On the Calendar 


10 Principles for Creating a Meaningful Career
CELT Lunch Workshop
1/30 12:30-1:45PM
310 Richardson Building

"The Edge of Each Other's Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde" 
A Documentary by Jennifer Abod
2/3 6:30PM
LBC 203

Audre Lorde Lecture by Aishah Shahidah Simmons
2/4 6:30-8:00PM
Rogers Memorial Chapel
No! The Rape Documentary 
2/5 6:30 PM
LBC 203
10 Principles for Creating a Meaningful Career
CELT Lunch Workshop
1/30 12:30-1:45PM
310 Richardson Building

Finding Your Path: Past the Degree
Networking Event
2/12 6:15PM
LBC Qatar Ballroom
(See article for more info)
"Ain't I a Woman?" 
A Lecture by Laverne Cox
2/17 8:00PM
McAlister Auditorium

"The Intersection of Black Arts, Cultural Appropriation, and Gender and Sexuality:"
A Discussion with Big Freedia
2/19 7:00PM
LBC Kendall Cram

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Preparing for a Career as an Agent of Social Change


Happy SNEAUXday, Changemakers!

We hope you are inside, catching up on sleep (and work) and staying warm during this nasty polar vortex. For all of you Changemakers from places like New York, Colorado, and Minnesota, well, just remember that most of us don't own real coats!

If you are like me, you are spending your two days off working hard to make progress on your senior thesis. Or finishing up readings for your first exams of the semester, which shockingly come next week. Maybe you're filling out job applications, or are just dreaming of booking a plane ticket to somewhere tropical. 

Either way, this week's newsletter has a number of opportunities for internships/ jobs/funding/ fellowships etc. There's even an opportunity to study abroad in Panama, which is warm! And be sure to check out our Cafe Impact video of the week, which features tips from some pretty inspirational people on how to plan for a fulfilling future career in the face of a fluctuating economy and unstable job market. 
Have a CHANGE-filled week, 
Angela & the Student Media Team 

How to Use Ambiguity to Pioneer Change


Despite crushing student loans and a miserable job market, this Millennial Generation is the most socially conscious, most globally aware and most actively committed to careers of conscience to come along in decades. College students and young professionals are eager to confront some of the world's most intractable problems - a deteriorating environment, implacable poverty, persistent gender discrimination, institutional racism and more.


The key skills you need to learn on your first job - the same skills all of us need to keep re-learning throughout our lifetimes - are flexibility of approach, nimbleness of mind and comfortableness with ambiguity. These are the hallmarks of every effective change agent, whether a social entrepreneur or political leader.


As Kristin Walters, one of the founders of campus-based Feel Good ("ending world hunger, one grilled cheese sandwich at a time"), pragmatically concludes: Your first job may not be the perfect job, but that doesn't make it a bad job. A job that pays the bills and includes the opportunity to develop your talents is a damn smart move


Your commitment to social change is not a function of where you work, but of what you believe in. With a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of heart, you can make a difference wherever you are and whatever you're doing - and simultaneously prepare yourself for your next, and even more impactful, change agent job.


From Cafe Impact

How-To Use Ambiguity To Pioneer Change
How-To Use Ambiguity To Pioneer Change

Underclassmen Opportunity: Become A Tulane University Innovation Fellow 

Interest form due Thursday, January 30 at 11:59 PM CST

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You must identify a staff or faculty member that can write a letter of support

If you are selected, expect to complete a full application by February 10

Apply here.


From helping create maker spaces to starting student-led venture funds, students are working to create lasting institutional change that will increase the student body's exposure and opportunity to developing skills in creativity, innovation, design thinking, entrepreneurship, and venture creation. University Innovation Fellows from Tulane University will be supervised and supported by Rebecca Otten, Program Coordinator for Social Innovation at Tulane's Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT). In addition, they will be a part of the national cohort selected by the National Collegiate Inventor's and Innovator's Alliance (NCIIA). If you have questions, e-mail Rebecca at rotten@tulane.edu.



University Innovation Fellows at Tulane will receive training and professional development valued at over $3,000, including:

  • Resources and support from SISE and its Tulane partners
  • Six weeks of training from NCIIA in Spring 2014
  • One all-expense paid trip to the OPEN Conference in Spring 2015
  • One all-expense paid trip to the Ashoka U Exchange in Spring 2015



University Innovation Fellows at Tulane are expected to complete the following during their fellowship:

  • 2-6 hours per week completing NCIIA training April-May 2014
  • 6-8 hours per week working on the fellowship August-November 2014 & January-April 2015
  • Attend the Ashoka U Exchange in February 2015
  • Attend the NCIIA Open Conference in March 2015
  • Assist in the transition to new University Innovation Fellows in April 2015
First Workshop this Friday!
10 Principles for Creating a Meaningful Career
A workshop series that will help you identify career paths that are right for you and good for the world.
Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 PM at CELT (310 Richardson Building)
Lunch provided, register here at least 24 hours in advance.
For more information, please contact Rebecca at rotten@tulane.edu

