Weekly Opportunities – October 27th, 2014

Happy Monday everyone! Please contact us anytime at activecitizen@tufts.edu with questions or to submit an announcement.


Tisch College and On-Campus Opportunities

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series:

Kathleen Sebelius, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services

October 28, 5pm

ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Hall


Kathleen Sebelius served as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2009 until June 2014. As Secretary, Sebelius led implementation of the Affordable Care Act, instituting a Patient’s Bill of Rights, enhancing Medicare benefits while lowering costs, expanding CHIP and Medicaid, and creating a national health insurance marketplace that enrolled eight million consumers in 2014.


Please join Tisch College, the School of Dental Medicine, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the School of Medicine, Tufts CTSI, and the Provost’s Office for an engaging discussion of healthcare and health care policy with Secretary Sebelius.

Free and open to the public. RSVP requested at http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/speakers/



Film Screening & Discussion with Documentarian, Anna Moiseenko

Monday, October 27 at 8pm

Tisch Library, Room 304

In early 2012, as the protest movement against Vladimir Putin’s government gained steam, Novaya Gazeta and Moscow’s School for Documentary Film and Theater partnered to send ten young documentarians into the streets to chronicle as much of the movement as they could. The resulting film, “Winter, Go Away!” (Russia, 2012) is a kaleidoscopic vision of the anti-Putin protest movement as it plans, debates, and confronts the authorities. Free and open to the public.


Cosponsored by Tisch College, the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, and the Institute for Global leadership.



Co-founder of Warby Parker, Neil Blumenthal speaking at Lyon & Bendheim

Monday, October 27, 6:30 – 7:15pm
Cabot ASEAN Auditorium

160 Packard Ave, Medford Campus
Limited seating.
RSVP Online. 


Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and a Young Global Leader by the Word Economic Forum, Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, has disrupted the eyewear industry. Offering eyewear at a significantly lower price than retailers, the company simultaneously has a social mission. For every pair sold, the company distributes a pair of glasses to someone in need.


Prior to launching Warby Parker in 2010, Neil served as Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own businesses selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in developing countries. He was responsible for developing VisionSpring’s award-winning strategy (Fast Company Social Capitalist Award ‘08, ‘07 and ‘05) and expanding VisionSpring’s global presence from one to 10 countries. Come and hear Neil’s entrepreneurial story.


Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series:

Matt Bai, A90, national political columnist

November 6 | 6pm

Alumnae Lounge
Join Tisch College Board Member Matt Bai, A90, for an engaging discussion about his latest book, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid. Bai is currently the national political columnist for Yahoo News, and previously was the chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, where he covered three presidential campaigns.


Free and open to the public. RSVP requested at http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/speakers/


Tufts Intersections Project – Join the Dialogue!

October 21 – November 14

Sign up for a 90 minute session!

Join a small group discussion to share your experiences and perspectives. Trained facilitators from the Tufts community are convening these dialogues as an opportunity for students to get to know each other and to discuss how you can find your place, make a difference, and maintain your well-being in college and in life. Dialogues run on various topics, October 21 – November 14. For more information and to sign up, check out http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/intersections/


Volunteer with Tisch College’s College Access Mentorship Initiative
Throughout the academic year, Tisch College hosts college access visits for local ninth graders who identify as first generation, limited income, or students of color. Tisch College is seeking volunteers to help with these visits starting October 31. There are different times students may volunteer for, and they must go to volunteer orientation on October 27 from 12-1:15. For more information, contact Kelly.Nguyen @tufts.edu. To sign up, complete this form:

Spring 2015 Course:
PHIL 0020 – An Introduction to Civic Studies: Theories for a Better World
TR 10:30-11:45
This seminar course offers engaging dialogue about building better societies and the role of individuals and small groups in creating, nourishing, and sustaining good communities. Through a diverse range of theorists and practioners, the course will explore contrasting conceptions of active citizenship with roots in philosophy and practical experimentation. Taught by Peter Levine, Tisch College Associate Dean, the course aims to understand how people engage with their communities and develop strategies for building a better world. Relevant facts (empirical evidence), values (ethics), and strategies will be considered. No prerequisites.

Join the #wearenotminor photo campaign, by Tufts Asian American Alliance!

