented at least three skits, and the sixth semester class presented a video. Skits included plots around traditional stories comparable to western fairytales as well as everyday stories that focused courting customs. While most of the skits were performed exclusively in Hmong, audience members who did not speak the language were still able to understand the skits’ characters and themes. Following the various skits, came the delectable feast featuring food catered by local Hmong/Thai restaurants and dishes provided by students and teachers. There were eggrolls, spring rolls, crab ragoons, fried noodles, stir fries, papaya salad, stuffed chicken wings, and a combination of other original, tasty dishes.

There can be no other word for the event other than successful. Attending Hmong Culture Night and seeing the talents of my people come to manifest via my first language is something that has never happened before. It was a privilege and opportunity. Growing up in America as a child of first-generation immigrants was and probably will always be a challenge on so many different levels. Naturally, this includes language, because English was not my parents’ first language. Growing up and speaking exclusively in Hmong up until grade school was not a pleasant change. English engulfed my thought process, actions, conversations, and an endless amount of things that revolved my everyday life. Before I realized it, the only words I knew how to say in my native language were “not home” and “working” for the occasions when elders called or came over when my parents weren’t home. There have been many obstacles along the way of reclaiming language for myself. I eventually did learn most of the Hmong language again, but since starting college, keeping in touch with my language has been difficult. After experiencing Hmong culture night, I went to enroll in next fall’s Hmong semester one course.

I want to learn my language in the fullest way possible. I want to be able to stand next to my people and not have to resort to English because I lack of knowledge in the language I call my first.  One of the most prevalent barriers in the Hmong community exists between the first and second generations of immigrant families. Fighting to keep the culture and language alive continues today and thankfully this is possible through university language courses, allies, community, and events such as Hmong Culture Night.

Read more stories recapping APIA Heritage Month here. 

APIA Heritage Month: Reflecting on Racism, Media, and Sexuality

May is National Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month. In recognition of the month, members of Asian American Student Union (AASU) have contributed articles to spotlight important issues within the APIA community.  AASU members Gao Lu Moua, Xao Yang, and Tshiabdua Yang reflect on workshops discussing racism, stereotypes, media, and sexuality. 

Workshop participants in a large group sharing stories of their experiences with racialized incidents.

How to Deal With Racism Workshop: I attended AASU’s “How to Deal With Racism Workshop” that was facilitated by three of their very own members. I found the workshop to be serious, but at the same time engaging and fun. After some icebreakers, we were divided into groups and given scenarios of different experiences of racism and racial discrimination. My group’s scenario was racism in the workplace amongst coworkers; our story derived from something that had actually occurred between an Asian American girl in our group and her coworkers who, throughout the day, made comments to her about a paper crane (which was placed near the store’s cash register by a random customer). They automatically assumed she made it because she was Asian.  We discussed how others who don’t deliberately make these comments may not see how this can really be offensive. Following each scenario, we also talked about ways that people could respond to these situations that unfortunately happen often in our daily lives.

I’m very grateful for events such as this Racism Workshop put on by AASU. Often times on campus, I feel as if I have to prove something to the majority or assimilate to fit in with them, but when I go to events such as this one, it reminds me that there are people who understand where I am coming from, who know the every-day struggle, who have a sense of what I feel, and who show me there is nothing wrong with being Asian American. –Gao Lu Moua

Asian Americans in the Media: In February, AASU held a discussion on Asian Americans in the Media, with a special focus on celebrities and how they reinforce or break stereotypes and how they address culturally sensitive topics.  We talked about the portrayal of Asian Americans in mainstream media through Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and the hyper-sexualization of Asian American women through Lucy Liu’s character in Charlie’s Angels. We also discussed how the significance of the Far East Movement and the emergence of Jeremy Lin are changing the public dialogue of Asian American media representation. Important questions were raised about the dynamics of Asian American identity as seen in media culture, such as who has the ‘right’ to make fun of Asian Americans, and when is it okay (if it is ever okay) and when is it not okay? What are the underlying assumptions at play that can infuriate Asian Americans and what is considered culturally acceptable?   It is a rare opportunity for Asian American students to be able to come together and have discussions surrounding cultural identity. When these events do occur, they bring about unique perspectives and a much needed dialogue.  –Xao Yang

Participants were later able to break up into small groups to continue sharing stories about how their Asian American identity has impacted their view of sex and sexuality.

