Monday, November 25, 2013

Amazing Volunteer Opportunity in Ecuador


I am writing to share with you an amazing volunteer opportunity that I hope you will take the time to share with your students.  Sustainable Roots is an NGO working in Ecuador in a small town called Cosanga.  We have been working here for over three years and have seen amazing results from our work.  We keep constant volunteer presence in the community.  The volunteer’s work is largely centered on teaching English but our volunteers are a big part of the Cosanga community and often lend a hand in multiple other aspects of community life. 

This opportunity is fairly inexpensive; volunteers with a basic understanding of Spanish and who are willing to stay at least three months (preferably six) have their housing and food paid for.  

We are effecting positive lasting change in this community and in the lives of our volunteers.  We have also been asked by multiple other communities around the region for help but as yet do not have sufficient volunteer applicants to facilitate this.  I hope that you can share this opportunity with your students and help us grow.  Please take a minute to look at our website, our blog or our Facebook page for more information.  Also feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. 
Toni Walters

Sustainable Roots Team
_Planting the Seed of Sustainability_

"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children"
- Kenyan Proverb

Friday, November 22, 2013

Wheatley International Affairs Conference 2014

ICW Job Opening- Apply Now!

Government Relations Assistant

Resumes and letters accepted until filled.
Send letter and resume to

Reports to the President and CEO of ICW and is part of a team developing key messages about the organization, its mission, and members.      

Responsibilities include:

Track and analyze bills.  Attend legislative hearings and activities.  Represent organization with legislators and higher education stakeholders.

Work with student liaisons at individual colleges.

Assist in crafting ICW message for external constituencies, working with ICW team.  Work with ICW team to develop and implement ICW public policy positions.

Any other activities as requested by the President and CEO of ICW.

Qualifications:  Understanding of independent higher education, the higher education system and a general understanding of legislative processes.  Outstanding writing ability, careful listener, and strong communication and interpersonal skills.  Familiarity with issues affecting higher education.  Self-starter and disciplined time manager with excellent follow-through.  Policy analysis skills, familiarity with the Washington legislative process, and excellent research skills are desired.  Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, be comfortable in a high energy environment, communicate effectively, have initiative and be able to work independently.  Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public relations, policy, or related field. 

Annual Salary:  $25,000-$35,000
Position through June 30, 2014 with the possibility of a permanent position beginning July 1.

Coro Fellows Program accepting applications

Coro is looking for outstanding applicants for the 2014-2015 Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. We seek motivated candidates from all disciplines and careers. We kindly request your partnership in reaching out to accomplished individuals who have demonstrated a distinct aptitude for leadership and commitment to public affairs. Please circulate the summary below to your networks, listservs, and any other prospective applicants.

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs  is a nine-month, post graduate, leadership training program through which Fellows gain hands on experience and access through work in the government, nonprofit, labor, political, and business sectors. The main components of the program are field placements, seminars, interviews, and focus weeks. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 22, 2014. To learn more about the Coro Fellows Program, scroll down or click here.

Fellows Program in Public Affairs Overview

Founded in 1947, the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, full-time, graduate-level program that introduces participants to all aspects of public affairs. The Program combines experiential learning, close interaction with key decision-makers, and development in analytical, group governance, and communication skills. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Coro Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding. The Fellows Program is offered in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and St. Louis.

Cited by Princeton Review as one of the top ten fellowships in the country, the Coro Fellows Program familiarizes participants to all facets of the public affairs arena through field placements, weekly seminars, interviews, and focus weeks.

Field Placements
Each Fellow works in a series of month long projects with a government agency, political campaign, business, labor union, non-profit organization, and an independent placement.
Skill-based seminars delve into negotiation, facilitation, consensus building, public speaking and project management. Fellows are also introduced to a variety of tools to help them think and act effectively.
Fellows conduct hundreds of interviews with prominent leaders in their respective sectors or issues to inform their learning of public affairs.
Focus Weeks
Week long immersions to explore a sector or area, Fellows may explore such topics as state government, agriculture, media, international affairs and education.

Monthly stipends and tuition scholarships are available based on documented financial need.

Applying to the Fellows Program

Coro seeks bright, self-motivated individuals with a commitment to ethical and effective leadership. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience is required and post-graduate academic study or work is encouraged. Fellows come from all academic disciplines, careers, and racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.  Based on a review of applications, Coro will invite finalists to attend Selection Day in March. Sixty four Fellows are selected and will be placed in one of five Coro Centers in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, or St. Louis.

