Weekly Roundup - Apr. 3
Attend an inspiring talk by a Nobel Laureate, volunteer as a tutor at a local library, hear firsthand about the experiences of Hispanic graduate students at FSU, or explore a new interest in this week's roundup of Center, campus, and community opportunities.
Upcoming Center Programs
PEACEJAM SOUTHEAST NOBEL LAUREATE PUBLIC TALK
Friday, April 5, 6 p.m.
Turnbull Conference Center
Free and open to the public
PeaceJam Southeast is kicking off its annual conference weekend with a public talk from Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman, who was the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman, the second Muslim woman, and the youngest peace laureate when she won the award at age 32. Karman is known as “The Mother of the Revolution” for her nonviolent struggle to ensure the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace building work in Yemen. Karman's talk will be free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.
apply to attend tedxfsu
TEDxFSU is an independently organized TED-like event in which speakers from the FSU community verbally share unique ideas that center around a common theme. The theme of this year's conference is "Question. Defy. Redefine." and the conference will take place on April 12, 2019. The event is free to attend for any student. Applications to attend are closed; however, students may be admitted as walk-ins on the day of the event.
Seth Rosetti memorial Scholarship applications open
The Seth Rosetti scholarship's purpose is to support one undergraduate student who is presently or who was for a significant part of his/her life the child of a single parent. This scholarship is available to all current FSU undergraduate students with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and all incoming FSU freshmen with a minimum 3.0 high school cumulative grade point average.
The recipient will have the opportunity to:
- have ongoing dialogue and development relating to exploring diversity at FSU with a center staff member.
- attend a leadership development program, such as Leadership LOGIC Program or the Multicultural Leadership Summit.
- submit thank you letter to scholarship donor.
- serve on next year's scholarship selection committee.
Applications are due April 12th.
ben rosenbloom memorial service scholarship applications open
The Ben Rosenbloom Memorial Service Scholarship is designed to recognize students with an outstanding record of service and a commitment to a lifetime of service. Ben Rosenbloom gave countless hours of service to help students and their families feel at home at FSU. His faithful dedication to the education and support of FSU students has in turn become a model of the joys and rewards of service. This scholarship has been established by the FSU Parents' Association in deep appreciation for his exemplary service to FSU.
Any rising sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student who will be returning to FSU for the 2019-2020 academic year with a minimum 2.0 GPA is eligible to apply.
Applications are due April 12th.
Volunteer on Engage TLH Trips
EngageTLH allows students to get involved in regular or one-time service in the Tallahassee community, with different projects to choose from almost daily. EngageTLH service projects are offered at a variety of non-profit agencies at different days and times each week. Participants can sign up online to go on a service trip with EngageTLH as early as one week in advance and up to the day before the project. Space is limited, and the center provides transportation to and from the service site.
attend hispanic graduate student association talks
The Hispanic Graduate Student Association will be hosting its 3rd Edition of HiGSA Talks on April 5 at 5:00 p.m. at the Claude Pepper Auditorium. This is a very powerful event in which graduate and undergraduate students from different research areas who are either interested in or are from Latin America and the Caribbean will present their work. The event will also have two keynote speakers: Dr. Ivis Garcia Zambrana, Assistant Professor in City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah; and an FSU and HIGSA alumni, Dr. Roger Pacheco Castro, Postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratory of Engineering and Coastal Processes in Mexico. This event is free admission and Colombian food will be provided after the talks.
upcoming lecture with holocaust survivor Irving Roth
Christians United for Israel on campus will be hosting a lecture by Holocaust survivor Irving Roth on Monday, Apr. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the ASLC Main Theater. This is a great opportunity to learn from someone with a unique historical perspective, so come out if you're interested in learning more about his experience.
SEMINOLE ORGANIC GARDEN WORKDAYS
Sustainable campus wants to help you learn the ins and outs of gardening! Growing your own food using sustainable methods lowers your carbon footprint significantly, and you get to eat healthy, organic produce. Get involved by coming to their bi-weekly workdays.
