Friday, February 25, 2011

Harambe/RAPP/RAPPORT Dialogue on Race & Sexuality - Monday, Feb 28th!

Members of Harambe, out of the AACRC, and RAPP & RAPPORT are invited out to an evening of dialogue around race & sexualtity!

Monday, February 28th, from 6PM to 8PM in the AACRC members of these groups (and friends) will participate in a series of activities to explore our daily experiences of our race and our sexual orientation.  We'll also explore our values and beliefs around race and sexuality and discuss racism & heterosexism.

Light snacks provided!  For Social Justice League members, this will count toward a RAPPORT meeting.

Keep up on the event on Facebook!

Snapshots from RAPPORT 2011 Retreat

The annual RAPPORT Retreat was held February 18th-19th in Daniels Hall.  The retreat had 15 participants and one facilitator and explored issues of immigration, peer education, and social justice education.  We enjoyed meals from Melt Eclectic Deli and Habanero.  RAPPs XXII, XXIV, and XXV were represented, including both halves of XXIV and XXV.

Here are some snapshots from the retreat!
Folks got to know each other through the "Wagon Wheel Remixx!"
RAPPORT members teamed up to explore an immigration timeline.
The group worked in teams to make "infomercials" (video to come soon).
We ended the retreat with some team shots - this "silly pose" one is my favorite!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

AACRC Concert Date Change: "Songs of Freedom: A Fight of My Life" - March 6th!

From the AACRC:

Old Date-Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Date-Sunday, March 6, 2011

4 p.m., Great Hall, TUC – AACRC Choir Winter Concert 
The concert, entitled, “Songs of Freedom: A Fight of My Life,” will showcase contemporary songs of freedom and spirituals in celebration of Black History Month.

As UC marks the upcoming 20th anniversary of both the AACRC and the AACRC choir, there will be a commanding tribute to highlight familiar songs performed throughout the 20 exceptional years of the AACRC Choir.

Also featured will be narrative skits to blend the songs with the messages of survival.

Tickets may be obtained at the African American Cultural and Resource Center, Ethnic Programs and Services and/or from any AACRC Choir member. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information, call 513-556-1177 or check the AACRC website.

UC Alliance presents "Out in the Workplace" - March 2nd!

From the UC Alliance:

As you think about the future of your career have you ever thought about what it would be like to be "out" in the workplace? Should you be completely open with your co-workers or should you wait until you know they are supportive?

UC Alliance is proud to bring in representatives from GE, P&G, Ethicon, Children's Hospital, Deloitte, Macy's, and also a doctor to talk about these workplace issues! Come and see how others have reconciled with being queer and holding a professional occupation.

DATE: March 2, 2011
TIME: 7:00PM
LOCATION: McMcMicken 127

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Black Women Rock - Feb 25th!

   Black Women Rock
We Ask everyone to bring a Photo to
     Honor Any African American Woman who has  
     INSPIRED YOU for the better. After giving the speech
You will ask the audience to have a
moment of Silence or to Clap in Celebration.
Free Food and refreshments will be served
Time: 6pm
Where :Stratford Heights Pavilion
When: Feb 25, 2010
Food Provided By: Island Fridays

Shades of You presents "Love is Blind: The Signs of Domestic Violence" - Feb 24th!

From Shades of You:

Love is Blind: The Signs Of Domestic Violence

Do you know anyone thats been apart of domestic violence? Do you suspect domestic violence with any friends or family? Or do you want to educate yourself on the signs of an abusive relationship? 

Come join Shades Of You at our Love Is Blind program Thursday February 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm in the AACRC. Our Guest speaker will be Etta Carver, a domestic violence survivor. This program will be very beneficial and informational. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Churches Active in Northside

CAIN (Churches Active in Northside) is a not-for-profit cooperative outreach ministry of neighborhood churches that strives to provide “Help for Today – Hope for Tomorrow”. 