Asian American Sexuality Workshop: As participants flowed into the MSC lounge for the AASU’s Asian American Sexuality Workshop in March, the mood of each individual ranged from very comfortable to the opposite pole of completely uncomfortable. After a few introductions by AASU and the Campus Women’s Center (CWC), the workshop began by creating a safe space for all the participants.

Then, the workshop launched with a large group discussion about physical and sex-related stereotypes for Asian American men or women. A few terms instantly mentioned for men included, “small penis,” “short,” “undesirable,” and “feminine.” Terms used for women included, “tight,” “sexy,” “submissive” and “exotic.” There was a clear polarization of sexual identity and stereotypes between Asian American men and womenWith just the first activity focusing on what stereotypes come to mind within the realm of sex, emotions were already running high amongst the different individuals. Another activity included a gender-caucused open dialogue engaging in topics ranging beyond sexual stereotypes to parental guidance and family relationships within the context of sex.

One person described his relationship with his parents. While his parents never explicitly discussed sex or helped directly guide him along his journey to adulthood, he was still able to pick up their “guidelines” about sex by observing their interactions with each other and with him. He pointed that even though some parents of Asian heritage may not be direct with their messages; they do and can still teach you about their perspectives through other means to reach your consciousness.

When discussing the “exotification” of Asian women, some shared dating stories from potentially getting involved in an interracial relationship.  One individual voiced frustration that stemmed from various personal interactions with individuals who would often first mention previous relationships with someone else of Asian-descent. After experiencing this more than once, she started questioning, “Is he only interested in me because my Asian heritage and cultural background?” The question echoed amongst others in the room as each and many women considered their own experiences of being hyper-sexualized and exotified.  Discussing sex or race is often general idea within classrooms, but this workshop allowed me to immerse myself in a more specific context.  –Tshiabdua Yang

The Asian American Student Union (AASU) promotes issues within the Asian American community through educational and social programs and events. AASU  members have opportunities to discuss and understand identities, cultivate leadership skills, and develop a sense of community. Read more stories recapping APIA Heritage Month here. 

APIA Heritage Month: Bone Marrow Registry

May is National Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month. In recognition of the month, members of Asian American Student Union have contributed articles from their recent Asian American Awareness Week to spotlight important issues within the APIA community.  Chasidy Clark writes about the joint efforts of student organizations to raise awareness about bone marrow registration. 

On May 3, 2012, over 20 student organizations collaborated to hold a campus-wide Bone Marrow Registry Drive. Volunteers from fraternities, sororities, multicultural organizations, and faith-based organizations came together as a unified body to raise awareness about the importance of bone marrow registration and expand the national bone marrow bank.

The drive was in support of Janet Liang, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She needs to find a perfect bone marrow match by June, which is her only option for recovery. Bone marrow matches are dependent upon matching tissue types rather than blood type, and since Janet is Chinese-American, an Asian American donor is the most likely to be her match. Despite her personal struggles, Janet has inspired others by raising awareness about the severe gap of registered bone marrow donors within the Asian American community. (*Text via MSC and AASU Facebook Event Page)

At the drive, volunteers provided information to help clear misconceptions that the registration process was painful (it’s through a swabbing process). The flow of information helped immensely in keeping the student body informed and aware about the difference that they would be making for someone else’s life.  The student volunteers persevered through rain and shine to working towards their goal of collecting registrants and sharing information. When the rain came pouring down, students dealt with the remaining traffic and improvised with tarps as umbrellas before moving indoors. It is important to acknowledge the hard work that so many students poured into the event: advertising it, working it, and being professional. We came together to save lives.

