On the Calendar 

 

Finding Your Path: Past the Degree
Networking Event
2/12 6:15PM
LBC Qatar Ballroom
(See article for more info)

  

SOAR's Spring Undoing Racism Workshop 
February 15-16
Anne Mary Lounge  
 
Greenwave Community Market
2/16 12:00-2:00
Hillel

Pedaling Entrepreneurship: How the Bicycle is Transforming Business & Rebuilding Our Communities 
2/16 7:00 PM
 Hillel

"Ain't I a Woman?" 
A Lecture by Laverne Cox
2/17 8:00PM
McAlister Auditorium

National Service: Gateway to Opportunity
2/18 12:00-2:30 p.m.
LBC Kendall Cram and Qatar Ballroom

"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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Discovering Your Potential as a Changemaker

Happy Wednesday, Changemakers!

Our featured Changemaker of the Week totally inspired the theme for this Wednesday's newsletter. Are you a freshman (or even an upperclassmen) confused about where to start your social justice career? Don't even know what your passion is yet? Or maybe you have too many passions?

This campus and this city offer 10,001 opportunities to get involved and make real-life changes, whether you are interested in the environment, human rights, civic engagement, education, or something else. Find your place! The first step is to educate yourself: attend lectures, participate in workshops, and talk to other students and faculty. Then join an organization: accumulate contacts, start conversations, and be inspired. Lastly, apply for funding or a fellowship, or get a job: start making change of your own! It is never too soon to start!
 
Have a CHANGE-filled week, 
Angela & the Student Media Team 
 
Changemaker of the Week
Lilith Winkler-Schor
Roots of Renewal
 
Lilith, a freshman from Kirkland, WA, chose to attend university in New Orleans because because of her passion for prison reform, and more specifically working with communities and families who have been affected by incarceration. She believes Tulane has been a great place to learn about the challenges surrounding New Orleans' crime issues, and has provided opportunities to become involved.

During the fall semester, Lilith was invited to work with other Tulane students to launch a non-profit called Roots of Renewal, which aims to provide a holistic resource center in Central City, as well a summer program for at-risk youth that offers both job and educational skills while simultaneously providing low-income housing for the residents of Central City through home renovation.

Lilith hopes to start a collaborative art project with Roots of Renewal, linking artists and convicts to create a platform where those who have become voiceless can address the stigmas and realities of what it means to be incarcerated in our society through the talents of local artists.  Similarly, Lilith would like to see studies of the visual arts more accessible to students on campus.  She believes expensive course fees and intensive time requirements make art classes intimidating for non-art majors. 
 
In addition to her work with Roots of Renewal, Lilith is involved with TEDxTU, Amnesty International, Newcomb Scholars, and Poverty Spotlight New Orleans. She is working towards a coordinate major in Social Policy and Practice and Political Science and a minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.  
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How-to Start You Social Change Career

 

Social entrepreneurs are made, not born.

 

Starting a social change career is a do-it-yourself activity. Before we can be status quo disruptors, we need to learn to be disruptive forces in our own lives.

 

"You have to start your career thinking about who you want to be as a person. There is no substitute for spending a serious amount of time working in local organizations," advises John Anner, Executive Director of the East Meets West Foundation."

 

-From Cafe Impact

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SOAR's Spring Undoing Racism Workshop is Open for Registration!
February 15-16
Anne Mary Lounge  
 
Are you concerned with confronting racism and economic oppression as a student, staff, or faculty member at Tulane? Do you want to be an effective community organizer in your school, neighborhood, city, and world?  

The People's Institute moves beyond a focus on the symptoms of racism to an understanding of what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. The workshop's systemic approach stresses learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gate-keeping in perpetuating racism.

 There is a $20 refundable deposit to reserve your seat in the workshop. The deposit will be given back to participates at the end of the training on Sunday. To pay the deposit you need to go to the Office of Multicultural Affairs (The Garden Level of LBC G04) and pay the deposit to Desiree Anderson.


Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.
Part of the workshop is a Follow Up that will take place on February 26, 2014 for 6pm. Location TBD.
Click here to register.
Pedaling Entrepreneurship: How the Bicycle is Transforming Business & Rebuilding Our Communities

2/16 7:00 PM

Hillel

 

The distribution revolution will be heralded in on two wheels. Across America, a sector of social entrepreneurs is tackling social problems and building community with a zero-waste vehicle: the bicycle.

 

Come to Hillel at Tulane University on Sunday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. to learn how one Gainesville, Florida entrepreneur has spun an interest in gardening into a passion-based business which uses bicycle power to divert restaurant and residential food waste away from the landfill and toward a growing network of community partners.

 

Over the last 2.5 years, the initiative has gained widespread interest both in the local community and among others nationwide who are allied in a fast-moving entrepreneurial movement to solve community problems using pedal power.

 

For more information, contact Ophir Haberer at ophirhaberer@gmail.com.

TUCP Direction Presents "Ain't I a Woman?:" A Lecture by Laverne Cox
February 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.
National Service: Gateway to Opportunity
Keynote Address and discussion with Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service
Followed by the 2nd Annual National Service Fair
Tuesday, February 18th, 12:00-2:30 p.m.
LBC, Kendall Cram and Qatar Ballroom

Join us for a conversation between Wendy Spencer, CEO for the Corporation for National and Community Service, and President Scott Cowen, as they discuss the importance of national service programs and the growing role of higher education in promoting and preparing students for sustained engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs -- Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund -- and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. 

Lunch will be provided. Keynote address (12:00-1:00pm) will be followed by the 2nd annual Tulane National Service Fair (1:00-2:30 p.m).  At the service fair,  students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from national service organizations and local non-profits that have post graduate national service opportunities.

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!
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!
10 Principles for Creating a Meaningful Career
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. Workshops are filling up fast, so sign up ASAP. Upcoming topics include: 
  • 2/20 Moment of Obligation: Discover the social problems you most want to address and your priorities in addressing these social problems.
  • 2/27 Head+Heart=Hustle: Identify work that aligns your heart, the issues that matter most to you, and your head, the unique gifts you can contribute.
Launchange Announces New Pilot Program: APPLY NOW

In the past, Launchange worked through an unaffiliated platform to build it's community. Our strategy was to populate the network with lots of students and hope connections would be made. Our branding message was unclear and we ended up spreading ourselves too thin. Because of this, we were not able to effectively help anyone. We learned from our mistakes and now we are taking a different approach. 

We want to scale down our operations and focus on supporting a small handful of ventures. Launchange is searching for three early-stage, student-led social ventures to partner with so we can pilot test our program. We are asking for applications, and if chosen, we will devote our resources and energies to help you build your team! If interested, consider applying to become one of Launchange's three startup partners!

Privileges 
  • Launchange will help market your venture throughout school 
  • Launchange will help market your team-building needs & identify interested candidates 
  • Launchange will help produce a promotional video for you 
  • Launchange will help produce a logo for you
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Application Details The application consists of two parts:
  • A 2-page business portfolio containing the following: History, business concept, current team, mission statement, specific goals (Paragraph each), 3 specific team positions within your business that need to be filled, What are your team needs, what tasks do they need to do, and what are the benefits of these positions? (Be as detailed as possible) Business Portfolio Due: February 21st
  • An interview *Schedule an interview with Ethan at ethanlevy@launchange.org **Interview will be scheduled after the business portfolio is received

Email Ethan for more information.

Apply for your $25 Ticket to the NOEW Big Idea Event

Apply by Friday, February 28

Event at Manning's Restaurant on Friday, March 28 at 5-8 PM 

At this outdoor festival closing out New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), 15 local entrepreneurs will all be vying for the public's support to propel them into the final round of competition. You will get to vote for your favorite startup during the event, and the three entrepreneurs with the most chips will advance to the final round and be eligible to win an additional $50,000! A local celebrity judging panel will determine the overall winner.

As a Tulane undergraduate or graduate student, you can apply to receive a FREE ticket to attend this event. We will give priority to two types of students - students that have participated in the Changemaker Institute, and students that will also attend Tulane's Business Model Competition Pitch at Gallier Hall on Tuesday, March 25 at 1:30-3:30 PM. See the application for more details.

