Monday, February 27, 2017

HHH students--Stassen & Lucas grant apps due March 21

Need funds for summer overseas or international-themed projects in the US? Applications for Humphrey students doing internships, field experiences, summer projects are due March 21.  Follow the links below for more information.

Lucas: http://globalnotes.hhh.umn.edu/2017/02/mar-21-deadline-for-lucas-travel-grant.html

Stassen: http://globalnotes.hhh.umn.edu/2017/02/apps-due-march-21-for-stassen.html

Atlas Corps Fellowship (USA) apps due Mar 15


Apply to Serve in United States   Atlas Corps Fellowship (USA)
Atlas Corps is an overseas fellowship for the world's best nonprofit leaders. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. The Atlas Corps Fellowship typically lasts 12-18 months. (For those serving in the United States, opportunities start in January, May, September.) Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations, develop leadership skills, and learn nonprofit best practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows who are skilled nonprofit professionals from around the world. This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing).

Eligibility for the Atlas Corps Fellowship
Two or more years of relevant experience
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
Age 35 or younger
Apply to serve in a country other than where you are from (U.S. citizens are not eligible for the U.S. Fellowship – check out our Fellowship in Colombia!)
Commitment to return to your home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship
Commitment to living on a basic stipend that only covers food, shared housing, and local transportation

For more explanation of these requirements, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application Process:
We consider applications on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to be considered for Host Organization placements, which begin in January, May, or September. The application is a multi-step process.
Online Application - Part 1: You will need to create a login and you can save your responses so you can return to the application at any time. In Part 1 of the application (known as the “short form”), you provide contact information and complete the initial eligibility test, and if you pass the eligibility test, you’ll complete additional background questions and one short essay.

NOTE: In order to sponsor candidates to come to the United States for one year as a Fellow, we require detailed information about each applicant. Please answer each question honestly and thoroughly. If you are found to be dishonest in the application, you will NOT be accepted as a Fellow and you will be sent home if you have been accepted.

Online Application - Part 2 (by invitation only): Atlas Corps will review Part 1 applications and invite eligible candidates to complete Part 2 of the application (known as the “long form”), which includes additional questions about your skills and interests and several short essay questions. You will also be required to submit contact information for at least two references who know you in a professional capacity and will write a letter of recommendation about your skills and experiences as well as your potential for success as an Atlas Corps Fellow. You will need to send your requests for letter of recommendation directly through the application system. Your recommenders will receive an email that asks for a recommendation. More detailed instructions can be found in the online application form.

Atlas Corps Review Process (by invitation only): Atlas Corps will review Part 2 applications and select top candidates to interview via Skype with the Atlas Corps Selection Board, including Atlas Corps staff and nonprofit sector, government, and business leaders from multiple countries.
Host Organization Review Process (by invitation only): Candidates who pass the Atlas Corps interview stage will be designated as Semi-Finalists, which means they are eligible to be reviewed by potential Host Organizations for placements based on their interests and skillset and the organization’s needs. Host Organizations will conduct Skype video interviews with selected Semi- Finalists.

Selection and Visa Process: Host Organizations will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected candidates. After being selected, Fellows will go to the U.S. Embassy in their respective countries to apply for a J-1 visa. Atlas Corps will provide support in obtaining this visa.

Semi-Finalists who are not selected by a Host Organization will be notified and may be given the option to keep their application on file for consideration for the next class of the Fellowship. Timeline

Atlas Corps receives hundreds of applications each month, so each of the steps listed above may take approximately 1-3 months. Most applications are reviewed within two major vetting periods each year. Occasionally Atlas Corps may “fast-track” applications for special opportunities, but in most cases, the vetting process will take several months overall. You may apply at any time and be considered, but we encourage you to spend some time on your application, including having it be reviewed by a peer, and then submit it as early as possible and not wait for any deadlines, so that we can start reviewing your eligibility and background. See below for the approximate calendar, which is subject to change.

