We Can’t Eat Lupita Nyong’o’s Black Beauty — Try As We Might

Article From the Editors at BuzzFeed

Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

It’s post Oscar season and everyone is raving over the award winning 12 Years A Slave actorLuptia Nyong’o. It is safe to say that Lupita has become an “It Girl” in Hollywood since her debut in the Steve McQueen film. Her success is welcomed and a sigh of relief to many who have seen actors of color slighted by the Academy. Lupita is all over my Tumblr dashboard, as both a fashion icon and an inspirational voice.  But with all this attention and acclaim comes concerns about fetishization from fans who find pieces of hope for themselves in Lupita’s story. Follow the link to see how the editors of BuzzFeed address the “weird edge to the way Hollywood idolizes beautiful black women.”

Communications Intern, Hiwot Adilow

Job Board: March 7, 2014

Financial Advisor Associate at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Description: As a Financial Advisor Associate you will have the opportunity to develop a superior foundation to build on through targeted curriculum (Licensing, Learning & Coaching; Client Acquisition & Coaching; and Client Acquisition & Relationship Building). Financial Advisor Associates are prepared to take their place among our elite Financial Advisor workforce. As a Financial Advisor Associate, you will have access to state-of-the-art financial tools and technologies as well as sales and management mentoring. Wealth Management accepts only the top candidates to be FAAs. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

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Entry Level Infrastructure Technologist at American Family Insurance

Application Due: n/a

Description: The Infrastructure Technologist is focused on building technical expertise for a specific discipline by providing technical support and assisting with the installation, maintenance and configuration of the infrastructure technologies and solutions used throughout the enterprise. Areas of specialization may include database administration, middleware, software engineering tools, enterprise content management or system software configuration and distribution. Performs technical functions associated with the ongoing support, maintenance and overall stability of specific infrastructure technologies and assists in developing and implementing best practices. Participates as a team member in client and division projects as required, assists with research on new technology offerings, industry trends and other happenings in IT that are relevant to American Family`s computing environment.

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Senior Engineer Manager – Portable Products at Generac Power Systems

Application Due: n/a

Description: Generac Power Systems is seeking a Senior Engineering Manger to lead the Portable Generator Engineering Team. This group is responsible for driving product innovation for a fast paced consumer product group. This team is critical to the continued growth of the company and Generac is seeking a superior technical leader. The Senior Engineering Manger will be responsible for all engineering activities including new product introductions, cost reduction, technology/research, and lifecycle product support. The position requires excellent technical engineering knowledge coupled with superior people leadership skills, proficiency in quality systems, functional and program management experience and business planning expertise. This position works closely with other functional leaders in the company (sales, marketing, operations, supply chain, finance) and is responsible for providing leadership and management for the Portable Generator product design team.

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ITIL Incident Analyst at QBE Insurance 

Application Due: n/a

Description: The ITIL Incident Analyst will ensure service disruptions and incidents are resolved in a timely manner by liaising with subject matter experts, contributing teams and vendors, leading complex projects, leveraging technical and functional knowledge, updating policies and procedures and implementing solutions  Essential Job Responsibilities Ensure adherence to consistent incident management methodologies by aligning incident classification, escalation paths and communication protocols Resolve server, network, system, design, report and analysis issues; ensure alignment to customer expectations and service level agreements Collaborate with subject matter experts to resolve incidents by ensuring technical staff resolves escalated issues and serving as a functional lead; work with technical groups to summarize key elements of technical incidents Communicate and escalate maintenance and production issues that are large in scope and impact.

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Environmental Scientist at Ayres Associates

Application Due: n/a

Description: Qualified candidate will have a four-year science degree in geology, environmental science, or a related field and 0 – 4 years of related experience.  Applicant should be self-motivated, a strong written and oral communicator, and team-oriented.  Applicant should have a working knowledge of soil and groundwater sample collection and regional geologic conditions.  Required skills include proficiency in MS Office Suite. Proficiency and/or project-based experience using CAD and ArcView software is preferred. This position requires the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs., navigate to remote sites over uneven surfaces, and the willingness to work outside 20% – 50% of the work week.  Valid Wisconsin driver’s license and good driving record required. OSHA health and training certification and/or nuclear density testing training certification is a plus.

