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Office of Multicultural Affairs

January 30, 2012

the official OMA online newsletter

Vol. 13

OMA UPCOMING EVENTS THIS WEEK OMA Recruitment Team We’re still looking for current students to help recruit next year’s class. Please join our team!!!! We will begin this effort this spring by hosting our second Multicultural Preview Weekend (March 29– April 1, 2012) What is the Multicultural Preview Weekend? It is series of intentional activities that will give accepted multi-ethnic high school seniors a real “Preview” of life at Tulane from a multicultural perspective before making their final decisions on what college they will attend. Throughout the weekend, prospective students will have an opportunity to meet with current students of color who will share their academic, extracurricular, and social experiences at Tulane. All students participating in the program will have the opportunity to speak with professors, academic advisors, financial aid counselors, visit classes, attend social events, and take a guided tour of campus and New Orleans. How can you get involved? We will need at least 30 students to serve as hosts for the overnight or weekend stay and to assist in the planning of the programs and activities during this weekend. Other ways to get involved in OMA Recruitment Efforts. In addition to the Multicultural Preview Weekend, OMA will host several local and regional Back to High School visits in February and March to engage high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors on effective ways to prepare for college (. There will also be: Phone-a-thon nights to call those students who were unable to attend our preview weekend Spring campus tours Tulane Day luncheons you can also participate in. We realized spring semester will be jammed packed with activities. But this is a real effort to improve the diversity at Tulane and give back to those who will follow in your footsteps. If you’re interested in joining the OMA

Recruitment Team, please fill out the following registration form at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform? hl=en_US&formkey=dF9JUGMxVkNadEEyOTdUanBQd1BRc2c6 MQ#gid=0

We need folks who will follow through on their commitment to host during preview weekend, and/or show up for high school visits, etc. Please make the commitment and join our team.

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers Visits Tulane University Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Riess Room 5:30pm The Office of Multicultural Affairs welcomes IRT’s associate director, Leislie Godo-Solo, to Tulane University on Tuesday, Feb. 7th to deliver an informational workshop in the LBC’s Reiss conference room located in the garden level. It begins at 5:30 PM sharp. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! The presentation will cover IRT’s mission, IRT sponsored summer programs, services to available to IRT students, and a chance to hear about IRT by incredible alumni now at Tulane. For those interested in IRT, Ms. Godo-Solo will be conducting half hour recruitment interviews of only awesome Tulane students. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8th between 10:00 – 4:00 PM. Email Octavio Barajas, obarajas@tulane.edu, to reserve your appointment while still slots are still available. Follow the hyperlink to learn more on how IRT is eradicating racial disparities in all levels of education. The Phillips Academy Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) addresses the lack of diversity in the nation’s teaching faculties by recruiting outstanding students of color and other scholars committed to diversity, counseling them through the graduate school application process, and advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study. Since 1990, the IRT had built a national consortium of colleges and universities that are eager to enroll IRT students to diversity their graduate students bodies and to expand the pipeline of educators to teach, counsel, and administrate in American schools, colleges, and universities. IRT urges its students to earn their advanced degrees and teaching credentials before they launch their educational careers.

“Keeping you connected to the cultural community on campus.”


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On Campus News

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS ON THE MOVE

IATU Presents: Karma February 3, 2012 10:30pm Nirvana Restaurant 4308 Magazine Street it’s that time again! Join the India Association of Tulane University (IATU) for...KARMA!!! The night will be filled with FREE Indian Food, dancing, and our famous DRINKS! New Orleans’s own DJ Miles will be spinning the latest in Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Dancehall, & BHANGRA! But for those who just want to chill, we have plenty of lounge space for you to kick back! IATU Members get in free and to all Non-Members, it’s only $5 DOLLARS! (Bring a Valid State I.D.)

tBSU Presents: Shaolin Jazz Lecture Thursday, February 2, 2012 6:00pm Rechler, LBC 202 Come an discuss the parallels and similarities between both jazz culture and hip-hop culture There will also be a listening party afterwards for this interested 21 and over