Completed applications are due by JANUARY 22, 2014

 In order to apply for the program you must first fill out a pre-application at Once you have completed the pre-application you can begin the application process. Applications will be submitted online, you can access the application by visiting  If you have any questions, please contact Lizzie Lincoln, Program Manager, at or 415.986.0521 ext. 108.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

TRU Philosophy, History and Politics Undergraduate Conference

From: Skye Hines []
Sent: Monday, October 07, 2013 11:05 AM
To: Katherine Smith; Douglas Cannon; David J Sousa
Subject: TRU Philosophy, History and Politics Undergraduate Conference: Jan. 16-18, 2014

I am contacting you on behalf of the Thompson Rivers University Philosophy, History, and Politics Conference (TRU PHP Conference) which takes place annually in Kamloops, British Columbia. This our seventh conference, and it runs from January 16-18th, 2014. The PHP Conference is completely run by undergraduates as well all of the presentations are done by undergraduate students, which makes this conference a very unique event in North America. It offers undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research and to practise the art of public speaking in an academic environment as well as to meet other students from Canada and the United States and share research. 
Every year the conference brings in a keynote speaker. This year we will be having Dr. Chris Frazer, a professor of history from St. Francis Xavier University, delivering a keynote address entitled, "A History of Drag". As well we will be having an internal keynote address done by our own Dr. Jenna Woodrow who will be presenting a paper entitled, "Multiple Personhood and the Problem with Self-Knowledge." 

Another part of the conference is the Ambassador Program. In this program, students from schools other than TRU help us promote and advertise the conference on their own campuses. One of the main goals of our conference is to extend the reach of our participants across Canada and the United States and the ambassador program helps achieve that while at the same giving the opportunity for students to attend our conference. Those students selected to be an ambassador will receive a $20 gift certificate for Hotel 540 to help towards the cost of a room. If you know of any students or student Philosophy, History, or Politics Clubs that may be interested in this opportunity it would be greatly appreciated if you could pass this on. 
We greatly appreciate those who help up promote our conference and as such please find attached a copy of our Call-For-Papers. Please also visit our website, for more information and if any questions arise please do not hesitate to contact us at Thank you in advance for helping our conference. 

Skye Hines
Thompson Rivers University Philosophy, History, and Politics Undergrad conference committee.

MA in Sustainable Communities- NAU

 I am including information here and below on our MA in Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University.  As you advise students on their future graduate studies, I invite you to take a closer look at NAU. Here are some reasons why our program in Sustainable Communities may appeal to students like yours:
Program Highlights:
  • Our interdisciplinary program focuses on issues of sustainability that affect communities—such as environmental, political-economic, spiritual, and educational topics.
  • Students take core courses from our interdisciplinary faculty, and electives of their own choosing as they design their own educational paths to fit their research needs.
  • Students work in community based collaborative action research teams during their first year, learning the arts of community organizing.
  • Students complete a thesis that has both theoretical and applied components.
  • We offer graduate assistantships, scholarships and tuition waivers (both in-state and out-of-state) on a competitive basis to graduate students who are accepted to the program. Students are also eligible for travel-grants to attend conferences or for fieldwork.
  • This program is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which provides in-state tuition rates to residents of 14 western states.
 We are now accepting applications from qualified applicants who have or will have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, seek both the tools and the knowledge necessary to work toward good and sustainable communities and are motivated and inspired by the connection between education and activism.
I hope your students find our program in Sustainable Communities to be a natural fit with their passion for social and environmental issues.  Please let us know if you have any questions or would like more information on graduate education at NAU!
Thank you,
Sean Parson
Sustainable Communities

The Killam Undergraduate Fellowships for Americans

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Students may participate in the program either as a direct exchange student (registering at their home university, paying their home fees, and attending the host university as an exchange visitor) or as a self-placed visiting student (registering at the host university and paying host tuition fees). Applicants interested in the direct exchange program must be registered at one of the participating  American universities and be planning to visit one of the participating  Canadian universities .
The Killam Fellowships Program provides a cash award of $5,000 US per semester ($10,000 for a full academic year), and includes a three day orientation in Ottawa, and a three day spring seminar in Washington. In addition, the Foundation provides all American Killam Fellows with a health insurance allowance of $500 Cdn. All Killam Fellows are also eligible to apply for a mobility (in-country travel) grant in an amount not to exceed $800 Cdn. The idea of the mobility initiative is to allow students to undertake an educational field trip, providing the Fellows with the opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of the culture in Canada. Killam alumni are also eligible to apply for various enrichment opportunities such as the Fulbright Canada Alumni Internship Program, the Killam Community Action Initiative, and the Local Ambassador Program.