- Every Monday 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Every Thursday 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Food Recovery Network Spring Schedule
The Food Recovery Network at FSU fights food waste and hunger by recovering perishable items and donating it to people in need. FRN will be recovering food from Figg Dining Hall every Monday-Thursday from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Students interested in volunteering with FRN should sign-up for the dates and times they are available.
Camp Boggy Creek Seeks summer volunteers
Camp Boggy Creek is open year-round and utilizes nearly 1,800 volunteers per year to accomplish its mission to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. Volunteers are needed to assist with summer camp sessions, scheduled below.
- May 31- June 6 North Florida Cancer session
- June 9-15 Heart session
- June 18-24 Bleeding Disorders/JRA session
- June 27 – July 3 Epilepsy session
- July 7-13 GI/Immunology/JRA session
- July 16-22 South Florida Cancer session
- July 25 – 31 Sickle Cell
- August 3-9 Asthma/Craniofacial/Kidney/Spina Bifida/Transplant
volunteer tutors wanted at southside learning center
The Southside Learning Center at the B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library is looking for volunteers serve as both individual and group instructors for patrons in need of help with their basic literacy skills (reading, writing), preparing for standardized tests (GED, SAT, ACT, professional certification, etc), improving their computer skills, or developing their job skills (resume writing, completing online job applications, improving interviewing skills, etc). For more information, call (850) 606-2960 or email FamilyLiteracy@leoncountyfl.gov.
respect + rebellion: the state of debate on campus dinner
The Village Square presents a dinner dialogue between a representative from Brigham Young University - representing a conservative university culture - and one from University of California Berkeley - representing a liberal university culture - on Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 6:00 p.m. The dialogue is intended to assess the state of universities as spaces for dynamic disagreement and free inquiry and assess how campus culture is shifting our democracy. The event is at Miller Hall in University Center C at FSU, and tickets are available for purchase at the link below.
ReThink Energy Florida Seeks Volunteers
ReThink Energy Florida is in search of volunteers to work at their annual Energy Whiz event on Saturday, March 30 at the Leon High Tennis Courts from 10am-2pm. Energy Whiz is a regional competition in which elementary and middle schoolers can demonstrate their knowledge of solar energy and other STEM concepts to create solar cars and solar cookers. They are looking for volunteers to judge the event, help with registration, serve lunch, set up the event, and break it down. For more information, contact Nikki Knutson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
join bike and build on a trip to address affordable housing
Bike & Build still has spots available on all of their 2019 cross country cycling trips that benefit affordable housing. The trips take place in the summer and volunteers raise money and bike across the country while educating communities about the issue of affordable housing and stopping to work hands-on on affordable build sites. Prior to the trip, riders will engage in curriculum in which they learn about current issues regarding affordable housing and speak with affected members of their communities, enabling them to engage with others they meet on their trip and beyond.
Volunteer with School Garden Club
The Hartsfield Garden Club seeks student volunteers every Thursday from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Hartsfield Elementary. Volunteers will join a team that is working with students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade to help them plan, plant, weed, water, harvest the school gardens. Volunteers will also keep a journal and start a blog about the Hartsfield Gardens. For more information on volunteering contact Marie-Claire Leman at 850-728-7514 or email@example.com.
Special Olympics Florida seeks Volunteers
Special Olympics Florida and FSU Outreach are seeking student volunteers for weekly and single event positions. Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate. This helps people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs. Any student interested in volunteering should contact County Director for Special Olympics Florida-Leon County Bridget Hawk at 850-597-9265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships, Jobs, and Internships
Newman Civic Fellowship
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership.
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The yearlong program, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, includes virtual learning opportunities and networking as part of a national network of engaged student leaders and an optional in-person convening.
J.M.K. Innovation Prize
The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks out innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is open to non-profit and mission-driven for-profit organizations that are tackling America’s most pressing challenges through social innovation.
Through the prize program, grants of up to $175,000 over three years will be awarded to ten early-stage innovators helming creative projects that stand to benefit numerous individuals, communities, and/or sectors. In addition to funding, the award includes significant in-kind support, including mentoring, community-driven learning experiences, media training, and resources for board/organizational development. Application for the prize is a two-step process, with initial applications due by April 30, 2019. Applicants selected to move forward will be asked to submit additional information in the late spring, with finalists invited to present their ideas in person to the fund’s trustees in the fall. Awardees will be announced in November 2019.
