APRIL NEWSLETTER

2021

Table Of Contents

- Important Dates

- April Events

- Study Abroad Virtual Summer Program

- Summer YDW Job

- Sexual Assault Awareness Month

- TRIO FESP Tutoring & Other Tutoring

- Advising Office Hours

- Additional Resources

Important Dates

April 5 = Classes resume as online or distance education (except for classes that support degrees that require continued hands-on learning throughout the term).

April 26-April 29 = Final Exams Week

April Events

International Festival 2021: Keeping Us Connected


A popular event since 1989, the International Festival has taken attendees on a trip around the world—without leaving Michigan—to enjoy some of the music, foods, fashions and traditional dances of many cultures. The annual event has provided thousands of students and community members the chance to experience food, culture and fashion from around the world through booth displays and performances brought to life by WMU international and cultural RSO’s.

Although virtual, International Festival 2021: Keeping Us Connected will continue the long-standing celebration of the diversity of WMU students. The three-night program will feature video submissions from international and cultural RSO's as well as discussions on the importance of global engagement by University students, staff, faculty and administrators.

International Festival 2021: Keeping Us Connected
April 7: Food | April 8: Fashion | April 9: Fun
6 to 7:30 p.m.
WMU International YouTube
The International Festival is organized by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and often involves partnership with other organizations on campus.

Date:Wednesday, Apr. 07 - 6:00pm to 7:30pmThursday, Apr. 08 - 6:00pm to 7:30pmFriday, Apr. 09 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location:WMU International YouTube
Kalamazoo MI 49008 US

Contact:Phillip Koch


Caste Book Club


Kathy Purnell, staff attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors and part-time instructor in in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, will be leading discussions of Caste (2020) by Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson argues that there is a deep hierarchical system underlining who has power and who does not in every society. She describes the pillars of this system and how they manifest in different times and places, including the United States, India, and Nazi Germany. The book raises questions about the political and personal destructiveness of categories that unjustly pit us against each other. Upon registration, the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society will send participants information for joining the meetings.

Date:Wednesday, Apr. 07 - 6:00pm to 7:30pmWednesday, Apr. 14 - 6:00pm to 7:30pmWednesday, Apr. 21 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Contact:Sandra L Borden
269-383-4919

Educational System, Sport, & Culture in Croatia and Venice, Italy, Virtual Summer Program(Faculty-Led)

" This three credit virtual study abroad experience will occur online in Summer I over the course of three weeks, with no required travel. The course is open to all majors at WMU. This format offers students a more financially affordable option to engage in a study abroad experience during the current Covid-19 pandemic .

In this virtual study abroad class, students will have the opportunity to further expand their cross-cultural knowledge, awareness and competencies. The focus of the course is exposing students to education system, culture and sports in Croatia. Students will have an opportunity to traverse virtually through the beautiful Croatian coast along the Adriatic Sea, and visit the most popular and historic Croatian cities of Zagreb, Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. The course will also include content on the culture and history of Venice, Italy, and will be delivered through a combination of lectures, discussions and virtual activities through synchronous meetings in E-learning." - Program Faculty Director; Dr. Zeljka Vidic

  • Location: Virtual program
  • Dates: 06/14/2021 - 07/02/2021
  • Credits: 3 HPHE 3000 or HPHE 5980
  • Faculty-director: Dr. Zeljka Vidic
    (zeljka.vidic@wmich.edu)

Learn more about Educational System, Sport, & Culture in Croatia and Venice, Italy, Virtual Summer Program (Faculty-Led) in Broncos Abroad, our online program management system.

Summer YDW Job

The District

Great things are happening in Battle Creek Public Schools (BCPS), and this is your opportunity to be a part of it! Battle Creek Public Schools serve a diverse community of 4,000 students from Pre-K to adult education. BCPS is in the midst of an exciting, equity-driven transformation, aiming to increase student achievement and family engagement, and provide opportunities and pathways to success for all students, regardless of race or zip code. We are a mission-driven district seeking passionate and motivated people who are ready to be a part of transformational change that is already underway.

The Job

Summer 21st Century Youth Development Worker (YDW) is an educator that provides fun, positive and enriching afternoon experiences for students during the BCPS Summer Program. Summer YDW creates and facilitates programming for students at elementary and secondary summer school sites. Summer YDW collaborates with other YDWs and the Summer Extended Learning Coordinators to deliver engaging, hands-on activities that enhance a child’s reading, writing, math, science and social-emotional learning skills.

Specifically, the Summer YDW will:

  • Serve as a positive role model
  • Support students SEL skills during during summer
  • Facilitate engaging programming activities


What You Will Need
• High School Diploma, post high school education preferred

• Education background in math, STEM, arts, literacy backgrounds preferred

• Demonstrated experience working with youth development program(s)

• Ability to pay close attention to and manage details while maintaining focus on the big picture

• Ability to organize and prioritize

• Understand and embrace diversity and inclusion

• A criminal history and background check is required

What You Need to know

YDWs are hired by EDUStaff, a third party staffing agency. The summer hourly salary is $25.00 per hour. Please send a cover letter and resume to: dramseye@battle-creek.k12.mi.us by April 9, 2021.

