Updates from the ALANA Intercultural Board

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Our newsletter will be sent out weekly and will inform you of upcoming events, resources, and job and internship opportunities! Read what's new this week!

This Week's Organization Spotlight

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Women of Color Coalition

The women of color coalition will work to create unity across boundaries that have been both internally and externally constructed to oppress but that have also empowered women of color to build pride. This coalition will give voice and strength to experiences that are often marginalized and will foster further self-reflection and awareness of issues that affect women of color at Cornell and in the broader world.

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Upcoming ALANA Events

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Upcoming Umbrella Events

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CAPSU will be hosting its 11th annual Asia Night on March 5th, 2016! This year's Asia Night will reflect on all the memorable experiences from the community. Organizations within CAPSU will host a booth, assigned to specific terrains: oceans, deserts, forests and mountains. If you are interested in hosting a booth or collaborating, there are many opportunities listed below:

Sign up for the Asia Night Planning Committee:

Organization Booth/Performance Sign-ups:

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Upcoming Events

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Join the Greek Tri-Council as they sponsor a roundtable discussion on sexual assault!

The purpose of this roundtable discussion is to create a safe and open dialogue addressing potential policy changes and solutions to the problems we face regarding sexual violence at Cornell. While no single discussion or action can eradicate this problem altogether, we hope to join forces with a diverse group of Cornellians — Greek, non-Greek and faculty — taking a collective step towards a more tangible solution and a more inclusive dialogue.

Date: Monday, February 22

Time: 4:30pm

Location: WSH Memorial Room

The event is open to the entire Cornell community, and will consist of a series of small group discussions followed by a larger open forum.

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The Hermanas of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. are hosting our 3rd annual Hooked on Phonics Spelling Bee with Pi Beta Phi Sorority.The Spelling Bee will be held in Lewis Auditorium (Goldwin Smith Hall) on February 25th. Admission is $5 but we are also looking for contestants! You can sign up by filling out this Google form: The winner will get a $50 AMEX gift card, second place will get a $25 AMEX gift card and third place will get a $25 CTB gift card! All of the proceeds will benefit our literacy philanthropies. Hope to see you there!​

Do you want to contribute to the women of color community? Do you want to gain conference planning skills?

Join the Women of Color Conference 2017 Planning Committee! *No experience needed*

Deadline to apply: February 28th

Click Here for the Application!

Please email if you have any further questions.

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Like dancing and or moving your body to music?

WELLLLL. This is the opportunity for you!!

Cornell's Caribbean Students Association Dance Ensemble

is holding tryouts to add more members to our wonderful team.

And you know what else?

You don't even have to be Caribbean!! Hope to see you there :)

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You are cordially invited to the Women of Color Coalition's Color of Our Character Showcase! This showcase will celebrate the diverse array of talents and gifts found within the women of color community at Cornell University.

The showcase will take place Friday, March 11th from 7PM to 11PM in the Willard Straight Hall, Memorial Room. Doors open at 7PM for food and activities (photo booth, raffle, etc.). Show begins at 8PM. We hope to see you there!

The Women's Resource Center at Cornell is inviting ALANA participants to an upcoming WRC event (free dinner and discussion with the President's Council of Cornell Women on March 3).

Here is the link to the event: (where there is a RSVP form).


Cornell University’s Posse Plus Retreat 2016

March 4 – 6, 2016

Topic: Sticks + Stones: Language and Speech in a Diverse Society

Bryn Mawr Mountain Retreat, Honesdale, PA

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016

RSVP here:

Faculty & Staff:

Packing list: Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush); Homework (site does have WiFi); Warm, comfortable clothing. Email with questions or call 607-255-3841.

The Posse Plus Retreat brings together Cornell students, faculty, and administrators for a weekend of interactive and dynamic workshops designed to facilitate dialogue about an important social issue. Below is an in-depth description of the retreat’s potential scope:

Context for this year’s retreat: The PossePlus Retreat is a unique space where students, faculty and staff come together to participate in a powerful discussion about a topic relevant to Cornell University’s community. This spring, more than 5,000 college students at 50 colleges and universities across the United States will engage in dialogue on the topic of language and speech. We’ll talk about the questions that are being hotly debated on our campus and around the country: Has free speech gone too far? Should there be rules about what we can and can’t say? Are microaggressions a type of violence? What does it look like to have inclusive conversations within diverse communities? This is a rare opportunity for you to voice your ideas and experience this important national conversation. The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains incredible young leaders and sends them in Posses of 10 students to top colleges and universities across the country.