Sign up for Team Janet here to be part of her mission to register as many Asian American as possible. You could be the life-saving match, for Janet, or for someone else. Her current efforts and national campaign have registered almost 20,000 donors and found matches for several patients.

Chasidy Clark is the Social Chair of Asian American Student Union, as well as a PEOPLE and CeO scholar. She is currently majoring in International Studies. 

We’re hiring!!! Weekend Job Board: May 18

The Multicultural Student Center is Hiring a Full-Time Social Justice Educator!!!
We’re looking for someone with relevant experience in student organizing and activism around LGBT issues, multiculturalism, and social justice in a higher education setting, including a demonstrated ability to work with individuals from a broad array of experiences, backgrounds, personality types and communication styles. This person will be working with both the MSC and the LGBT Campus Center on program development, educational support, student organization advising, and more. Strong candidates will exhibit working and applied knowledge of the specific issues and experiences of LGBTQ students of color and their allies. Person must have a Bachelor’s degree AND one year of applicable experience OR a Master’s degree. Deadline for application is May 25. Click here for a full-job description and to apply. 

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Diverse and Resilient, Inc. seeks to hire three skilled, enthusiastic, engaged team members to advance health and prevent HIV disease in the Greater Milwaukee Area. The people who fill these full-time positions will work effectively with internal and external partners in the public and non-profit sectors to address HIV prevention and other related health disparities. They must be eager and competent to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural organization focused on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Must be organized, have a charismatic personality, and willing to work evenings and some weekends. The work is exciting, engaging, varied, and challenging.

Program Coordinator: Will provide day to day coordination of a social marketing campaign involving billboards, bus and radio ads, point of purchase, and electronic media. Successful candidates will have hands on experience with the above, ideally with production experience with photography and digital recording. Must be highly organized and a great communicator, who will work with a largely heterosexual audience. Bachelor’s degree required, ideally in communications or public relations.

Youth HIV Program Coordinator: Will be responsible for project implementation of an evidence-based, peer-led youth HIV prevention program that is innovative, evolving and mobilizes a community of young gay men. Responsibilities include outreach and recruitment, organizing volunteers, facilitating small-groups, and social marketing. Successful candidates will require substantial knowledge of young African American gay and bisexual men in Milwaukee and HIV prevention. Bachelor’s degree required.

Data Specialist: This position will assist in monitoring and evaluation activities for all adult and youth programs. Successful candidates will have an understanding of key monitoring and evaluation indicators that are reportable to federal and state agencies as dictated by federal and state HIV reporting guidelines.  Responsibilities include development of surveys and the entry and analysis of survey results related to programming or special events. Bachelor’s degree preferred with three years of related experience may be substituted.

How to Apply: Send resume and letter of intent to Mark O’Neil, Diverse and Resilient, 2439 N Holton St, Milwaukee, WI 53212 (moneil@diverseandresilient.org). Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the best candidates are selected for interviews. All positions offer a competitive salary and benefit package.

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Graduation Issue of Tapestry

Our special May edition of Tapestry is dedicated to our graduates and student leaders. The edition highlights our 2012 Multicultural Leadership Awards and Graduation Celebration, spotlights Meyerhoff, McDowell, and Wisconsin Experience awardees, showcases accomplishments of our student organizations, and individually recognizes our graduates. We celebrate their strength, commitment, and role in building a legacy of success. Our graduates will always be part of the MSC family, and we want to salute the supporting relationships and friendships formed over the years that make the university and community a more inclusive place.

Click here to download. If you would like a hard copy of the issue as a keepsake, please e-mail Rachel Kuo (rkuo@studentlife.wisc.edu). 

Health Tips: Circuit Variations

The best way to ensure a good workout is to have fun while doing it.  Changing up your routine may help boost your enthusiasm and motivation for exercising.  Below are sets of circuit exercises.  Remember to rest only 30 seconds to 1 minute between each exercise.  After one circuit is finished you should remember to hydrate and push yourself, but not over-exert yourself.

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