Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Help Me: Climate Change Study Abroad at COP22

What We're Fundraising For

Check out our fundraising video: https://youtu.be/m9lnS1KqYy4
We are a group of seven graduate students studying climate change policy at the University of Minnesota. We're passionate about creating a more sustainable future through public policy. In our coursework we are developing mastery of climate change science, economics, and policy so that we can make a difference at the local, national, and international levels. 
This November, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention will convene in Marrakech, Morocco for the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22). At the convention, the nations of the world will begin work on designing policy to implement the historic Paris Climate Agreement. Under the guidance of UMN Professor Gabe Chan, The Executive Director of the UMN Energy Transition Lab, Ellen Anderson, and Minnesota State Representative Melissa Hortman, we will be travelling to COP22. 
This will be a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience to experience the inner workings of real-world climate negotiations first hand. We have a great plan developed to prepare the students to dig deep into preparatory research, engage with policymakers while at COP-22, and disseminate our findings to the University of Minnesota, Minnesota policymakers, and the broader community. 
You can check out more about our travel plans on our group's webpage: http://z.umn.edu/umnatcop22
Keep checking back there for our reflections on the trip. We'll be regularly updating our blog as we prepare for our journey!

Why This Is Important To Us:

Climate change poses one of the greatest global policy challenges of this generation. Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in a climate-constrained world will require creative thinking and policymaking. Empowering this group of graduate Public Affairs students to engage directly with international climate policy-making will help us learn how we can make a difference in working towards mutually beneficial solutions at the local and global scales.

How We Will Use The Funds:

We have an excited group of 7 Masters Students who want to attend, but we need help covering travel expenses. Please consider making a donation to support our trip. 
Check back on our blog to track what we're up to as we plan for the trip: http://z.umn.edu/umnatcop22

Our Strategy To Reach This Goal:
We are hoping to raise travel funds to support a group of 7 students and 3 faculty mentors. Every little bit helps. 


We would love to give all of our supporters a shoutout on our blog and in all of the publications and public engagement efforts we participate in following the trip. 
We'll also take requests to bring back any special Moroccan souvenirs you would like: specialty rugs, embroidery, lanterns, spices, you name it. 

Atlantic Expedition Fellowship & Exchange program

We would like to inform you of our new fellowship and exchange program, Atlantic Expedition, for 20-35 year old German and US citizens with an interest in the European-American partnership: young professionals in the public, private and military sectors, and college and graduate students of all disciplines.

The aim of the program is to broaden the transatlantic debate beyond established political circles, to seek new perspectives and ideas shaped by a wide variety of academic, professional and cultural backgrounds.

Participants will meet decision-makers and stakeholders during group trips to Chicago and Houston in the US, or Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden in Germany. Fellows will also collaborate online to produce policy memos for modernizing European-American relations.

We would greatly appreciate it if you were to share this opportunity.

Fellowship opportunity: Help modernize transatlantic relations, while travelling to Germany and the US! http://bit.ly/2cGN4fI

Applicants don’t have to be experts! We are specifically in search of new points of view and bold ideas from a diverse group of young leaders. Transatlantic matters affect everyone, and ought therefore to be discussed by everyone.

Those interested in participating need to submit a short article (500-1000 words) analyzing the current state of European-American relations, with a focus on whichever sub-topic interests them most – however niche or marginal. The deadline for applications for the first expedition is November 16, 2016.

Thank you very much!

Kind regards,

Dr. Johannes Bohnen

Founder & Director of the Atlantische Initiative

Atlantic Expedition aims to empower a younger and more diverse generation of leaders in transatlantic relations. It's a project of the non-profit NGO Atlantische Initiative e.V. based in Berlin, Germany. Subscribe to our Newsletter and follow us on Facebook or Twitter

PA 5451 Immigration, Health and Public Policy

An on-line course for graduate students interested in Public Policy, Education, Public Health, Nursing, Social Work, Pharmacy and related fields. The course may be taken for 3 or 4 graduate credits (4 credits with a final project; 3 credits without final project). 
The course qualifies as an elective for the Human Rights Minor at the U, and fulfills requirements for the 7-credit Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration in the School of Public Health, the Global Public Policy Concentration at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and other electives in both schools. 
The demography of American communities is changing dramatically, but many of our institutions have not kept pace with the needs of new African, Asian, Eastern European and Latino residents. Health care and social service providers used to treating European-origin families and some Latino residents are now working with refugees from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia, Laos, Bosnia, Cambodia and the Sudan. In order to meet the needs of these new residents, it is imperative for providers and policy makers to understand the context and motives for immigration, as well as the characteristics and belief systems of their clients.

