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Job Board of November 1, 2013

Expansion Fellow, Food Recovery Network

Deadline: October 31, 2013

FRN is looking for a fellow who will work as part of the team in the national office.  You will primarily work with the expansion team and report to the Director of Expansion. Additional work with other members of the National Team to enhance FRN’s programming and overall function will be required.  This fellowship will offer many opportunities for skill development in areas such as leadership and communication. There is the opportunity for the position to turn into a permanent position in the future.

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2013 Homecoming Round Up!

by: MSC Communications Interns, Steven Rodriguez & Eric Newble

This year marked the first annual UW Madison Multicultural Homecoming and there was quite a lot to celebrate! The weekend consisted of several events including an Alumni Reception, Brunch, and a game watch party to cheer the Badger Football team on to victory. The Alumni Reception Friday night and Saturday morning brunch made space for multicultural alumni from over the years to come together.

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The events also served as a great time to reconnect with former classmates, friends, colleagues and interact and network with other UW Multicultural Alumni. The Game Watch Party was a great success as we watched our Badgers triumph over the Northwestern Wildcats 35-6. Friday nights step show proved to once again be a great success, as multitudes of people arrived and enjoyed all the performances that occurred.

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On Saturday night the weekend culminated with the 2013 Stomp Da Madness in the Overture Center for the Arts, which featured performances by Step Afrika and various other student Multicultural Greek organizations. Stomp Da’ Madness, a long-running National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show tradition here at UW-Madison, made its triumphant return as a part of the UW Multicultural Homecoming Celebration this year.

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Although, the step show has been absent for the past few years, the spirit of stepping has not left UW Madison’s NPHC fraternities and sororities. This year’s event featured an opening performance by Step Afrika!, a sorority step show competition for $500, and a fraternity step show competition for $500.

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Step Afrika!, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, opened the event with a showcase promoting how the values of teamwork, discipline, and commitment are essential to success in stepping and throughout life. Their performance was heavily based on the history of stepping, crowd participation, and how stepping was influenced by African culture. Considering that several members of Step Afrika! started stepping during their college careers as part of Black Greek Letter Organizations, they perfectly set the stage for the two step show competitions that followed.

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Stomp Da’ Madness was successful not only because of how intense the competition was between the fraternities and sororities, it was a success because of what the audience symbolizes.  It was amazing to see the current community of multicultural students bridged together with alumni and young, future badgers.  Furthermore, the fact that there were so many people in attendance who traveled from other cities to support their fraternity brothers or sorority sisters speaks volumes about what having an event like Stomp Da’ Madness means.  In my opinion, it deserves to be a staple of the UW Multicultural Homecoming Celebration.

Also, if you were one of the 1,000-plus people who attended Stomp Da’ Madness, you are automatically eligible for a scholarship that they award to undergrads pursuing their academic goals.  More information on the scholarship can be found here: http://www.stepafrika.org/arts-education/scholars-program/

Click here to Check out this video, made by the MSC Communications Team & don’t forget to check out the FULL homecoming photo gallery at flickr.com/uwmulticultural

How can we make the UW Multicultural Homecoming even better next year?  In order to make the UW Multicultural Homecoming Celebration a successful event that is inclusive to all students, the Multicultural Student Center acknowledges your input is open to any suggestions and new event ideas for next year (especially those that extend beyond the reach of Greek Life).  Let’s strengthen the tradition in 2014!

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JOB BOARD 10 / 25

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Community Organizer, People Acting in Community Together (PACT) 

Deadline: Resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis.  However, interviews will begin almost immediately.

*Two Different Positions Open*

People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is seeking to fill a position for a community organizer with a special focus on outreach to the Vietnamese community to support our growing multicultural and inter-faith grassroots community organizing work.  This Community Organizer will work with people and institutions of other ethnic and faith backgrounds, as well.  Community organizers with PACT work to engage and develop grassroots leaders based in member congregations and schools.  Community organizers train individual grassroots leaders and local organizing committees to identify priority community concerns, research potential solutions and secure commitments from policy makers to implement these solutions to improve the community.

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Weekend Job Board 10 / 18

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Litigation Paralegal,PETA Foundation

Position Objective: To assist the Legal and Corporate Affairs department with all aspects of litigation and regulatory complaint preparation and file management from commencement through settlement, trial, or other conclusion.

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Does this costume make me look racist?

by: MSC Communications Intern, Ashley Reum

This post was inspired by the Wisconsin Black Student Union, the Filipino American Student Organization, and Sex Out Loud who are hosting the Monster’s Ball, a Halloween party held in Tripp Commons from 9pm-12:30am on October 25th, 2013. The event aims to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students, especially students of color. Goodies such as candy and condoms will be passed out and admission is free. In order to attend, they only ask that your costume is appropriate.

Growing up, I loved everything about Halloween. Not only did I get to collect bags full of free candy from my neighbors, I got to dress up and pretend to be someone else for a night. Throughout my adolescence I embodied a princess, a witch, a power ranger and a variety of other costumes my grandmother tailored for me and my siblings. It wasn’t until I got to college that I noticed the racism and ignorance that often comes with inappropriate Halloween costumes. I became very bitter towards the holiday I used to love. I grew tired of seeing these same offensive and insensitive costumes every year and categorized them all as racist.

