Opportunity: Social Justice Training Institute “The Student Experience”

The Ohio State University Student Life Multicultural Center is hosting the Student Social Justice Training Institute this July 19-22, 2016.

SJTI is a nationally renowned program that provides an intensive developmental opportunity for students to examine the complex dynamics of oppression and to develop strategies to foster positive change on their campuses and in their communities.

More information is at www.go.osu.edu/StudentSJTI.



Job Opportunity: Admissions Counselor/ Assistant Director of Admissions


Denison University seeks an Admissions Counselor/Assistant Director of Admissions to market Denison’s academic programs to students and their parents. They will assist with the Multicultural Recruitment Campaign to recruit First Year students to the college’s academic programs by effectively managing geographic territories: assist in development and maintenance of recruiting and marketing materials; schedule and perform recruitment presentations at high schools, college night programs or other appropriate locations and events; and conduct information meetings and assessment interviews. This aims to help Denison meet individual application and enrollment goals – both primary and secondary.

Bachelor’s degree is required. One year of professional admissions experience and familiarity with Slate is preferred. Must have a current, valid driver’s license and must be insurable under Denison’s liability insurance policy. For additional requirements, information, and to apply, please visit employment.denison.edu. Deadline to apply online is May 7, 2016.

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Sports Information Assistant Intern


Hartwick College, as recipients of the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant, is accepting applications for the full-time, benefits eligible, 10-month position of Sports Information Assistant Intern, to assist the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications with coordinating media coverage for the College’s 17 varsity athletic teams.

The Sports Information Assistant Intern will serve as the main sports information contact for 7-8 varsity sports. Working under close supervision of the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications, the Sports Information Assistant Intern will be responsible for conducting the day-to-day duties for those programs. The Sports Information Assistant will also have the opportunity to work with the football, and men’s and women’s basketball programs. The day-to-day duties will include the home game-day events for designated Hartwick athletic teams including pre-game publicity, compiling in-game statistics, public address, posting results and post-game write-ups through the web and social media, and dissemination of results to local and national media.

The Sports Information Assistant will work closely with Hartwick College athletic teams, student-athletes, coaches, and athletic administration, to creatively promote the Hartwick Hawk brand through social media and other avenues. The Sports Information Assistant will work in a collaborative and creative environment, assisting in the production of recruiting guides, game-day programs, and post-game and special interest stories on Hartwick student-athletes and coaches. The Sports Information Assistant will aid in management of work-study student staff within the sports information office and at athletic contests. The Sports Information Assistant will aid in maintaining the College’s athletics website.

Other duties as assigned by the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications and/or Director of Athletics will be in accordance with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, College, Empire 8, NCAA, and other related association rules and regulations.

This internship runs for two years commencing August 1, 2016 and ending May 31, 2018. The successful candidate will attend a required orientation at the NCAA National Office in Indianapolis, IN from July 28-29, 2016.

Interested applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Experience in an SID office with a minimum of one year of collegiate sports information experience preferred. Strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills required. Experience with Stat Crew in various sports; ability to multi-task; willingness to work evening and weekend hours; a background in website maintenance; experience with Adobe Photoshop and In-Design is also preferred. Applicants also must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable through the College.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references in one document (pdf or MS Word preferred) to Kimberley Lindsley, Human Resources Coordinator, at jobs@hartwick.edu. Applications may also be mailed to the Office of Human Resources, Hartwick College, P. O. Box 4020, Oneonta, NY 13820 or faxed to 607-431-4329.

For more information, please view the document attached. Sports Information Assistant Intern- NCAA 2yr Grant 2016.


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Columbus Metropolitan Library Development Summer Internship


The Development Team is looking to bring on a summer intern to assist with a number of Foundation, Campaign and FOL projects. It’s a tremendous opportunity to build fundraising, event planning and marketing/communication skills and experience. The intern(s) will assist the Development and Affinity Department by providing Great Libraries Create campaignCelebration of Learning, Friends of the Library and website management support. Prior knowledge and experience in event planning, marketing and fundraising is highly preferred. Driver’s license and personal vehicle are required. For more information, please see the document attached at the end of this blog post. Interested applicants please send resume and cover letter to:

Shannon Hoepf | Development & Affinity Specialist

Columbus Metropolitan Library | Main Library

96 S. Grant Ave. | Columbus, OH 43215

614.849.1056 office | 614.849.1156 fax


Summer Internship Description

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Taste of Culture: Rethinking Diversity