Come spend the night with us and see why everybody knows and loves KARMA!!! And transportation….we got you covered y’all. We will be providing FREE shuttle service from Bruff starting @ 10:30pm and will have shuttles back to campus later in the night! http://www.facebook.com/events/229970927088249/

My Black is Beautiful Tuesday, February 7th 2012 Stibbs, LBC 203 6:30pm INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN ORIENTATION COOORDINATOR (OC) Applications due February 1st Please click below to apply: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform? formkey=dDQ2ejlaRmZGX0NEWU0wblIy NllzMkE6MQ

On behalf of Tulane University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, we would like to extend an invitation to you to join us in the 2012 “My Black is Beautiful” panel discussion. Our topics this year will focus on the subject of identity. This year, we have asked leaders from around the community serve as our panelist. These leaders represent business owners, doctors, musicians, lawyers and other professionals in New Orleans. The objective of this panel discussion is to provide a judgment -free environment in which Tulane students and faculty, as well as the New Orleans community, have an opportunity to connect and to discuss the issues that we encounter daily caused by racial and cultural differences. This event will be taking place on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 in the Stibbs Lecture room in the Lavin-Bernick Center located on McAlister Drive, from 6:30pm-8pm. Please help Tulane University make the 2012 Black History Month a memorable and enlightening experience. Come out and share this experience with us!


Got news to share with our multi-ethnic community??? Office of Multicultural Affairs 6823 St. Charles Avenue Lavin-Bernick Center, G02

Send it to us at oma@tulane.edu

Community News Lynn Rosenthal is the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. Monday, January 30, 2012 6:00pm Freeman Auditorium Lynn Rosenthal is the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. She works with Vice President Biden and the White House Council on Women and Girls to coordinate efforts across federal agencies to address domestic violence and sexual assault “Ending Violence Against Women: What We Must Do” Domestic violence and sexual assault are epidemic. One in 3 women has experienced some kind of abuse by an intimate partner, and 1 in 5 have been sexually assaulted. Most of this violence occurs when victims are under the age of 25. By developing new strategies and strengthening intervention, we can prevent these crimes. Ms Rosenthal will discuss the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on our society, highlight key prevention strategies, and outline steps we can all take to end this violence. Ms. Rosenthal is this year’s Werlein Carter Women in Public Policy Lecturer. Established by the family and friends of Betty Werlein Carter, NC ’31, the Betty Werlein Carter Women in Public Policy Lecture provides women students with information, training experience contacts and involvement in the public policy arena. This lecture is sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute. For more information, call 504-865-5422 or email cheaney@tulane.edu. http://www.facebook.com/events/299568726760171/ Lecture by Social Entrepreneur Bill Strickland Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:00pm Freeman Auditorium Manchester Bidwell Corporation has become a national model for education, culture and hope. Bidwell Training Center provides market-driven career education created through strong partnerships with leading local industries. The business model works so well that Bill Strickland is replicating the Manchester Bidwell enterprise throughout the country. He has said, “If this country has a future, it’s because of the ability to form visions and partnerships. I believe that we can change the United States of America in my lifetime. We’ve got to change the way this country sees itself.” http://www.facebook.com/events/270965302970520/ Feminist Film Series: Made in Dagenham Friday, February 3, 2012 7:00pm Freeman Auditorium Join us for the first film screening of the Newcomb Feminist Film Series this semester, “Made in Dagenham.” Set to a backdrop of fantastic 1960’s music and style, this 2010 drama is based on the true story of how women in the UK fought for equal pay for equal work. In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there were also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assemble the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions. Dissatisfied, the women, represented by the shop steward and Rita O’Grady, worked with union rep Albert Passingham for a better deal. However, Rita learned that there was a larger issue in this dispute considering that women are paid an appalling fraction of the men’s wages for the same work across the board on the sole basis of their sex. Refusing to tolerate this inequality any longer, O’Grady lead a strike by her fellow machinists for equal pay for equal work. What followed would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labor and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women’s rights around the world. Watch the trailer here: http://www.sonyclassics.com/madeindagenham/#/home/ This screening will include a discussion with Prof. Sally Kenney, Executive Director of the Newcomb College Institute. A reception will follow the event, and this event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email cheaney@tulane.edu. http://www.facebook.com/events/356712627690752/ ************************************************************************************************************ Black Women's Health Conference (partnered with ADST and CPS) February 24 -25! Register at http://bwhconference.com/bwh/ The Black Women’s Health Conference aims to raise health awareness and increase knowledge of health-related issues and concerns that disproportionately impact black women and girls. It strives to articulate ties among academics, practitioners, and community members, by creating an environment conducive to free exchange of ideas and experiences. It presents an opportunity for stakeholders to develop a common language for talking about and actively fostering black women’s health and wellness.


