Happy Halloween!

Planning creative costumes for Halloween can be tough. As a college student, you might find that your funds can’t stand putting down $40-$60 on a costume from the stores and the last thing you want to do is be that person who utilizes every fluorescent colored article of clothing to be an 80’s icon–AGAIN. You also might find that some of the costumes that you see on the street are highly offensive cultural appropriations, such as those who dress up as “Indians”, “Geishas”, or trying to or even put on black face to be their “favorite hip hop rapper.”

On the opposite end, where are the cool costumes inspired by social justice activists across different movements? For our awesome student activists, here are some historical leaders to aspire towards this Halloween. You can quickly create some iconic looks using your own closet (or retrofitted goodies!) for an economically and socially sound Halloween.

*Note: This is a very, very brief list that is not representative of all identities! We invite you to share with us your Halloween costumes inspired by the incredible men, women, and genderqueer activists of color who are doing work in different movements. 

America Ferrera as Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta: Labor leader and civil rights activist co-founded the National Farmworkers Association (now United Farm Workers) alongside César Chávez.

What you need: High-waisted jeans, an old pull over sweater, button down shirt to tie at the waist, combat boots

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm: Politician, educator, author, and Congresswoman representing New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms!!

What you need: Patterned button down blouse, big framed glasses, business skirt, big chunky earrings

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart: First person to fly across the Atlantic solo!

What you need: leather jacket, white scarf (or patterned silk scarf tied in a bow around your neck), jeans or a romper, aviator sunglasses

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells19th century anti-lynching activist, journalist, teacher, women’s rights activist, and co-founder of the NAACP.

What you need: maxi skirt, blouse with frilly collar, a brooch, large over-the-top hat, and a newspaper

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo: Mexican painter best known for her self-portraits. Her work has been “celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.”

What you need: floral hair accessories, red shawl, white lacy top, big and colorful jewelry, black eyeliner

Have a safe and fun Halloween! Eat lots of candy (and we know you are, because our MSC candy bowl is running low today 🙂

Written and compiled with the help of Barbara Gonzalez, MSC Greek Affairs Specialist Intern


Photo Essay: Snapshots from City Year Milwaukee

“My name is Adriana Salgado. I am 24 years old, a Milwaukee native, a product of Milwaukee Public Schools, and proud UW grad. I returned to serve a second year with City Year Milwaukee to continue living my grandiose dream of changing the world. As a Team Leader, I look forward to inspiring a new wave of young people to continue a legacy of service to a cause greater than self.”

During my corps year, I had the privilege to serve alongside 8 inspiring people on the David and Julia Uihlein Charitable Foundation Team at Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School.

Throughout the year, my team hosted numerous school wide events. At Math & Science Night, our largest event of the year, we recruited Corps Members from other schools to come out and help.

In collaboration with our school’s Boys & Girls Club, we hosted the very popular Open Mic Night were students displayed their many talents.

During Spring Break, City Year Milwaukee hosted Camp City Year at Discovery World. Here, my group of students is in the Kohl’s Design It Lab creating nontraditional eyewear.

Here I am at City Year’s First Annual Gala alongside my teammate.

At Summer Academy, an annual gathering of City Year sites across the nation, I was selected to represent my site and share my ‘Why I Serve’ statement. I serve because continue a legacy of giving back to my community with the audacious hope that the youth will follow suit.

City Year Milwaukee received Best of City Year, an award presented to select sites across the network for excellence in service. Here I am alongside my Senior Corps team, team leaders for this year’s corps.

This year I am proud to lead eight young idealists in their ten months of service to a cause great than themselves.

Photos by Adriana Salgado. Adriana is also the MSC’s Alumna Spotlight in our October edition of Tapestry. She writes about her reflections about her experience as a corps member. 

Interested in joining City Year Milwaukee? Check out the application here. The next deadline is November 15. 

Weekend Job Board: October 26

Director of Residence Life (Asst. Director of University Housing at UW-Madison: The Division of University Housing seeks an exceptional individual to provide leadership and strategic vision for the department of Residence Life and its programs and initiatives. The Director of Residence Life is responsible for 25 full-time and 345 student employees and an annual operating budget of $5.5M. This position reports to the Director of University Housing and serves as a campus leader with regards to all aspects of student life. This person is responsible for providing leadership and direction for all residence life and student affairs functions in University Residence Halls. Deadline: November 19. For more information, see: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/WebListing/Unclassified/PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=74988


Academic Personnel Office (APO) is hiring three students to support their office. All RISE applicants will receive an interview. Please note that the position is ONLY posted through the RISE program. Please send Resume to APO Inbox apo@ohr.wisc.edu. Deadline: November 1. (Please note that they will not be actively reviewing applications until mid‐November 2012.)