Fridays, October 17 – Nov 14

12:00-1:00 PM, Upper Campus Center 


Join Tufts Asian American Alliance (AAA)! #wearenotminor is a photo campaign that aims to explore, celebrate, and reflect upon the diverse experiences of Asian Americans here at Tufts University. Inspired by the recent photo campaigns about identity, #wearenotminor hopes to shed light upon the under-representations & misrepresentations of Asian Americans. Come take your picture with us and share your experiences!


Learn more about the campaign at https://www.facebook.com/events/728222710582551/.


Do you have a great project idea that will improve a community? Interested in active citizenship?

Apply online today!


The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement can help! The Tisch Fund aims to provide funding for projects, events, and programs with a connection to active citizenship in a clear community-identified need.  Applications are live at our website: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/tischfund/.


For more information and questions, please Danica Fisher at: Danica.Fisher@tufts.edu.

Tufts Compass Fellowship—Application Open!

Learning, Opportunity, Social Entrepreneurship, Business, Sustainability, Community, Mentorship, Leadership” If any of these words rings a bell, check out Tufts Compass Fellowship! It’s a national fellowship program for first-year college students that provides mentorship, networking opportunities, and a supportive community to help you explore and pursue your passions, and develop your ideas into businesses that make a difference!


Feel free to apply at http://www.apply.compassfellows.org/ or get in touch with Khuyen, khuyen.bui@tufts.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your passion come true!




Additional Active Citizenship Opportunities

Announcing Global Hangouts

Americans for UNESCO, GenUN, Global Changemakers, Young Professionals In Foreign Policy, and other partners from around the world are excited to announce the launch of Global Hangouts. Global Hangouts is a new initiative to connect young people across the globe to discuss pressing international issues. You’ll be matched up with a young person from a different country to talk about education, culture, health care, youth political engagement, and related topics. More than 500 people from more than 75 countries have already signed up – join them! Whether you’re looking for support starting an international advocacy project or you just want the opportunity to expand your perspective on important global issues, Global Hangouts are a great way to connect with people all over the world. To learn more and sign up, visit: http://www.globalhangouts.org/ Within a few weeks of signing up, you’ll receive an email with your match. Questions? Contact youthglobalhangouts@gmail.com.


Interested in Impacting your Community? English At Large is Accepting Applications for Spring Internships

English at Large is a nonprofit that provides individual and small group instruction through a volunteer network to adult immigrants and other newcomers who want to acquire English language skills as they adapt to life in the United States. Our vision is that newcomers to the United States will develop the English language skills and acquire the cultural knowledge needed to fully engage in their communities and fulfill their life goals.

We have three part-time internship openings for the spring semester.  Our internship programs provide you with experience in a small, close-knit non-profit working environment, as well as offer you a variety of relevant trainings on topics such as grant writing and event promotion.


Our internship openings are as follows: Program Administration, Program Outreach, and Programs and Social Media. Internships will begin in January 2015 and end in May 2015, with the possibility of continuing into the summer. Interns are asked to commit 10-15 hours/week to their position.  All internships must be eligible for the Tufts Work Study Program, and will pay $10/hour.


The English At Large office is located in Woburn, MA, but there may be the opportunity to work more locally in Medford, MA. If this is a deciding factor, please reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator at the email address provided below.


To find out more or to apply, go to: http://www.englishatlarge.org/opportunities.html

Feel free to send your resume and cover letter to Coordinator@EnglishAtLarge.org.


Travel internationally and work in social entrepreneurship this winter break!

Saha Global (formerly known as Community Water Solutions) empowers women in rural communities to solve their village’s need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities. The organization brings leaders from around the world to Ghana through their Global Leadership Program, where they train local women to launch profitable social enterprises.


Applications for the winter program are coming soon, learn more at http://sahaglobal.org/.


Discounted Admission to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Discounted Tickets Available with Valid College ID

Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 | (617) 514-1600

Open 7 Days a Week from 9am- 5pm


Come and explore the life and legacy of the thirty-fifth president of the United States at this monument of his legacy. Students and scholars can arrange to conduct research using our collection of historical materials chronicling mid-20th century politics and the life and administration of John F. Kennedy. As well as take tours of our Museum which portrays the life, leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.


Boston’s House of Sufism seeking volunteers!

Boston’s House of Sufism is looking for volunteers to assist with a local hunger and homelessness initiative. The group takes a flexible, multi-faceted approach to addressing these issues, including distributing excess food from bakeries and grocery stores directly to shelter residents, organizing to raise money and donations for specific requests, and serving a weekly home-cooked meal at a homeless shelter.