Email with questions or for more information.

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Sponsored by: Diversity Programs in Engineering, Student Funding Advisory Council,

Center for Leadership for the Greater Good, 626: Center for Intercultural Dialogue, Mayor Potencial,

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Dyson Media Innovation Group,

Accenture, Johnson School of Business: Office of Diveristy Initiatives, Hispanic American Leaders Business Association,

La Asociación Latina, & Science Organization of Latinos

We are the New York State Latino Leadership Summit (LLS) Committee at Cornell University. We are reaching out to you because we are excited to announce that the Second Annual New York State Latino Leadership Summit, a student-led initiative, will be taking place on Saturday March 5th, 2016 in Sage Hall from 9:00am-4:45pm. The purpose of the LLS is to increase communication and foster cross-collaboration between community and campus leaders who promote Latino education, civic-engagement, cultural enrichment, and professional development. We would like to cordially invite you and the members of your organization to attend this year’s Summit! Please distribute this message to your general body members.

Last year the Summit was a success, having a variety of workshops and speakers, multiple organizations present, and an overall attendance of 80+ people; this year, we hope that your organization will be able to make it too! The LLS team has been working diligently to ensure the development and success of the Summit in order to address the needs of the Latino community. By participating in the event, you will have the opportunity to network with other Latino students and professionals involved in a plethora of fields including finance, business, engineering, community planning, and many more. In addition, the Summit will be offering workshops that range from the development of your personal brand to improving your entrepreneurial skills. More importantly, by attending the Summit, you will be connected to a sound support network that extends beyond the Cornell area.

We truly hope that you consider attending this enriching experience in order to continue advancing the progress of the New York State Latino community. For your convenience, we have also included a link to the official LLS website in this email, where you can now register for the event. In the meantime, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

LLS Website:

On behalf of the Latino Leadership Summit Team,

Einaudi Center Roundtable Discussion


Friday, March 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm in Klarman Auditorium


HIROKAZU MIYAZAKI, Director, Einaudi Center, John S. Knight Professor of International Studies, Cornell University

REBECCA SLAYTON, Assistant Professor, Science & Technology Studies, Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cornell University


KIYOSHI KUROKAWA, Adjunct Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan

CHARLES PERROW, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Yale University

SONJA SCHMID, Associate Professor, Science & Technology in Society, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

About the event:

A key theme of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies ( is sustainability. In 2016 we have elected to focus on a difficult topic: nuclear power, its potential to serve as solution to global climate change, and its risks. To kick off this discussion, we have invited experts who have studied the three major nuclear accidents of our time—Three Mile Island in 1979, Chernobyl in 1986, and Fukushima in 2011—to a Roundtable Discussion to share lessons learned in the aftermath of these events. On March 11, 2016, the fifth anniversary of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan, we invite you to join in this timely and important conversation.

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Job, Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

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Voices of African Mothers (VAM) is a United Nation NGO started by Nana Fosu-Randall in 2004 to empower African women and girls. This summer will be the fourth time Cornell students travel to Ghana to participate in this enriching service-learning experience! The program will be a 6-8 week commitment from late June to early August. Students in the program will be participating in development and education work at VAM’s many project sites with opportunities for individual projects in virtually any desired area, including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, co-ops, and more. In addition, students in the program will have opportunities to experience Ghanaian culture and visit cultural sites. Students who apply should be self-motivated, demonstrate superior leadership and teamwork abilities. Prior international experience is not a must, but is preferred. Upon acceptance to the program, funding opportunities will be discussed. Please contact Blake Brown (btb52), Lala Xu (lqx2), or Emily Martey (ebm72) with any questions, comments, or concerns. We look forward to reviewing your applications!