Check out the RISE website weekly for a list of updated job opportunities that are offered through partnerships: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/RISE/148.htm


The Campus Women’s Center is hiring for Spring 2013

  • Outreach Coordinator: Serves as the primary contact for organizations and people interested in co-sponsoring with the CWC.  They promote CWC’s resources and lead Speaker’s Bureau programs, which are discussion-based presentations on a variety of issues such as body image, women’s health, domestic violence, and sexism that travel to different on-campus community groups.  The coordinator also organizes and brings speaker events to campus on a semester basis.
  • Support Services Coordinator: Updates and organizes the many resources the CWC has. Knowledgeable about the different resources, are able to refer students with questions. Support services is also in charge of peer-led support groups and self-defense workshops. They serve as a community liaison.
Deadline: November 5 at midnight.
Deliver applications to the CWC Office at Room 4416 of the Student Activity Center or email to Kati at cwc.volunteer@gmail.com.

Org to Know: Students for Equal Access to Law School (S.E.A.L.S.)

What is Students for Equal Access to Law School (S.E.A.L.S.)? S.E.A.L.S provides resources for, but not exclusively to, underrepresented minority students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who are interested in law and /or a legal career, as well as anyone interested in minority legal issues. S.E.A.L.S. aims to expand the participation of groups who have traditionally been underrepresented as lawyers.

To best serve students, S.E.A.L.S offers a number of resources for minority students to enhance their academic and civic credentials for successful entry into law schools across the country. Most importantly, S.E.A.L.S desires to maintain an environment where collaboration and respect among those students who aspire to be a part of the legal profession is fostered.

S.E.A.L.S. was created in response to reports displaying the small number of underrepresented minorities seeking and gaining admission to law schools. Consuelo Lopez Springfield, Assistant Dean of the  College of Letters and Science and Senior Lecturer, Gender and Women’s Studies, decided it was time to change the drastically low numbers represented in the reports.

Springfield along with Christian Poleski, the Assistant Dean of the L&S Academic Advancement Program, collaborated to create an organization that provided pre-law advising and advocacy for students at UW-Madison. Together, they brought together undergraduate students interested in pre-law advising, and in 2003, Students for Equal Access to Law (S.E.A.L.S) was created. S.E.A.L.S. now provides events such as LSAT Tutoring sessions, panels with current law school students and law professionals, and tours of law schools in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Upcoming Events:

  • Mentor Mixer, October 24. 6pm in the Lubar Commons of the Law School

Interested in learning more about S.E.A.L.S? E-mail seals.uw@gmail.com, follow them on Twitter @seals_uwmadison, or like them on Facebook.

By Andrea Walker-Cousins, Publicity Coordinator for S.E.A.L.S., Finance Committee member for WBSU, and member of MSC Programming Board. 

Changes in Voting Laws and Advance Voting

In the past year a number of changes have been made to voting laws in the State of Wisconsin. Below are brief highlights of three changes to Wisconsin voting laws. Two of these changes will affect how students vote in the next scheduled election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. One change has been blocked by court order, and that order has been appealed to a higher court. If the higher court reinstates this change, it will impact how students vote in the November 6, 2012 election.

1. First change currently in effect to Wisconsin voting laws: Proof of Residence to register to vote: The first change implemented affects the way that colleges and universities in Wisconsin provide students with documents to register to vote. Any Wisconsin voter who registers to vote at least 20 days before an election is not required to provide any proof of residence. To register to vote without proof of residence for the November 6, 2012, election, your voter registration application must be received, delivered, or postmarked by Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

Students can register to vote without proof of residence one of the following three ways:

Any Wisconsin voter who registers 19 days or less before an election is required to provide proof of residence. So, you can still register to vote after October 17, 2012, but you will need to provide proof of residence to vote in the November 6, 2012, election. UW students who need proof of residence to register, can request an Enrollment Verification from their UW institution. Instructions about how to access those documents are available at the Enrollment Verification webpage of the UW System Student Voting Guide.

2. Second Change currently in effect to Wisconsin voting laws: 28 Day Residency required to vote: The second change to voting law that impacts students is the requirement that voters reside in a district or ward in Wisconsin for 28 days before they can vote in that district. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) has provided guidance and examples to help students determine how the 28 day residency rule affects them.

3. POTENTIAL change currently NOT in effect to Wisconsin voting laws: Photo Identification (Voter ID):  Finally, the recently adopted photo ID requirement in Wisconsin has been blocked by court order. A higher court is reviewing that order, and it is currently unclear whether this photo ID requirement will be in place for November 6, 2012, election. If the photo ID requirement is reinstated for that election and you have a current Wisconsin driver’s license or state ID card or one that expired after the last general election (November 2, 2010), you may use that document as proof of identification. Descriptions of other types acceptable documents are available at the proof of identification webpage of the UW System Student Voting Guide. If you want a campus issued voter ID compliant student ID card, all UW campuses will issue such a card upon your request. Keep in mind that such a card is only valid as proof of identification along with an Enrollment Verification.

