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Earth Week 2017 Events at Oakton Announced!!

Join us for our annual Earth Week Events at Oakton Community College, April 17-22. Feel free to share this pdf version and post (with permission) wherever you see fit! Thank you for helping us to spread the word on these amazing events to learn, engage with others, and make a difference at Oakton and in your communities!

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University of New Hampshire–Sustainability Fellowship, due February 17

The UNHSI Sustainability Fellows program is now accepting applications, through 2017.

The program pairs graduate and upperclass  students from throughout the U.S. with municipal, educational, corporate, and NGO partners in New England to work on innovative climate change and sustainability initiatives.  This is a summer opportunity for experiential learning, professional development, and mentorship in their field—which also provides a $6,000 stipend.  As you’ll see, this year’s 20 projects run the gamut from scientific research to data analysis and technical assistance to policy to business development to communications and outreach: http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/2017-fellowship-projects.

This year we’ll start May 31st and run through August 18th.   Applications can be submitted on the UNH Sustainability website (http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/sustainability-fellows), and will be accepted through February 17, 2017.


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Women’s and Gender Studies Conference: In Challenging Times: Women, Activism, and Leadership–Call for Proposals!

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES CONFERENCE

In Challenging Times:  Women, Activism and Leadership

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program Steering Committee of Oakton Community College, located in Des Plaines, Illinois in the near northwest suburbs of Chicago, invites proposals for its biennial conference to be held March 24, 2017. This one-day conference, In Challenging Times:  Women, Activism and Leadership, will present scholarly and creative work by feminist activists, writers, scientists, visual and performing artists, and scholars that examines the challenges confronting feminism and the Women’s and Gender Studies discipline in the current political and cultural climate.

The Conference keynote will be noted activist, writer and scholar Barbara Ransby.  Ransby is distinguished professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative.  She also serves as current president of the National Women’s Studies Association.

The Steering Committee seeks proposals for panel presentations—consisting of research papers, readings, performances, or media  presentations—as well as roundtable discussions and poster sessions focused on topics related to the overall conference theme.  We are especially interested in submissions that approach the theme using an intersectional feminist analysis.

Possible topic areas could include, but are not limited to:

  • Continuing challenges to feminism—the word and the movement
  • Race and class as categories of feminist analysis
  • Achieving gender equity in the political arena
  • Gendered violence in the media, home, street and workplace.
  • Intergenerational conflicts and collaborations
  • Challenges to Reproductive Rights
  • Gendered and racialized bodies
  • Feminism and white privilege
  • Social Media and cyberfeminism—dangers and opportunities
  • Feminist challenges to environmental degradation
  • Confronting ableism and other constructs of the normative body
  • Feminist responses to incarceration and detention
  • Gendered health and medicine
  • Transgender and gender queer inclusion
  • Transnational feminist activism
  • Activism using new media and technology
  • Women in STEM and non-traditional fields
  • Feminism and Cultural Criticism
  • Feminist leadership
  • Feminist activism and the arts
  • Community colleges and other alternative sites of feminist activism
  • Achieving equity in the workplace
  • Activist literature and media
  • Eliminating racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination in American education

Panel presentations consist of individual research presentations or performances organized around a single topic, concluding with a brief question and answer session. Panels should feature three or four presenters, as well as a non-presenting moderator responsible for introductions, time keeping, and overall coordination. Sessions are 75 minutes; time is divided equally among presenters, with 15 minutes for introductions and discussion. In lieu of a panel, selected one-person workshops are also acceptable. Participants are encouraged to present material to the audience rather than simply read a paper.

Roundtable discussions feature between four and six presenters, hosted by a moderator. Each participant makes brief opening remarks on a particular theme or project, followed by discussion and audience participation. Sessions are 75 minutes, including introductions and opening statements.

Poster sessions include display in a central location throughout the day as well as at a special afternoon reception. Presenters must be available to set up, take down, and discuss posters with viewers at the reception.

Proposals by established scholars and artists are welcome. Both graduate and undergraduate students are also encouraged to submit.

The Steering Committee encourages proposals for fully-formed panels and roundtables. It also welcomes proposals from individual presenters; individuals will be grouped with presenters on similar themes.

All accepted presenters must register for the conference. Fees—which include lunch and refreshments—are $15 for Oakton students, $20 for all other students, and $35 for non-students.