I’m going to start out with the word “diverse”. However, that tends to be a trigger word on this campus. From the top, we have our admissions office and administration promoting statistics about the many corners of the globe that they attract our students from, the financial aid packages extended across the socioeconomic spectrum, and the general education requirements that help us become well-rounded humans. Diversity thus becomes a selling point in the real estate that is Denison. From the bottom, there’s an ever-growing list of students who argue against Denison’s definition of diversity and claim that representation falls short of reality. It’s no secret that Denison has its pockets, aka segregation, as was pointed out by Tyler Law before the flash mob last Thursday. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with Taste of Culture, right? In my opinion, Taste of Culture is a time to experience Denison’s diversity (however you interpret that word) and rip out Denison’s pockets for a little while. When you arrive, there is an expectation that you are going to be introduced to a culture, a food, and a person that you have never met. This exposure is what makes the event special. All you have to do is show up.

Bronwen Espen ‘18



The Courage to Stand Up: Revitalizing Our Sense of Culture

When I confront a human being as my Thou and speak the basic word I-Thou to him, then he is no thing among things nor does he consist of things. He is no longer He or She, a dot in the world grid of space and time, nor a condition to be experienced and described, a loose bundle of named qualities. Neighborless and seamless, he is Thou and fills the firmament. Not as if there were nothing but he; but everything else lives in his light.

Martin Buber so avidly declares that in order for connection, communication, and understanding to be realized, we must step away from ourselves and understand the other while holding onto everything we hold most dear. In other words, we must have respect for the “Thou” in our lives while being cognizant of ourselves which is the “I.” As of late, I have had a thought burning at the outskirts of my skull, an endless dream that is constantly swimming throughout, what is Denison’s idea of culture and community? This is a multi-faceted question, on the one hand you have the institutions idea of culture and community, and on the other you have the students understanding. So which idea is correct, which idea is practiced, which idea becomes explicit, and which idea becomes implicit?

Upon analysis of the the institutional depiction of culture and community, it would seem that Denison hits the nail on the head.

“Our purpose is to inspire and educate our students to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents and active citizens of a democratic society. Through an emphasis on active learning, we engage students in the liberal arts, which fosters self-determination and demonstrates the transformative power of education. We envision our students’ lives as based upon rational choice, a firm belief in human dignity and compassion unlimited by cultural, racial, sexual, religious or economic barriers, and directed toward an engagement with the central issues of our time.”

Every student, faculty, staff, and administrator has been told this statement time and time again. This is an ingrained staple of what makes Denison so unique, this statement right here. However, as students who live in this community and live within this culture, do you believe that we are as connected and as immersed with one another as this statement so acutely depicts? To be blunt, Denison’s explicit goals are not being practiced. The implicit nature of those around us depicts a much harsher reality. In fact, this reality has been carved out by the students themselves.

Pockets, a word that I cannot stress and dislike enough.

The natural tendency for humans to cling to those who are similar has been occurring for thousands of years, but as a small community of young scholars who are in the revolutionizing age of cultural awareness, why do we so aggressively fear the other? Pockets of culturally similar people are a huge aspect on this campus. While spending time with those who are similar ethnically, socio-econmically, and socio-politically can be good for friendship and comfort, it can also be destructive. Time and time again I have observed pockets of people who rarely, if ever, break free from the bounds of group-think, similarity, and assimilation. As a matter of fact, I am even guilty of this, however, it is time to re-think, re-evaluate, and re-instill our sense of culture and community on this campus. It is time to question, to care, to reach out, and to think critically of the way in which we conduct our lives culturally and communally on this campus.

The hill is a precious gift that allows one to become educated in a wide variety of subjects while getting to meet people from an assortment of different cultures, backgrounds, and places around the world. It is time now not to waste this chance to truly learn from experience, from story, and from others. Be the autonomous thinker that Denison crafts you to be and use your voice to stand up and renew your sense of culture and community. Connect with the other while expressing the importance of self, realize the “Thou” in your lives and realize that the “I” can coincide.

I invite all of you to experience a renewed sense of culture on this campus that is so desperately needed on Friday, April 29th at 4:30PM on A-Quad. Taste Denison, Taste Connection, Taste Difference, The Taste of Culture.