Katherine Fennelly
Professor emerita, Public Policy
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Policy makers and public officials; health care providers; educators, social workers, pharmacists, community agency professionals; graduate students in public policy, public health, medicine, nursing, social work, public affairs, education, and the social sciences

Course Goals
Students taking this course will gain an understanding of the characteristics of immigrants and their families in the United States, major health needs, principles of cultural competence in service provision, and tools for effective advocacy.

Community Work
The key to becoming “culturally competent” is to go into the community to meet and learn from the residents you hope to serve. Community work includes doing a demographic analysis of a community of your choosing, visiting a business that serves immigrants, and interviewing a social service or health provider who works with immigrants.

Course Objectives
• Acquire research skills to access demographic, health and background information on immigrants in the U.S.
• Understand the major characteristics and health needs of new immigrants
• Design “culturally competent” health programs
• Learn to advocate for needed changes to promote immigrant health
• Interact with other professionals and policymakers

Course Schedule
Unit 1 - Research skills to access demographic, health and background information
Unit 2 - Characteristics and health needs of new immigrants
Unit 3 - Culturally competent care
Unit 4 - Advocacy

Course Format
• Online delivery
• 14 weeks (offered in fall and spring semester)

Registration Questions? Contact Stacey Grimes
grime004@umn.edu 612-626-1329

Enrollment is limited. You may register up to two weeks before the course begins, if space is still available.

AfP is Seeking Interns for the Spring of 2017!

We hope you will help us spread the word about AfP's Spring 2017 internship program! We are seeking interns for Communications, Membership & Development, Learning and Evaluation, and Policy, and applicants must be students that are currently enrolled and able to work at AfP's Washington, DC headquarters.

Peacebuilding as a field, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding as an organization, are in a unique stage of innovation; we are in a position to offer outstanding candidates a rich learning opportunity to lead and create. AfP’s interns work at the intersection of the international peacebuilding field in our nation’s capital. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the peacebuilding field from the inside, with broad exposure to a wide variety of civil society organizations, government and military partners, and representatives from fields closely related to peacebuilding.

Below are summaries describing an ideal candidate for each position:

Policymaker Engagement – Entrepreneurial "doers" who want to help create opportunities for the latest innovations of peacebuilders around the world to shape U.S. engagements in conflict-affected regions.

Learning and Evaluation – You are good with numbers and are interested in using data analysis to evaluate ongoing projects within the peacebuilding field. You have good attention to detail and are comfortable working in a team based environment.

Membership & Development – "People" people who think in terms of relationships, not just programs, and want to help expand and connect AfP's growing network of peacebuilding organizations. In addition, strategic thinkers who want to hone their fundraising skills and learn how the philanthropic sectors can catalyze the peacebuilding solutions of tomorrow.

Communications - Creative wordsmiths who want to harness the power of narrative to expand the boundaries of peacebuilding.

We encourage you to consider applying for or sharing these opportunities with your contacts and networks. Thank you in advance for your help!


Adam Wolf
Administrative Coordinator

Reminder--Oct 26 U.S. Engagement in the Arab World

The Future of Middle East Peace Negotiations and U.S. Engagement in the Arab World
Wednesday, October 26: 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School
James Zogby, Founder and President, The Arab-American Institute

In a recent commentary on the U.S. reaction to new Israeli housing construction on the West Bank, Dr. Zogby wrote that "[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has been playing [the Administration] for almost eight years, repeatedly sticking his finger in their eye and getting away with it," and he suggested a range of measures that the Obama Administration could take to demonstrate its disapproval. We will hear Dr. Zogby's perspectives on these and related issues and on the prospects for movement on the peace process in a new Administration.

James Zogby, PhD, is the founder and president of the Arab-American Institute, which engages in policy research and advocacy involving the Arab-American community, as well as managing director of Zogby Research Services. He has a long record of involvement on key policy issues involving U.S. relations with the Arab world. Most recently, he served on the Democratic Party Presidential Platform Drafting Committee, and was deeply involved in negotiations on Platform positions relating to a Middle East peace. He appears frequently in the media, and currently is chair of the Editorial Advisory Committee for SkyNewsArabia. He has for many years written a weekly opinion column appearing in 14 Arab and South Asian countries.

Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations - Summer 2017 in DC

Internal HHH application deadline: 11:59 pm, Monday, October 31, 2016.

The Harold W Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations Summer 2017 offers students pursuing a career in international relations and security policy the opportunity to spend a summer in professional fellowship positions in the US Congress or at a US government agency (including the State Department and the Department of Defense) in Washington, DC.

Eligibility: The program is open to all graduate students enrolled in APSIA-member schools (Humphrey is an APSIA member school), are returning to school full-time in Fall 2017, can demonstrate a commitment to public service and express a keen interest in international relations.