CAIN's main function is the Rainbow Choice Food Pantry, that serves the Northside community. They also are continuing to build their community garden and their "Another for a Neighbor" program booth at the Northside Farmer's Market.

"Another for a Neighbor" program in the Northside Farmer's Market strives to provide awareness to the community about CAIN, their programs, and allow for healthier food and produce donations from the vendors and Market customers. 

For this outdoor season, they are committed to both the booth and their Public Ally Nash Traylor working on having a food-related kids and/or educational activity each week. This will be every Wednesday at 4pm-7:30pm from late May until the end of September. The location in Northside is pending. 

CAIN is looking for people and ideas on how best to promote the "Another for a Neighbor" program and get pantry guests to come to the Northside Farmer's Market. This could be any thing from making balloon animals to painting art with kids. If you might be interested or have ideas please email Nash, CAIN's Gardener/Healthy Eating Coordinator.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

From the Career Development Center:

Stop by the Career Development Center located in University Pavilion on the 1st Floor to have your resume critiqued by

Deloitte & Touche on February 21st from 10AM - 12Noon  and Luxottica on February 23rd from 2PM to 5PM.

No appointment necessary.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Programs & Activities Council Town Hall - Feb 28th!

The Programs and Activities Council (PAC) have decided to offer a very unique and rewarding experience.  

PAC will be holding a Town Hall Meeting Monday, February 28th at 6pm in room 400A in the Tangeman
University Center.   

The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is to allow students the opportunity to allow their voices to be heard in regards to who PAC brings for speakers, comedians, and novelty events, how to better reach student life and who to bring for the Spring Concert.  

If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact PAC President Jay Scott at

RAPPORT Retreat This Weekend!

After RAPPORT was recreated in 2007, we've hosted an annual retreat for RAPPORT members each winter or spring.

This weekend is the annual RAPPORT retreat!  Friday, February 18th to Saturday, February 19th, RAPPORT members will be spending their time together exploring issues in U.S. immigration, the concepts of peer education and social justice education, and make a zine.

This is anticipated to be our biggest retreat yet!  Our previous retreats had 6-9 participants and 2-3 facilitators.  This year's retreat has 15 students RSVPed to participate along with 2 facilitators!  RAPPs XXII through XXV will be represented.

Snapshot from RAPPORT Retreat 2010 - Mia (XXII), Rebecca (XXII), Isaiah (XXIV), Krystal (XXIV), Eddie (XXIV), Jen (Div. Ed GA), Jojo (XXIV), and Nicole (XXIV).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cultural Extravaganza - Feb 23rd!

The Office of Ethnic Programs and Services and Student Government is hosting "Cultural Extravaganza."

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Time: 6PM-8PM
Location: TUC - Great Hall

Come join us for FREE FOOD from countries all over the world and DANCE PERFORMANCES by UC's International Dance Team, UC African Students' Association, and Black Arts Collaborative.

Annual Human Rights Watch International Film Festival - Feb 22nd-25th!

The Human Rights Watch International Film Fest is back!

This year's film festival will be held February 22-25 at noon in the MainStreet Cinema. For a list of films and discussions, please see the attached flyer. For information, contact Nicole Ausmer at

Find out more details at the Facebook event  page.

Tuesday, 2/22: Out in the Silence
Out in the Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s we...dding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown.
For more information, check out
Conversation to follow film facilitated by Leisan Smith of the LGBTQ Center.

Wednesday, 2/23: Youth Producing Change
Young people are on the frontlines of many of the world’s human rights crises, but we all too rarely get to hear their point of view. The third edition of Youth Producing Change shares powerful stories from young filmmakers across the globe as they turn the camera on their own lives and invite audiences to experience the world as they do.
For more information, check out the Human Rights Watch page for the film.
Conversation to follow film facilitated by Yakaira Ramos of Ethnic Programs & Services.

