Weekend Job Board: January 25

City Year Milwaukee will be hosting its second “Shadow Day” on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.  This is a extraordinary opportunity  to get an authentic glimpse of a day in the life of a City Year Corps Member. There are twelve (12) spots available, of which, there are nine (9) available for the New Escorted Transportation format, whereby the shadower will ride the bus to and from the school with a currently serving Corps Members. The two options will be:

  • 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (not including travel back to City Year HQ)
  • 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. (not including travel back to City Year HQ)

RSVPs are due by February 1 to Zuleyka Rios at zrios@cityyear.org or (414) 431-6814.

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Wisconsin Public Television seeks a Motion Graphics/Video Graphics Designer to be responsible for the creation, development and implementation of motion graphics and video design components for a variety of broadcast and non-broadcast video projects. This designer is also responsible for the operation of video design/production equipment for live, live-on-tape, and post-produced productions.  Additional responsibilities may include graphic design work for print and web.  Requires: Bachelor’s degree and 2 years video design experience plus knowledge and expertise with Adobe CS software and Chyron equipment; advanced communication skills; flexibility and mor.  Please see complete description and application details at: www.wpt2.org/employment.cfm Deadline: February 15

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United Council hiring Campus Field OrganizerUnder the supervision of the Executive Director, the UW-Madison Campus Organizer will actively organize to involve students on their own  behalf in running United Council campaigns at UW-Madison. The Campus Organizer will be expected to develop leaders and train large groups of students to take part in United Council activities, particularly relating to grassroots organizing and advocacy. This is a temporary position at United Council through the end of June with a possibility of continuation. The Campus Organizer will be expected to be flexible and capable of adapting to the fast-paced environment of non-profit grassroots organizing. All organizers will aid in the development of strategy, tactics, and  messaging for United Council efforts on their particular campuses, and then will be expected to keep detailed records of this activity to report to the Executive Director.

Send application, cover letter, resume and 1-2 page writing sample to Courtney Morse, Executive Director at ed@unitedcouncil.net.

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University Housing is now accepting applications for two Student Marketing Assistants for summer 2013 through the 2013-14 academic year. The position is a great opportunity for any student interested in marketing, print/web design, website content, social media, photography, PR and communications, and video. For more information, read the full job description online. (Note that this position is listed on our Summer Jobs page, but it is a year-round position.) Deadline: February 11. To apply, visit http://www.housing.wisc.edu/jobs/summer

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) is currently recruiting for Environmental Analysis and Review Specialist applicants that will be used to fill positions statewide. Applicants that took and passed the exam in January 2012 do not need to re-take the examination. The current vacancy is in DTSD’s Southwest Region in Madison, and the results of the exam may be used to fill other related positions over the next 3 to 6 months. The job announcement and online application is currently available on Wisc.Jobs at:
Deadline: February 6, 2013

Video: Breakin’ Bad

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In December, Madtown Breakers presented ‘Breakin’ Bad‘, a series of workshops, panels, and 2vs2 battles for dancers (and aspiring dancers). The event featured well-known bboys from their scenes, including Bboy Profowon, who has been in the Bay Area hip hop dance scene for 20 years. Profowon taught a workshop on how to use different footwork styles to create true patterns and vocabulary. Creator of the Poly-movement program and founder of the Soul Hydraulics Crew, Lacouir D. Yancey (aka Spirit), provided a holistic perspective on breakin’ culture by giving a workshop on integrating therapeutic movements with bboying (and bgirling). The event ended with an incredible 2vs2 competition battle.

Check out footage from Breakin’ Bad here:

Via Badger Herald

Via FlowPKFR

The event was co-sponsored by the Multicultural Council and WUD Music.

Faculty Spotlight: Aida Hussen

On January 31, from 7-9pm in the Masley Media Room (Red Gym, First Floor), Aida will kick off IJET’s Spring Social Justice Speakers and Trainers Series with a public talk on “Returning to Our Original Places: History, Fantasy, and the Contemporary African American Novel”.

On January 31, from 7-9pm in the Masley Media Room (Red Gym, First Floor), Aida will kick off IJET’s Spring Social Justice Speakers and Trainers Series with a public talk on “Returning to Our Original Places: History, Fantasy, and the Contemporary African American Novel”.

UW-Madison Professor of English Aida Hussen studies African American historical fiction, a subset of African American literature that has gained popularity and critical acclaim since the 1970s.

