Current Opportunities – April 22, 2014

 

Happy Tuesday and big congratulations to all those on the Tufts Marathon Team! Please contact us anytime at activecitizen@tufts.edu with questions or to submit an announcement.

Annual Tufts ALLIES Lecture: Dr. Terence Keane, world leader in study of PTSD

Thursday, April 24th at 5 pm in Anderson 206

Join Tufts ALLIES for our Annual ALLIES Lecture, which will be examining post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military service. Dr. Terence Keane, Director of the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, is a world leader in the study of PSTD. His keynote presentation will be followed by a panel of other experts speaking about this vital topic. https://www.facebook.com/events/674296935968179/

Guest Lecture: A conversation with Simon Rosenberg, A85

Monday, April 28, 3-4:15pm

Miner 225

Students encouraged to attend

You are invited to a seminar with special guest speaker, Simon Rosenberg. He will be visiting Prof. Natalie Masuoka’s seminar on political participation. Professor Masuoka has kindly agreed to open her class to visitors, and students are welcomed to hear from Rosenberg on his perspective of political processes. Rosenberg will be talking talk about what it takes to change a political party so that it effectively mobilizes a new electorate. Specifically, he has been working to persuade the Democratic Party to target Latinos and youth, which requires changes in the consultant class, funding priorities, etc. He will give an insider’s perspective on that effort.

After graduating from Tufts, Rosenberg worked for the Dukakis and Clinton campaigns, the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Leadership Council. He then founded the New Democratic Network (NDN) and has been its president since the 1990s. NDN is a significant player in the DC think tank scene, now focusing on Latino voters. He is also a member of the Tisch College Board of Advocates.

Become a Vote Everywhere Ambassador!

Vote Everywhere (VE) is a unique Civic Engagement Initiative rooted in a legacy of civil rights and social justice.  Vote Everywhere carries on the work of Andrew Goodman, a sophomore at Queens College, who was murdered along with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner during Freedom Summer 1964 while attempting to register African-Americans to vote.  Vote Everywhere empowers a national community of campus leaders to mobilize others to act on issues of importance using their votes, voices and networks.

Through this yearlong paid internship campus ambassadors will learn by participating, connecting and engaging with others, and forming coalitions for change.  For more information, visit http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/vote-everywhere-ambassador-application-20142015/

Qualifications

• Sophomore or junior in good academic standing. High level of self-motivation, responsibility, and ability to collaborate with other students, faculty and staff

• Submission of a 1-minute video or one page essay demonstrating why you believe you would be a great Ambassador, and what social issue you are passionate about and why. Include a current resume with cover letter and send to: tischcollegesubmissions@tufts.edu. Your identified campus contact is Danica Tisdale Fisher, Tisch College Program Administrator.

• Deadline April 30, 2014

 

Mental Health Awareness Month: Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health

April 24

Can take place anywhere!

Mental health is one of the most critical and misunderstood public issues we face. Let’s have a candid dialogue to think about actions we can each take to strengthen mental health on our campuses and in our communities. Each group will have polling questions, discussion questions, and facilitation suggestions delivered to them by text message. Interested? Join us on April 24 for a one-hour dialogue on mental health! Learn more about this campaign and discussion here: bit.ly/texttalkact

 

Fall Course Offering: Community-Based Research in Urban Borderzones

ANTH 0149-24

Co-taught by Deborah Pacini Hernandez and Cathy Stanton

Wednesdays 1:30-4 p.m.

This hands-on course in community-based fieldwork methods introduces students to a set of tools for investigating complex, interconnected   questions about cultural and economic encounters in changing urban settings.  Using the concept of the “borderzone”–a space of negotiation characterized by various kinds of mobility, difference, and self-presentation–students will explore Somerville’s rapidly transforming Union Square from the perspective of small businesses run by both long-settled (e.g. Portuguese and Italian) and more recent (e.g. Brazilian and Nepalese) immigrant entrepreneurs, as well as “creative economy” workers and “makers” involved in new modes of production and consumption in the square (including “green businesses” and start-ups). The course is suitable for students at all levels and counts toward the Social Sciences distribution requirement.

 

Off campus opportunities

Using Playback Theatre in Your Field

Wed. April 23rd 7-9pm
A free event
University Hall Rm 2-150, Lesley University, Porter Campus
1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Playback Theatre is a form of applied improvisational theatre that reflects back the feelings, thoughts and stories of the people in a community.  Started in 1975, now hundreds of Playback companies perform in over 50 countries across the globe, including here in Boston.   Playback creates a deep ritual space where any story—however ordinary, extraordinary, hidden, or difficult—might be told and affirmed.  REGISTER HERE or RSVP to: echambe5@lesley.edu

 

SENIORS: Youth-related service positions available!