Thursday, 2/24: In the Land of the Free
Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King—the Angola 3—have spent a combined century in solitary confinement in Angola, the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Targeted by prison officials for being members of the Black Panther Party and for fighting against terrible prison conditions, they were convicted of the murder of a prison guard, a verdict they continue to challenge and for which new evidence continues to emerge.
For more information, check out the Human Rights Watch page for the film.
Conversation to follow film facilitated by Derrick Jenkins of the African American Cultural & Resource Center.

Friday: Camp Victory: Afghanistan
Camp Victory, Afghanistan gets at the stark reality of the US/NATO "exit strategy" from Afghanistan. Shot over the course of five years, the film follows a battle-hardened Afghan General and the steady stream of U.S. National Guard soldiers deployed to train him and his army.
For more information, check out the official movie website.

New UC Staff Member is Building on UC’s Worldwide Partnerships

From UC News:

Frank Merendino will represent UC as part of a delegation of institutions selected by the U.S. government to take part in an educational trade mission to Vietnam and Indonesia.
Date: 2/15/2011
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Dottie Stover

Frank Merendino is new to the University of Cincinnati, but as he moves into his position in UC’s International Admissions, he’s already making big travel plans. Merendino, UC’s new senior admissions officer for international partnerships, will represent UC in a delegation of 60 U.S. educational institutions – selected by the U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Department of Commerce – to take part in a new education trade mission in Vietnam and Indonesia. UC was selected in a competitive process for the mission that will take place April 3-8.
Frank Merendino
Frank Merendino

It means that UC is considered a valuable resource in U.S. government efforts to support the development of other countries by providing international students with a solid education on which to build on the success of their homeland.
The goals of the education trade mission to Vietnam and Indonesia are to:
  • Introduce accredited U.S. schools to potential students in each market
  • Introduce the U.S. institutions to potential partners and other industry representatives
  • Inform mission members of local cultural, political and economic factors in Indonesia and Vietnam that will affect student recruitment strategies as well as the opportunities/challenges related to establishing partnerships
The mission will include a college student fair at each stop on the trip, with options of matchmaking sessions between institutions and prospective students or networking opportunities with local schools.

Merendino’s role as senior admissions officer for international partnerships will involve developing and implementing articulation agreements and pathway programs for international students to smoothly complete their degree at UC after spending a year or two at another institution or two-year college. That includes making UC’s regional campuses a destination for international students.

“Working at the University of Cincinnati is exciting because there is a clear commitment to campus internationalization,” says Merendino. “ I am very much looking forward to showcasing all that UC has to offer prospective partners and students while participating in the trade mission.”

The U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Department of Commerce report that Vietnam has 20,000 students studying abroad – with 13,000 of them studying in the U.S. The country is third among those sending international students to the U.S. to pursue their studies at community colleges.
More than 50,000 Indonesian students are studying overseas, with just nearly 7,700 studying in the United States.

“These two countries are considered very important to the United States,” says Jonathan Weller, director of International Admissions. “Indonesia is the fourth-largest country in the world and has the world’s largest Muslim community, and Vietnam is projecting tremendous growth in its economy as well as its population,” Weller says.

The mission includes stops in Jakarta, Indonesia and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Get Smart About Art Festival

ArtsWave of Cincinnati presents:

On Saturday, February 26th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the 3rd Annual Get Smart About Art Festival and STUDIO 2011 will be held at the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the Kunzel Center for Arts and Education in historic Over-The-Rhine.  This family and teen arts festival connects families and the arts community in fun and creative ways.  Highlights include music, storytelling, artwork, dance, and much more!
The festivities begin at Music Hall with the Lollipops Family Concert, Mozart!, performed by Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Know Theatre Company. The 45-minute concert begins at 10:00 a.m. The fun continues from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, one block south from Music Hall. 
Get Smart About Art Festival provides interactive art making activities with the Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Art Center, Taft Museum, Happen, Inc., and Window Arts Enrichment

Performing through out the day are the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Ensemble Theatre, My Nose Turns Red, Dramakinetics, Cincinnati Black Theatre Company, and many more arts organizations from the across the region.

