“Rest in Poetry, Peace, and Power: John Vietnam Nguyen”

There has been a great loss in our community, and our hearts and thoughts go out to the family and friends of John “Vietnam” Nguyen. John was a leader, role model, artist, and activist. He was also part of the First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop learning community. We understand that John has touched many of our lives deeply. Please know that we, the MSC staff, are available to support you however you feel appropriate. We recognize that John has impacted those beyond our campus community in so many ways  and wanted to share this beautiful remembrance by Emily Lawsin. We will continue to share the ways that people are honoring John’s spirit, memory, and creativity. 
I can’t sleep. Yesterday, I stayed offline, worked all day and night, then found out about the sudden passing of a gifted poet,  hip-hop emcee and b-boy, John Vietnam Nguyen, who drowned while trying to save a friend’s life yesterday, at the age of 19. When he was a high school student, John was a member of the Multi-Cultural Youth Program in Chicago. He lead an interactive youth workshop and performed at the “Out of the Margins: Asian American Movement Building” Conference that our Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program sponsored in March, 2011, at the University of Michigan. I am thankful to UMich alum Steve Hosik Moon for introducing me (and so many others) to John.When I can’t sleep, I write. I wrote this poem in the middle of the night, for John, for Steve, and for everyone trying to make sense of this tragedy. A talented optimist, John would always sign off messages, telling folks to “stay up” and I always liked that better than “hang in there”. Rest in Poetry, Peace, and Power, John Vietnam. Love and prayers to you, your family, and friends always. Thank you for being you.

John Vietnam Nguyen performs at an Asian American Movement Building Conference at the University of MIchigan, March 2011. Photo by Ahmad Fuad Rahmat.

trying to “stay up”: a rough draft | in memory of John Vietnam Nguyen (1993 – 2012) © by Emily P. Lawsin

i met you in person only a few times,
honored to have shared the stage together,
spinning rhymes with inter-generational revolution.the last time we spoke,
you called me “auntie”,
always respectful and real.i told the audience i felt old and proud,
like i could be all y’all’s grandma,
you, MCYP’ers fiercely rockin the mic.in the front row, you spit your big laugh,
pointing your smile to the sky,
patting your chest like a heart beat escaping.

you, always the first to thank me
for being Hosik’s teacher,
so he could teach all of you.

yet, i am the one who is thankful, like so many others,
to have been taught by you,
when you were only 17, 18, 19 years young.

today, we gather and sing your songs,
thankful to have received your gifts of words and music:
stories that made the dancing streets cry for our people.

everyone asks why, on this eve of a blue moon,
why did you leave us too soon,
leaving us drowning in lakes of our tears?

today, we wear purple (your favorite color and mine),
we weave a wreath of your warrior wisdom,
remembering your voice in the wind,

no doubt, rapping in the heavens with the elder angel poets,
as you quietly skip your usual encore cue:
“one love, stay up, and peace…”

 August 31, 2012, Detroit. Emily P. Lawsin has been performing spoken word poetry since 1990. She teaches Asian American Studies at the University of Michigan.

John Vietnam left us lots of good videos of his performances. Here are a few:

If a Minute Would Reverse (with clips and quotes of Grace Lee Boggs) 

A Day in The Life: 

Rest in Power, John Vietnam Nguyen, footage by Tom Callahan: 

Reposted directly from Emily Lawsin.  POEM: In Memory of John Vietnam Nguyen (1993-2012) 

Weekend Job Board: August 31

We’re hiring an Associate Communication and Technology Specialist Intern:

This intern will serve in a management/supervisor and assist the MSC Communications Specialist staff member with student evaluations and scheduling as well as communications material production. They are expected to have an advanced knowledge of computer technology (web design, social media, and Adobe Creative Suite). This position also functions as an Assistant Editor position for MSC publications.
Must be able to work a minimum of 12 hours/week. Hourly wage: $11/hour. E-mail resume and cover letter to rkuo@studentlife.wisc.edu. Position open until filled. See job description and requirements here: https://mscthreads.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/msc-job-opening-associate-communication-and-technology-specialist-intern/
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The Campus Women’s Center is hiring a Program Coordinator. 
Ideal candidiate will have a strong passion for women issues; be able to work in a collective environment; have strong communication skills; be able to manage interns and volunteers; be organized, dedicated, self-motivated, and reliable. The program position job is 20 hours a week at $9.19/hour (a required 10 office hours a week and up to 10 floating hours a week) and requires a minimum of a 2 semester commitment.
The CWC program coordinator will plan, organize, and facilitate annual programs such as Love Your Body Day, World AIDS Day, Women’s History Moth, Take Back the Night and additional programs as needed.  This coordinator will work closely with ally organizations to provide programs during times such as Domestic Violence Awareness Month or Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Being a coordinator at the CWC is a very rewarding and educational job; you get to work alongside people who are very passionate about their beliefs and what they do, it gives you freedom to get creative with your job and make it your own, and it provides a great space for learning how to function in a work environment in different scenarios. If you have any questions or are interested in this job position, please fill out and send this application to cwc.volunteer@gmail.com or cwc.outreach@gmail.com. Deadline: Monday, September 3 by midnight.
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Hourly student job opportunity. Work with faculty member under limited supervision.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, updating program and workshop materials, minor research, and outreach. Additional responsibility will be to transcribe written materials from English to Spanish.  Seeking majors in sociology, political science, anthropology or other major or minor studying social movements.  Knowledge of the labor and immigrant rights movement a plus.  Must be a Junior or Senior and in good academic standing. Starting pay will be $10.00 per hour, up to 15 hours per week.  Schedule is flexible; work hours must take place during regular Office hours which between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Office is located near the Student Union and on the bus line. Please contact Armando Ibarra for more information (armando.ibarra@uwex.edu)