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is currently in its fifteenth year places Fellows who commit to a year of service at non-profit organizations, schools, and city agencies across Massachusetts to create, lead, and manage youth development projects. All fellows will receive a modest living stipend, professional development, and free graduate courses at Northeastern University.

More info at: http://www.masspromisefellows.org/openpositions.html.  Contact Colleen Holohan at c.holohan@neu.edu with questions, or call Colleen at 617.373.7881.

Horizon for Homeless Children seeking spring volunteers!

Horizons for Homeless Children is seeking volunteers to play with children living in family, teen parent, and domestic violence shelters in Greater Boston. A commitment of 2 hours a week, the same day and time each week, for 6 months is required.

Volunteers are encouraged to apply for our upcoming training on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | Edgerley Family Community Children’s Center (HHC headquarters) | 1705 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA. Other training dates and locations are available – please check our website for more information.

To fill out an application, go here:  www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org . Send an email with any questions to this address:  boston@horizonsforhomelesschildren.org  or call at  (617) 553-5488.

Volunteer with AMIGOS de las Americas this summer!

Amigos de las Americas is looking for volunteers interested in promoting youth leadership this summer in México, Ecuador and Colombia!  Volunteers live and work in rural communities with one or two other students.  They collaborate with community leaders to implement a small-scale sustainable community development project and facilitate educational activities alongside local youth. College students in Ecuador and México meet weekly to discuss issues in development theory and visit local nonprofits and government agencies.  Students in Colombia can also get Tufts credit through a course on sustainable development taken at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla.  Many volunteers conduct independent research projects while volunteering with Amigos.  For more information, check out www.amigoslink.org. Email paige.tweedy@tufts.edu if you would like to get more info. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/493930010711178/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

 

AmeriCorps Positions Available:  Youth Empowerment Corps Members Needed

At the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell, MA

The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) is currently seeking passionate and dedicated applicants for Year 7 of the Youth Empowerment Corps! This position requires a commitment of ten-months beginning in August 2014 through July 2015. Youth Empowerment Corps Members serve full time during their service year at UTEC located in downtown Lowell, MA. UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell’s most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Members serve UTECs youth directly in various capacities from case management, teaching, coaching, job training, civic engagement, community service and mentoring. Offering a unique and dynamic opportunity for professional and personal development, Members will cultivate skills from project planning and management to public speaking, relationship building to time management, and so much more. Corps Members will have abundant opportunities to work on individual projects, department tasks, and Corps-wide collaborations. If you are searching for an opportunity to foster meaningful connections with youth and team members, develop useful professional skills, and contribute to a fulfilling and profound mission, UTEC is the place for you.

For consideration, send resume and letter of interest; or for further information, email Melany Levesque at mlevesque@utec-lowell.org. For more information about UTEC, please visit http://www.utec-lowell.org/programs/americorps. Additional information about AmeriCorps can be found at www.americorps.gov. No phone calls, please.

Buy shares of fresh produce for the summer and fall!

The World PEAS CSA (part of the Friedman school’s New Entry Sustainable Farming Project) offers delicious and nutritious boxes of fresh, local fruits and vegetables, delivered directly to the Tufts Medford and Chinatown campuses on a weekly basis from mid-June through late October. We aggregate the bounty of the season, supplying food grown by over 30 immigrant, refugee, and beginning farmers in eastern MA to provide our shareholders with a weekly box of seasonally available fruit, salad and cooking greens, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, potatoes and other fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sign up now to reserve your small share (produce for 1-2 people each week) or large share (produce for 4-5 people each week) of local fruits and vegetables that will guarantee fresh, delicious meals from June through October.  Shares are selling quickly, so register today: www.ctiworldpeascsa.org

Not around this summer?  Sign up for our academic share, delivered for 8 weeks in September and October!  Worried about the cost or about receiving too much produce?  Split a share with a friend, colleague, or co-worker! Please contact CSA Coordinator Kate Petcosky with any questions (kpetcosky@comteam.org, 978-654-6745).

 

World Citizenship Competition

The Imagine Cup World Citizenship Competition is a global contest for the best new software to address social issues and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet project using Windows, or a mobile project using Windows Phone, or a browser project using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle 2014. Follow this link to find out more info about this great opportunity: https://www.imaginecup.com/Competition/1000#?fbid=Iq5Lk442Vn2.

 

SENIORS: Take on environmental challenges, join Green Corps!

In the next few months, Green Corps will invite 35 college graduates to join in 2014 -2015. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit www.greencorps.org to apply to join the 2014-2015 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing. In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2014 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, visit www.greencorps.org or contact Charley Olena, Lead Organizer, at charlotteo@greencorps.org or 716-870-4555. Or, visit http://www.greencorps.org/findoutmore.

 

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