C.A.U.S.E Conference Call for Proposals - Deadline March 12th!

2011 C.A.U.S.E. Conference

Tentative schedule includes an invitation to attend Fusion Friday at The Ohio State University on April 1, conference sessions Saturday and Sunday (ending at noon), and an optional group outing to Gallery Hop in Columbus's Short North Saturday night.

Mark your calendars for the weekend of April 1-3 for an opportunity to network with college-aged activists from across the state and celebrate serving beyond the LGBTQ community.

The planning committee is currently accepting proposals for workshops, caucus panels and presentations.  Please submit the following to by Friday, March 12:
  • Detailed description of the topic
  • Information covered
  • Goals or what attendees should get out of the session
  • Required supplies (i.e. a computer, projector, etc.)
  • Brief outline
Please limit presentation to 1 to 1.5 hours in length.
Presented by the Hermes Foundation (Sustaining Sponsor)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The first installment of the UC civility programming series is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23rd from 12:00-1:00pm.

The theme of this program is entitled How Are We Treating Each Other? Civility on Campus. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to talk about their own experiences here, including the good, the bad and the ugly. Ultimately, we want to discuss how to make the campus an even better place for all of us to study, work and play. Please come and share your thoughts.

The civility programming series of programs is planned by staff from the Office of Resident Education and Development, Student Activities and Leadership Development, the Ombuds Office and First Year Experience. The group is committed to engaging students, faculty and staff in reflection and dialogue about practicing civility, one of the Just Community core principles.

Please contact Maggy Fogler if you would like to know more about this series or would like to assist with planning future programs.

Building Community: Addressing Disparities


When: Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 7pm
WhereFirst Unitarian Church, Avondale, 536 Linton Street, off Reading Road.
Description: Part of a Series of Forums and Salons on “Building Community: Addressing Disparities”

The media and political and thought leaders in our country are constantly raising the alarm about the ongoing struggle of the middle class to re-establish its hold on the American dream.  Helping the middle class was high on President Obama’s agenda when he took office.  He put Vice President Biden in charge of a Middle Class Task Force, which focuses on assessing policies to determine if they are helping or hurting the middle class working families, and proposing ones that help.   

But what is happening Cincinnati?  We invited three experts to discuss these questions: What is the middle class and why is it important? Is the middle class in a state of decline in Cincinnati and the region?  If so, what factors are causing the decline and what are the implications? What is the differential impact of the decline on African Americans and other ethic groups? Is there a new middle class developing in Cincinnati?  Who is it and what are its demographics?  What are the implications for the city and/or Greater Cincinnati region? What can policymakers and citizens do to address these issues?

The Moderator:  Sue Wilke

The Panel
Daisy Quarm, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC; teaching and research interests focus on race, class, and gender.  Prof. Quarm will address the questions at the national level.

George Vredeveld,  Alpaugh Professor of Economics and Director of the Economics Center for Education & Research; His recent research has focused on factors that affect regional economic development, including education and the quality of the labor market.  Prof. Vredeveld will address the questions at the local and regional level.

Terry Grundy, Community Impact Director at  The Urbanists, a Cincinnati-based movement concerned with the revitalization of older American cities. He will discuss the city of Cincinnati-specific middle class decline and strategies for reversing the trend.

Help Keep AmeriCorps Running

From Cincinnati Public Allies:

Greetings Partners! 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! The House voted to shut down AmeriCorps in the current year's budget. Please take 2 minutes and call 202-224-3121 and ask for your Representative's office. Tell them you are a constituent and not to kill national service and explain why you care.
We need to shore up supporters and let opponents know we won't just lie down. The most important thing is that you share that you live in their district and explain why you care. If you wish for additional talking points, see below.