The 2014-2015 competition is now open.
The deadline for the  open competition for the 2014-15 Killam Fellowships competition will be January 31, 2014.  If you are a student at one of our  partner institutions and you are planning to apply to the  direct exchange program , contact a study abroad advisor at your institution to identify the date in which your institution's internal competition ends.

Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship Program

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce our 2014 internship and scholarship program opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

The Native American Congressional Internship program is a fully-funded, ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, for American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and law students. Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with public officials and experience an insider’s view of the federal government. The Foundation provides airfare, housing, per diem, and a $1,200 educational stipend. The application deadline is January 31, 2014.

The Udall Scholarship program awards $5,000 merit-based scholarships for college sophomores and juniors seeking a career in tribal health, tribal public policy, or the environment. Two- and four-year college students are encouraged to apply. Scholars participate in a five-day Orientation in Tucson, AZ, to learn from and network with experts, their peers, and members of the Udall family. The award includes life-time membership in the Udall alumni community, a vibrant community offering job and internship opportunities, support for public service initiatives, and intellectual discussion. Applications must be submitted through a Udall faculty representative at the student's college or university. The application deadline is March 5, 2014.

We encourage you to visit our website at We will offer several webinars for applicants of both programs during the week of December 2, 2013. If you don’t find the webinar registration information on our website, please call and ask. I am eager to hear from interested students and faculty directly by email or phone. J

Paula Randler
Scholarship Program Manager  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

11/20: Talk on Sudan: Against a Tide of Evil

ASUPS Lecture: "Against a Tide of Evil," by Dr. Mukesh Kapila Dr. Kapila was the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan in 2003-2004. After his efforts to get the UN or world leaders to intervene in the Darfur genocide fell on deaf ears, Kapila blew the whistle and informed the world by going to the global media. The lecture will be free and open to the public. November 20, 7 pm in Kilworth--

Graduating? Teach in Thailand! Deadline in December

Teach Thailand Corps (TTC), established by the American-Thai Foundation in collaboration with Yonok Foundation, focuses on strengthening primary and secondary school education in Thailand, particularly in high-need areas. TTC recruits and places American graduates in underserved Thai schools to teach English and other subjects.

 Thai students equipped with English proficiency are better positioned to succeed in school, work, and life, and to make an impact in their communities – and in particular to better access opportunities arising from the upcoming ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Economic Community integration.

 TTC aims to fill the needs of underserved schools in English-language education, and offers an overall enhancement in the quality of teaching and community/school involvement. In developing the program, we have learned from and applied elements of the Peace Corps philosophy of service and learning.

In return, for our teachers’ service, Teach Thailand Corps provides invaluable experience to support each volunteer’s goals of personal and professional development, in preparation for their future careers. 

Opportunities abound for travel and internships in various fields of interest, including social work, business, medicine and public health, and international development during school breaks or following the end of the school year. Importantly, our volunteers/teachers will have firsthand exposure to international development in the midst of the dynamic and rising ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

White House Fellowship--applications open NOW

For over 48 years, The White House Fellowship has been America’s most prestigious program for leadership and public service. You may be a candidate or know qualified candidates who are interested in the Fellowship. This nonpartisan program is designed to provide emerging leaders an opportunity to experience the process of governing the nation while working alongside public servants at the highest levels of the Federal government.

The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships chooses 11-19 professional men and women to spend a year in Washington, D.C. learning about public service leadership. Fellows are placed in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-level Executive Branch officials. In addition, they regularly meet in roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors.

Notable alumni include; General Colin Powell, President of Univision Network’s C├ęsar Conde, CNN Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, General Wesley Clark, and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Please consider applying or share the attached letter from President Obama and Mrs. Obama that encourages promising leaders to join the Program. The White House Fellows Program is now accepting applications online until January 15, 2014 at 5:59pm (EST)Inclusive dates of the Fellowship year for the 2014-2015 Class are August 26, 2014 to August 26, 2015. Please visit our website to learn more about the program.   

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the White House Fellows Office at 202-395-4522.