If you submit Part 1 of the application by March 15, 2017*

* Due to popular demand, Atlas Corps has opened a special 30-day recruitment period. Social change leaders from ALL countries are encouraged to apply for the Atlas Corps Fellowship in the U.S. by our new priority deadline of March 15, 2017
April 1, 2017: Approximate priority deadline to submit Part 2 of the application. Only eligible Part 1 applicants will be invited to Part 2 of the application, and the exact deadline will be listed in your invitation. If you miss this deadline, you can still submit Part 2 of the application later and be considered during the next review period.

March - May 2017: Atlas Corps reviews applications and conducts Skype interviews. A select group of applicants may be fast-tracked through the review process based on the needs of Host Organizations. Atlas Corps will notify candidates whether they have advanced to the Semi-Finalist stage and are eligible for placement with Host Organizations.
Host Organization review process: Semi-Finalists will considered for placements beginning in September 2017 or January 2018. Semi-Finalists who are not selected initially by a Host Organization will be invited to keep their application on file for future classes.

We encourage applicants to check their email frequently for updates; otherwise they risk missing critical information or deadlines. If you are accepted to the Fellowship, there may be a quick turnaround time between your acceptance and the beginning of the Fellowship. Start dates are not flexible, and assuming your visa is approved, you must begin your Fellowship with the class to which you are accepted.

When you apply for the Atlas Corps Fellowship, you’re not applying for a specific Host Organization or a specific start date; you’re applying for the opportunity to be considered by Atlas Corps and potential Host Organizations for placements starting in January, May, or September. Semi-Finalist applications are kept on file and considered for multiple classes unless the candidate withdraws their application. In some cases, strong candidates may be selected for the Fellowship in as little as 3-4 months after they first submitted Part 1 of their application, while in other cases, strong candidates may be considered for multiple classes before matching with a Host Organization placement.

Final decisions about each class of Fellows are made approximately 4-8 weeks before the class begins. For example, the January class decisions are typically made in November; May class decisions are typically made in March; September class decisions are typically made in July. You may re-apply to our program, but you should only apply once a year, unless there is a dramatic change in your application, such as completing graduate school, winning an award, etc. If you ever decide to withdraw your application from consideration, please email apply@atlascorps.org.

Special Initiatives
In addition to the classic Atlas Corps Fellowship, a series of unique initiatives complement our global exchange model. In partnership with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), we are currently accepting applications for the Atlas Corps-TIMEP Bassem Sabry Fellowship, for professionals with a background in journalism, international relations, political science, or other relevant fields, who are interested in undertaking research on the Middle East or North Africa. Read more about the selection process for this initiative here.

This special initiative has separate eligibility requirements, but does NOT require a separate application. Applicants interested in these initiatives should simply apply for our U.S. Fellowship.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question isn’t answered there, please email apply@atlascorps.org

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mar 3 Quechua lands, cultural practices & human rights educ in Peruvian Andes

Indigenous rights education: Quechua lands, cultural practices, and human rights education in the Peruvian Andes

Date: Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:00pm
Event Location: Heller Hall 537

Presented by Elizabeth Sumida Huaman, assistant professor of Indigenous education, School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University

Talk abstract: Over the past year, a number of local and national media reports have emerged from various regions around Peru linking extensive damage to agricultural harvests with environmental issues, including climate change, forcing Indigenous farmers to rethink broader impacts to their self-reliance. Among the most impacted by environmental disruptions are severely historically marginalized Indigenous populations whose livelihoods are largely dependent upon subsistence agriculture linked with Indigenous cultural practices. As a result, in addition to economic considerations, environmental problems also represent areas where multiple responses and interventions to historical, social, political, and educational inequalities are required. Emerging discourses of Indigenous rights, place rights, and human rights education serve as resources for Indigenous responses. While tracing projects of development and environmental consequences in the Andean highlands and drawing from collections of community, family, and personal narratives, this talk highlights Quechua cultural and language-based epistemological frames that offer the opportunity to reflect on our relationships with the natural world and to build Indigenous rights educational practices that honor Indigenous places as sacred lands for all.