Over the past twenty-five years, 
Echoing Green has uncovered the common experiences that led young emerging professionals to meaningful, high-impact work. These workshops, offered by trained "Work on Purpose" facilitators and based on scholarship from the world's top research institutions, will help students explore and practice these principles. Topics include: 
  • 1/30 Family Influences: Uncover conscious and subconscious messages you receive about work and how those messages shape the way you approach your career.
  • 2/6 Know What You've Got, Know What You Need: Identify your gifts and surround yourself with people whose gifts complement your own.
CELT-SI Engaged Learning Awards Now Available
CELT-SI Engaged Learning Awards will be available to students exhibiting financial need to participate in engaged learning experiences that build your skills in the fields of social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and changemaking. Funds can be used for accommodations, travel, registration fees, project supplies, etc. The award is presented with the following expectations: 
  • Involvement in programming related to CELT-SI, TUchangemakers, or the SISE Minor. 
  • A series of blog entries that share your experience, including a critical analysis of the experience and its role in your academic studies and professional aspirations. 
  • Completion of an evaluation form. 
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 18, 2014. Please e-mail your completed application to Rebecca at rotten@tulane.edu or hand deliver the application to CELT, 310 Richardson Building. Apply today!
Join Tulane's Net Impact Chapter

Net Impact empowers a new generation to drive social and environmental change on campus and throughout their careers. Net Impact provide the network and resources to inspire emerging leaders to work towards successful "impact careers" - together we make a net impact that transforms their lives, their organizations, and the world. Tulane's Net Impact Undergraduate Chapter is recruiting new members.

Leadership positions include:
* Program Manager: Act as liaison between organizational advisers, SISE Initiatives on campus, Tulane's graduate Net Impact chapter, and the national Net Impact organization and facilitate information distribution to members regarding opportunities through Net Impact, such as grant challenges, internships, networking opportunities, and more.
* Finance Manager: Maintain the budget and funding requirements of the organization through communication with organizational advisers, SISE Initiatives leaderships and USG.
* Small Steps, Big Wins Campus Director: Monitor and promote the Small Steps, Big Wins, a competition to spark undergraduates into doing positive social and environmental actions. Actions are assigned points and individuals, teams and schools compete against each other for recognition and prizes. The underlying idea is that if many individuals take small steps, together communities and campuses can come together for big wins.

Contact npham2@tulane.edu for more information or to express interest.
Finding Your Path Past the Degree
2/12 6:15 PM
LBC Qatar Ballroom 

Interested in the health or development field? Want to know what can you really do with a degree in these areas outside of the typical "norms" after graduation? Come and find out at the "Finding Your Path Past The Degree" Networking Event on Wednesday February 12, 2014 in the LBC Qatar Ballroom. At the event, you will be able to network with fellow Tulane alums and invited professionals from Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Newcomb College Institute, and the Payson Center for International Development to learn more about how to take the next steps toward your career aspirations.

Not sure how to prepare for the networking event? No fear-Hire Tulane will host an optional Networking 101 Workshop from 5:30-6:00 p.m. to help equip you with networking tips and tricks you can use before, during, and after the networking event to further impact your career development. Students can then check-in for the "Finding Your Path Past The Degree" at 6:15pm before networking commence at 6:45pm. Space is limited; therefore, RSVP is required by February 9, 2014. Questions can be directed to Ngoc Pham at npham2@tulane.edu or Jeremy Apolinski at japolins@tulane.edu.
Audre Lorde Week 2/3-2/7
"The Edge of Each Other's Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde"
Monday, February 3 (6:30pm, LBC: 203)
This documentary by Jennifer Abod explores the work of Audre Lorde. 

Silence, Fear and Sacred Power: An AfroLez®femcentric Meditation by Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Tuesday, February 4 (6:30pm, Rogers Memorial Chapel)

 in the 80th Birthday Anniversary of Our Audre Lorde. Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker, television and radio producer, published writer, international lecturer, and activist. At Temple University she teaches under/graduate courses on the work of Audre Lorde. 

No! The Rape Documentary
Wednesday, February 5 (6:30pm, LBC: 203)
A documentary by Aishah Shahidah Simmons followed by Q&A with director/producer. This award-winning, internationally-acclaimed documentary explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans. 