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MSC Job Opening: Associate Communication and Technology Specialist Intern

The Multicultural Student Center, Division of Student Life, is hiring an Associate Communication and Technology Specialist Intern. This specialist will serve in a management/supervisor and assist the MSC Communications Specialist staff member with student evaluations and scheduling as well as communications material production. They are expected to have an advanced knowledge of computer technology (web design, social media, and Adobe Creative Suite). This position also functions as an Assistant Editor position for MSC publications. Please note the MSC Assistant Director serves as the supervisor for the entire internship program.

Must be able to work a minimum of 12 hours/week. Hourly wage: $11/hour

Desired Qualifications:

  • 2.5 Cumulative G.P.A. Required for Hire
  • Written/verbal communications skills; specifically ability to write and edit content for a diverse array ofaudiences
  • Management experience
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Aspire to utilize this opportunity as an ongoing professional development experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects

Must have proven experience in at least two of the following:

  • Desktop publishing (proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • New media competency (video, social media, blogging, web CMS)
  • Digital photography skills
  • Multimedia journalism experience (interviewing, reporting, and crafting stories for publication)
  • Editorial Experience

Associate Communication and Technology Specialist Intern Responsibilities Include:

  • Conduct peer evaluations twice a year and provide one-on-one checks
  • Assist in production of Tapestry, MSC’s monthly newsletter, and Threads, MSC’s blog
  • Help assign other interns stories as necessary
  • Assist with formatting, editing, and compiling updates for the weekly announcements and weekend job board
  • Research, propose article ideas, and write copy about multiculturalism, social justice education, leadership development, current events, and other relevant subjects to MSC stakeholders. Outputs may include short newsletter articles, feature stories, blog posts, web blurbs, and press releases
  • Coordinate, schedule and conduct interviews with faculty, staff, students, and community members for newsletter and blog spotlights as well as attend and report on campus and student organization events
  • Help maintain social media presence (Facebook, Twitter) by regularly crafting posts and updates to promote events, share news, and engage dialogue
  • Provide copyediting and proofreading support
  • Assist with creative graphic design and layout as necessary

All MSC Student Intern’s Responsibilities’ include:

  • Serve as the first contact for all MSC stakeholders (students, faculty, invited guest      and organizations) utilizing the Center and other Red Gym facilities
  • Opening and closing the Center during the appropriate shifts.
  • Keep all work areas clean and orderly (reading room, lounge, conference room, front desk, etc.)
  • Attend bi-weekly student life intern staff meetings (coordinated by supervisor)
  • Work on special projects as assigned by Center staff, which may include bulk mail projects,updates of reference materials, retrieving copy paper from the MSC Supply Room, developing flyers and program announcements and other duties as assigned.
  • Implement MSC policies and procedures as they pertain to MSC students, guests and patrons.
  • Participate in all MSC sponsored programs (when feasible)

Position open until filled. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Rachel Kuo, Communications Specialist at rkuo@studentlife.wisc.edu

Weekend Job Board: August 17

LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR…City Year Milwaukee is seeking a Campus Recruitment Ambassador at the following universities: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The CRA is a contracted position that is the primary implementer of a campus-specific campaign aimed at inspiring talented and well-rounded students to apply to City Year. He/She will support City Year’s efforts to recruit talented and diverse college students and raise City Year’s general visibility on campus. The Campus Recruitment Ambassador is the in-the-field representative and the ‘voice’ of City Year on their campus. In this position, the CRA will utilize and enhance their professional skills in networking, marketing strategies, and communication while gaining an understanding of how a successful nonprofit organization operates. If you know of any talented, accountable and steadfast students that would be interested in serving as a CRA, please forward this job announcement to them. Download application here: http://epic.cuir.uwm.edu/entech/jobs//index.php?cmd=viewposting&id=8423

Applications should be submitted to milwaukeerecruitment@cityyear.org by Friday, August 17. 2012.