“One of the things I’m interested in is why African American writers since the 1970s have turned to the past as a site of their inspiration instead of writing presentist realism as was once the literary norm,” says Aida.

Her current book project examines this compulsive turning back and also looks at how black historical novels connect the present and the past. She examines the idea of ‘bitemporal consciousness,’ where characters from the present are transported to the past to develop nuanced understandings of their ancestors and origins. She finds that one of the ways black historical novels explore the relationship between present and past is through the concept of collective memory.”

“In these books, there’s the idea that we can and should remember an intergenerational past—and more specifically, that we don’t remember things that happen to us personally, but we can and should remember the history of American slavery. I’m interested in exploring whether this is a viable claim or whether memory by definition is a bounded, individual experience, and indeed part of what individuates us, or that makes us unique from others. In a related vein, I’m interested in exploring what it means for contemporary readers to have a deeply felt personal relationship to history?”

In order to seek answers to those thematic questions, Aida reads widely within disciplines in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to look at different ways of thinking about history, memory, and identity. She reads philosophy, history, and psychoanalysis, which contextualizes internal operations of memory in multiple ways.

She says, “I’ve always been drawn to literature as a disciplinary way of approaching questions and as an experience. I find language enchanting and extraordinarily powerful; language and stories, after all, are the very rubrics through which people come to  think about their being.”

Although she has always been drawn to literature, Aida didn’t encounter feminist theory and critical race studies until college.

“I took an Intro to Women’s Studies class and it blew my mind. I had questions about my existence and relationship to the world that I didn’t have language for, and it was inspiring and encouraging to find this set of classes that positioned me in relationship to my social setting…The light bulb went off and I wanted to weave these theoretical conversations into a dialogue with literary study.”

Aida’s teaching focus is on African American literature and on feminist literature and theory. This semester, she will be teaching a course called “Literature, Politics, and the Women Writer.” She also teaches “Black Literary Post Modernism”. She sees teaching as a kind of social activism.

“It’s about creating a productive environment where we can critique and question, among other things, what we’ve come to think of as progressive or right. That’s one of the things I love about academia…that its rigor is anti-dogmatic. I really believe that taking learning seriously can equip us with useful tools for re-imagining ourselves, our relationships, and our social systems in honest, ethical ways,” she says.

On January 31, from 7-9pm in the Masley Media Room (Red Gym, First Floor), Aida will kick off IJET’s Spring Social Justice Speakers and Trainers Series focused around the theme of “Race & Place: Movement, Space, Land, and Power” with a public talk on “Returning to Our Original Places: History, Fantasy, and the Contemporary African American Novel”.

She poses the question, “How do we imagine and fantasize place in relationship to African American history? For example, how do we think about places like the plantation, Africa, or middle passage…These are places that no longer exist or that are a wide geographical or cultural distance from contemporary African American culture and society…so how do authors imagine these places, and why do they imagine them as they do?”

Beginning with Toni Morrison’s “The Site of Memory,” Aida will take on the idea of tensions and collusions between history and fantasy.

Check out Dr. Aida Hussen’s must-read booklist from our November issue of Tapestry.

Weekend Job Board: January 18

Only a few more days to apply for the Multicultural Student Center’s full-time Social Justice Education Specialist position! We’re looking for someone to develop workshops and plan programs. This position reports to the Associate Director of the MSC and serves-as the primary facilitator/trainer of the Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET). IJET is a curriculum-based initiative housed within the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center. As a social justice educator on the staff of the MSC the principal duties of the position revolve around being a campus resource for social justice information, community building, program planning, assessment, and demonstrating commitment to the organizational success of both the MSC and the Division of Student Life. For full description of responsibilities, visit: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_075190.html

Applications should include a current resume or vita and a cover letter. Your cover letter must explicitly detail how you meet the minimum number of years/experience for this position; your competence in the basic skills required for this position and which preferred skills/experience you would bring to this position.

Submit applications by January 21 to Diane Steele (dsteele@studentlife.wisc.edu) Human Resources Manager, Division of Student Life, 70 Bascom Hall 500 Lincoln Dr Madison, WI 53706. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

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The Office of Student Affairs/Diversity at the Medical College of Wisconsin offers a summer enrichment programs for students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented. 

Diversity Summer Health-related Research Education Program (DSHREP)

  • Interested students should be available from May 29 – August 2
  • Application link: DSHREP
  • The application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2013.

