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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Cornell Caribbean Students Association

  • Cornell University's Caribbean Students Association is an organization that represents the views, beliefs, culture, and politics of the Caribbean students on the Cornell University campus. We strive to celebrate Caribbean culture and create a safe space for students who identify with Caribbean culture to feel comfortable.
  • Website:

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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Do you have a question for the whole student body? A referendum is a single, neutrally-worded "yes/no" question. Get a question on the ballot for the issues that matter most to you. Visit the for more information. The first deadline for online signatures is Tuesday, March 1 at 11:59pm.
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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,

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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).

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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.


Calling all Persons that Identify as a Asian Man

Asian men have unique experiences on college campuses. Unfortunately, there are no spaces at Cornell that exclusively talk about these sets of experiences. If you agree with this statement, come add your voice to the discussion. The goal of this group is not to define what a man is or what a man is supposed to be but to understand the individual uniqueness that every Asian man holds.

This group is what we all make of it so make sure your voice is heard.


Come share your thoughts and ideas at the first meeting on Wednesday March 9th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm

at the A3C (Basement of 626 Thurston)

Please RSVP here so that we can have a accurate headcount.

We will be sharing experiences as well as the goals and aspirations of the group in the future. Come share your ideas, suggestions, and feedback!!!


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The Gamma Phi Chapter of

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc.


The Iota Phi Chapter of

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Present to you

Lovers and Friends

the Game of Who knows Who best!

Register your team today!

​$5 per Team

All Proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!

​Donations are welcome.​

The Game: There will be two parts to the game. The first is for couples, and the second is for friends. Only teams of 2 (Player A and Player B) will be allowed to play. Player A's will be separated from Player B's, so they cannot see the answers of the other players. The hosts will ask a series of questions like "Player A, what is Player B's favorite color?" or "Player B, what is Player A's favorite food?" Each team member will write down the answer to the question. If the answers match, the team gets a point. The team with the most points win.

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On March 10th, Athlete Ally is bringing Megan Rapinoe as a guest speaker at 7pm in Newman Arena. Megan Rapinoe is a professional women's soccer player and proud out lesbian. She is an Olympic Gold Medalist and Women's World Cup Champion as well as a member of the US Women's National Soccer Team. She will be speaking at Cornell about LGBTQ inclusion in professional sports and gender equality in athletics. Here is a video she made with Fox Sports this past fall:

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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Feeling stressed about prelims? Not sure about your summer plans? Roommate's driving you insane? Just need a place to vent? EARS is a free, confidential service open to students to talk about whatever issues they may be facing with trained peer counselors. Come visit us in 214 Willard Straight Hall or call us at 255-EARS! No problem is too big or too small.
Check us out on Facebook:


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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!

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:

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Come to the A3C this Friday evening to enjoy and share your perspective on as an artist/advocate regarding issues within the social justice and/or Asian and Asian American community. We will hold an open mic; feel free to share your voice through slam poetry, song, chant, rap, etc. in a safe, open-minded space. If you're interested in performing, please fill out this google form