Student Exhibition of Work Inspired by Audre Lorde

Thursday, February 6 (9am-6pm, LBC: Qatar Ballroom)
This day-long exhibition will include panels, paper presentations, art displays, short film screenings, performances and more to highlight the work that Tulane students are producing at the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. It is 100% student-led, organized, and moderated. Sponsored by the Queer Feminist Collective (QFC), Black Student Union (bSU), and Vagina Monologues

My Black is Beautiful (Thursday 6pm, LBC: Stibbs) Details TBA

Luncheon with Deon Haywood, Founder of Women with a Vision.
Friday, February 7 (noon, Caroline Richardson Building)
 This special Fridays at Newcomb will feature Deon Haywood, the Executive Director of Women With A Vision (WWV). WWV is New Orleans-based community organization founded in 1991 to improve the lives of marginalized women at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice, and criminalization. In 2009, Deon oversaw the launch of WWAV's NO Justice Project, a campaign to combat the sentencing of women and trans* people arrested for street-based sex work under Louisiana's 203-yr-old "crime against nature" felony-level law, which resulted in a federal judicial ruling and the removal of more than 700 women from the sex offender registry. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by Newcomb College Institute (NCI)

Audre Lorde Week is co-sponsored by Tulane University's Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CELT), Newcomb College Institute (NCI), Black Student Union (tBSU), Queer Feminist Collective (QFC), and the Vagina Monologues. For more information contact: OGSD at 504-314-2183.
TUCP Direction Presents "Ain't I a Woman?:" A Lecture by Laverne Cox
Fevruary 17, 8:00PM
McAlister Auditorium

Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Her portrayal of the incarcerated Sophia Burset has touched the hearts of viewers.

Cox is the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1's critically acclaimed TRANSForm Me. TRANSform Me was nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2011 and was the first television show to star three transsexual women. Cox made television history when she became the first African-American trans woman to appear on a reality television program, VH1's I Wanna Work for Diddy in 2008. She accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program for I Want to Work for Diddy in 2009.

Cox was named as one of the most influential trans people in America in the inaugural Trans 100 in 2013. She was named one of the top 50 trans icons by the Huffington Post in 2012. Laverne was named one of Out magazine's "Out 100" in 2010. Metro Source magazine named her one of the "55 People We Love" in 2008.

As a transgender advocate Cox continues to lend her voice to the cause of transgender visibility and equality. She is committed to telling diverse and three dimensional trans stories in the media. She travels the country speaking about issues that affect the trans community. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
The Intersection of Black Arts, Cultural Appropriation, and Gender & Sexuality Studies: A Discussion with Big Freedia
February 19, 7:00 PM
LBC Kendall Cram 

Join the Black Student Union on the evening of Wednesday Feb 19th for a discussion with the Queen Diva herself Big Freedia on "The Intersection of Black Arts, Cultural Appropriation and Gender & Sexuality." This timely discussion takes place in the midst of the national discussion on cultural appropriation brought about by the emergence of New Orleans bounce culture, specifically twerking, onto the national scene. Doors open at 6:3pm, Q&A session to follow the discussion. Immediately after the discussion, a limited number of attendees will have the chance to attend a Bounce Twerkshop hosted by Big Freedia herself in the Qatar Ballroom!
Roots of Music Academic Tutoring Needs Volunteers!

Like kids?   Have spare time between 3:45 and 6? Tulane's Roots of Music Tutoring Program is looking for new volunteers. RoM is a free after-school marching band program for New Orleans students ages 9-14. In order to stay in the band, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA. That's where YOU come in, assisting students with their homework assignments and school projects. Tulane volunteers take the shuttle service to the Cabildo in Jackson Square Monday-Thursday, leaving at 3:45 and returning around 6. A weekly commitment of at least one day a week is preferred. For more information, email Mary Soule at msoule@tulane.edu.
Internship Opportunity: Libraries Without Borders
LWB is seeking a U.S. Program Development intern to assist the US Director with the development of international and domestic projects, fundraising, and communications.  
1. Coordination of projects and fundraising campaign especially for creating the Digital Law Library, which will equip legal professionals in English- speaking countries with digital copies of case law, statutes, and regulations needed to practice law effectively and expanding library
 resources in New Orleans through digital and traditional media .
2. Development of the visibility of BSF/LWB internationally.
3. Administrative tasks.

Qualifications Required: 
Embrace the philosophy and values of BSF 
Self-motivated and hard working  
Office skills (Microsoft Office, Internet) 
Native-level English language skills 
Excellent writing and project management skills 
The duration of the internship is 6 to 12 months and will begin ASAP in New Orleans. To apply, send resume and  cover letter to eric.parrie@librarieswithoutborders.org 
Internship Opportunities: American Civil Liberties Union

