Updates from the ALANA Intercultural Board

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The ALANA Executive Board would like to welcome you back for spring semester! 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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Black Bio-medical and Technical Association (BBMTA)

The Black Bio-Medical and Technical Association is a non-profit organization composed primarily of students of color who are interested in health-related issues that affect our communities. Members of BBMTA participate in a variety of activities, including serving as mentors to children in the Ithaca community and planning for an annual health conference that fosters discussion around current health concerns in our nation and worldwide.

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:

Upcoming Events

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Foreign Policy Distinguished Speaker Series

Co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility; Co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War


Monday, February 8, at 5:00pm

Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall

Admission is free and open to the public

For more information visit

Organized by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and co-sponsored by the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Center for Transformative Action, and Episcopal Peace Fellowship.


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Calling all artists of color!
TAKEOVER: The PoC Zine is now accepting submissions for its first publication!

TAKEOVER is an annual zine of work by PoC students, for PoC students. We accept all mediums of art and types of writing. We aim to cultivate an inclusive, safe space in order to highlight work by artists of color. Submissions are due by February 10th.

Visit our website for more information and guidelines on submitting:

If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions, please contact!

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Help create social impact.

Empower businesses and communities with economic capital.

Join the Cornell Social Venture Club

The Cornell Social Venture Club (CSVC) aims to inspire and educate the wider Cornell community about social entrepreneurship as a tool for poverty alleviation. By partnering with innovative business, we seek to harness the power of economic capital for social impact.

Through various projects in impact investing and partnerships with socially impactful businesses, CSVC empowers local communities by providing them with access to capital and investors. We also educate our members in concepts of social enterprise, finance, impact investing, microfinance and sustainable business management through weekly education series and by attending some of the country’s best professional conferences.

We welcome students of all years and from all majors to take part in our Spring 2016 recruitment process.

Information session: Tuesday, February 9th at 5:00 pm in Mann 102

Application deadline: Thursday, February 11th at 2:00 pm

To apply: submit application to and send your resume to with the subject “CSVC Resume Drop.”

The 2016 production at Cornell University is coming…


Based on V-Day founder Eve Ensler's Obie award winning play, The Vagina Monologues explores and celebrates women. By turns passionate, amusing, devastating, emotional, and empowering, this collection of stories taken from interviews with women throughout the world has developed into an international phenomenon that gives voice to women's relationships with their vaginas.


(Doors open at 6:30PM)

All proceeds from the Cornell production go to the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County, which helps them to continue and expand their work to end sexual violence. In the past we have raised over $11,000 in a single performance for this amazing organization! We hope you’ll support the performance and its beneficiary this year!

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and are available at or from cast members.

Group rates (of 10 or more) are available by contacting George Holets at

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, or have any questions, please contact:, as soon as possible.

Sponsored by the Cornell Women’s Resource Center. Funded in part by the Student Assembly.

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Class Councils and the Office of Alumni Affairs cordially invite you to the first annual Cornell Leadership Conference. The Cornell Leadership Conference started with a simple idea: Let’s inspire and empower students today to be the leaders of tomorrow. Bringing back some of our best young alumni speakers to reflect on their time at Cornell and beyond, we strive to provide students on campus with the tools to develop as a leader. With a rousing call to action about the desperate need for leaders from our keynote speaker, students will leave the Conference ready to lead the next generation of Cornellians. Sign up here:

Ongoing through spring semester | Fridays at Rockefeller; M-F at different campus locations | “Let’s Talk” series. Free and confidential support available to all students. No appointment necessary. Drop in and meet with counselors from Gannett Health Services to talk about stress, academic problems, anxiety, relationships, family problems, financial, depression, and other concerns. For hours, locations, FAQs, and counselor bios, click here

Monday, February 8, 2016 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm | 155 Olin Hall. Cornell Hillel’s Major Speaker Series presents: Speaker, Marlee Matlin. Matlin is the youngest actress ever (and still the only deaf performer) to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her debut film Children of a Lesser God. Among others, she has since appeared in The West Wing, Dancing with the Stars, and most recently, the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. A novelist and passionate advocate for the deaf community, she speaks regularly on her struggles overcoming addiction. Free and open to the public. For more information, click here


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.

