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.

How do we start living the Wisconsin Idea?

by MSC Student Life Intern, Kathleen

Wisconsin Idea Banner on Bascom Hall via University Communications

The Wisconsin Idea is the principle that UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students are recognized contributors to the Wisconsin Idea through their work “beyond the boundaries of campus to benefit the state, nation, and world.”

I have a feeling that we don’t all completely live up to the Wisconsin Idea 100% of the time. I believe we have room for growth. Amidst stories about Beyonce, Facebook posts pleading for another Candy Crush life, there are so many things happening in the world. For example, have you heard about what is happening right now with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)? ISIS is targeting Christian indigenous groups, one being the group I belong to, the Assyrians.

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To help those affected by ISIS, please visit assyrianaid.org

I know that when people on campus don’t know about ISIS or who Assyrians are, I get a little disappointed. I try to explain to them Assyrians are one of the oldest civilizations known to mankind. In Wisconsin we have a large Hmong population, so sometimes it helps to talk about the similarities of the Assyrian experience and the Hmong experience. We are both a nation. The legal definition of a nation being a distinct group of people that speak the same language and have the same customs that possess historic continuity and are distinguished from other similar groups by their origins and characteristics.

That was a lot of information thrown at you, but don’t you feel like you learned something new? Don’t you feel well informed? Aren’t you curious about other ways you can learn more? Here are three suggestions to help us all get closer to achieving the Wisconsin Idea:

  1. Learning other people’s history can help you understand your own. Before I came to Wisconsin, I had no idea who the Hmong people were. When I found out, I invested my time in learning more by taking Asian American Studies classes. While in these classes, I learned a great deal about similar historical experiences of the Assyrian and Hmong people including statelessness.
  2. There are always multiple sides to a story. What I usually do is Google search “world news” or if I want to know more about a specific country or nation I substitute the word “world” with the country or nation’s name. Because there are so many sides to a story, I like to get as many perspectives as I can, and I find that Google searching “world news” provides me with an array of sources. What works for me may not work for you, so I encourage you all to find the news sources that you enjoy and use that as a place for reference when you’re feeling uninformed or just bored. There are many ways to gain information within our technologically advanced world like Facebook, Twitter, BuzzFeed, Instagram, and so on. If you’re always on Facebook, feel free to check out the United Nations Facebook page to see what’s going on in the world. Or if you’re bored and just taking up time taking BuzzFeed quizzes to get to know yourself better, you can check out the BuzzFeed news section to get to know the world a little better.
  3. Even though we could know a lot about what’s going on in the world, we can’t know everything. Just because I took an intro to Asian American Studies class doesn’t mean I understand the full history or experience of Asian American people. Similarly, just because my parents tell me what my family in Iraq is going through in the Middle East, doesn’t mean that I have the complete picture.  There will always be more information and more to learn.

What we can do is try to inform ourselves to the best of our abilities, and luckily we have the beauty of living in the age of technology to help us do that! Happy reading!

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“Three white college students file racial discrimination complaint against professor over lesson on structural racism”

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“English faculty Shannon Gibney received a letter of reprimand last weekend after a debate about structural racism in her Intro to Mass Communications class became too heated. This is the latest development in a string of incidences on campus regarding race, education and community effecting the student body. We talked with Gibney about the incident, and spoke with the new Executive Director of Diversity, Dr. Whitney Harris on his perception of MCTC’s cultural climate.”

Click here to read the full story.

How the Media Talks about Tragedy in Developing Countries and Why it’s Crucial to Relief Efforts

To help those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, visits Damayanmigrants.org, AF3IRM.org, Doctorswithoutborders.org, or contact the Filipino American Student Organization at fasomadison@gmail.com to participate in relief efforts in Madison, WI. 

Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the Philippines on November 8th, 2013 and left close to 4,000 people dead. Although the storm is over, survivors of the typhoon continue to die. Thousands of people in the middle region of the Philippine Islands are left dealing with the loss of their families and homes while trying to survive with little food, power and clean water supply.

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In the Philippines, the World Food Program says a quarter of the people are in dire need of food in the typhoon-battered central parts of the country still have not received it. Eleven days after the storm hit, the government says some 5,600 people are dead or missing (3,982 people killed, 1,602 missing).

Just days following the super typhoon, various news outlets started releasing articles focused on the violence and crime taking place in Tacloban and surrounding areas.

Reuters writes, “eight people were crushed to death when looters raided rice stockpiles in a government warehouse in the town of Alangalang, causing a wall to collapse, local authorities said.” Looting has a negative connotation and it’s use was the subject of much controversy during Hurricane Katrina coverage. A photo of young black man carrying food was described as “looting,” whereas a photo of a white couple carrying food was described as “finding.”

Another article by CNN discusses prison breakout threats, looting and violence long before it illustrates how people can help. Even then, relief effort and support is diminished to a single link at the bottom of the page.

