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FACE AIDS is looking for outstanding, passionate students to work in our national office in Palo Alto, CA as Summer Directors. This is a fantastic opportunity to shape the movement to fight HIV/AIDS and promote global health equity on campuses across the United States. 

Specifically, we are hiring three Programming Directors, who will work on national programs, campaigns, and chapter support resources; conduct relevant research; lead the production of associated toolkits and materials for student chapters; and assist in preparation for the annual FACE AIDS Fall Conference. 

We are also hiring one Camp Director and three counselors for Camp Kwizera, a day camp for middle school students run by FACE AIDS at Stanford University that combines education about global social justice issues (e.g. health, environment, poverty, microfinance, education) with local community service projects. 

All Summer Directors have the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the inner-workings of a dynamic, youth-led non-profit and to contribute to the core operations of FACE AIDS. More info about FACE AIDS is below. 




FACE AIDS is a dynamic non-profit organization working to build a global movement of young leaders to fight HIV/AIDS. We harness young people’s passion for social change and empower them with the skills, resources, and peer community necessary for effective action now and throughout their lives. In the United States, FACE AIDS has founded chapters at over 200 college and high school campuses, through which students educate their communities, fundraise for comprehensive health care, and take direct action through service. FACE AIDS provides these students with a range of leadership development opportunities. In Rwanda, FACE AIDS supports chapters of HIV-affected youth with small grants to carry out community health projects, and runs a financial empowerment program for HIV-affected individuals involving micro-savings, credit, and business training. 

Julie Veroff
FACE AIDS Executive Director
(559) 790-7052 |
P.O. Box 46, Palo Alto, CA 94302

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There are so many amazing women and girls who are doing great things. So each month, I’m giving props to ladies who are making it happen. This month our queen is actually a King, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WNYC held the thought provoking event ‘Made in America:  King’s dream in today’s economy’ at Brooklyn Museum.  The panelists challenged the audience to really remember what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about. He didn’t just have a dream.  He fought injustice, valued equality and stood up for economic empowerment.  He was a revolutionary; a prophet who called out power structures as well as the everyday person to do better for the poor and disenfranchised. 

I was particularly touched by female panelist, Christine Yvette Lewis.  She recently led the Domestic Workers United, which is mostly populated by women, to a victory in finally landing a bill of rights.  Ms. Lewis called domestic workers the invisible and isolated work force. They take care of so many but few take a moment to think about taking care of them.  Their struggle is precisely what MLK was fighting for 50 years ago. 

So as we celebrate the life of MLK, I ask each one of us to question not only how we are keeping the dream alive but how are we ensuring the values of Dr. King, such as justice and peace, are embedded in our Society.

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Great opportunity for college sophomore and junior students of color to gain research experience and learn more about graduate school in the social, behavioral and economic science fields.  Deadline to apply is Feb 15th.




The goals of the program are to provide rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to increase their interest and learn about doctoral-level training, and provide basic research skills that can be applied in the social, behavioral and economic science fields.  The program has a special emphasis on population groups underrepresented in these fields (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders).

The University of Maryland, College Park is located just nine miles from downtown Washington, D.C. and approximately 30 miles from Baltimore, provides access to some of the finest libraries, research centers, and professional opportunities in the country.  The D.C. metro area is nationally regarded for its dense population of highly educated and trained professionals, diversity, culture and entertainment.

Program Details

This 8-week program will be held on the University of Maryland, College Park campus from May 30 through July 22, 2011.  Students will be provided a meaningful research experience by working with a faculty mentor in one of our nine academic departments: African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Government & Politics, Hearing & Speech Sciences, Psychology and Sociology.  We will also supplement their research experience with lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities.  

Students will be provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board in University on-campus housing and a stipend of $2,700.

How to Apply

Basic eligibility requirements include (but are not limited to) junior or senior status by Fall 2011; U.S. citizen or permanent resident status; and a strong intent to immediately pursue a Ph.D. in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences upon completion of the Bachelors degree. We are especially interested in applications from students underrepresented in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

The application deadline is February 15, 2011.  

For more information, please visit:

or contact

Aishah Briscoe
David Colon-Cabrera
SRI Coordinators

Summer Research Initiative
Office of the Dean
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
University of Maryland – College Park
2141 Tydings Hall
College Park, MD  20742
(T) 301-405-8761
(F) 301-314-9086

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Many of us are still in shock over the tragic shooting that occurred this weekend in Tucson, AZ.   It calls for each one of us to reflect and decide what we truly stand for as a Nation.   Below is a repost from The Woodhull Institute for Ethnical Leadership, a supporter of girls and young women.  To learn more about the organization visit their website


The Woodhull Institute extends its deepest sympathies  to all of the victims and families of the tragic shooting this past Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. To those that lost their lives, to those that were wounded and to the families that must now deal with the aftermath of this horrible tragedy, our thoughts, hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of you.
Representative Gabrielle Giffords lies in a hospital fighting for her life.  Christina Green born on the day of another unfathomable tragedy, September 11, 2001, only nine years old, her heart and mind stilled by a rifle shot.  Six people killed, 14 others wounded.
While the motives of the shooter, alleged to be Jared Lee Loughner, are still unclear – the nation is coming to terms with the understanding that the vitriolic political rhetoric that seems to have taken over the internet, print media and airwaves can not continue. 
The Woodhull Institute supports every person’s right to voice their opinions, every person’s right to try to move their agenda’s forward, to try and convince others that their goals are the right goals.  But to do so as part of civil discourse, as part of an open and informed debate, not by initiating personal attacks, name calling, or using imagery and verbiage that invokes violence.     
It is time for all representatives and activists on both sides of the aisle to remember to focus on the issues and not on hatred.  Your opponents may not agree with you but they too are human beings and deeply believe that what they stand for is the best for the country. They too have friends and families, they too are entitled to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
The need for ethical leaders could not be more glaring than it is today.  Woodhull’s Credo could not be more relevant than it is today:
To manifest, teach and learn in our relationships ethical conduct and compassionate leadership.
To create an environment of trust, respect, kindness, safety and open-mindedness.
To commit to honoring a higher purpose through our work.
To act with honesty, compassion and courage.
To recognize the essential equality and dignity of all.
To avoid negative gossip.
To bring up problems constructively and directly.
To find common ground in our differences.
To be of service to one another and to the community at large.
To take the risk of speaking out about injustice.
To be grateful for what others have done for you.
To be responsible for our actions and to practice forgiveness.
To tithe time and income.
To celebrate the achievements of ourselves and of others.
To understand that what we send out into the world comes back to us.
As our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this horrible Tucson tragedy, the Woodhull Institute will take this opportunity to recommit to training and encouraging a new generation of ethical leaders who will lead with dignity, grace and respect.
The Staff and Faculty of The Woodhull Institute

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