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Idealist is bringing hundreds of graduate schools to 17 cities across the country. If you’ve been thinking of applying, this is a great opportunity to meet in person with admissions staff from a variety of programs. These fairs are free.To RSVP and for more information – including a list of all the schools that will be attending in your city – please click on this link: http://www.idealist.org/gradfairs

Here’s the full schedule for the fall:

New York – September 13
Boston – September 19
Providence – September 20
Baltimore – September 27
Washington, DC – September 28
Philadelphia – October 1
Toronto – October 3
Denver – October 8
Minneapolis – October 9
Chicago – October 11
Los Angeles – October 18
San Francisco – October 19
Seattle – October 23
Portland – October 24
Houston – October 29
New Orleans – October 30
Miami – November 1

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We have extended the application deadline to August 21 for the Multicultural Student Center Associate Director position AND increased the salary range ($48-59K)! We are looking for someone to supervise staff a, manage programming funds, oversee our social justice education programming initiative (the Institute for Justice Education and Transformation – IJET) by maintaining and expanding the curriculum, and foster community and campus relationships. Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree + 6 years of professional experience OR Master’s degree + 5 years professional experience in relevant areas. Candidate must also demonstrate knowledge of and/or skill working at the intersection of Racial Justice and other Social Justice issues. Send resume and cover letter to dsteele@studentlife.wisc.edu. The revised job posting can be found here.

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A Message from Eboo Patel, Founder of Interfaith Youth Core

“Friends,
Last week, we witnessed the horrific attacks against the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin  and the Muslim community of Joplin, Missouri. We at IFYC are deeply saddened by these hateful acts of prejudice and mourn the loss of life. During this same week of prejudice, we also witnessed acts of community and strength, showing us that the forces of pluralism are stronger than the forces of prejudice.
Members of the Sikh American community served food and water to reporters and first responders on the scene. College students organized rallies in support of their Muslim neighbors in Joplin. Murfreesboro opened its first Islamic center for the city’s Muslim American community following almost two years of controversy.
Here at IFYC, we are continuing our work to make interfaith cooperation the norm in our society.  You, along with your colleagues and students, can join these leaders in writing the next chapter in the story of American pluralism. I am excited to share with you a few ways to get involved in building interfaith cooperation this coming academic year:

Please visit www.ifyc.org to find out more information on how to support your local Sikhs and Muslims during this tragic time. As always, thank you for your partnership, and I look forward to sharing in the work ahead of us.

Sincerely,
Eboo Patel, Founder of the Interfaith Youth Core”

Weekend Job Board: August 10

Restorative Justice Coordinator position at YWCA MadisonYWCA Madison is seeking a highly qualified individual to fill a Restorative Justice Coordinator position. This position is full time and is contingent on funding still pending. The ideal candidate will be highly organized and have experience in: adult training/education, group facilitation, working with youth, and working in a school setting. Candidates should support the YWCA mission: of eliminating racism, empowering women; demonstrate cultural competency & the ability to work with diverse populations. People of color & individuals bilingual English/Spanish encouraged to apply. Deadline: August 29.  See application submission details here: http://www.ywcamadison.org/site/c.cuIWLiO0JqI8E/b.8293565/k.2E5E/Restorative_Justice_Coordinator.htm

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The MSC currently has four paid internship positions open:

  • Greek Affairs Specialist Interns (2): Develop programs to support communication among the Greek Communities, namely the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council.
  • Communication and Technology Specialist Intern (1): Assist with developing MSC marketing materials and stakeholder communications (Tapestry, Threads, social media, website, etc). Help produce, write, and edit articles, posts, and updates, as well as research and propose content ideas
  • Social Justice Specialist Intern (1): Support MSC’s Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET), which provides curricular and co-curricular education, reflection,and skill-building opportunities for students around social justice issues.

Interns are required to attend a mandatory three-day training session before starting work. The training dates are August 28, 29, and 30 (Tuesday-Thursday) from 10am-4pm. Deadline for application is Wednesday, August 15Please download application materials here and e-mail to ggallimore@studentlife.wisc.edu or drop off at the MSC’s front desk (Red Gym, 2nd Floor).

