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Join members of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights in an open forum on disability rights and accessibility at Wesleyan. Learn about how you can make your classroom more accessible to students with disabilities and how you can be a disability rights ally.
Tuesday, April 17, 12-1pm, 41 Wyllys 114
Bring your questions, bring your lunch.

Wesleyan African Student Association presents: ARIYA: The African Culture Show.

Please come and support ASA on April 7th, 2012 at the World Music Hall for their annual culture show.

The show will feature acts like SUYA, among others and there will be a motivational guest speaker.

The culture show is from 7-9 pm and tickets are on sale at the box office.

Come, and immerse yourself in African culture!

The Janina Montero Prize, is awarded in honor of the tireless service of Janina Montero, professor and administrator at Wesleyan for over 20 years.  This prize is given each year by the Wesleyan Latino Alumni Council and Janina Montero to an outstanding Latina(o) senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and who has been involved in the Latino community and in the Wesleyan community at large.

The individual should exemplify personal integrity, leadership, and motivation; a strong interest in and knowledge of his/her background; and have maintained a high level of commitment to Wesleyan’s academic and intellectual enterprise.

So that the Selection Committee may evaluate your application and make a final selection, please submit one copy of your current resume, an academic history, and one-page statement of your academic accomplishments as well as of your contributions to the Latino, Student of Color and Wesleyan communities.  This material must be received by Dr. Marina J. Melendez, Class Dean for 2014, 215 North College, no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.  No application will be accepted after the deadline.

Please feel free to contact Dean Melendez at mmelendez@wesleyan.edu or at x.2765 if you have any questions.

Previous winners of the prize include:

Jaynice Del Rosario 2011
Noel Flores 2010
Katherine Rodriguez 2010
Melgily Valdez 2009
Tania Serrano 2008
Micaela Gutierrez 2007
Roberto Soto-Carrion 2007
Stephanie Garcia, 2006
Jose Marantes, 2006

The Janina Montero Prize prize is given each year by the Wesleyan Latino Alumni Council and Janina Montero to an outstanding Latina(o) senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and who has been involved in the Latino community and in the Wesleyan community at large.

The individual should exemplify personal integrity, leadership, and motivation; a strong interest in and knowledge of his/her background; and have maintained a high level of commitment to Wesleyan’s academic and intellectual enterprise.

Submit one copy of a current resume, copy of academic history, and one-page statement of academic accomplishments as well as of contributions to the Latino, Student of Color and Wesleyan communities.

This material must be received by Dr. Marina Melendez, Class Dean for 2014, 237 North College, 2nd Floor, Room 215, no later than 5:00PM on Tuesday, March 27.  No application will be accepted after the deadline.

Please feel free to contact Dean Melendez via email or at 860.685.2765 if there are any questions.

Previous winners of the prize include:

Jaynice Del Rosario 2011
Noel Flores 2010
Katherine Rodriguez 2010
Melgily Valdez 2009
Tania Serrano 2008
Micaela Gutierrez 2007
Roberto Soto-Carrion 2007
Stephanie Garcia, 2006
Jose Marantes, 2006

If you are interested in:

  • providing programmatic and networking opportunities for various activist groups on campus
  • facilitating difficult dialogue conversations between students and fostering meaningful connections between students, faculty and staff on campus

Then please consider applying for one of the following internship opportunities:

Please note the deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Dawn Brown, dabrown@wesleyan.edu or (860) 685-3163.

Come enjoy a night of South Asian song, music, dance and cultural celebration!!

When: Friday, Nov. 19th 8-10pm
Where: Crowell Concert Hall

Tickets on  sale at the Box Office! $5 for Wesleyan Students
All proceeds go to support the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative to help re-build the lives of millions of displaced flood victims in Pakistan.

Presented by Shakti.

Come enjoy a night of South Asian song, music, dance and cultural celebration!!

When: Friday, Nov. 19th 8-10pm
Where: Crowell Concert Hall

TICKETS ON SALE AT THE BOX OFFICE!! $5 for Wesleyan Students

All proceeds go to support the Pakistani Flood Relief Initiative to help re-build the lives of millions of displaced flood victims in Pakistan!!

Please consider submitting a proposal for a session at the conference. For more information and to submit, please use this form.

To receive a notification about when registration opens for SJLC 2011, send an email.

The Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

Students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff facilitate sessions in their area of interest or expertise. Sessions focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change.  SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.

To see the 2010 Conference schedule, click here.
To see the 2009 Conference schedule, click here.

To request more information, send an email.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and queer friendly students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet, mingle, and talk about coming out and being out!

Monday, October 11, 2010
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Daniel Family Commons

Usdan

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Queer Resource Center and Student Affairs Office.

Monday, 26 April
Shanklin 107, 7pm

Asian/Asian-American House presents Lata Chawla: accomplished business leader, active philanthropist and local Connecticut resident. Ms. Chawla will share her insights on maintaining a competitive business edge in this era of rapid change and intense competition.

Ms. Chawla worked at ESPN, Inc. for 11 years, where she held a variety of leadership roles in the Human Resources Department. Currently, she is the Founder and Principal of Performance Edge, LLC, a consulting, training and multi-media solutions consulting company which serves the Broadcast, Cable and Telecommunications industry.