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Intern at Willis L. Jones Leadership Center at the Wisconsin Union

Application Due: March 14, 2014

Description: Assist the Leadership Program Director with program development, implementation and expansion of the JLC programs including the Empower Leadership Series, i.e. workshops; the Engage Leadership Series, i.e. speakers; and the Explore Leadership Series, i.e. leadership conference participation grants. Identify and develop both human and material resources that will facilitate development of theJLC and the associated programs and services. Develop working relationships with campus partners, faculty members, administrators, student services staff, student organizations and campus agencies. Establish assessment tools and practices for the JLC. Develop and maintain, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Union Marketing Department, the JLC webpage and social media outreach.

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The Bathroom Problem

by Communications Intern: Hiwot Adilow

When I’m in a public space and find myself needing to use the facilities, the most thinking I have to do is about which left to take and around what corner. Once I find the restrooms, I walk into the one marked “Women’s” without hesitation. And because I do not defy what society deems “woman” I am not approached with glares or rude remarks by other bathroom patrons. Using public restrooms should not have to be an emotional choice. For me it isn’t but my trans* identified friends live in a different reality.

When faced with the need to use the bathroom, for trans*folk, it isn’t a simple question of directions. They have to deeply consider their safety which calls for a lot of thinking. They are often forced to consider the comfort of total strangers who may be offended by their presence. In an open letter entitled “Dear Lady in the Women’s Washroom,” Ivan Coyote writes, “I am hyper aware of which bathroom I am in…[If] I have chosen to enter a public washroom in spite of my long and arduous history with them, I have taken the time to note which door I am about to walk into, and I am confident I have chosen the lesser of two evils. For many in the trans* community, this long and arduous history includes sexual and physical assault. Sometimes choosing between the “Men” and “Women’s” restrooms is a choice is between an uncomfortable look and a fight.

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Some arguments against all gender bathrooms in public spaces include the notion that women who have been sexually assaulted will be uncomfortable. The issue of sexual assault is not a light one, but according to Izzy Rode of, “conceding the fight for neutralization ignores the fact that sexual assault can—and more importantly does—occur among members of every gender.”

The presence of unisex, gender neutral, and single stall restrooms in public spaces is a step towards the right direction. By providing these options, people who do not fall into the binary are not forced to compromise their identities or their safety.

Our campus has a number of single stall and non-gendered bathrooms. The LGBT Campus Center has a map of these locations and a spreadsheet with descriptions on its website.

Healthcare Disparities Conference – Saturday March 8


Healthcare Disparities Conference - Saturday March 8

AHANA Pre-Health Society in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated would like to invite you all to our 3rd Annual Healthcare Disparities Conference titled “It Takes A Village: An Interdisciplinary Address to Healthcare Disparities” on March 8th from 10AM-3PM.

The goal of the conference is to highlight how professionals of different fields and interests come and work together to address larger health issues in this country and the world. The conference will be geared towards all UW-Madison students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines.

There will be six different workshop topics that focus different facets of healthcare disparities, including a panel of experts in different fields talking about how they address the same healthcare issues through their particular field, the business of medicine, what we can do as college students to address healthcare disparities, the relationship between agriculture and malnutrition and more. There will also be a dinner, networking event and a resource fair highlighting campus and community resources that support the mission of the conference.

AHANA will be partnering with other campus organizations and academic departments such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health to ensure that this conference will have a positive, long lasting impact on our community.

When: March 8th, 2014
Where: Union South, Varsity Hall
Time: 10AM-3PM
Attire: Business Casual
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