-Tyler B. Law

C3 Advisory Board

Global China Connection-Denison President

Taste of Culture 2016



Spring Break Away 2016

This spring break, thirteen Denison students traveled to Gaston, North Carolina to volunteer at their local KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) College Preparatory charter school. The school is located in a low-income, rural area where college preparation has been inadequate in public education. At KIPP, they call themselves a “Rural Revolution” because they strive to bring education reform to areas that are commonly ignored. At the school, students worked from 7:30a.m. until 5:00p.m. to help teachers and administrators with various tasks. These tasks included teaching lessons in the classroom, putting up bulletin boards, chaperoning field trips, grading, administrative data entry, and one-on-one tutoring. The trip was organized in collaboration with Denison alums Keith Starr (class of ‘06), Emily Starr (class of ‘06), and Abbey Torrence (class of ‘14). It was insightful for the current and past students to discuss the ways in which Denison has changed, what life is like after Denison, and the meaningful work available for students who have an interest in teaching. At the end of trip, our students left Gaston feeling inspired by all of the passionate and dedicated work they experienced while volunteering with KIPP.






In the Eyes of the Beholder Fashion Show


The Eye of the Beholder Fashion Show has been a staple event every spring in Denison for three years. Just before spring break, I sat down with the show’s creator, Juan Bernabe’ 2017 and had a conversation about different aspects of the show, his personal inspirations and plans for the future.


Taste of Culture, What does Denison Taste like to you?

When I was asked by several fellow students on the Taste of Culture Education Committee, “what does Denison taste like to you?” I thought that I could come up with a quick and witty answer that encompassed many great ideals instilled at Denison University. However, the more I pondered this question I began to think deeper about what Denison truly means to me.

I could not help but think of the many different students from an assortment of backgrounds who I have met and have had the pleasure of working with. Students from China, India, Vietnam, England, Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Greece, and many more. It is precisely these students who I have met and worked with that have influenced my own path while studying at Denison.

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Sticks and Stones: A Freshman’s First PPR

PPR 2016 Stick & Stones (1)

The PossePlus Retreat (PPR for short) is a yearly retreat in which Posse Scholars, non-Posse students, Faculty and Staff come together for a weekend to discuss a topic that the Posse community decides on prior to the retreat. This year, the title was “Sticks + Stones: Language and Speech in a Diverse Society”. Being a first-year students, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Before the retreat, PPR was talked about as some mythical rite of passage that posse scholars go through. In typical Posse fashion, the content of the retreat was kept hidden under wraps until the night we arrived at our hotel. The days that followed were some of the most thought-provoking days during my Denison education so far.

The night of the retreat was a haze compared to the rest of the trip. 120+ students were riding along three shuttles through snowy Ohio to get to a location that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. As blanket after blanket of snow fell I grew more and more tired and wondered, “How am I going to have the energy to talk about such an intense topic when I can barely stay awake on the bus?”. However, as always the case with Posse, they find a way to pump some energy in you. I had forgotten that one of my responsibilities was to help introduce everyone at the retreat, so once I had a microphone in my hand, I was ready to get the night rolling. I literally ran around the room and made everyone introduce themselves with their name and their preferred pronouns. After that, we played a series of icebreakers to get us active and ready to listen. Our facilitators for the weekend were energetic and ready to facilitate discussion. I knew from that point on the conversations weren’t going to stop. At the end of the night, we were told to prepare for conversations the entire weekend. As we headed off to bed, I wondered what I would learn that I already wasn’t aware of. I expected to learn about language and its power, but I did not expect to learn so much about the concept of having a posse and cherishing those around me.

Everyone knows that we should not call people certain names or say something that would anger another.  We know that words hurt, but no one truly explains why they do.  At least, for me, it was a strange concept to think about the power of words in terms of the devastating effect they can have on people. This retreat was an insightful way to learn about words and how others perceive them. There has always been a debate on who has the right to say certain words, who doesn’t have a right to say them, and who has the authority to police what we can and cannot say. I never truly thought about the impact of words and phrases, and I always believed that words were just words, that people would sometimes overreact about the words that we used.

The largest concept I took away from the retreat was empathy. Often times we are are so set on our way of thinking that we forget to understand the positions and thoughts that others have as well. As unfair as it is, not everyone starts life in the same position. Some are born with a multitude of privileges in sexuality, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class, while others are born disadvantaged in one or more of these sectors of identity. Through various workshops and small group discussions, I began to appreciate and understand the differences that make up our identities. I learned to not challenge an idea, but accept it for what it is. I learned more about language and its implications during this one weekend than I did in four year’s worth of linguistic classes in high school.  The most valuable aspect of the retreat for me, being a Posse scholar, was seeing all of the Posses together and interacting with one another. Overall, it was a very thought-provoking couple of days and I am glad that there was time dedicated to talk about a topic that is so relevant to many universities.


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