*I am calling to urge you to vote NO on H.R. 1. Please do not shutdown the Corporation for National and Community Service or eliminate AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn & Serve America or the Volunteer Generation Fund.
*The CR will decimate vital services in our communities when millions of Americans need food, shelter, healthcare, job training and educational support.
*Communities are counting on national service participants and community volunteers to meet the increased demand for services.
*Provide an example of your local impact and what will be lost if your program is eliminated. Example: My organization has 140 AmeriCorps members serving in 10 Boston Public Schools. They are providing targeted and school-wide interventions in literacy, match, attendance and classroom behavior. If Congress eliminates AmeriCorps, nearly 2,000 high-risk 3rd-9th graders will no longer receive this additional support in the classroom.  *The CR will only push unemployment rates up. Unemployment numbers -- particularly for young people, veterans and military spouses, older Americans and people of color-remain alarmingly high.
*For Americans who are struggling to find work, national service programs offer participants the opportunity to earn a subsistence-level stipend, develop skills, and create pathways to future employment. Eliminating programs like AmeriCorps will result in jobs lost for the corps members and the staff who supervise them. Example: If Congress eliminates AmeriCorps, our 140 AmeriCorps members and the staff that supervise them will be out of work.
*The federal investment made in faith based and community organizations through the Corporation for National and Community Service leverages $799 million in matching funds from companies, foundations and other sources.
*If you defund the national service programs, whole organizations will shut down and most will not be able to reopen again even if funding is restored.

Monday, February 14, 2011

UC NAACP Meeting - Feb 15th!

From UC Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People:

NAACP Meeting TOMORROW at 5:00pm in TUC 400

NAACP Public Mass Meeting TOMORROW at 5:00pm in TUC 400. We will be launching our newest campaign for EXCELLENCE & EQUITY. Come and learn how you can be a part of this great movement. Also at the meeting we will be discussing the following:

***75th Youth and College Anniversary
***2012 Elections
***NAACP Image Awards
***Regional/ National Conventions

Important Dates:

Regional Convention: April 14- April 17 in Indiana

National Convention: July 23- July 28 in California

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Come to see what NAACP planned for the rest of the year and come to see how you can get involved.

Stand with Planned Parenthood Rally - Feb 20th

From Cincinnati Advocates:

The rally is Sunday, 2/20 at 3 pm. The location is the Hamilton Planned Parenthood (the Mary Stark Center) at 11 Ludlow Ave, Hamilton OH 45011.

The title of the rally is Stand With Planned Parenthood; we’re basically asking our supporters and partners to come out to the largest Title X health center in Boehner’s district and show their support. We’re protesting the entirety of the unprecedented attack on women’s health (the insurance ban, the heartbeat bill, the fetal pain bill, forcible rape) but focusing on the elimination of the Title X program in the House Continuing Resolution on the Budget.

Title X is the federal family planning program, which subsidizes birth control and STI testing and treatment for low-income women and men. Its elimination will actually add up to a billion dollars a year to the cost of Medicaid, since there will be no preventative program for low-income Americans.

On the 20th, we’ll be showing the region—and the country—just what it is that happens in a family planning center. We’ll talk about our colposcopy program, our well-woman exams, our mammography, our recently cancelled prenatal program, and our nursery—since so many of our clients are mothers. Clearly, House leadership is unaware of these programs—otherwise, how could they possibly want to end them, aside from in spite?

We need you to stand with us to put a stop to these destructive attacks on Ohio’s women.

Luke Brockmeier
Public Affairs Coordinator
Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region

Friday, February 11, 2011

RAPP Working with Local Universities

RAPP will be spending the weekend of February 12th-13th with students from Thomas More College and the College of Mt. St. Joseph at their inaugural Diversity Retreat!  Twenty-four students representing both universities are participating in an intensive two-day retreat with the theme Reflect. Understand. Value.

