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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

YMCA Summer Jobs! Earle Brown Elementary School in Brooklyn Center, MN

The YMCA is looking for good candidates for their summer program at Earle Brown Elementary School in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. If you have youth work experience and can work days/hours below, please see the follow:

The summer program will be happening at the Earle Brown Elementary School in Brooklyn Center. See the details below.

Dates: June 23 – July 31st
Days: Monday-Thursdays
Grades: K-5th
Times: approximately 930-230pm
Tasks: assist teachers in the classroom and teach enrichment activities (topics include careers, families, cultures and community issues).

Please put in an application for the position by visiting www.ymcatwincities.org and follow the instructions below.

-          Log into your YMCA application account
-          Click on hourly positions
-          Click on PT positions
-          Choose Childcare – School Success
-          Select School Success Lead Staff position

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tongues Untied: A Space for LGBTQ Students of Color

Tongues Untied began in 2010, after its founders heard from other LGBTQ students of color about their experiences of isolation and feelings about having to compartmentalize their race, gender identity, and sexuality. Named after the 1989 semi-documentary film directed by Marlon Riggs, the program is not intended as a support group, but rather as a space for LGBTQ students of color to gain a sense of empowerment that positively impacts their academic success and persistence to graduation.

Now in its third year, Tongues Untied is an official program housed in the GLBTA Programs Office within the Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota, and is open to LGBTQ students, staff and faculty of color at the University and from other institutions in the area, as well as community members.

Tongues Untied gatherings have ended for Spring 2014, but keep an eye out for them in the Fall 2014, as they have a rotating schedule each month, usually in room 41 Appleby Hall from 5:30pm-6:30pm with food provided. 

For more information, contact Jason Jackson at jacks973@umn.edu or go to their Facebook page!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Creating Towards Utopia: An Evening of Art, Poetry, and Conversation

On the evening of Friday, April 25th, friends, family, and faculty members gathered at Café Southside to support students in CHIC 4232 Chicano/a - Latino/a Gender & Sexuality Studies, a course in the Chicano & Latino Studies Department at the U of M taught by Jessica López Lyman. As part of their final projects, students elected to showcase their creativity through art and poetry.

The course explored the works of Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa, Emma Pérez, José Esteban Muñoz, and Brandon Lacy Campos. Students were asked to present their own idea(s) of Utopia, one that progresses toward a "forward-dawning futurity"--a space which celebrates people of diverse identities and experiences.

This Spring 2014, some MLK students took this class and their work is highlighted below. Yen Tran (Fluidity) and Khin Oo (Finding the Utopian in the Quotidian) both presented visual art pieces and Jessica Ngo read from a written piece entitled, "Be."

The MLK Jr. Program would like to congratulate these students on their hard work in this course.

L-R: Yen Tran (Fluidity), Jessica Ngo ("Be"), and Khin Oo (Finding the Utopian in the Quotidian)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MLK Spotlight - Warlance: A Celebration of Our Cultural Heritage

Warlance is a junior majoring in Communication Studies. This post is part of the MLK Spotlight, a regular feature on our blog. The goal is to highlight MLK student (or staff) stories, experiences, and perspectives. Have something you'd like to share? Send an email to mlkdesk@umn.edu, or ask your adviser!

Warlance and the mural he created on the second floor of Coffman Memorial Union

It can be said that the context of life is based upon the influential cultures that it embodies. Existent upon this is the collective instinct of human nature to expressively display culture in daily experience. Here, at the University of Minnesota, the Second Floor of Coffman is where the diversity of culture manifests and it is the place to be on campus. Art thrives, cultures mix, and the collective actions of peace, love, and happiness influence every attitudinal gesture that reflects the purposes of the Second Floor of Coffman. Whether to “bridge the gap," appreciate differences, or instill a level of comfort accessible to all, the Second Floor of Coffman has every intention to celebrate the diversity that exists here at the University of Minnesota. It was this objectivity that gave me the inspiration to construct a piece of artwork that would embody the purpose of every culture that lives and thrives from within the University. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

MLK Spotlight - Julia: Working to reduce suicide rates

This post is part of the MLK Spotlight, a regular feature on our blog. The goal is to highlight MLK student (or staff) stories, experiences, and perspectives. Have something you'd like to share? Send an email to mlkdesk@umn.edu, or ask your adviser! Julia shared with us the blurb below. To read more about her mission, click here

One year ago the University of Minnesota lost Matt Challou, an amazing student, to suicide. Julia Schliesing, a friend of Matt and an MLK senior and political science major, decided to run for Miss America in order to reduce the suicide rate in this country. Last fall she took home the title of Miss Minneapolis, and will compete for the title of Miss Minnesota in June. 

On Wednesday, February 19 from 11 am - 1 am at the Station 19 Buffalo Wild Wings off of University Ave, Julia will be hosting the Matt Challou Memorial Fundraiser. On the day of the fundraiser, 10% of all food purchases will go to Julia's favorite organization, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), which educates local communities about suicide prevention.  Stop in at anytime during the 19th to meet Miss Minneapolis and selflessly enjoy some delicious food. There will be acoustic live music in the evening, a silent auction, and a raffle; just print off and bring the ticket below. Bring your friends!