Proposals must clearly state the type of presentation (panel, roundtable, poster session), and include:

  • Title and topic (see list for suggestions).
  • An abstract of no more than 300 words.
  • Names and brief biographies (no more than three sentences) for all presenters.
  • Contact information (including e-mail).

Submit via e-mail to wgs@oakton.edu or in hard copy to:

Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Oakton Community College

Division of Languages, Humanities, and the Arts

1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Attn: Kathleen Carot

The Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee will review all proposals and make selections based on appropriateness of topic, quality of proposal, and contribution to Women’s and Gender Studies scholarship and creative endeavors. The Committee will pay special attention to proposals that feature intersectional and multidisciplinary approaches and/or inclusion of presenters from faculty, artist, and student groups. Oakton will attempt to meet audiovisual equipment needs—please state such needs clearly in the proposal. Accepted presenters will receive an audiovisual equipment checklist prior to the conference.

Deadline for proposals is February 15. Notification of proposal status (accepted or declined) will be sent via e-mail no later than February 27.


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The Wilderness Society-Winter Internships

Job Title: The Wilderness Society Intern

Location: Chicago, IL (and surrounding suburbs)

Term: January- April, 8-10 hours a week

 Background and Campaign Description:

The Wilderness Society (TWS) was formed in 1935 to defend the nation’s wild public lands against rapid development, urbanization and natural resource exploitation. Our mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for wild places. Over the years, we have helped grow the national wilderness preservation system to over 110 million acres across the country. This Spring, we will be working in Chicago, IL to further protect our parks and natural spaces.

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Waste at U.S. Level (Part One in a Three Part Series by Paul Slocum–Sustainability Research Student Worker)

Waste at U.S. Level

(Part One in a Three Part Series by Paul Slocum–Sustainability Research Student Worker)

Sustainably dealing with waste is one of most challenging issues facing governments on the national level. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) branch of the U.S. government is tasked with all of the environmental issues plaguing the United States today, and effectively dealing with municipal waste remains one of their most problematic tasks, as municipal-waste management is largely orchestrated by state legislature. According to the EPA, “In 2009, 243 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) was produced in the United States. Currently, 34% of the 243 million tons is recovered and recycled or composted” (EPA). These 2009 totals from the EPA are their last numerical records of nationally produced solid municipal waste– and their webpage was last revised in 2012. However in 2009, “of the remaining MSW that is discarded, 12% is burned at combustion facilities and 54% is landfilled” (EPA). Yet more recent studies by the Columbia University in 2011 reaffirm the fact that the United States landfills far too much of its municipal solid waste, as: “if all MSW landfilled in 2011 was diverted to waste-to-energy plants, it would supply enough electricity to power 13.8 million homes” (Simet).

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Food Recovery Network Fellowship-Apply by April 26

Fight campus food waste and community hunger!
 
Food Recovery Network is seeking talented individuals for nine month, full-time, paid fellowships to help build, grow and maintain our movement throughout the 2015-2016 school year from our national headquarters in College Park, MD. Learn more and apply by April 26, 2015.
 
**Please note that the correct email address to submit applications is fellowship@foodrecoverynetwork.org
 
​ Founded in September of 2011, Food Recovery Network (FRN) is the largest national student-led food recovery movement working to bring food recovery programs to colleges across the country. Made up of over 127 chapters at colleges and universities, FRN has recovered nearly 700,000 pounds of food and is rapidly expanding. ​
 
FRN fellowships offer opportunities for skill development in the areas of leadership, collaboration, professionalism, and communication and will increase your technical understanding of hunger, food waste, campus organizing, and the logistics of food recovery. 


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Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC)–Internships Available

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is headquartered in downtown Chicago, with staff across many Midwestern states. Their multi-disciplinary staff consists of public interest attorneys, policy analysts, MBAs, communications specialists, grassroots organizers, and support staff. To meet ELPC’s top-rate staff, go to http://www.ELPC.org/staff. For more information on ELPC’s impact in the Midwest, go to http://www.ELPC.org/impact. – See more at: http://elpc.org/jobs/#sthash.3UQYfEEf.dpuf

Current listings include:

  • Media Relations Manager
  • Field Organizer Fellowship
  • Development Officer
  • IT Associate
  • Associate Attorney/Public Interest Environmental Law Fellow

Internships are available in:

  • Sustainable Business
  • Legal
  • Communications
  • Science and Policy

View full details HERE.