Thursday, July 30, 2009
When I became a facilitator, I helped maintain the omnipresence of Oreos at RAPP retreats and events. Now, I have a tendency to call them "the official RAPP food." This is probably something I've made up in my mind as being a "RAPP thing," but still I keep it going.
At the urging of Jojo, we had cookies at our Student Spotlight table today. We mostly just gave them to folks for fun without pressure to listen to a spiel. Still, they may have helped - we talked with two applicants today. They've now been sucked into my "Oreos are RAPP food" myth.
I'm curious - what other things do RAPPers associate with the RAPP experience? I'd love to hear what, if anything, were previous dietary traditions - whether you feel they were made up by you (as with me and Oreos) or not.
(pic - our little plate of Oreos from today, B&W b/c my poor little camera-phone made them look disgusting in color)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The job description is posted below. To apply, simply send a resume and cover letter to Rebecca (lehmanrl at uc dot edu).
Facilitator for RAPP (Racial Awareness Program)
Student Activities and Leadership Development
· A bachelor degree (education, social work, family studies, sociology, or related field preferred)
· Experience working with adults or teens from diverse backgrounds
· Experience facilitating groups is preferred
· Working understanding of social justice theory and student development theory is preferred
· The ideal candidate should be inspirational, talented, able to share leadership, and committed to the program.
General Duties: Under supervision of the Program Coordinator for RAPP, the facilitator supports the functions of RAPP (Racial Awareness Program) by assisting in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program.
· Participate in two-day facilitation pre-service training
· Participate in promotional activities for the recruitment of members
· After appropriate training, conduct intake interviews
· Participate in the planning and evaluation of RAPP sessions
· Facilitate four three-hour meetings and one overnight retreat for each academic quarter (three quarters/year)
Time Commitment: The facilitator must be able to commit for one academic year (nine months, September-May). Work time includes pre-service training, participation in recruitment activities, twelve meetings, three over-night retreats, weekly planning meetings, and limited tasks associated with meetings/retreats.
Compensation: The facilitator is considered to be an independent contractor and is compensated in the amount of $4,000.00 for a nine-month commitment.
(pic - Sarvani P, one of our awesome facilitators for RAPP XXV)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Last year's experience was mostly positive but gave me one rub. RAPP's informational table was placed on the outside of the main path students filter through. Next to us in our "off the path" spot was Ethnic Programs and Services and the African American Cultural and Research Center. I thought it bothersome that such great resources (which I egotistically place RAPP among) were not readily available to students and their parents. I worked with the organizers and eventually was able to move RAPP inside "the circle" (as we called the inner display areas).
Given that first summer's experience, I was wary of it repeating this year. To be safe, I turned in our application the day after they were made available and stayed in close touch with Orientation staff during their training period. The first day of Spotlight I was delighted to find that RAPP had a prime spot deep inside the circle where lots of folks would see us.
At the end of the first week I got bummed out again. I took a wander around myself and found that the AACRC, EPS, and Shades of You were all in the "off the path" spot we'd occupied last summer. Shades of You - a society for women of color - does an excellent job staffing their table and reaching out to the students at spotlight. Since it had taken folks the year before sharing their tables to let RAPP in, I figured the least we could do is share the love.
I'm excited that we now share a table with Shades of You. Their students draw others to our table and their awesome members help break the monotony of the wait for students to arrive. I'm loving our neighbors!
If I remember correctly, several RAPPers were involved in the inception and early years of Shades. If you were a part of that, I'd love to hear your stories in the comments section or by email (send to lehmanrl at uc dot edu).
(pic - our table at Spotlight (sans the laptop o' RAPP videos))
Monday, July 27, 2009
Hey RAPPers, get involved in the RAPP XXV Recruitment Contest!
From the data we collect during the application process, we know that word of mouth is our strongest recruitment tool. The information tables, flyers, classroom visits, announcements at trainings/meetings, and website are all important – but we know that most folks who join RAPP did so after hearing about it from people they know.
I want to do everything I can to encourage RAPPers to help with spreading the word about RAPP. So, I’m offering a recruitment contest to give us all a little extra motivation!
There are two ways to win an awesome RAPP gift-pack!
1. The person who recruits the most people who complete an interview.
2. Random drawing – for each person you recruit that completes an interview, your name will be entered in a drawing.
You can only win one RAPP gift-pack. With the random drawing, even if you recruit just one person you still have a chance to win!
What do I win?
These gift-packs will continue to grow as I collect random cool stuff. At the point, we know they’ll include:
· Reusable shopping bag
· RAPP buttons
· Random UC giveaways (pens, write-erase boards, t-shirts, doo-dads, and whatnots)
· $25 Bearcat Cash on your UCID*
*If you’re not currently a UC student with an active UCID, we’ll work something out for the same amount.