President’s Commission on White House Fellowships

Learn more about the White House Fellowship
Download the application
Watch White House Fellowship Youtube videos

Monday, November 11, 2013

Our Harsh Logic Screening 11/12/13

Bill Campbell Study Abroad Research/Continued Study Scholarships

All students on study abroad this fall or next spring are eligible to apply to the Bill Campbell Fund of Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society, for research funding or continued study after their study abroad program.   The Campbell Fund enables students to extend the period of their study abroad program in order to complete a special academic project or a course of study for increased cultural awareness.  Awards typically range from $500-$1,500.  The application form is online at :  It requires a two-page description of the research project or course of study, and the budget. If the research project involves human subjects, applicants must submit an application to the Institutional Review Board for approval, and must also include the submitted IRB application with the Campbell application. Students should apply directly via e-mail to Greta Austin ( by November 15, 2013. 

Thursday, November 07, 2013

WashPIRG Campus Organizer Positions open!

WashPIRG is part of a national federation called U.S.PIRG, with offices in 30 states across the country.

Right now we are looking to hire 25 graduating college students into our full-time Campus Organizer position. Organizers with U.S. PIRG will build a team of student activists and then work with them to do the research, advocacy and grassroots organizing it takes to win on critical public interest issues.  They will receive extensive training and work on one of 40 college campuses, running 3-6 campaigns at any given time getting real results for the campus, community and the state. After a year as an organizer, they will have the skills and experience it takes to become a leader and have given students the tools they need to make change happen.

But most importantly Campus Organizers will get the opportunity to make an impact on some of the most pressing issues facing our country today, including:
•       Health care: The cost of health care is skyrocketing. It’s time for insurers to deliver the care we pay for, and we are helping consumers use the new health insurance marketplaces to get quality care that won’t break the bank.
•       Democracy: Money isn't speech. Corporations aren't people. We're building a student movement to overturn the Citizens United decision and to get big money out of our elections.
•       Transportation: It's time to build a transportation system for the 21st century. We're calling for greater investments in high-speed rail, public transit and a clean break from the car-centered, fossil-fuel driven policies of the past.

I am visiting campus Novemeber 14th & 15th to conduct interviews and promote our Campus Organizer position. 
Thanks in advance for your support and I hope to meet you during my upcoming visit to campus.

Tonina Bellante
WashPIRG Campus Organizer

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Match Corps--Teach in Boston and Chicago

Dear Professor O'Neil,

 I’d like to thank you again for sharing the Match Corps opportunity with the students and faculty in your department last year. We truly appreciate you taking the time to spread the word about the Match Corps and Match Teacher Residency post-graduate service programs.

 As a reminder, candidates for the Match Corps or Teacher Residency programs usually fall into one of these categories of students who want to:
 1) Be highly effective educators in urban schools
 2) Volunteer for a year before grad school, law school, or medical school
 3) Get involved in education reform or public policy
 4) Transition into a career in the non-profit or education sector

We’ve already begun recruiting for our 2014-2015 Boston cohort, and I hope that you’ll consider helping us out again this year. Could you please take the time to forward the information below to your students? I’d also like to follow up with you about other ways we might be able to best reach your students. If you’d be kind enough to help, we’d be really grateful!

All the best, Trish Borrell

 a) Want to be a highly effective educator in urban schools?
 b) Want to volunteer for a year before grad school, law school, or medical school?
 c) Want to get involved in education reform or public policy?
 d) Want to transition into a career in the non-profit or education sector?

 If so, consider committing a year to the Match Corps, a one-year urban education service fellowship.

Corps members serve full-time in one of our charter schools in Boston, tutoring and mentoring a small caseload of students. We also offer the Match Teacher Residency, so that in addition to tutoring full-time, Corps members can train and earn certification to become full-time teachers in other high-need urban schools.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year on a rolling basis (while spots last). To learn more about Match Corps: Boston and MTR and/or to apply, visit http:://

 Last year Match Corps partnered with the University of Chicago to bring the Match Corps tutoring model to twelve traditional public high schools in Chicago.

We will be accepting applications for our Chicago location later this year. Please e-mail if you want to be notified when the application becomes available.

 We recruit from all majors; candidates do not need to have a background in education.

We seek candidates with strong content backgrounds – math, science, English, history, etc, and those who share our passion for social justice and education reform.

All of the details about our programs can be found here:

 If you have any questions or clarification, please e-mail me, Trish Borrell, at 

-- Patricia Borrell Match Education Recruitment

 "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." -- Charlie Sposato

Monday, November 04, 2013

Internship Opportunities in Congressman Adam Smith's DC Office

Madison Strader, a recruiter from Congressman Adam Smith's office, will be on campus on Wednesday, November 6. She will hold drop-in hours from 3-4:30 p.m. in Comm Hall 381 for students who might be interested in a paid or unpaid internship in the DC office.

To look over or fill out the internship application prior to meeting with her, click here.

PG 319- Local Politics