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Check out the 7th Annual Blackboard Jungle Symposium!
The Blackboard Jungle 7 Symposium is designed to support UVM faculty, staff, and all others seeking to develop skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics that support effective and appropriate interactions among different identities across both global and domestic differences.
What: Kickoff Keynote
When: Monday, March 24, 2014 | 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Where: Ira Allen Chapel
**Free and open to the public
The 2014 keynote kickoff speaker will be Charlayne Hunter-Gault, CNN’s former Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent and former national correspondent for PBS for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She is also the author of In My Place, a memoir of her role in the civil rights movement as the first black woman admitted to the University of Georgia.
What: Symposium Panels and Workshops
When: Friday, March 28, 2014 | 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Where: Davis Center 4th Floor
*Registration & Fee Required ($20 for UVM employees and $30 for non-UVM employees)
Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Dorothy Roberts, Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania
Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Amer Ahmed, Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
For more information, click here.
Organized by the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs | Dudley H. Davis Center
Monthly Mitzvah Project with ReSOURCEVT
The Monthly Mitzvah Project is volunteering at ReSOURCE Vermont on Sunday, March 30th. We will be helping to organize the office on Pine Street in Burlington. Though Monthly Mitzvah Project is sponsored by UVM Hillel, you do not have to be Jewish to help out. Hope to see you there!
ReSOURCE serves disadvantaged youth and individuals who are homeless, unemployed, receive public assistance, or struggle with a disability or other barriers to employment.
UVM Hillel sponsors the Monthly Mitzvah Project which aims to better the Burlington community by volunteering at a public service organization once a month.
UVM Hillel Contact Information:
Social Justice Co-Chairs:
- Rebecca Friedlander | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jessica Solodkin | email@example.com
- Dani Greenwald | firstname.lastname@example.org
"Community service has to be less about random acts of kindness and more about strategic acts of justice."—Wayne Meisel
The LCE staff just attended the 30th Annual IMPACT Conference, and this idea from keynote speaker Wayne Meisel is really sticking with us. How can the community service we do promote social justice? What strategic acts of justice are you making?
LCE Team at the 2014 IMPACT Conference
The Leadership & Civic Engagement Team experienced the founders of The Facing Project in a dynamic, engaging, and inspiring keynote presentation last night at the 2014 IMPACT Conference!
The Facing Project connects people through stories to strengthen communities. We provide tools, a platform, and inspiration so communities can share the stories of citizens through the talent of local writers, artists, and actors. Follow the jump to read more about this awesome organization!
The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest national gathering of student leaders, administrators, faculty, and nonprofit staff committed to engaging students in service, activism, politics, advocacy, and other socially responsible work. This event continues and builds on the legacy of the COOL National Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, spanning an incredible 27+ year history. Click here to learn more about the history and movement behind the IMPACT Conference!
Feature video: UVM Adaptive Sports - Volunteers in Action
Check out Vermont Cynic’s awesome video featuring UVM Adaptive Sports!
UVM Adaptive Sports is a program through Volunteers in Action - a student volunteer club network of 15 – 20 programs that address a number of social issues in and around the local community. The UVM Adaptive Sports program is designed to incorporate the UVM community in fun athletic activities to support the mentally and physically challenged members of the state of Vermont. Our goal is to facilitate companionship and understanding between UVM students and people with mental and physical disabilities.
To become engaged in Volunteers in Action, click here.
To become active with UVM Adaptive Sports, specifically, contact Sarah Lyon at email@example.com.
Apply for a United Academics Scholarship
Each year, United Academics, the faculty union of the University of Vermont, awards several scholarships to students pursuing social and economic justice. The application deadline for all awards is April 1, 2014. Winners will be selected by the United Academics Scholarship Committee.
For more information, click here or contact Professor Ross Thomson at Ross.Thomson@uvm.edu.
Apply to be a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant
The Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning (CUPS) is now accepting Service-Learning TA applications for Fall 2014.
What is an SL-TA?
The SL-TA Program trains students from all academic backgrounds to support UVM faculty members teaching service-learning courses. SL-TAs work approximately 5 hours per week, and may receive a stipend (up to $750), work-study or academic credit for their service. In addition to receiving training in service-learning theory and practice, SL-TAs typically:
- Help prepare students to undertake service-learning projects;
- Serve as a liaison between the course and its community partners;
- Create and evaluate critical reflection assignments; and/or
- Manage service-learning projects.
Learn more about the program here.
Click here to apply. Applications are due by March 13th.
Heritage Film: Prom Night in Mississippi
Phenomenal film about the students, teachers and parents of Charleston, Mississippi as they prepare for the first integrated prom at Charleston High. In 1997, Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman made an historic offer to his hometown high school: He would foot the bill for the school’s senior prom – on the condition that both black and white students be allowed to attend. The offer was originally turned down, and he returned in 2008 with the same offer. The school eventually accepted and history was made, but not without significant opposition. [Run time: 90 minutes]
Click here for more info about Prom Night in Mississippi.
Catamounts Care with ReSource VT!
Float decorating for Mardi Gras
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM
Join Catamounts Care and ReSourceVT for a day of float painting and decorating! Each year ReSource creates a float for the Magic Hat Mardi Gras parade. Painters and float decorators will be responsible for doing all the non-building design on the float. This includes painting the structures, decorating the float and the truck and possibly making banners. Decorating will take place at the Waste-Not-Products shop located at 260 Pine Street. ReSource is providing pizza and soda for volunteers who arrive before 11 am!
Volunteers will meet at the entrance to the Davis Center 3rd floor (by the bookstore) at10:00 am and leave campus by 10:30 am. We will be back on campus by 4 pm.
To register for this event, please sign up on our EventBrite page.
For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the events during Equity Week!