Present your work at the Undergraduate Symposium this April!

Are you engaged in research, service learning, fine art and performance? Present your work to the campus community and public-at-large! Last spring 630 students presented, displayed or performed their work for members of the University, the surrounding community, family and friends. The students were mentored by 345 faculty and staff.Interested in presenting your

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The Annual Undergraduate Symposium is a forum designed to showcase undergraduate students’ creativity, achievement and talent across all disciplines through oral presentations, poster sessions, exhibitions, film shorts (new this year), and performances. The Undergraduate Symposium is open to all University of Wisconsin – Madison students enrolled during the 2014-2015 academic year, including those who graduated in December.

This year’s Undergraduate Symposium will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Union South. The schedule includes a film shorts session, a performance workshop where students can perform and discuss their creative process, and a reception at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Undergraduate Symposium Web site is located at: http://www.learning.wisc.edu/ugsymposium/.  For more information, please contact Laurie Mayberry, Assistant Vice Provost, at 262-5246 or laurie.mayberry@wisc.edu.​

On This World AIDS Day

Take a moment to enjoy some poems, meditations, and prayers compiled by the Huffington Post.

“May these prayers and meditations offer hope to those living with HIV and AIDS, strength to all of those who continue to care for those people living with AIDS, wisdom to those who search for a cure, and courage to those who fight for a world where people living with HIV/AIDS are given respect and dignity.”

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If you are in the UW-Madison area, Crossroads is hosting World AIDS Day at the the Red Gym. Harlan Pruden, Two-Spirit activist and educator, will be speaking tonight in the On Wisconsin Room. Be sure to join us on this World AIDS Day!

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Click the Photo for the Facebook Event Page

What to Do in the Wake of the Ferguson Decision

by MSC Student Life Intern, Hiwot

Those who have been deeply following the events in Missouri since Mike Brown’s death in August and those like me (who have only been reading blurbs via Twitter and Tumblr and attempting some self preservation through disconnection) found ourselves in a single space, all somber, disappointed, unsurprised, and in pain.

What do we do? What can we do?

Immediately, cities across the nation had protests springing up in response to the verdict. Here in Madison, folks gathered in the Multicultural Student Center to await the verdict and commiserate about it afterwards.

Today in Madison, at 3:30PM, there will be a rally at the Jail on 115 W Doty.

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Click the Photo to reach the “Ferguson to Madison” Facebook Event Page.

And in response to this death, and the unfortunate deaths of numerous Black people, the gnawing, nagging question of, “Do we matter?” arose. The response was #blacklivesmatter, the response was organizing, rallying, protesting, and discussing the deeply rooted problems that allow so many Black lives to end violently without finding them proper justice. With the organization of the Gender & Women’s Studies Department of the University of Arizona and other sponsors like The Feminist Wire, there will be a Black Life Matters Conference from January 15th to January 17th. Registration for the conference is now open.

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From the “Black Lives Matter” Facebook page.

Remember, the MSC is a resource for students across campus. Check out hours listings and feel free to come into the space to use our facilities and resources, to borrow books from or social justice library to become more informed, or to talk to our interns and staff. We’re here.

Whether your response to the verdict is to organize, whether it is to sleep, to write, to cry, to pray, to sing, or to run into the arms of a loved one may you all stay safe, stay connected to the people who care about you the most, and stay alert.

Native November

November is Native American Heritage month

Check out this video on Indigenous music makers and activists from the Rebel Music Project.

Learn more about Native November here on campus by lookin flier below or contacting the office of American Indian Student Services at aisas@ls.wisc.edu

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Click the Photo to see the American Indian Student Academic Services’ Facebook page.

2014 MCOR Roundup

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Over the last weekend the MSC had the opportunity to host its annual, and heavily attended Multicultural Student Orientation and Reception (MCOR). On Friday September 5th, we celebrated all of our returns to campus in the original home of MCOR at the newly remodeled Memorial Union. The evening kicked off with a Campus Resource Fair in Tripp Commons at 5:30, where students were able to get information from several different Professional and Academic resources on campus about the services and opportunities that they offer. For even more pictures from the events and the performances, visit facebook.com/uwmulticultural

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Multicultural Student Center (MSC) Interns Eric, Hiwot & Daisy staffing the MSC resource table.

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MSC Intern Learesi discusses upcoming programs with two students at the student resource fair.

From there we took a trip into the newly remodeled Shannon Hall for a collection of performances by student groups with a wide variety of talents. From musical performances to cultural dances, the performances were impressive and well appreciated by the audience. The event was hosted by students Steven Rodriguez and Nailah Frye, and also included appearances by MSC Director Joshua Moon Johnson, Dean Lori Berquam, Vice Provost Patrick Sims, and University Chief of Police Susan Riseling.