The House of Sufism has worked with Boston shelters for several years, including the Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, and St. Francis House. Recently, they’ve have developed a relationship with Boston’s only all-youth shelter, Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Serving with the House of Sufism is a unique opportunity to work on the ground with local shelter residents in a warm and informal setting. Volunteers are welcomed to join at whatever capacity best suits them, whether for several hours a week or one Sunday afternoon a month.


For more information, please contact Flora Lang at flora.lang@tufts.edu or visit http://www.nimatullahisufiboston.org/charity.html.


Interested in environmental activism or getting involved in a local campaign?

The Yes on 2 Campaign to update the Bottle Bill and improve Massachusetts recycling and decrease litter is looking for volunteers to join us our grassroots campaign. We will be canvassing in Somerville on Sunday the 19th, 26th, and Nov 2th knocking on doors and asking people to vote Yes on Question 2.


We will also be calling voters on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the month from either 5:30-7 or 7:30-9 to ask voters for their support. All volunteers will be trained, with no prior experience required.


Interested students should contact Andrew Petrone at apetrone11@gmail.com. More information on the campaign can be found at www.yeson2ma.org.


Open Style Lab presentations at the Museum of Science, Boston

Dates: Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18 & Oct 25

Every Saturday in Boston for the month of October!

FREE event with the Museum of Science Exhibit Halls admission.

Independent of Exhibit Hall admission, there is a limited number of free passes, read below!


Come to the Open Style Lab presentations at the Museum of Science, Boston to enjoy student presentations and a 5min documentary film of the Open Style Lab process, premiering at the Museum of Science this month.

Each week, Watch two of our student teams present their designs, then try on the designs at our booths! Get your own adaptive fashion creativity going at the Design Challenge exhibit organized by the Museum of Science!

The Museum of Science is located at 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02215. Open Style Lab presentations and booths will be at the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center. Booths will be open from 12-2:30pm. Student presentations will be from 12:30-1pm.

We have a limited number of free passes – please email hello@openstylelab.org if you will like a free pass. More details can be found on Museum of Science event page: http://www.mos.org/public-events/assistive-technology-clothing-design. Email hello@openstylelab.org with any questions.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at Horizons for Homeless Children

Do you have 2 hours each week to play with young homeless children (0-6) in one of our statewide shelter-based Playspaces? Are you fun-loving, dependable and looking for a way to make a difference in the Boston area?

Upcoming volunteer training:

Tues & Weds, October 21st and 22nd

6:00 – 8:30 pm

(Both nights required)

Roxbury, MA


To find out more or to apply, call 617-553-5488 or visit horizonschildren.org/playspace. Please join us in giving homeless children a better tomorrow.


Are you interested in aging advocacy work? AARP seeking Graduate student intern!

AARP is seeking a student, preferably in a graduate program, with applicable knowledge of the political system, communication and public relations to provide support for AARP Massachusetts’ office efforts around 2014 voter engagement and advocacy related to a major nationwide initiative.


Qualifications include having experience with basic research projects, gathering information, as well as

basic knowledge of Massachusetts news media and political landscape. A commitment to the goals and priorities of AARP, good organizational and communications skills is also looked for in applicants. The intern is expected to have experience working with Microsoft Office, Excel and Access and to work independently with limited supervision as well as part of a team.


This internship will begin on September 15th and end on December 5th; is located in Boston, Massachusetts; and will require a 15 hour per week commitment.


Still accepting applications! Please contact Leslie Siphers, Advocacy Associate, at 617.305.0510 or lsiphers@aarp.org for more information.


Tutors For All – Work Study Position available


If you are a college student in Boston and want to make an impact in the lives of Boston youth, give back to the community, then apply to be a tutor at Tutors For All!


We are a non profit organization looking for tutors in Math, English, and ESL for the Codman program. The program runs from 8:30am to 12:30pm every Saturday. You can apply through your college Federal Work Study and get paid $12 an hour, or volunteer and get a free monthly charlie card.


For more information go to tutorsforall.org. If interested, please contact palakai@tutorsforall.org.


Boston Globe mobile app looking for Tufts student involvement!

A mobile application for the Boston Globe is looking for more students to get involved!


Allison Goldsberry, a Tufts University graduate and current part-time student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is working this mobile application for students and teachers to use in the classroom.  The app will feature Globe content and will build off of The Globe’s existing News in Education program.  Allison is working on this project in conjunction with students at Medford High School, where she teaches web design.