Job, Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

Campus Tour Guides Wanted!

Want a job that brings you paid public relations experience and a chance to work with the most fun & energetic people on campus in a positive and flexible work environment?

Our Information Specialist / Tour Guides welcome tens of thousands of guests to campus each year, answering questions about every Cornell topic - from the renowned Brain Collection to the flavors served at the Dairy Bar - while walking backwards every step of the way.

This semester, we’re looking for students who want to shape their futures and Cornell’s. You can fill out the application online through, download a print copy using, visit the Day Hall Lobby, or contact Natalie Rosseau ( or Eric Lim ( for applications.

If you have any further questions, please come to one of the following information sessions:

Friday, February 5th at 5pm in RPCC Auditorium

Monday, February 8th at 5pm in the 165 McGraw

Join our event on Facebook:

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!

Ongoing through spring semester |Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:20 pm | 105 Stimson Hall. BIOG 3020: Research Skills for the Life Sciences II. February 3 session in Mann Stone Classroom. Ideal for juniors engaged in research, planning to write an honors thesis, or interested in graduate school. Also appropriate for seniors planning on a gap year. Students should have at least one semester of research experience. Develop communication and research skills for now and in the future. 1 credit. For learning objectives, more information, or questions, email or


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!

Application Deadline February 8, 2016 | Applications Accepted for Southeast Asia and South Asia Programs. Fellowships available to assist undergraduate/graduate students to acquire a high level of competence in Cornell’s approved, less commonly taught, “priority” languages: Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Indonesian, Khmer, Nepali, Persian, Panjabi, Sinhala, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Urdu and Vietnamese. Email for application and more information.

Associated with Summer 2016 Internship Possibilities – Internship opportunities for summer 2016 in fields such as Education, and Peace/Conflict Resolution being offered by Southeast Asia program. Enroll in EDUC 4940 or EDUC 3300/6600 to become a more competitive applicant. Email with questions or for more information.

Application Deadline February 9, 2016 | Cornell University Alliance for Diversity & Inclusion Summer Intern Program. Approximately 20 positions now available for the diverse student summer internship program. Click here for details, more information and application details

Application Deadline February 15, 2016 | 2016 Scholarship Awards Program.Established to create national awareness of Puerto Rican contributions, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade empowers the Puerto Rican community through a promotion of culture, education, scholarships and civic engagement. Sixty $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to exceptional Puerto Rican youth who are making a difference in their community. For eligibility requirements, application package and submission requirements, click here

Application Deadline February 16, 2016 | Cornell Plantations 2016 Internship Program. $10.00 per hour, full-time from June 2 – August 12, 2016. Any Cornell student in any major. For more information and the application, click here

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

Latina/o Studies Program Fridays with Faculty Luncheon Seminar, Gustavo Flores-Macías, Assistant Professor, Government, Cornell University, February 5, 12:00 Noon, 434 Rockefeller Hall

Please join us for lunch and an informal discussion with Gustavo Flores-Macías. For more information on the Latina/o Studies Fridays with Faculty program go to

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 Mount Sinai International Exchange Program for Minority Students invites current undergraduate, master and doctoral degree students or recent graduates to apply for an exciting international exchange program. Interns will work on research projects under the guidance of prominent international scientists in one of six countries in Latin America, Europe or Africa. Before interns travel to their assigned countries, they receive one week of orientation at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.


ü Roundtrip and housing expenses to attend orientation week in New York City and for travel to/ lodging in host country.

ü Emergency health insurance while in host country.

ü Monthly stipend between $1,000 - $1,900 (depending on education level)


q Minorities underrepresented in the sciences as per the following NIH definition:

African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and rural Appalachians.

q US citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents.

q Available for orientation in New York City, first week of June

q Enrolled in or recently graduated from BA, BS, MA, MPH, PhD, MD or other Master's or doctoral programs.

q Available to travel for 11-12 weeks during the Summer. Interns must commit 11-12 full consecutive weeks to the program.

q Required to write a research report and make an oral presentation of the research performed.


Online applications are being accepted on the program’s website here:

Completed applications, along with the required attachments, must be received by January 31. Late applications will not be accepted.

Questions can be sent to:

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