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We have extended the application deadline to August 21 for the Multicultural Student Center Associate Director position AND increased the salary range ($48-59K)! We are looking for someone to supervise staff a, manage programming funds, oversee our social justice education programming initiative (the Institute for Justice Education and Transformation – IJET) by maintaining and expanding the curriculum, and foster community and campus relationships. Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree + 6 years of professional experience OR Master’s degree + 5 years professional experience in relevant areas. Candidate must also demonstrate knowledge of and/or skill working at the intersection of Racial Justice and other Social Justice issues. Send resume and cover letter to dsteele@studentlife.wisc.edu. The revised job posting can be found here.
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The Sojourner Family Peace Center is hiring. Send resume and salary requirements to:
Sojourner Family Peace Center
Attn: Human Resources
135 W. Wells St., 4th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53203 Email: brendab@familypeacecenter.org

BEYOND ABUSE ADVOCATE – BILINGUAL, Part-Time (24 hours/weekly): Assist English and Spanish speaking clients with advocacy and case management needs, perform intakes and placements into applicable groups and co-facilitate group sessions in accordance with approved agency program model and curriculum. This position will also maintain accurate client records, document and report client progress and outcomes. The goal of the Beyond Abuse program is to help participants learn to eliminate violent, abusive and controlling behaviors from their relationships; thus contributing to ending the cycle of domestic violence. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, criminal justice, communication, human resources or relevant field; minimum two years professional experience in advocacy, case management, human resources or related field; or a combination of education and experience. Prior experience with curriculum development and/or group facilitation preferred. Knowledge of the domestic violence victim advocacy service system through direct work experience preferred. Bilingual Spanish speaking is required.

COMMUNITY PROSECUTION ADVOCATE, Full-Time: Provide assistance to domestic violence victims from diverse backgrounds to help them explore their options, develop a safety plan and access needed community resources. This position will provide crisis intervention, advocacy and ongoing support and will work with a team of law enforcement, prosecutors, probation agents and advocates to develop and implement protocols for proactively responding to family violence at a neighborhood level. Bi-lingual is a plus. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, criminal justice, communication, human resources or relevant field. Three to five years professional experience in advocacy, case management, human resources, or related field. Knowledge of the domestic violence victim advocacy service system through direct work experience preferred.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE ADVOCATE, Full-Time: Provide assistance to victims of domestic violence from diverse backgrounds and will assess client’s individual situations and refer to internal resources as well as community resources. The Community Resource Advocate will assist in developing safety plans and accompany clients to legal proceedings as necessary, coordinate group facilitation sessions in accordance with approved agency program model and curriculum, and perform community education as needed. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, criminal justice, communication, human resources or relevant field; minimum two years professional experience in advocacy, case management, human resources or related field; or a combination of education and experience. Prior experience with curriculum development and/or group facilitation preferred. Knowledge of the domestic violence victim advocacy service system through direct work experience preferred. Bilingual (English and another language) is preferred.

SHELTER PROGRAM COORDINATOR, Full-Time: Support all residents that enter our 24 hour shelter by assisting them with advocacy and case management needs, as well as developing safety plans and goals to meet the individual needs of the residents. The Shelter Program Coordinator will also collaborate with SFPC management to ensure the domestic violence hotline is properly staffed 24 hours a day with volunteers and shelter staff, and will assist in the recruiting, training and scheduling of volunteers at the shelter. Additionally, this position will serve as back-up in the event there is not proper coverage of the domestic violence hotline.  QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, criminal justice or relevant field and three to five years of related experience; or two years of college with job related coursework and six to eight years of professional experience in advocacy, case management, or related field; or a combination of education and experience. Knowledge of the domestic violence victim advocacy service system through direct work experience required.

BATTERER’S TREATMENT SPECIALIST
 Part time (10 – 20 hours/weekly): Work with men and women offenders in the community to help them access needed community resources, develop and maintain a plan to put an end to violent, abusive and/or controlling behavior, and work with a team of law enforcement, prosecutors, probation agents and advocates to develop and implement protocols for proactively responding to family violence at a neighborhood level. Other duties include referring clients to internal and community resources as needed and collecting client data for reporting purposes. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, criminal justice, communication, human resources or relevant field. Three to five years professional experience in advocacy, case management, human resources, or related field. Experience with the issue of family violence required. Must be extremely skilled at working as a team member, both with other advocates and with the criminal justice and corrections personnel. Must also have the ability to work independently. Must have a car and be willing to make home visits as necessary. Evening hours may be necessary.

Again, for these positions, send resume and salary requirements to:
Sojourner Family Peace Center
Attn: Human Resources
135 W. Wells St., 4th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53203 Email: brendab@familypeacecenter.org

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MCOR 2012: Schedule of Events

As the largest multicultural student event during Welcome Week, the Multicultural Orientation and Reception builds community, support, and solidarity among new and returning students of color. This year, MCOR events will span two days, starting the first Friday of the school year.

Friday, September 7:

Saturday, September 8:

  • MCOR Dance. 10pm-1am. Memorial Union, Tripp Commons