SCHOOL SAFETY CLEARANCE:

The successful candidate will be subject to a fingerprint and background check as a condition of employment.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Hi, there!
I hope your Spring Break was restful and re-energizing!
As most of you know, my name is Danielle Snow and I am the Sexual Assault Prevention Education Coordinator. I oversee our FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Educators and FIRE Place Resource and Support Center. I wanted to share with you some amazing events we have coming up this week and next!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! Because of this, we are hosting different events throughout the first two weeks of April to honor our survivors and our healing journeys. Our theme this year is A Journey Forward. The take home message is that healing is not linear, quick, or effortless! Nevertheless, no matter where we are on our journey of healing, we have survived and we are not alone! Please share these events with any students, faculty, or staff that might be interested in participating! You will find our digital poster attached to this email. Additionally, I have included all events, descriptions, & RSVP links below!

  • Bronco Support Cards Workshop: In this workshop, WMU students will come together to create Bronco Support Cards. We will use healing art to express our emotions related to systemic sexual and gender-based violence. These cards will be collected and displayed in the FIRE Place Resource and Support Center and online.
    Friday, April 9 @ 6p- https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/6991237
  • Reclaiming Sex and Intimacy after Trauma: Moving from surviving to thriving is not easy. For some, this means a reclamation of their sensual and sexual relationships with self and others. This workshop will be speaking to and centering survivors and consists of a slideshow presentation, group discussion, and participants will receive a detailed handout outlining the steps discussed in the presentation.
    Community event - Saturday, April 10 1p-3p - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/144673824303
    *Only 50 seats available for this event! First come, first serve! Must RSVP to receive the workshop link! *
    Student event - Wednesday, April 14 @6p-8p - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/7006259
    *Only 25 seats available for this event! First come, first serve! Must RSVP to receive the workshop link! *
  • A Journey Forward: A Survivor Speakout!: Please join us on a virtual call across campus for a night of intentional community building.
    Friday, April 16 @6p-7:30p - https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/event/6991304
    For survivors interested in reading/performing this night, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/uzPghN4fWfnT6Hfx5
  • #30DaysofSAAM: Join advocates, activists, survivors, and supporters who are getting involved in Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April on Instagram. Daily prompts encourage creative ways for you to raise awareness, educate, and connect with others. Follow @ wmuwechoose to see the daily prompts and post on your own Instagram throughout the month.

If students are interested in doing work like this on our campus this Fall 2021, please consider filling out this peer education application: https://experiencewmu.wmich.edu/submitter/form/start/267810 We offer volunteer hours and academic internship credit for some programs!

For any comments or questions, please email me hpe-firepeered@wmich.edu

Thank you so much for your support and for your commitment to ending sexual assault!

Western Michigan University

Danielle Snow

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Coordinator, Sexual Assault Prevention Education

Office of Health Promotion and Education

(269) 387-2990

Campus site: Sindecuse Health Center

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TRIO FESP Tutoring And Other Tutoring

Bronco Study Zone:

Bronco Study Zone has collaborated with other departments to offer more intensive and inclusive courses this semester! BSZ is offering free virtual tutoring support for one or more of your courses this semester!


Receiving tutoring support is easy and free! All you need to do is click on the Academic Support Hub on Microsoft Teams and post the title of the course that you need assistance with. A qualified tutor will see your post and open a video chat to assist you. https://wmich.edu/studentservices/success/zone


TRIO FESP:

TRIO FESP Tutoring is available from January 19th to April 23rd for the Spring 2021 semester.

Advising Office Hours

TRIO FESP main office will be closed in Spring 2021. All appointments, activities/events will be in a remote format.


Virtual Office Hours:
M-F 8:00-5:00 p.m.


Virtual Office Link: https://zoom.us/j/95716622814?pwd=TEpTbzEzcWdTR0FBUlNCZ0d4Mm4yUT09

Additional Resources

Western Michigan University Libraries, in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology, has a limited supply of PC laptops and webcams available for loan. Laptops and webcams can be checked out for an entire semester by any registered WMU student who needs these items to complete their coursework. Follow this link https://wmich.edu/library/laptops


Instructional and design labs will follow the university schedule for in-person use but will remain available via remote access. Information on remotely accessing computer labs can be found here:


For more information on in-person lab locations, hours, and remote access, follow this link https://helphub.wmich.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360046948192-Computer-Labs-at-WMU


Computer Labs at WMU – Help Hub

Locations: Dalton Center, Gilmore Theatre Complex, South & Central Kohrman Hall, Richmond Center Phone: (269) 387-2429 Email: kevin.wesel@wmich.edu Walk-in available: No Remote access available: Special cases only - ask your instructor View hours and additional information here.

helphub.wmich.edu