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), the culmination of The Idea Village's annual Entrepreneur Season, has become the premier showcase event for the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem. NOEW 2014 will engage 5,000+ of the nation's most innovative business leaders, financiers, entrepreneurs, & MBA students through 56+ events.

Extended Deadline: 2014 Tulane Business Model Competition
 
The Tulane Business Model Competition represents a radical departure from the past and the crest of a new paradigm in entrepreneurship. The TBMC is not a business plan competition. Participants won't be rewarded for doing lots of library research, drawing fancy graphs, or crafting the perfect sales pitch to venture capitalists. Instead the TBMC rewards teams for 1) breaking down their idea into the key business model hypotheses, 2) getting outside the building and testing their assumptions with customers, 3) applying Customer Development / Lean Startup principles to make sure they nail the solution, and 4) learning to pivot (or change) until they have a customer-validated business model.
 
Applications are due this Friday, 2/14. Win up to $25,000 for your venture!
 
Visit the website for more information, and to download the information packet.
Apply Now to Join the City Year 2014-2015 Corps

Looking to stay in New Orleans after graduation or explore a new city? City Year is an education focused, nonprofit organizationthat unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. Operating in fifteen locations across the country, volunteers commit a year to serving students full-time in a school setting.. 

The final application deadlines are on Feb 15 and April 30. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

Conference Opportunity: At Tulane!
March 22, Location TBA
 
Tulane University is hosting its first annual Leadership for Social Change Student Leadership Conference March 22, 2014.  This conference will bring together 100 student leaders, faculty and staff members, and local experts, and provide opportunities to learn tangible leadership skills and inspire personal development and reflection. We are looking for students interested in presenting at the conference as well as attending the conference.  For more information,  please visit the website.
Spring Conference Opportunity: The LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute is a six-day program that engages participants in dialogue and activities aimed at self-discovery and key leadership issues. Participants are challenged to lead with integrity while working towards creating a vision to improve the communities of which they are a part. After students return to campus, they will maintain a support network with one another in order to help bring their visions to reality. Signature pieces of The LeaderShape Institute include a challenge course, an evening in which leaders from New Orleans and Tulane University interact with participants, and learning and sharing in a small group experience called the Cluster Family.

The first Tulane LeaderShape Institute will occur from May 11-16, 2014 at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Ponchatoula, LA. In order to apply, please click here and follow the directions under "register." Applications are due on February 28.

Attend an Info Session on either Monday, February 10th at 6pm or Wednesday, February 19th at 2pm. Both sessions will take place in LBC 210. Email Daphne Everhart, Associate Director of Student Programs at Deverhar@Tulane.edu with questions or concerns. 

Summer Conference Opportunity: The Social Innovation Program

The Social Innovation Program (SIP) at George Mason University is the premier model for educating our next generation of social entrepreneurs.  Now in its eighth year, the Social Innovation Program brings together undergraduate and graduate students for an intense summer institute in the DC Metro Area.

Over the four weeks of the program, our cohort of students will:

  • Attend classes taught by leading Social Entrepreneurs
  • Be mentored by seasoned professionals
  • Gain hands-on consulting experience from local organization projects
  • Launch a Lean StartUp Business Plan

Our SIP graduates emerge able to successfully apply entrepreneurial approaches to social causes in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.Our program combines academic and experiential components in order to give our participants hands-on experience that they wouldn't receive in their average university classroom.

 

2014 Program - June 15 - July 12, 2014

Early Admission:  March 1, 2014 / Deadline:  March 21, 2014

For more information, visit the

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. 

 

Funding Opportunity: Newcomb -Tulane College Grant 
 
Apply now to fund your academic pursuits, summer internships,
 conferences, and more. The next deadline to turn in applications for the Newcomb-Tulane College grant is February 14 at 5:00 p.m., in Cudd Hall, room 204. The remaining application deadlines for the spring semester are March 14 and April 15. Applications for summer grant programs are reviewed in February, March, and April. For more information, visit the website, email donuts@tulane.edu, call Allison Cruz at 504-314-2801, or visit Cudd Hall, room 204.
 
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