Letter from the
My Fellow Tulanians,
We are witnessing a groundswell of innovative thinking taking place at Tulane. With so many faculty, students, and staff dedicating themselves to rethinking the ways they approach their connections to the community, their fields of research, and their teaching, we at CPS are helping to facilitate an ever-expanding variety of outreach opportunities and service learning courses.
We introduce this semi-annual newsletter to offer a glimpse of some of these exciting programs and to provide resources for those interested in exploring the breadth and depth of the outreach initiatives, workshops, lectures, research, and service learning courses we support.
In addition to this general newsletter, we have four specialized newsletters aimed at serving the needs of more specialized constituencies. These include an outreach newsletter, a newsletter focussed on student programming (including service learning, internships, and international service programs), a community partners newsletter, and a faculty newsletter. Please find links to those newsletters on the right column of this newsletter and consider viewing and subscribing to any that interest you.
In this newsletter, you will find a feature on Jordan Karubian that describes the development of his thought regarding socially engaged ecology. It notes the fantastic opportunity Tulane students have to join his award winning investigation of the complex relationships between ecology, environmental conditions, and animal behavior in northwest Ecuador.
We also have a link to President Scott Cowen's important and compelling article about engagement at Tulane published in the American Association of College and Universities' Diversity and Democracy.
Additionally, you will find links to interviews, articles, and websites.
Thank you for reading!
Internship Fair Brings Community Organizations
Sarah Edwards has plans to become a doctor. To reach her career goals, she has turned to the Center for Public Service's internship program to gain experience and put her Spanish-speaking skills to use.
As a Spanish and premedicine major at Tulane University, Edwards is helping the medical staff at the New Orleans Faith Health Alliance by translating communication between Spanish-speaking patients and the alliance's nursing staff. The alliance is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable primary care to uninsured workers and their families.
Edwards is one of many students participating in the CPS internship program, which will host an internship fair on Wednesday, April 10th from 5:30-7pm, in the LBC Qatar Ballroom (resumes and professional attire required).
"This internship was the perfect fusion of my major and career goals," says Edwards. "Although I'll have completed the 60 hours required by the internship program this semester, I'm hoping to continuing working with the alliance next semester."
Myriam Huet, CPS internship program coordinator and Edwards' internship seminar instructor, has asked students to complete projects to help community organizations and future interns, based on their experiences. Mindful of the language barrier between Hispanic patients and nursing staff, Edwards is developing a glossary of translations for commonly used phrases, such as "please fill out this form" and "your appointment costs $25."
For more information about the internship program, send an email to Myriam Huet.
Written by Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
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