Monday, October 24, 2016

MDP alum Kasim new position at Catholic Relief Services

Congratulations to 2016 MDP alum Faris Kasim who has recently started working as a Project Development Manager, at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), based in Baltimore. His key responsibilities include development, planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the 4Children program.

4Children is a five‐year USAID‐funded project, aimed at improving health and well-being outcomes for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) affected by HIV and AIDS and other adversities. The project supports systems and structures at country levels to implement evidence-based interventions that protect against risk, interrupt cycles of vulnerability, and build pathways to resilience leading to an AIDS Free Generation and contributes to overall improvements in quality of life and productivity for vulnerable children and their families.

WorldQuest International Trivia Competition

Have You Registered?
Like a little friendly competition? How about great door prizes? Or the chance to be named an international trivia champion? Sign up for our annual battle of global wits - WorldQuest! Gather a team of eight and brush up on your knowledge of flags, capitals, geography, people in the news, current events, 2016 Great Decisions topics, and this year's focus country - Colombia. Don't have a team? Register as an individual and we'll pair you up with stellar teammates. Light dinner will be provided; cash bar available.

The Aurora Center & ISSS Focus Group: International Students needed!

Hello international students!

You are needed and invited!

The Aurora Center (TAC) & International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) are excited to hear your voice and your opinions. We are conducting focus groups this year to provide better education and resources for international students around personal and gender violence prevention! The Aurora Center wants to create culturally-specific education and awareness around the topics of sexual assault and relationship violence.

90 minutes of your time =
Free Food and $20 Target Gift Card

Join us for one of the scheduled times:

Wednesday, November 9 (3:15-4:45pm)- Coffman Memorial Union 326
Saturday, November 12 (11:45am-1:15pm): Yudof Hall Clubroom

Please sign up by filling out this google survey by October 31, 2016.

We know from the UMNTC 2015 Campus Climate Sexual Assault Survey that international students–female and male alike–are experiencing sexual assault (5-2%), relationship violence (9-8%), stalking (6-4%), and sexual harassment (32-22%), but that a limited number of international students are aware of the resources available to them on campus and the scope and impact of these issues on their lives and communities.

This upcoming academic year, The Aurora Center would like to create a curriculum of positive prevention to address sexual assault and relationship violence specifically designed for international students. The Aurora Center intends to host a series of focus groups with international students to receive feedback and answer any questions.

Have questions? E-mail

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 612-626-1329

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

Study Italian at the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul

Winter Term: Open House, Thursday, January 5
Classes Held: January 9 through March 16, 2017
Spring Term Classes Held: April 3 through June 9, 2017

New! Referral Bonus available for past/current ICC students!
Contact Peggy at for details.

Why Study with Us - Small groups, informal atmosphere and university-educated native speakers provide the ideal environment to learn a foreign language. Our instructors, born and raised in Italy, bring first-hand experience and cultural background of Italian life and current traditions to the classroom.

Students are encouraged to converse in Italian from the first lesson. Taped dialogue related to the textbook material is played in each class to further develop listening comprehension abilities. Role-play and interaction between students and instructors make the lessons enjoyable, lively and effective.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Oct 27 event on North Korea refugees at HHH

Freedom for North Korean Refugees of Minnesota - Second Annual Symposium
Thursday, October 27: 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School

Volunteers needed for Model UN High School conference at HHH

Humphrey School to Host Model UN High School Conference

The fall Model United Nations High School State Conference will meet at the Humphrey School on Tuesday, November 8. Some 500 students in grades 7-12 will participate in classroom and simulation activities on the topics of universal access to water, and youth employment. As delegates representing countries from the UN's 193 member states, they will simulate the United Nations General Assembly in debating, drafting, and passing resolutions while working together to solve these pressing world issues.

The event is sponsored by the International Fellows and Scholars Program. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Andrea Klein Bergman at or Pepe Wonosikou in IFS.
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