DSHREP is a 10-week summer program supported through an R25 research education grant funded by National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI), an agency of National Institutes of Health (NIH). All research is conducted by MCW faculty, focusing on cardiovascular, hematological, and pulmonary diseases. The application process should take about half an hour, please be sure you have allotted ample time to complete this form without interruption. Once you start the application you will not have the opportunity to save or interrupt the application process and come back at a later time. Also, included in this application is an electronic recommendation form. You will need the following information about your references before you begin: Name, Title, E-mail Address and Phone Number.

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced internships for 2013 summer, and applicants can begin applying.

The “Preview Exam” hyperlink on the websites is actually instructions on how to complete application online and submit cover letter and resume.  There are also some standard questions about preferences.

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AVID/TOPS is a community partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.  AVID/TOPS is a pre-college program geared towards first generation, low income students in the academic middle (2.0-3.5).  AVID/TOPS students have post-secondary potential, but may need a little extra support in getting there.  The elective course curriculum combines reading, writing and standardized testing skills, with tutorials, field trips and guest speakers to enable students to learn the necessary skills to be successful in high school and apply to their college educations.

They are current recruiting tutors for both the middle and high school AVID programs (program description below).  Tutorials take place during the student’s academic day on Tuesdays and Thursdays; tutors would need to be available both days and we would appreciate if tutors are able to stay the semester so they are able to build positive relationships with the students. https://empapp.madison.k12.wi.us/ats/app_login.shtml?COMPANY_ID=00005393

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Tenant Resource Center is hiring a Housing Resources Specialist. They will be paying $27,851 a year with 18 vacation/sick days and paid holidays.  The benefits also include Health, Vision, and Dental insurance. They strongly suggest bilingual individuals in Spanish, Hmong, or American Sign Language to apply (it is preferred, but not required).   There will also be paid training! http://tenantresourcecenter.org/pc/documents/TRC_HRS_JobDescription-2013.pdf
Resumes and cover letters may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Williamson Street address, faxed to 608-286-0804, or e-mailed to office@tenanresourcecenter.org by noon on January 23, 2013.

Weekend Job Board: January 4

Happy New Year! Lots of employers are hiring new staff at the beginning of the year…check out some of the listings below (including ours!). 

The Multicultural Student Center is hiring a full-time Social Justice Education Specialist! We’re looking for someone to develop workshops and plan programs. This position reports to the Associate Director of the MSC and serves-as the primary facilitator/trainer of the Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET). IJET is a curriculum-based initiative housed within the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center. As a social justice educator on the staff of the MSC the principal duties of the position revolve around being a campus resource for social justice information, community building, program planning, assessment, and demonstrating commitment to the organizational success of both the MSC and the Division of Student Life.

Degree and area of specialization: Bachelor’s (Master’s Preferred). Acceptable degree areas: Social Justice Education, Cultural/Ethnic /Area Studies, Student Affairs/Higher Education or closely related area.

Minimum number of years and type of experience*: The successful candidate must (a) have a minimum of 2-3 years of direct work within diverse people of color and/or student communities; designing, organizing and facilitating workshops or training and (b) exhibit a history of and commitment to creating a more socially just world; particularly around the intersections of racial justice with social justice issues concerning ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, environment, etc. *Note: may be established by a combination of professional, para-professional or other substantively related practical experience.

For full description of responsibilities, visit: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_075190.html

Applications should include a current resume or vita and a cover letter. Your cover letter must explicitly detail how you meet the minimum number of years/experience for this position; your competence in the basic skills required for this position and which preferred skills/experience you would bring to this position.

Submit applications by January 21 to Diane Steele (dsteele@studentlife.wisc.edu) Human Resources Manager, Division of Student Life, 70 Bascom Hall 500 Lincoln Dr Madison, WI 53706. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

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Paid Internships at the Zoo: Join a team of educators and volunteers in the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Their education programs are designed to help children develop environmental and scientific knowledge through fun, hands-on learning. Work with youth ages 2-14 in the 2013 Summer Camps assisting instructors in the classroom and leading Zoo tours. Interns also supervise high school volunteers and assist with material preparation. Interns are mentored by education staff and required to focus on professional skill development through self-reflection and experiential learning.

Cover Letter and Resume should be e-mailed (attachments only) by February 11 to pattyt@zoosociety.org (subject line: 2013 Summer Internship).

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