Internship Opportunity with Impact & Environment Florida
Impact is hiring interns to work on Environment Florida's 100% Tallahassee campaign for the Spring 2019 semester. The internship is a part-time (10-20 hours a week), unpaid position in Tallahassee across three college campuses. For a place that's called the Sunshine State, it's disappointing that so little of our energy needs are met by renewable sources like solar energy. Our health, our climate, and the beautiful places we love are all at risk because of our continued dependence on oil, gas, and coal. That's why Impact is working with Environment Florida to get local commitments towards a cleaner, greener future with the 100% Tallahassee campaign. 100% Tallahassee aims to get commitments from Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, Florida A&M University, and the city of Tallahassee to commit to running on 100% renewable energy by 2050. Impact interns will take part in campaign organizing to educate the public on the importance of transitioning to clean energy, gain media attention for the campaign, engage stakeholders in the issue, and ultimately get concrete commitments.
- Grassroots Intern: Grassroots organizing is the main tactic for this campaign. Intern responsibilities will include recruiting volunteers to collect petitions, educating fellow students faculty, and alumni about the campaign, and ensuring that campaign events are well-attended and run smoothly.
- Media and Journalism Intern: The Media and Journalism Intern will help the campaign get earned and opinion media attention. This includes writing and submitting Letters to the Editor, co-authoring an Op-Ed, creating written social media content, and reaching out to local media to cover our campaign events.
- Communications and Graphic Design Intern: The Communications and Graphic Design Intern will assist with creating engaging visuals for the campaign, and keeping volunteers and coalition partners up-to-date with the campaign. This includes designing e-newsletters, flyers for recruitment, campaign stickers and apparel, and props for photo petitions or events.
- Partnerships Intern: The Partnerships Intern will assist in having student organizations, local businesses, and elected officials to partner on the 100% Tallahassee campaign. This includes meeting with organizations, finding keynote speakers for events, and having them join a sign-on letter in support of the campaign.
Knight Foundation Seeks Summer Interns
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is mission driven and results oriented, established by its founders to support informed and engaged communities. They value innovation and initiative, teamwork and transparency, all toward achieving positive impact and progress in their field of work. They take their core beliefs from the life and work of the Knight brothers and express them this way:
- We believe in freedom of expression and in the values expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
- We believe that quality information is essential for individuals and communities to make their own best choices, and that journalism plays a critical role in that democratic process.
- We believe in equitable, inclusive and participatory communities.
The Knight Foundation is seeking paid summer interns with vision, tenacity, courage, know-how and a commitment to discovery who will tackle substantive projects in journalism, media technology, arts, civic engagement or administration. Selected interns will spend 10 weeks (typically June 3 to Aug. 9) in Miami, with a select opportunity available within our communities and national initiatives program in one of our other resident communities, in Akron, Ohio. Note that the Knight Foundation cannot pay for housing or relocation costs related to the internship placement. Submit your resume or C.V. and a cover letter, not to exceed two pages, to email@example.com.
Blue Mission seeks volunteers
BLUE Missions is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting families in rural communities with access to clean water and sanitation. They facilitate service trips for student and non-student volunteers where they live and work alongside locals to help in the construction of various projects in the Dominican Republic. Applications are open for spring break and summer trips. Each volunteer must commit to fundraising a $500 Community Contribution Fee requirement, and will be charged the remaining balance if the volunteer raises less than the $500 amount. Transportation, food, leadership, accommodations, travel insurance, and airfare are included in the overall price for the trip. For more information on application requirements, application due dates, trip times, and cost breakdowns visit the link below.
Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center hires and trains organizers to build organizations that have successfully addressed issues including:
- Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
- Reining in predatory lending practices
- Expanding access to primary health and dental care
- Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
- Fighting for immigrants' rights
- Police accountability
Florida positions start Aug. 12, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and Fort Myers.
Starting salary $38,000/year plus benefits.
Although it may be helpful, no prior organizing experience is necessary. Fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.