The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program provides current graduate students with an opportunity to learn about African American-focused education policy, communications, and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting and compiling research and data on African American education, institutions and communities;
  • Performing data entry and managing the office database;
  • Greeting and escorting visitors to meetings;
  • Participating in strategic planning and staff meetings and other Department policy briefings and meetings relevant to the work of the Initiative;
  • Responding to constituent inquiries verbally or in writing;
  • Assisting and creating and/or updating presentations, fact sheets, one-pagers or talking points;
  • Assisting with all planning and implementation needs for upcoming local events and meetings, which can include collecting/researching background materials, creating promotional materials, cold-calling Listserv members, cataloging attendees;
  • Maintaining office media archives, which includes searching for any media coverage related to Initiative events and speaking engagements;
  • Liaising between the Initiative and local and national African American organizations and federal agencies;
  • Contributing to the creative efforts of the Initiative; and
  • Providing social media and blog updates to the accounts as needed.

In addition, opportunities for developmental growth are encouraged, such as interviewing senior Department officials and officials from external organizations, and attending internal/external presentations and briefings related to African American education. Duties also will vary slightly for students pursuing terminal degrees such as Ph.D. or Ed.D. candidates.

Throughout the course of their internship, students will have the opportunity to attend and potentially lead in the planning and management of meetings, briefings and other special events on the Hill, at the White House and in other federal agencies.

Skills needed:

  • Able to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Able to organize and prioritize work
  • Carries fair share of the workload and completes projects on time
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent oral, written, and editing communication skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access)
  • Takes initiative and proactively tackles responsibilities
  • Arrives promptly to work and to all meetings
  • Prior experience with WordPress application administration, HTML coding, and graphics software (such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator).

How to Apply

Please provide ALL of the following materials as ONE pdf formatted file:
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. The Internship Application

You must be a U.S. citizen or have a resident visa to apply. You also must be enrolled part- or full-time in an accredited postsecondary institution. Interns must be available to be in the office at least three full days per week at our DC site. We encourage

Incomplete application packets will be immediately disqualified from consideration. Please also proofread your materials before submission.

Packets should submitted via e-mail to with 2016 SUMMER Internship in the subject line. We are not accepting FALL 2016 applications at this time.

Application Packet Review Process

The White House Initiative evaluates the applications on the basis of academic achievement, quality of thought exemplified in the cover letter, and the strength of the candidate’s interest in improving education outcomes for African Americans. Additionally, only completed application packets are evaluated.

Selected packets are then forwarded to designated personnel in the Office of the Secretary and Human Resources, who review the application packets for legal, regulatory and program requirements.

Once vetted by OS and HRS, students are contacted by the White House Initiative to confirm start dates.

An internship welcome packet will be e-mailed to accepted interns.

Other Considerations

This is an unpaid internship. Students selected to be White House Initiative interns will be required to secure their own housing while in Washington, D.C. A list of potential accommodations is made available on request.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education is now able to provide a transportation subsidy to assist with the cost of travel to and from home/work. Students may register for this benefit once they are officially on board with the agency.

Don't have plans for spring break? Want to make a meaningful impact? Alternative Breaks is currently seeking a TRIP LEADER for the Church of St. Matthews and St. Timothy Team

The CSMST trip focuses on mentoring young, minority youth in the Upper West Side and Harlem communities in Manhattan, New York City. We plan to achieve this by facilitating a multitude of activities geared towards developing a sense of teamwork, leadership and wellness within the young men at the church. Some of the activities we'll do include:

  • ...and more!

Additionally, this is to engage young men (ages 8-17) in supporting their desire to improve their basketball skills and nutrition awareness along with the affirmation of the importance of education. Our team will support the efforts of the local community's agency to affirm the youth's own sense of positive community engagement.

If you are interested, please email us at!

Proposal Deadline February 22, 2016, 11:59 pm ET | Harvard College’s Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference. Undergraduate students have an opportunity to disseminate findings from their research on critical social issues within their respective fields. Proposals welcomed from students whose work has been supervised by faculty, and focuses on diversity, equity, and social justice. For questions and more information, click here

Application Deadline March 1, 2016 | SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Office of Minority Affairs Summer Research Program. Designed for undergraduate students who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical and health professions. 8 week program (June – July). $3,000 fellowships will be awarded. No housing provided. Click here for application:

Application Deadline March 18, 2016 | Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund. Click here for current information from an organization dedicated to assisting Latino college students through scholarships, internships and professional development:!scholarships/cee5 . Email to ask about the organization’s national leadership institute, scheduled for October 28-30, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

Federal Student Aid Advocacy Day in Washington, DC!