How do I win?
There are two points during the application at which applicants write down how they heard about RAPP: when they first contact us; for their written application. If your name is listed at either of those points and the applicant completes an interview, this counts as you having recruited them.
Applicants can list more than one person – in that case, both people get full credit.
We wrap up interviews on October 9th and announce who was accepted to each group on October 10th. I’ll also announce the RAPP recruitment contest winners on the 10th.
How do I recruit people?
Keep your eye on the RAPP and RAPPORT listservs and this blog – I’ll periodically send/post reminders on how to spread the word about RAPP.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Friday, July 17, 2009
I was headed downtown and got off at the main station on 5th. While exiting, I kept hearind someone say "Sir, sir! Your t-shirt!" A man from the bus tapped my arm and I realized he was talking to me. I said hi and he started talking about the quote on the back of the t-shirt. He said it spoke the truth and was really powerful.
I couldn't (and can't) help but agree. We talked about RAPP briefly and I told him that our group picked the quote. I also talked about how I felt the quote had been so appropriate for our group because that philosophy is what we needed to get us through our joint retreat.
Great job picking a great quote, RAPP XXIV! You'll be dropping knowledge as long as these shirts are wearable!
Also, I'm greatly looking forward to the upcoming issue of UC Magazine, in which wonder-facilitator Sarvani is sporting her RAPP shirt!
(pic - back of the RAPP XXIV shirt)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
One of the amazing but challenging parts of RAPP is the continual process of self-evaluation and acknowledging the ways in which we perpetuate oppression in our daily lives. I finally have dealt with one of those that's been bugging me for a while.
Back in December I made a little video for RAPP (shown in an earlier post). Right away I caught a few typos and less-than-quality photos that needed to be swapped out. But, I never fixed those. A while later I realized another big issue. But, I kept using the same excuses - I hate MovieMaker, no one else will notice, I just don't have time - to avoid fixing it.
Considering how much it bugged me, it's sad that I took this long to finally start fixing it (the issue transfered over to later videos with the same format/different songs).
If you watch the section on how RAPP "A place to teach others," nearly all the active people in the pictures were White.
I think the biggest (somewhat) unconscious excuse I used to take so long to fix it was having to 'fess up that I perpetuated the all-too-common racist assumption that White people have the most to teach others.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
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(pic-our info table at Student Spotlight)
Monday, July 13, 2009
(Pic - Deanna, RAPPORT Peer Leader for RAPP XXIV Wednesday group, with Wednesday RAPPers Chika O and Jojo B)
Friday, July 10, 2009
In the meantime, click the link to check out this great video by recent UC graduate Rachel Alig.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This past school year I dabbled around with Windows Movie Maker and started making "videos" (considering they're just pictures and music, I prefer the quotes...) about RAPP to use this summer during recruitment.
The first one I made is below. The text was based off the results of some surveying I was doing in preparation for a rebranding project I later put on the back burner. It's pretty rough, but still - here it is in its original form.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Here's their call for submissions for the upcoming issue:
GenderBloc, the University of Cincinnati’s radical queer group that focuses on transgender activism, is placing a call for submissions for its quarterly zine. Submissions can be submitted by anyone, not just UC students. Selections must be submitted before August 31, 2009, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Past issues ofThe Queer Canon are available here. Please pass this information along!
The Queer Canon submission guidelines:
§ Maximum word limit is between 1500-2000 words.
§ There is no minimum word limit.
Examples of written work:
-Poetry and prose
-Academic and theoretical work
Artwork and Images:
§ JPEG file
§ GIF file
(Color work may be submitted, but will be printed in black and white.)
Maximum file size:
§ Under 10MB
Examples of images:
-Drawings and sketches
-Comics and caricature’s
-Graphics, charts and graphs
There is a simple reviewing process of works submitted. No works are out-right rejected. If a work is not accepted for a particular issue it will be returned to the author for revision. The author may then, if they choose, submit the work again.
We try hard to preserve the original layout and fonts of each work submitted; butsometimes small edits are made when we are creating the final layout for the zine. If there is special instruction for you piece, please include it in the submission email.
Pieces can be submitted under a name, assumed name/pen name, or anonymously. Non-original work (work created by someone other than the person submitting it) may be submitted only if it is accompanied by the proper citations. Non-original, un-cited works will not be printed.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
- This blog! Keep coming here for updates!
- A Facebook Fan Page (coming soon - it's being built now and will be published next week)
- Public calendar of RAPP and RAPPORT events - check it out on the bottom of this blog
Not much for now, but a good start. Please send your thoughts and ideas along!