We hope this is a helpful quick-reference to changes in the voting laws in Wisconsin and encourage you to visit the UW System Student Voting Guide for details. Please share this information with all your friends and classmates and encourage them to register and vote, and vote early.

From Mark A. Nook, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin System. Effective as of October 10, 2012.


  1. For information about registering to vote in person, see: http://web.uwsa.edu/vote/location/in-person,-before-the-election,-at-your-municipal-clerksoffice/
  2. For information about registering to vote by mail, see: http://web.uwsa.edu/vote/location/by-mail,-with-your-municipal-clerks-office/
  3. For information about registering to vote by special election deputy, see: http://gab.wi.gov/clerks/education-training/srd
  4. For more information about how to request an enrollment verification, see: http://web.uwsa.edu/vote/documents/enrollment-verification/
  5. To see the UW System Student Voting Guide, see: http://www.wisconsin.edu/vote
  6. For information about how the 28-day residence rule affects you, see: http://gab.wi.gov/node/2444
  7. For information about proof of identification, see: http://web.uwsa.edu/vote/documents/what-do-i-need-to-vote/
  8. For more information about how to request a voter id compliant student id card, see: http://web.uwsa.edu/vote/documents/voter-id-compliant-student-id-cards/

Note: While advance voting for the Nov. 6 election is already under way in some states, it will begin Monday in Wisconsin and run through Friday, Nov. 2. Ballots must be cast in person at the voter’s municipal clerk’s office. Absentee ballots cast by mail are now being accepted. Registered voters can request absentee ballots by mail, email or fax from their municipal clerk’s offices. The clerk must receive the application by Thursday, Nov. 1, for an absentee ballot to be sent. The absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than Nov. 6 (Election Day) and received at the appropriate municipal clerk’s office by Friday, Nov. 9, in order to be counted. People who have moved or changed their names since last voting must re-register to vote. They can do so at the polls on Election Day or ahead of time at their clerk’s office.

Finalist Interviews for the MSC’s Associate Director

Next week, the Multicultural Student Center is hosting our finalists for the position of Associate DirectorThis position will oversee and expand our social justice education programming and curriculum, assist in developing assessment and strategic planning, supervise staff and interns, and liaison with campus departments and programs.

Feedback from our campus partners is incredibly important to us as we strive to build networks across campus that ensure that University of Wisconsin is an inclusive space for all people. Please pass this invitation on to colleagues and also join us for sessions listed below.

Student lunches will be at 12:00pm each day. Presentations will be at 1:30pm each day. Both will be in the MSC Lounge (Red Gym, Second Floor). 

  • Monday, October 22: Veronica Bayetti Flores
  • Tuesday, October 23: Alice Traore
  • Thursday, October 25: Robert Clay
  • Friday, October 26: Anthony Nocella

Download the .pdf packet to view the candidates’ resumes and cover letters. Resumes are by order of interview date.

Drop the I-Word Campaign

Colorlines.com and the Applied Research Center present “Drop the I-Word,” a public education campaign driven by immigrants and diverse communities across the country to eradicate the racially charged slur “illegals” from everyday use and public and political discourse. The “i-word” opens the door to racial profiling and violence and prevents truthful respectful debate on immigration. No human being is “illegal.”

In a recent public talk at UW-Madison, Jose Antonio Vargas shared his story as an activist and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has come out as an undocumented immigrant. He says, “When you call another human being illegal, you lose touch of humanity…immigration is the most provocative issue that people understand the least…We need to take back the language.”

The campaign calls on media outlets and elected officials to drop the i-word. Systems like mass media and government have normalized the term. This dehumanizing labelo make it easier to discriminate against immigrants and people of color, deny people basic human rights through written and unwritten rules. It ignores unjust laws.

The movement has attracted a broad-based coalition of endorsing organizations and a growing number of media outlets have pledged to stop using the word “illegals” in their journalism. Follow the campaign and sign the pledge here.  You can also access the online campaign toolkit to get key information, activities, and actions.

Colorlines.com is an investigative reporting and news analysis site that explicitly confronts structural racism to address societal challenges. The site is produced by a multiracial team of writers and published by the Applied Research Center (ARC), a racial justice think tank that uses media, research, and activism to promote solutions. This Thursday, October 18, Rinku Sen, the Executive Director of ARC, will give a public talk and Q&A about electoral politics and racial justice from 7-9pm in the Pyle Center’s AT&T Lounge.