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Students engage in an impromptu hip hop battle up on stage.

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The Wisconsin Surma dance crew performaing at MCOR 2014.

Below is a list of all the groups that performed:
• The BellHops
• Dancas Dance Club
• School of Bhangra
• University Gospel Choir
• REPLAY: HASA Dance Crew
• Wisconsin Surma

We left the performances hungry for more, and while the organized entertainment was over for the time being, guests had their appetites for more filled with the second best form of entertainment besides incredible performers. Food. The R in MCOR truly embodied the statement last but not least. As the last letter in the acronym one may think that it was less important than the other elements of the event. However, our guests were heavily receptive to the spread provided by the Wisconsin Union Catering. Lines stretched out the door and around the corner, all the way back to what else but more fun? During the reception our guests had the opportunity to dress up and get their photos taken in a photo booth with their friends, as well as explore the Great Hall and see all the tables at the Student Organization Fair. This event had an incredible turnout and was densely populated as students milled about learning more about Multicultural Student Orgs and how they can get involved in more communities on campus.

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A lively discussion at the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity booth at the Student Org Fair in Great Hall, Memorial Union.

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Student Org Fair in Great Hall, Memorial Union.

After food, friends, and entertainment there wasn’t much else we could ask of our guests except to dance their hearts out. From 10:30 to 1:00am in the new Playcircle Theatre we opened up the stage to some awesome First Wave performers and a DJ to allow the celebration to continue for those who wanted to burn the midnight oil.

Overall, the event was a great success and we anticipate a great year for all of our students and organizations. Be sure to come by anytime during our open hours to say hello or find a quiet place to study. And definitely take the chance to come to one or many of the plethora of events we will be putting on this semester!

The full calendar for MSC events, Fall 2014.

The full calendar for MSC events, Fall 2014.

APIA-U Leadership Summit a Success!

This blog post is submitted by the Asian American Student Union (AASU). Our goal for this event was to educate the Asian American community at UW about social justice issues at the local and national level and to learn how to be leaders of our communities through leadership and advocacy skills.  

After Asian Pacific American Council (APAC)—the group funding AASU—was defunded by the University, AASU struggled to stay active, especially in terms of membership. AASU had only regained its’ strength again within recent years. On a large campus like UW-Madison, it is easy for Asian American students to get mixed into the international student population. Additionally, the predominantly White campus may engulf the Asian American community and so much of the community becomes invisible. AASU’s goal is to bring together an Asian America where students can become educated and aware about social justice issues within the community. Also, the group builds a community through social events and collaboration. Asian & Pacific Islander American University (APIA-U) Leadership Training allowed AASU to become leaders and advocates for their community through team building strategies.

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Students gathered at the AASU event.

The event took plance on Saturday November 16, 2013 from 8:30am-5:00pm in Ingraham Hall, Room 206. It was sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) and Asian American Student Union (AASU) for UW undergraduate and graduate students.

APIA-U Leadership Training, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, began with breakfast and registration at 8:30am. After a get-to-know you ice breaker game, OCA facilitators, Mary Dynne and Suresh, directed student’s attention to a historical Asian American timeline dating back to 1790. The goal of the activity was for students to identify prominent historical events and discuss the importance of remembering the Asian American history. During reflection, one student found the activity to be upsetting because of the number of devastating events, like the murder of Vincent Chin. But another student described the activity as “hopeful” indicating that a handful of Asian American individuals were beginning to create visibility for the community, such as the first Hmong American woman senator, Minnesota State Senator Mee Moua.

The group watched a documentary titled, “Vincent Who,” where Vincent Chin was murdered by two White individuals who were angry and convinced that he was a “Jap” and “stealing their jobs.” Students reflected on Vincent Chin’s death as a prime era of Asian American movement for justice and equality during a time of harsh racism and discrimination against Asian Americans in the U.S. The film was followed by lunch facilitated by State Farm who presented about post-grad insurance planning opportunities.

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Students participates in many group activities during the retreat.

The afternoon consisted of a Leadership Animals activity where students were separated into Lions, Eagles, Turtles, and Rabbits according to their leadership quality traits. The goal was for each animal to sell a car to another animal based on the leadership qualities. In the end, students learned that each animal conveyed different leadership characteristics and a variety of qualities—or leadership animals—are needed in order to achieve the best outcome. The afternoon ended with an advocacy activity where groups analyzed case studies based on true events. The goal was to identify the issue and create an action plan for improvement.

The training closed with each trainee sharing a take-away and a commitment they will keep. The exciting and educational training was a great opportunity that challenged AASU to be strong leaders and advocates for the concerns they are most passionate about. The training was also a refreshing reminder of a strong Asian America on campus who is committed to addressing social justice issues in their community and who will no longer be invisible in a White dominated society.