Social Justice League member Marjorie B (XXV) and RAPP Program Coordinator Rebecca (XXII) have been working with the leaders at the respective colleges to prepare and co-lead the retreat.

Throughout the weekend, participants will reflect on themselves in terms of their identity and values, develop understanding of their assumptions around difference, and reflect on the challenge to create inclusive communities.  They will explore and apply social justice theory as well as identify how to make a positive difference on their campuses.

Procter & Gamble Student Programs - Application Deadlines Extended

From the Career Development Center:

Procter & Gamble Student Programs:


Get an inside look at P&G!
Procter & Gamble is offering the experience of a lifetime. During the months of July & August 2011, P&G will host five different programs at our Global headquarters in Cincinnati, OH. These workshops are designed to give top diverse students the chance to learn about various functions throughout P&G, as well as provide an early opportunity to interview for internship roles in 2012. Additionally, ALL EXPENSES ARE PAID!

To Apply:
Visit    and type in the Job Number for the summer program for which you would like to apply. It’s that easy.

Consumer Strategy Workshop
Job Number: CMK00000720

CSW is a 4-day workshop focused on providing a “hands on” experience in applying consumer and market knowledge to influence business strategy at P&G. You will learn to work as a business team member to impact P&G brands and uncover consumer marketing insights. Participants must demonstrate: academic achievement, success in team environments. Dates: July 28 – July 31, 2011.  (APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 13, 2011)

Finance, Accounting, and Tax Seminar (FACT)
Job Number: FIN00002222

FACT is an early reach program designed to expose top undergraduate students to P&G and the types of Finance, Accounting, and Tax intern roles available. You will have the opportunity to speak candidly with Senior Managers about corporate America. We are looking for students who will graduate in 2013 with a BS, BA, or MS in Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance or Taxation. Dates:  August 2-5, 2011.  (APPLICATION DEADLINE:  June 6, 2011)

Marketing MBA Summer Camp
Job Number: MKT00002366

The MBA Marketing Summer Camp is a 6-day, action-packed look at marketing intern opportunities at P&G designed for students entering MBA programs in the fall. You will have the opportunity to preview the key roles you could play in Marketing at P&G after completing your MBA. The interaction you will have with key P&G executives will give you unique preparation for Business School. Summer Camp is also your chance to experience the real-life projects and situations you could be handling upon completion of your MBA. Dates: July 24-29, 2011.  (APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 30, 2011)

Research Your Future in Science Seminar
Job Number: RND00002056

This seminar will show how you can use your Science (Chemistry/Biology/Life Science) or Engineering Technology (MET, Chem Tech, EET) degree after college. You will experience Research & Development at P&G through hands on involvement with emerging technologies and P&G products. There will be a variety of facility tours and career presentations where you can network with P&G Researchers so you can see firsthand how you could fit in as an R&D Researcher at P&G. Dates: August 1-5, 2011. (APPLICATION DEADLINE:  June 30, 2011)

The IT ELITE Seminar
Job Number: IDS00000798

The IT Elite Seminar will provide Emerging Leaders in Information Technology with an incredible experience. Participants will work with current P&G employees and senior managers to develop recommendations on a real Information & Decision Solutions (IDS) project within P&G. Through presentations and a hands-on case study, participants will learn how IDS drives business and creates value at P&G. We are looking for students pursuing a BS or MS in BIS, MIS, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Math/Statistics. Dates: July 31 – August 5, 2011.  (APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 13, 2011)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Annual Lunar New Year Celebration - Feb 12th!

Happy Lunar New Year! 新年快樂 You are cordially invited to the Lunar New Year 2011 Celebration!

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011
Time: 6PM – 9PM
Location: Tangeman University Center – Great Hall

**Free Food**

Lion Dance, Japanese Taiko Drums, Fashion Show, Kendo Martial Arts, and Breakdance Fusion

Please join the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services for some food and exciting performances. Feel free to bring your family and friends!