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Malik Dent (WCAS '16) speaks with Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins (Medill '72) in Pilsen during an Engage Chicago outing. Engage Chicago brings together undergraduates from across the world for an eight-week summer field study program.

Weekly Digest


Here are some upcoming events, deadlines and other news that might interest you. 

CCE Events & News 
1) Deadline approaching for Writing for Social Change course (11/3)
2) Help develop an exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (11/7)
3) Learn more about the Civic Engagement Certificate at info sessions (11/7, 11/11)
4) Graduate Engagement Opportunities (GEO) accepting applications (11/24)

On-Campus Events & News
5) Perspectives on Low Wages panel discussion (10/29)
6) Students for Education Reform hosts a panel of education experts (10/29)
7) Supplies for Dreams is recruiting mentors
8) FMO presents Sybrina Fulton (11/4)
9) Applications open for Leadership Coaching (12/3)

Community Events & Opportunities 
10) Two internships available with Open Communities 
11) Youth Job Center seeks development intern
12) Center for Economic Progress recruiting volunteers for tax sites 

1) Deadline approaching for Writing for Social Change course

In partnership with the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for the Writing Arts is offering a course in Winter Quarter 2015 titled "The Art of Nonfiction: Exploring Writing for Social Change." 

Students in this course will work together to explore the uses of writing to reflect analytically and imaginatively on personal experience as well as to inform, persuade, and engage readers. Each student will also have the opportunity to develop plans for a sustained writing project based on individual interests and goals. 
 
Visit the website for more information and to complete the brief application. Applications must be submitted by Monday, November 3rd at 11:59 p.m.

Please send any questions related to the course to Professor Gundlach at 
r-gundlach@northwestern.edu.

2) Help develop an exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Apply now for this two quarter-long workshop for undergraduates and develop an exhibit for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Participating students will work collaboratively on a variety of research tasks that will directly influence the content of the exhibition, examining topics such as the response of the African American press to Nazi atrocities during the 1930s and 1940s and the nature and content of public opinion polling in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. 

Students will be eligible for optional independent study credit through the History Department. This opportunity is also available for students who do not wish to receive credit but are able to make the time commitment.

Click here for more information and to access the application.

Applications due Friday, November 7 at 11:59pm.

3) Learn more about the Civic Engagement Certificate at info sessions

The Civic Engagement Certificate is a five credit program, run in partnership with SESP, that incorporates both community work and classroom learning — including trips to local nonprofits and 100 hours of community service.



In the first year of the program, students study several issues related to communities, such as criminal justice and sustainability, rotating between classroom discussion and field experiences. Second-year students work together on a community consulting Capstone Project, building capacity at organizations like the Center for Independent Futures or Living Works.

Learn more about the Certificate at an info session:

  • Friday, November 7, 2:30-3:30pm, Annenberg Hall - G01
  • Tuesday, November 11, 5-6pm, Norris - 101A Wildcat Rm
  • Wednesday, November 12, 3-4pm, Center for Civic Engagement (1813 Hinman)
Applications now being accepted on the website. Contact Nathan Frideres or Shelby Logan with questions. 
4) Graduate Engagement Opportunities (GEO) accepting applications


 
Graduate Engagement Opportunities (GEO) is a quarter-long program that combines a personalized community practicum with a graduate seminar on engaged scholarship. The program is designed for PhD students but master's students' applications will be considered as space allows.

Earn course credit while you:
  • Develop or apply your research at a civic, cultural, or non-profit organization
  • Gain skills for academic and non-academic jobs
  • Explore civic engagement in an interdisciplinary seminar
To learn more and to apply, please visit our website. Apply by Monday, November 24th for full consideration.

GEO is made possible through the support of The Graduate School.
5) Perspectives on Low Wages panel discussion 

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, in partnership with CCE, NUCHR, Sheil, and ZOOZ, will host a panel discussion on issues surrounding the minimum wage. Appearing on the panel are two minimum wage workers and a Northwestern economics professor discussing the effects of living on a minimum wage, and the possible effects that raising it may have on families and the state of Illinois.
  • When: Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30pm
  • Where: University Hall, Room 122 
Pizza will be served! Click here for more information. 
6) Students for Education Reform hosts a panel of education experts
 

Students for Education Reform is hosting a panel where guests will discuss their personal experiences in teaching, education-centered careers, the current state of public education, and more. 
  • When: Wednesday, October 29th from 7-8pm
  • Where: Harris Hall 107
Panelists include Dr. Dohrer, Director of the Master of Science in Education program at Northwestern University; Nicole Howard, Chief Academic Officer at North Lawndale College Prep High School; Ryan Lei, Teach for America Alumnus; and Sarah King, Relay Graduate School of Education.
7) Supplies for Dreams is recruiting mentors
 
Supplies for Dreams is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization run by Northwestern students that provides school supplies, field trips, and mentoring to Chicago Public School students. They are currently recruiting for their mentoring program. If you are interested in being a mentor to a 6th grade student at a partner school, please contact Sam Wylde
 
Mentoring sessions are on Thursday afternoons and transportation is provided. Visit their website for more information about Supplies for Dreams. 
8) FMO presents Sybrina Fulton 



FMO is bringing Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, to campus for their annual State of the Black Union event on Tuesday, November 4th. The event will be held at Cahn Auditorium at 7pm.

This event is free and open to the public. Visit the Facebook event to learn more.
9) Applications open for Leadership Coaching

Applications are now being accepted for Leadership Coaching, a program offered through the Center for Leadership. Coaching provides Northwestern student leaders with the opportunity to build on their assets as students while preparing them for leadership positions beyond graduation.

Students with an honest commitment to growth are encouraged to apply. Applications are due December 3. 

For more information and to access the application, visit the website or email Annaleah Tubbin, program assistant. 
10) Two internships available with Open Communities 

Open Communities, a leading voice for housing, economic and social justice in north suburban Chicago, is seeking an intern to help coordinate their 2015 Justice Project. The student would primarily work with the Research Committee and would ideally work 8-10 hours a week for the duration of the academic year. This is a great opportunity to take the lead on a substantive research-based and community-grounded initiative.

See the flyer for more information about the Justice Project.

In addition, Open Communities is also seeking a part-time intern to assist with community outreach and general responsibilities. Contact Gail Schechter, Executive Director, if interested in either position.
11) Youth Job Center seeks development intern

The Youth Job Center seeks an intern for 15-20 hours a week to work in the development office. This position will participate with the development and volunteer team in various projects including planning and executing the Gala fundraising event. This includes procurement of in-kind gifts, working with staff on marketing and promotional materials and administrative duties. 
 
The intern would also be involved in ongoing agency communications including drafting weekly email blasts and coordinating social media communications via Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Karen Demorest, Executive Director, if interested. 
12) Center for Economic Progress recruiting volunteers for tax sites 

The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) is looking for volunteers to work one-on-one with low-income families to make tax time an opportunity to get ahead. 

To volunteer at a tax preparation site:
  • All training is provided; classes run through January
  • No experience is necessary; CEP trains a range of volunteers, including people with no background in taxes
  • Volunteers commit 30 hours of volunteering total during the tax season, late January to April 15th
For more information, and to register as a volunteer, visit the CEP website
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