A World News article announced that the World Bank offered a loan of $500 million to the Philippines. The article focused on rebuilding the affected areas, however, many of the comments posted below the story carried on a debate about lending money and whether lesser developed countries deserve foreign aid.

Map provided by The New Republic illustrating the size of the super typhoon in relation to the U.S. and The Philippines.

Map provided by The New Republic illustrating the size of the super typhoon in relation to the U.S. and The Philippines.

Although not all news coverage or comments about the Philippines are negative, articles such as the ones above create a skewed perception of the Filipino people. Here are a few things to keep in mind when discussing the Super Typhoon Haiyan and The Philippines:

1. The Philippines is a lesser developed country and has many disadvantages, such as poor infrastructure, poverty, lasting effects of previous colonization, its geographical location and corrupt government officials, which prevented the Filipino people from adequate preparation.

2. This is one of the largest storms ever recorded, and one of three category 5 typhoons that has hit The Philippines since 2010. These storms over time continued to weaken and eventually destroyed the Philippines’ already poor infrastructure.

3. Recovery doesn’t happen in a day. It will takes years for the Philippines to rebuild and resume their lives. Even two years after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still rebuilding. Ensuring that dialogue remains about relief efforts is critical for recovery.

4. Tragedy should not provoke a political debate about whether developed countries should provide relief for lesser developed countries. The survival of other human beings should not rely on your position on foreign aid. AF3IRM, an anti-imperialist feminist organization writes, “In these last weeks we have seen blows struck by an outraged Earth — not against nations that contribute the most to global warming and pollution; nations which have imposed a “development” predicated on the ruthless despoliation of sea, soil and mountain;  nations which have warped the age-old harmony between humanity and nature;  but rather blows have been struck at the most vulnerable and hapless of nations like the Philippines. ” Their statement pushes the idea that Super Typhoon Haiyan is more than just a storm, it’s a tragedy that continues to build on previous misfortunes. Their statement echoes the injustice during such tragedies in all lesser developed nations.

To read the entire statement by AF3IRM: For the Typhoon Victims, Charity Must be Followed by Justice.

For more information about the devastation in the Phillipines, check out these helpful links:
Maps that Explain Why the Typhoon hit the Phillipines so Hard
What if Typhoon Haiyan Hit the United States?
An Interactive Map of the Typhoon

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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Weekend Job Board: July 24

Summer & Fall Internship 2013: Sammy Baldwin

Interns will be doing constituent service (answering questions, directing calls, researching legislation, and drafting letters), not any campaign-oriented work. If you are, or were, recently a student, you can usually get political science or other departmental credit for your time.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Initiative to work well independently and with others
  • Basic computer literacy
  • General interests in politics and constituent work
  • Available to work 10hrs/week

The submission deadline for this internship opportunity has been extended to August 20th, so if you are interested, please be encouraged to apply! Please email cover letter, resume, potential start date, and expected availability to Jean_broady@baldwin.senate.gov.

Please also note that prior experience in political science is not necessary.

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Harvard Public Policy and Leadership Conference:

The 14th Annual Harvard Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) will take place February 20th-February 23rd, 2014. The conference aims to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate programs in public policy and international affairs by informing students about opportunities for graduate study and careers in both domestic and international public policy.

Only first and second year undergraduate students (U.S. Citizens and permanent residents) are eligible to apply.

Due note that the conference is free of charge – all expenses are covered by HKS.

The conference will take place on the HKS campus in Cambridge, MA. The intensive three days of workshops, panels and lecture is designed to encourage students who posess a commitment to public service, particularly those from historically under-served communities and people of color. While in Cambridge participants will learn about:

  • Careers in public service
  • Domestic and international policy issues
  • Fellowship programs
  • Summer Public Policy and International Affairs Institutes
  • Graduate schools that offer programs in Public Policy
  • Student life

Interviews with previous participants of the PPLC Program can be found here: HARVARDKennedySchool

Online application will be available through the PPLC website in September, and the deadline to apply will be in November: Application

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Audience Services Project Liaison

Wisconsin Public Broadcasting has an immediate opening for a full time Audience Services Project Liaison, who will primarily handle audience questions related to WPR program and website changes, with backup at the front desk.

Under general supervision, the Audience Services Project Liaison will primarily handle duties in the Audience Services Office related to programming and web transition as described in the Project Summary (the “Project”).  S/he provides the highest standard of customer service while assisting and servicing the listeners and members of Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) as it relates to significant on-air programming changes and a new user focused website design. This includes assisting listeners and members with navigation of the new website, troubleshooting website problems, and investigating, tracking, and following up on those issues that require resolution.  S/he is also responsible for recording listener, member and web user feedback on programming changes and website content access and ensuring that trends or critical information is communicated to station management via regular reports and other communication. In addition, s/he is responsible for managing the WPR Radio Store, including inventory and budgetary management.