She is also active in community and philanthropic efforts, serving on the Board of Directors for the World Affairs Council of CT and non-profit Jazz’d 4 Life.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this dynamic business leader! Ms. Chawla will be talking about how everyone has their separate callings in life and its the connections we build/the self discovery that allows us to succeed. There will be a Q&A session following the lecture.

For more information, please contact Han Hsien Liew ’12.

The West Indian Students Association (WISA) cordially invites you to the annual culture show – BAJARI.  Come join us in celebration of the diverse, lively, and eclectic mix of world cultures that make up the West Indies.

The show will be in Crowell Concert Hall this Thursday, 4/15, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

WesDEF Info Session 4/6

Unite!  We have heard the word diversity being used and perhaps misused many times on this campus.  We see the important implications diversity has in our lives at home or at Wesleyan everyday.  Now we ask you to have your voice heard in the way diversity is talked about on campus!

WesDEF is a student group that has existed for several years now, talking with other students about diversity and hosting campus events. We are looking to revamp things, so in the spirit of a rejuvenating Springtime we invite you to become an integral part of WesDEF!

If you are interested in generating more awareness on campus and  faciliting talks on diversity next year the WesDEFs extend a warm invitation for you to join our family. For more information please join us at an into session next week and check out our mission statement at the following website:

WesDEF Website and Commitment Form:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/odse/wesdef_commitment%20form10.html

Info Session: Tuesday, April 6th 8PM in Usdan 136

The Campus Climate Log provides a way to inform the campus community about hate incidents and acts of intolerance, and it lists educational interventions and prevention efforts organized by students and staff. The Log–developed in 2007–was a collaboration between the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) Student Life Committee and the Office of Student Affairs/Dean’s Office. In the Fall 2009, the position of Dean of Diversity and Student Engagement was reorganized to report to the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Strategic Partnerships. As the Dean of Diversity and Student Engagement, I chair the Campus Climate Log Committee and direct the review and update of the Log.  For more information about the Campus Climate Log, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/climate/ or send an email Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean for Diversity and Student Engagement, at rjohnson01@wesleyan.edu.

The Colin Higgins Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual Youth Courage Awards. Through these annual awards, the foundation salutes LGBTQ youth who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and discrimination based on gender and/or sexual orientation.

In 2010, three honorees will each receive a $10,000 grant to be presented in New York City at the Trevor Project Benefit Gala in June. Honorees will also receive an expense-paid trip to the 2011 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creating Change Conference.

The award program seeks nominations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, and Queer youth (through the age of 21) who have bravely stood up to hostility and intolerance based on their gender and/or sexual orientation and triumphed over bigotry through working for LGBTQ rights and social justice.

Nominees must be 21 or under and must be U.S. citizens. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Complete program guidelines and nomination forms are available at the foundation’s Web site.

Have you considered earning a PhD and becoming a professor? Do you love research, and are you committed to helping to rectify the historical underrepresentation of African-Americans, Latino/as, and American Indians in U.S. colleges and universities and the disparities that result from that underrepresentation? If so, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) may be for you. MMUF is a program that matches Fellows with faculty mentors and provides programming that demystifies academic careers and prepares Fellows for applying successfully to graduate school. Students are selected in the spring of their sophomore  year, participate in an intensive six-week summer session, and remain in the program during their junior and senior years. Much more information on MMUF is available at http://www.mmuf.org.

An information session will be held on Friday, January 29 at 6:00 PM in 403 Fisk. A light supper will be served. If you are interested but cannot attend, please get in touch with the Associate Coordinator, Renée Johnson-Thornton at rjohnson01@wesleyan.edu or 860 685-3084.

irizarryIn Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Living the Dream: Youth Activism and a New Vision for Urban Public Education

Keynote address by:

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry
Tuesday, January 26th
4:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut.  Prior to his arrival at UConn, he was the Director of Project SPIRIT (Springfield Partnership to Improve the Recruitment of Inspiring Minority Teachers), a college-community collaboration aimed at increasing the number of teachers of color in urban schools.  He received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education, culturally responsive curriculum development, action research, and urban education.

A former middle school teacher in New York City, his research focuses on urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention with an emphasis on increasing the number of teachers of color, culturally responsive pedagogy, and youth participatory action research. A central focus of his work involves promoting the academic achievement of Latino and African American youth in urban schools by addressing issues associated with teacher education.  Manuscripts documenting the findings of his research have been published or accepted for publication in a variety of journals in the field including Education and Urban Society, Multicultural Perspectives, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Centro Journal of Puerto Rican Studies and others appearing as chapters in various books including the Handbook of Latinos and Education: Research, Theory & Practice (Murillo, 2010) and Culture, Curriculum, and Identity in Education: Progressive Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice. (Milner, 2009).

Class
Dr. Irizarry will conduct a seminar for students on his work.
10:30am, Open to the first 20 respondents
To register, email stuact@wesleyan.edu

Luncheon
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Irizarry over lunch (reservation required)
Noon, Open to the first 30 respondents (staff, faculty or students).
To RSVP, email stuact@wesleyan.edu

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