March 1-2, 2016

Do you have an interest in public policy and access to higher education? Would you welcome an opportunity to speak to your Senators and Representatives? Are you an undergraduate receiving federal financial aid?

Join us for an overnight trip to Washington, DC, where you will meet with your members of Congress and their staff to discuss federal financial aid. All meals/transportation/lodging will be provided. No prior experience required – we will teach you what you need to know!

Email Kristen Adams at if you are interested in learning more. Sign up fast, space is limited!

Sponsored by the Office of University Relations in coordination with the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment.


Follow us on Twitter @CornellFinAid and @CornellinDC

Families USA is searching for recent or soon-to-be graduates who are interested in social justice and health policy. The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice advances social justice through health care advocacy work by focusing on the unique challenges facing many low-income and minority communities. Through this fellowship, families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial, and ethnic minority groups. The Wellstone Fellow's primary responsibilities include performing research into health policy and developing content that promotes the reduction and elimination of disparities in health care.

Link to Application:

Fellowship Description

The Wellstone Fellow’s responsibilities include drafting talking points, blogs, fact sheets, and other publications, as well as developing content for the Families USA website and email lists that promotes health equity and the reduction and elimination of disparities in health and health care. During the year, the fellow will learn about health reform implementation, health equity, the private insurance market, health system improvement, and other important health policy issues. At the same time, the Wellstone Fellow will develop an understanding of the tactics and strategies used in state-based consumer health advocacy organizations.

The fellowship will last one year, from August 2016 through July 2017, and the fellow will receive a compensatory package that includes an annual salary of approximately $38,000 and excellent health care benefits. One Wellstone Fellow is selected each year.

Qualifications and Procedures

The Wellstone Fellowship is designed to increase the number of low-income, American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander social justice leaders. Candidates seeking consideration for the Wellstone Fellowship must demonstrate an interest in using policy analysis skills to achieve health care justice and social change. Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to social justice advocacy following their year of hands-on experience as a fellow.

The application for the University of Louisville Cancer Education Program (CEP) is open! CEP is a program dedicated to recruiting, educating, and motivating undergraduate and professional students to pursue further training and future careers in cancer research. The program is 10 weeks long in the city of Louisville, KY --home of the Louisville Slugger! For those of you that live out of the KY area, housing is provided if you request it on your application. Moreover, you also get a summer stipend of $4,000.

The program provides a myriad of opportunities for scholars interested in pursuing an MD, PhD, MD/PhD, or if you are merely interested in getting some awesome research experience. Furthermore, CEP strongly encourages scholars to present their summer research projects at national conferences, and also publish their results in scientific journals. By working alongside renowned faculty and physicians, you will be taught various techniques as you progress --so don't worry if you have no past research experience.

For your convenience, I have attached a copy of the application form for the program and a link to their website. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Good luck with the application --it is due on March 1st!

Cancer Education Program Website:

For freshman undergraduate students that are interested in learning more about Wells Fargo and career opportunities within Investment Banking and Sales & Trading, here is information regarding the Wells Fargo Securities Freshman Diversity Finance Forum.
NOTE: Travel and meal expenses for the forum will be paid for by Wells Fargo.


You’re invited to apply!
Wells Fargo is committed to developing the leaders of tomorrow, and as part of that commitment, we are proud to host an upcoming event for high-performing freshmen from diverse backgrounds. The Freshman Diversity Finance Forum provides students with the opportunity to connect with one another and network with Wells Fargo leaders - all while providing an introduction to Wells Fargo’s culture and the opportunities our programs provide.

What to expect:

Learn about Wells Fargo Securities (WFS), the financial services industry, and careers in investment banking and sales & trading

Meet with senior management and WFS professionals

Participate in information sessions, panels, and networking events

Travel and meal expenses for the forum will be paid for by Wells Fargo.

Freshman Diversity Finance Forum details

This forum focuses on Investment Banking and Sales & Trading. Submit your application via our web site by February 19, 2016. Your application must include your resume and answers to the following questions in 350 words or less:

Why are you interested in the financial services industry, and what do you hope to learn at the Freshman Diversity Finance Forum?

Date and location: Charlotte, NC from March 10 – 11, 2016

Visit to explore other career development opportunities at Wells Fargo.

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