The incumbent must develop extensive knowledge of policies and procedures in all areas of the organization and broadcasting technology to effectively deal with a wide range of audience issues, including difficult situations.  Flexibility, patience and good judgment to make instant decisions in a frequently changing and stressful environment are necessary for success.

For more information and to apply, please go here: Office Operations Associate-Project Position Audience Services Rep

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Marketing Consultant/Advertising Sales Rep (KDAL-FM)

Rock 96, KDAL-FM and Midwest Communications, Inc. is looking for an individual who understands the value of needs based selling and is motivated by achieving goals and helping businesses achieve their goals. Also looking for someone who can work as a consultant to local businesses by building relationships and assessing their needs, Rock 96 is offering a competitive salary and bonus structure, a full benefits package and unlimited opportunity for the right individual.

Contact Susan Nash, Market Manager, TODAY via email, susan.nash@mwcradio.com, fax your cover letter and resume to 218-722-5443 or mail it to Susan’s attention at Midwest Communications, Inc., 11 East Superior St., Ste 380, Duluth, MN 55802.

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ADVERTISING SALES REP (WNFL/WRQE/WTAQ/WYDR)

Midwest Communications has an immediate opening for an outside advertising sales representative in our Appleton, WI offices.  This individual will be representing several of our On Air / Online radio stations and working with a variety of existing and potential clients. Day to day mission includes initiating conversation, developing relationships, identifying opportunities, and providing profitable solutions utilizing Midwest Communications’ media platform.

Media sales are not required but outside sales experience is certainly an asset. Being well versed in business fundamentals is also needed. Having good presence and being a strong communicator is essential for this position.

Extensive training, a good salary to get started, and a competitive compensation plan with full benefits is provided.

If you’d like to apply and have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record, please send your materials to david.fries@mwcradio.com. If you’d like to fax your materials, please fax it to David’s attention at 920-733- 5507 or send to David’s attention at 1500 N. Casaloma Drive, #301, Appleton, WI  54913.

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Jewish National Fund: Caravan for Democracy College Student Leadership Mission to Israel

The Jewish National Fun is proud to announce that they are accepting applications for the Caravan for Democracy Student Leadership Mission, an extraordinary 10-day all-expense paid student educational program to Israel in January 2014. Specifically, this trip is aimed for non-Jewish students, who have never been to Israel before, and student leaders selected for the program will have the opportunity that many of their Jewish peers do, creating a well-rounded community on campuses. This unique educational program is an exclusive opportunity to explore Israel’s distinctive democracy and involves meeting with political, cultural, and community leaders from all backgrounds and faiths.

25-30 American students from colleges and universities in the United States, who are significant leaders in student government, clubs, athletics or service activities, will be selected for this unique program led by significant educators. Please note that only sophomores, juniors and senior are eligible. Please also take note that students chosen will be from a multitude of diverse faiths and backgrounds.

To apply, please visit the link here: Caravan for Democracy Application

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Nestlé Brand Boot Camp

Nestlé is pleased to announce their first Brand Boot Camp for diverse marketing leaders of tomorrow that will be held August 21-23, 2013. The company is searing for strong 1st year MBA candidates to apply and be selected for this all-expense paid diversity event where they will learn about marketing at Nestlé, hear from Nestlé leaders, and have the opportunity to be interviewed for Nestlé’s summer 2014 marketing internship.

Requirements:

  • Must be an incoming first-year MBA/M.S. student with an interest in marketing, marketing communications, or brand management.
  • Must graduate in May/June 2015.
  • Resume must demonstrate commitment to diversity & inclusion.
  • Must successfully complete a phone interview.

If interested, it is encouraged to apply today as space is limited. To apply, please visit the link here to get started as the deadline to apply is August 5th. Under “How did you hear about this opportunity?” select University Recruiting then Nestlé Brand Boot Camp. As added confirmation about your interest, please email Grace Geyer at grace.geyer@us.nestle.com

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Fall Internship Opportunity– Madison Office of U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan

United States Representative Mark Pocan is now accepting applications for fall internships in his Madison District Office. Interns in Congressman Pocan’s Madison office are engaged in a variety of activities in an office that focuses on constituent services. Interns will be immersed in the daily operation of a Congressional office. Opportunities are available for interns to focus on a specific area of interest.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Answering telephones
  • Capturing media clips
  • Taking in constituent casework and legislative comments
  • Processing constituent correspondence
  • Drafting responses to constituents and other agencies
  • Researching issues of importance

Qualities applicants must possess:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Professionalism and interpersonal skills
  • Competency with computers and online research
  • Strong sense of team and positive attitude

Interns should be able to devote 10-15 hours per week (preferably 2-3 days per week) during normal business hours. And in addition, those selected for internships must attend a training session in Madison on Friday, August 30, 2013.

Interested students may apply on the Congressman’s official website at: http://pocan.house.gov/services/internships. Please submit application, resume and cover letter by Friday, August 9, 2013.