For more information about Harold Rosenthal and the Rosenthal Fellowship including where previous fellows have interned, go to http://www.rosenthalfellowship.org/

- Humphrey School may nominate up to 3 candidates for the program
- Fellowship positions are chosen to ensure they provide substantive work experience in international relations and security policy
- International students may apply for the program but are limited to Congressional placements
- Semi-finalists for the program will be notified on January 31, 2017
- Interviews and final selections will take place in Washington, DC on March 6-7, 2017, with travel costs the responsibility of the nominees. (Remote interviews may be available.)
- Finalists will be notified of their selection as soon as possible after March 8th.
- A stipend will accompany a limited number of awards
- By accepting a Rosenthal Fellowship, finalists agree to accept their Rosenthal-provided internship placement and to write a memo to the Fellowship Committee at the end of the summer describing their experiences.

Additional benefits of the program: The Fellowship program offers after-hours lectures, roundtables and networking programs. Rosenthal Fellows also receive preferred consideration for the European Union Visitors Program.

Note: Students may elect to apply to the Fellowship with an internship at a qualifying US government agency already in hand (thus, applying for stipend support and program participation only).

(DEADLINE - 11:59 pm, Monday, October 31, 2016)

Please submit the following materials to Chris Buckley at cbuckley@umn.edu by 11:59 pm on Monday, October 31, 2016. Materials should be attached to your email as Word documents. Please put Rosenthal Application Materials in the subject line of the email.

1. A brief (300 words or less) statement as to why you would like to be a Rosenthal Fellow and how that relates to your education and career goals.

2. Resumé (1-2 page) showing education and experience relevant to a career in international affairs*

3. A two-page (single-spaced) original policy memo style essay written for this application on a current international affairs topic of the student's choice. The essay should not refer to you personally. This essay is key; it must be succinct, well-written and showcase your knowledge of a current international affairs topic.*

*Note: The resumé and original essay should be your best first-draft work. If you are chosen to be a nominee, we will work with you in polishing both for final submission.

You will be notified by no later than Thursday, November 10 whether you have been chosen as an HHH nominee.


If you are a nominee, all remaining materials (unofficial transcripts, letter of reference, application form and final copies of your resumé and essay) will be due to Chris Buckley (cbuckley@umn.edu) on Monday, November 21, 2016.

1. Unofficial transcripts: An academic transcript from universities previously attended (unofficial accepted). An academic transcript from your current graduate program. The Fall 2016 semester transcript with grades should be sent when available (in early January 2017).

2. Reference Letter: If you are selected as a nominee, you will need to submit a letter of reference from a professor or professional associate with direct knowledge of your interests and abilities. NOTE: Please inform your proposed recommender that you may be requesting such a letter in mid-November. It may also be helpful to offer to draft the letter.
3. Application form: We will provide this.

Questions about the Rosenthal application process? Please contact Chris Buckley at cbuckley@umn.edu, Jen Guyer-Wood at jguyerwo@umn.edu or Sherry Gray at grayx260@umn.edu

US National Security Virtual Career Fair, Nov 17

For any students who are US citizens & interested in national security careers

If you do it, we need it. Science and technology. Business and mathematics. Foreign language and human resources. The United States government employs thousands of professionals in a wide variety of occupations. And we are currently looking for qualified candidates to fill key openings.

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, you can meet representatives from more than 15 U.S. agencies during the National Security (NS) Virtual Career Fair. Registration is now open! Space is limited!

From the comfort of your computer or mobile device, you can:
  • Visit agency booths to explore available job opportunities 
  • Chat with recruiters and subject matter experts
  • Learn about internships and other student opportunities
  • Attend live presentations to learn about:
  • The security clearance process
  • How to make your application stand out!

Who will be there?

I’d love to learn more! Where’s Registration?

Sneak Preview and On Demand!

Registration is your virtual ticket, not only to the event, but also to a limited sneak preview period which opens Monday, November 14, and an on-demand period November 18 - 21.
At the sneak preview, you’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the show environment and download informational materials ahead of time.

The on-demand period lets you come back to the show at your leisure to collect the materials you gathered or review presentations and other information. Plus, if you know you won’t be available on event day, register anyway to attend the show during the on-demand period.

Chat-with-recruiter functionality will only be available on event day.


Accessibility Information
If you are unable to attend the NC Virtual Career Fair, or have difficulty with some components of the virtual environment using accessibility software (e.g., screen reading software, live-captioning services, etc.), please visit the agency websites listed above for more information and to apply online.

NS Agencies Are Equal Opportunity Employers
All applicants for employment are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or status as a parent.

More information at http://www.nsvirtualfair.com/
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