Calling all students! Take a look at CELT, the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching. We offer students a better relationship with professors and the faculty associated with the center, offer research grants and opportunities and provide students with various programs and speakers dedicated to social innovation and the proactive enrichment of all students, outside of the usual Tulane classroom. As a CELT student fellow, I want everyone to make good use of this center and their expanded resources. This is a PERFECT opportunity for all students of color to make their undergraduate experience more fulfilling and more hands-on. Like CELT's page and follow CELT on Twitter! Our office is on the 3rd floor of Richardson (above Academic Advising)http:// www.facebook.com/pages/Tulane-CELT/148598011889660 ***********************************************************************************************************

Progressive Campaign Job Opportunities for Graduating Seniors – Nationwide! "The struggle for peace and social justice never ends, and one has to make a greater vow not to be discouraged from the activist path. . ."Even though countless battles have been won over the past several years, we're still up against similar fights and identical challenges. From efforts towards equal rights for all, protecting the environment and alleviating poverty, now more than ever, we need activists to stand up for what is right. There will always be easier paths to take, but no path will be more rewarding than the one fighting for these issues. Grassroots Campaigns is currently hiring Assistant Canvass Directors to run field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, Amnesty International, the ACLU and The Nature Conservancy. Grassroots Campaigns is looking to interview top students to join our teams as Assistant Canvass Directors! There is no better time get involved and shape the next generation of activists that will take this country in a more progressive direction and see change on issues that matter now. Students who are interested should apply directly to: Bill Baker bbaker@grassrootscampaigns.com 203-249-3324 Job Responsibilities: Recruitment: Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community. Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions. • Staff Management: Teach canvassing/fundraising skills. Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders. Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere. • Canvassing: Canvass in the field for four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements. 

Administration: Carefully track income and expenses. Manage the budget for your office. Process staff payroll. Maintain records for future organizing efforts.

Qualifications: Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change are essential. Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for additional leadership positions. Training: Newly hired directors will typically spend three weeks doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors and will also attend week-long national classroom training. Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff. After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots


campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management. Expectations: Minimum commitment through the 2012 Presidential Election. Campaign hours can run 80-100 hours per week, including work on weekends. Salary/Benefits: Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000. Staff may opt into our health care plan (PPO). Paid training, vacation and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available. Timing and Location: Positions are available beginning post-graduation, in cities nationwide (MA, NY, PA, OH, IL, IN, NM, MO, NC, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX, FL and Washington, D.C.). Ask Bill for details. To Apply: Contact Bill Baker at 203-249-3324 or bbaker@grassrootscampaigns.com. Please visit our website, www.grassrootscampaigns.com, for more information about current and past campaigns. Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America, the League of Conservation Voters, Equality California, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals, VoteVets, the Democratic National Committee, MoveOn.org Political Action, Repower America, Working America, Common Cause, and the Center for American Progress and Save the Children. (Save the Children is an independent organization and is not religiously or politically aligned. Save the Children has no direct affiliation with the organizations Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. partners with.)


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