Apply now for a summer internship with the American Civil Liberties Union. Placement cities include New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Sample projects include Lesbian, Gy, Bisexual, Transgender and AIDS, Racial Justice, Immigrants Rights, and National Security. Visit the website for more information.
Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) Summer 2014 
Want to intern, volunteer, or study abroad this summer?  How about all three?  Participate in the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) Summer 2014 for an experience unlike any other. GESI combines a study abroad experience in one of six developing countries with hands-on partnerships with locally communities and organizations.  Work and live in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, or Uganda.  
Teams collaborate with the community on life saving, and life changing projects that truly make a difference. From microfinance ventures tohealth education, social entrepreneurship to increasing the environmental sustainability of a community, GESI projects have a wide range of impact:
GESI South Africa 2013
The team worked with community partners to establish a sand-selling business to local brick-makers to help generate community income.  The team worked with local stakeholders to legitimize their ownership of a large untapped resource of sand, which is often used for construction.  After working with multiple area leaders to gain permission, partner-building, and the generation of a business plan, the area established its sand selling and brick-business.    
For more information go to the GESI website, or email atgesi@northwestern.edu.  Final deadline is March 1, 2014, but please apply early, as spaces will fill.

ThinkImpact Spring Break Trips and Scholarship


Are you ready to break out of the mold? Make your spring break transformational and high impact. You can do it with a Global Opportunity Scholarship from ThinkImpact. Select applicants will receive support to join us this spring. $30,000 in scholarships are there for the taking, what are you waiting for?     

Pick a  program and apply now. Spring break trips will explore social or health innovation in Ghana, Rwanda, or Panama. Deadline to apply for a spring scholarship is January 31, 2014. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now to increase your chances! 

Leadership exCHANGE Spring and Summer Opportunities

Established in 1999, Leadership exCHANGE is an educational organization dedicated to providing young people with the skills and opportunities they need to become active and responsible citizens in this global community. The program offers credit-bearing courses in leadership, ethics, development, and social entrepreneur ship.

Women as Change Agents: March 6 - 16 2014 in Panama City, Panama 
HUB CRAWL: Innovation and Social Impact, May 19-31 2014 in Czech Republic, Austria & Germany
Leadership: July 1 - July 30 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic 
Leadership: July 1- 30, 2014 in Panama City, Panama 
Leadership: July 2 - July 30 2014 in Rome, Italy
Women and Leadership Program: August 1-15, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic
Social Entrepreneurship: August 1 - August 15 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic 

Visit the website for more information.
Fellowship Opportunity: Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented,
 committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields-science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields. The Teaching Fellowship includes:
  • Admission to a master's degree program at a partner university
  • Preparation for teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education
  • extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom
  • A $30,000 stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools.)
  • Support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • Support of a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education
  • lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders
Apply  by January 31!

Fellowship Opportunity: Education Pioneers Fellowship Programs  


Do you know top emerging leaders who could make an impact in the education sector? If so, then apply for an Education Pioneers Fellowship todayFor our Fellowships, we are seeking over 500 talented emerging leaders from diverse academic, professional, and personal backgrounds.  

Specifically, we are interested in recruiting people who:
  • Are skilled in data analysis, strategic planning, and finance and operations;
  •  Are interested in working in our high-priority cities, including New Orleans, LA; Memphis and Nashville, TN; Hartford, CT; and Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston, TX;
  • Have roots in and ties to the communities where we work.
We also remain committed to engaging and supporting emerging leaders of color; 55% of our 2013 Graduate School Fellowship cohort identified as a person of color.
Applications for the 2014 Graduate School Fellowship (10-week summer and yearlong placements) and 2014 Partnerships are now open; apply here.

Funding Opportunity: 2014 Business for Good Competition


The Business for Good Competition provides both experienced and new social entrepreneurs with a platform for new ideas to solve social problems.Teams or solo social entrepreneurs from across the USA can apply to pitch their idea at the Social Enterprise Alliance 2014 National Summit in front of a national audience of leading entrepreneurs, funders, policy makers and educators. Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded, including seed funding, incubation space, website/branding services, legal and technical assistance, and admission to Nashville's Entrepreneur Center social enterprise accelerator program.


The contest application, rules, and additional information are posted online. Applications are due by February 21, 2014. 


Show in Film what YOU can do to Change the Story!
Undergraduate students, submit your 3-5 minute short films that address global women's issues such as education for girls, maternal health, violence against women and girls and a variety of other issues. Submission deadline is December 31, 2013. Winners will be awarded over $20K in prizes! Red carpet event for 2012/13 awards ceremony to be held at the Harvard campus on February 23, 2013. Learn more here.
Further Develop your professional skills with Launchange!

Want to build your résumé, develop your professional skills, make a difference,
 and help start a business at the same time? If so, check out Launchange.
 Launchange is an online network that connects students with startups that focus foremost on creating social impact. Students on Launchange  are generally active or interested in the entrepreneurial scene and are building skills in design, web and app development, and/or business. If you are interested in practicing social entrepreneurship and applying its methods, Launchange presents a great opportunity to get involved and get connected.

Visit our website to show interest in joining our Community of Changemakers.
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