Images from: Blog.buycostumes.com, bossip.com and Google searches of Mexican halloween costumes

Images from: Blog.buycostumes.com, bossip.com and Google searches of Mexican halloween costumes

However, the assumptions I made were just as ignorant as the inappropriate costumes I would see on Halloween. It’s very easy to call someone racist based on my own perceptions. We see their attire and automatically assume they’ve made an informed decision to wear an offensive costume. In order to create awareness, we need to understand not everyone has the same background and experiences. For some students, UW is the most diversity they have ever seen. Instead of labeling these people as racist, we could deconstruct why their costume is racist, and how we can express that message in a safe space.

The hard part isn’t thinking someone’s costume is racist or insensitive. It’s knowing exactly why it’s offensive. I’ve sorted inappropriate costumes into three general categories to act as guidelines for understanding why a costume might be seen as racist.

1. Costumes that appropriate a culture. These are costumes that pull inspiration from cultures without knowing what it means. A very common example is sugar skull face painting. Although the painting may look authentic, they are taking a tradition from people who celebrate Dia De Los Muertos without knowing what it means.

2. Romanticizing a culture. This is seen in “poca-hottie,” gypsy, belly dancer, and geisha costumes. They are over-sexualized and their perceived lifestyle is fantasized. However, many of these costumes have ties to oppression, rape and genocide.

3. Stereotyping. The Mariachi, the Kimono princess and the kung fu master all strip down a culture and emphasize and exaggerate one characteristic. This perpetuates the idea that this is the entirety of their culture. Another costume to pay attention to are ones that attach an ethnicity or a symbol of one’s culture to negative stereotype. This is evident in suicide bomber costumes that have keffiyehs. This attaches a Middle Eastern tradition with the stigma of terrorism.

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These categories act as guidelines and the deconstruction and analysis of costumes are not limited by them. Before we point fingers this Halloween, remember many students might not know the implications of their costume. A student group at Ohio University created a powerful campaign to illustrate “we’re a culture, not a costume.”  These posters can also serve as guidelines as to whether a Halloween costume might offend someone.  For the rest of the month, these posters will also be hung throughout the Multicultural Student Center and other Red Gym offices.

For more interesting takes on insensitive Halloween costumes, check out the links below:
http://feminspire.com/dear-cultural-appropriators-stop-love-halloween/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN2WaZAUY2U#t=133 http://blog.angryasianman.com/2013/09/my-favorite-racist-costumes-from-fun.html

Weekend Job Board 10 / 11

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

Performance & Compliance Analyst, SWIB State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2013

SWIB is seeking a performance and compliance analyst to join its Enterprise Risk & Compliance Team. The analyst will be responsible for producing SWIB’s preliminary, monthly, and quarterly performance reports. The analyst will also assist with SWIB’s compliance program.

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Happy Homecoming Week!

 

10/11: UW Multicultural Homecoming Alumni Reception7:30-11PM, Fluno Center Skyview Lounge (8th floor). $25 for UW-Madison alumni and friends; $15 for recent graduates of UW-Madison (2008–2013)10/12: UW Multicultural Homecoming Brunch 8:30-10AM, Fluno Center Executive Dining Room. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Multicultural Student Center and the Reunion Celebration of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Zeta Xi Core Chapter! Delight in delicious food and great company while getting in the Badger spirit. Click here to register!

 

10/12: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Zeta Xi Core Chapter Anniversary Reunion Celebration 10:30AM-1:30PM, Fluno Center, Room 221, FREE. Zeta Xi members are invited to participate in the rededication ceremony featuring a mural presentation and tree dedication honoring the sorority. The event is free to Zeta Xi members, but please register by clicking here. For Zeta Xi initiates and former advisors only!

10/12: BADGER HUDDLE® Homecoming Tailgate 12PM-2PM, The Wisconsin Field House. Enjoy camaraderie, delicious Wisconsin-style foods and beverages, plus appearances by Bucky, the UW Spirit Squad and UW Marching Band! A limited number of tickets to the coveted Homecoming tailgate are available for $45 each — but they won’t last long! All HUDDLE® attendees will also receive a commemorative Homecoming button. Click here to get your tickets to the Homecoming HUDDLE® today!

10/12: UW Multicultural Homecoming Game Watch Party Starting at 2PM, Fluno Center — Study Pub, 8th Floor. Cheer on the Wisconsin football team as it takes on Northwestern from the comfort of the Fluno Center’s cozy Study Pub. This event is free to all participants of UW Multicultural Homecoming and includes hors d’oeuvres. Drinks will be available for purchase. Card games and other activities will be available.

10/12: Stomp da’ Madness Step Show with Featured Guests Step Afrika! 7PM, Overture Center. UW Madison Students: Free, Madison College Students: $2, UW System Students $5, General Admission: $7. Students must present a valid student ID at the Overture Center Box Office.

For more information about Wisconsin Alumni Association’s Homecoming events, visit uwalumni.com/homecoming.