Allison would love to have Tufts students involved!  She is looking for students who are interested in one or more of the following: civics, journalism, education, technology, and digital media.  No technical skills are required but are certainly welcome.  Help is needed with research (user experiences, current news in education program assets, student/teacher technology use, survey data), design, prototyping, outreach, development, etc.  The help potential students can provide is geared toward their skills and interest.  The time commitment will vary based upon student interest and involvement but should be at least one hour per week; this can be virtual if easier.


Please contact Allison at agoldsberry@gmail.com or 781-526-1997.



Interested in STEM education? Want experience working with middle school students?

STEM Education are looking for 2-3 STEM Education Workshop Assistants to help with some planned STEM education activities using Tufts-developed software applications at middle schools in the area. There will be at least two separate workshops, one in fall and one in winter/spring.


Candidates should be interested in STEM education, programming, and/or the development of creativity and problem solving skills. Experience working with children is a plus, but you do not need experience in education for this job. A STEM major is preferred, but not required. Candidates should be available for both sessions. See below for tentative dates. Successful candidates will be required to complete a background check, human subjects research training, and attend an orientation event in January.

The fall session will take place at an educational site very close to the Tufts Medford campus, and will last two weeks in late October between 9 am – 2 pm (do not necessarily have to be free whole time every day). The winter/spring session will take place as part of an all-girl after school outreach program and will meet one to three days per week, 2 – 5 pm for 5-week period sometime between Jan-Mar. Transportation can be provided if necessary.


$12.00-$14.00/hour, negotiable based on experience. Interested applicants should send a resume and a summary of their weekly expected availability for Oct/Nov to : Interested applicants should send a resume and a summary of their weekly expected availability for Oct/Nov to jenna.conversano@tufts.edu.


Somerville Local First Seeking Interns

Somerville Local First (SLF) is pleased to offer three part-time internships with our exciting organization. Internships with SLF are very self-led, allowing you to be creative and providing on-the-ground experience working with small business owners and entrepreneurs.  Interns should expect to work 10 to 20 hours per week, must be able to work independently and as a team, and must be available nights and weekends (weekday hours are also available).  We are seeking energetic interns with true entrepreneurial spirit to help guide SLF through our busy fall event season and into 2015.  Are you interested in gaining valuable experience, working with an amazing group of local business owners, and learning the ins and outs of running a small nonprofit organization? If so, this is the internship for you!


SLF is seeking interns for the following positions:

Networking Event Intern, Marketing and Management Intern, and Event Management Intern
If interested, please send resume and short email of introduction and interest to Kat Rutkin, Executive Director of Somerville Local First.  (kat@somervillelocalfirst.org)

Intern with Green Streets initiative
Want to save the earth, save lives, and make our local communities more fun? Volunteer with the Green Streets Initiative, a local grassroots non-profit organization that promotes awareness and celebration of healthy and environmentally-friendly commuting. Green Streets has a number of volunteer and internship opportunities are listed here http://gogreenstreets.org/volunteer, or you can develop your own project. Those interested can contact Director Janie Katz-Christy, jkatzchristy@gogreenstreets.org. Most immediately, Green Streets is looking for a Social Media Coordinator/trainer (5 hours/week) and an Assistant Director (10-20 hours/week) Interns or volunteers.


SENIORS: Green Corps is looking for college graduates for their year-long program!
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 & 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.

For more information, read on or visit http://www.greencorps.org/findoutmore .

Apply for an internship with YouthBuild USA!

Apply online for this fall internship stationed in Davis Square!


YouthBuild USA’s Advocacy and Public Policy team is seeking an intern for the fall semester, with the possibility of continuing through the spring.  The Public Policy Intern will contribute to the team’s mission of advocating for opportunity youth in federal policy, and promoting the YouthBuild program with Congress, the Administration, and State and Local elected officials.   This position will report to the Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy.


In local YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16–24 work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people and participating in leadership development activities in their communities.  YouthBuild enrollees are among the country’s 3.5 million opportunity youth – young adults who generally never finished high school, are out of work, living in poor communities and with limited ways to return to school and work.  Today, there are roughly 264 local YouthBuild programs in 46 states, Washington, DC., and the Virgin Islands, engaging approximately 10,000 young adults per year. Over 120,000 YouthBuild students have built over 22,000 units of affordable, increasingly green, housing since 1994.


Find the application here: https://youthbuild.org/job/youthbuild-usa-public-policy-intern.



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