Bio: Elizabeth Sumida Huaman (Wanka/Quechua and Japanese) is assistant professor of Indigenous education in Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is affiliated faculty with the ASU Center for Indian Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Her research focuses on the link between Indigenous lands and natural resources, languages, cultural practices, and education. As an international and comparative education researcher, she works closely with Indigenous communities on educational development in the U.S., Canada, and Peru. She is also the Principal Investigator and lead faculty on Indigenous doctoral cohort programs in partnership with the Pueblo Indian nations of New Mexico. Recent publications include works in Cultural Studies of Science Education, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Education Policy Analysis Archives, and the edited volume, Indigenous innovation: Universalities and peculiarities (Sense).

Humphrey Fellow Ofori-Amanfo on The Untold Stories of Widows

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Widowhood within some cultures in Africa and other countries is characterized by degrading and inhumane rituals that can amount to torture. These rituals inflict grave abuse of widows. The encyclopedia of Death and Dying in its report, “Widows in Third World Nations” reported that

“…in Nigeria … a widow may be forced to have sex with her husband’s brothers, “the first stranger she meets on the road,” or some other designated male. This “ritual cleansing by sex” is thought to exorcise the evil spirits associated with death, and if the widow resists this ordeal, it is believed that her children will suffer harm. In the context of AIDS and polygamy, this “ritual cleansing” is not merely repugnant but also dangerous. The widow may be forced to drink the water that the corpse has been washed in; be confined indoors for up to a year; be prohibited from washing, even if she is menstruating, for several months; be forced to sit naked on a mat and to ritually cry and scream at specific times of the day and night…”

Read the entire article The Advocates for Human Rights' blog.

Abigail Ofori-Amanfo, a 2016-17 Humphrey Fellow at University of Minnesota is completing her professional affiliation with The Advocates for Human Rights. A women’s right activist, she works to educate rural women and girls in Ghana on their rights and what steps they can take to prevent them from being violated.

Andrea Martínez (MHR) at Human Rights Workshop in Mexico



Master of Human Rights candidate Andrea Martínez is not only a student at the Humphrey School, but also part of the Human Rights Organizations Project (HROP) team, led by Professor James Ron, as a Research Assistant. HROP just finished the first year of an exciting two-year project in cooperation with Mexican academic institutions – FLACSO and CIDE.  

On February 2, 2017, Andrea and José Kaire, a PhD student in the Political Science department, participated in a conference that included a workshop with more than 20 local human rights organizations (LHROs) in Mexico City.

The objective of the conference was to present the findings of HROP’s comprehensive research about the potential for local funding of Mexican LHROs. The study included a survey of leaders of 34 Mexican LHROs and a representative survey of 960 adults from the general public in Mexico City on their perceptions of human right and willingness to donate to human rights organizations. Additionally, HROP’s team conducted two survey experiments to learn more about the public’s giving behavior. Professor James Ron and his team presented the results and findings of the representative survey during this conference.

During the conference, Andrea listened to LHROs’ thoughts and opinions about the findings and learned more about their interests. She was also able to get to know attendees throughout the morning; these relationships will prove to be very important given her future work with the organizations.

As part of the project, Andrea and José will travel to Mexico City over the summer (2017) to work with those organizations. They will help the LHROs analyze the survey data and use it for developing effective funding strategies, advocacy campaigns, or in a way the organizations see fit. Essentially, they will be applying the findings from the research. The final goal is for organizations to effectively use data to support their current strategies and, hopefully, gain more local financial support by reaching out to and connecting with Mexico City residents. This is a unique project that shows the potential for effective advocacy strategies trough the cooperation between academia and NGOs.

Andrea has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from CIDE in Mexico. She won the first place of the International Contest on Public Security, Victimization, and Justice in Latin America. She worked for three years at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs on projects aimed to improve the conditions of vulnerable Mexican migrants abroad.   

HHH students by Mar 1--UNDP internships, Latin Am/Caribbean, may be available

HHH students interested in UNDP LAC internships please send your resume/cover letter to cbuckley(at) umn.edu HHH Career Services Internship Coordinator Christopher Buckley by March 1. The United Nations Development Programme in Latin America and Caribbean has many internship opportunities available.

Mar 29 Global Movement against Gender Violence

Ni Una Menos:The Activists behind the Global Movement against Gender Violence

March 29, 2017
1:00 -2:30 pm
Humphrey School Forum
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