Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The 27th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference

The 27th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference is less than three weeks away! Please refer to the details below for more information about our events, registration, and volunteering. We hope to see you on March 2 and March 3!
In Solidarity,
The 27th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference Committee
I. March 2- On Revolution: A Conversation Between Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis
II. March 3- The 27th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference: A Holistic Approach: Justice, Access, & Healing
III.  February 15, 16, and March 1- EWOCC Volunteer Information Sessions and Orientation
On Revolution: A Conversation Between Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis, Friday, March 2, 2012. 4-6pm. Pauley Ballroom
For the first time in history, iconic activists Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis will share the stage for a conversation on revolution.  In this historic event, Ms. Boggs and Ms. Davis will discuss their motivation for continuing their work and activism, presenting their ideas of social justice, healing and moving activism beyond the academy.
Grace Lee Boggs (b. 1915) is an activist, writer, and speaker whose seven decades of political involvement encompass the major U.S. social movements of the past hundred years. She continues her work with the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center for Nurturing Community Leadership in Detroit, training the next generation of leaders to create productive, sustainable, ecologically responsible and just communities.
Angela Davis is an internationally renowned activist, scholar, author and educator. She is author of eight books, which include Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prisons, Torture, and Empire; Women, Race, and Class; and Angela Davis, An Autobiography.  Davis has remained dedicated to the struggle for social justice and equality since the beginning of her activism in the 1970s. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination.
Admission for the event is free and open the public. Seating for this event is first come, first serve. For disability accommodation requests and information please visit Contact no later than Tuesday, February 21  in order to receive disability accommodations.
The 27th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference: A Holistic Approach: Justice, Access, & Healing, Saturday, March 3, 2012. 9:30am-5:30pm. UC Berkeley MLK Jr. Student Union 
The 27th annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, themed “A Holistic Approach: Justice, Access & Healing,” honors our legacies, celebrates our struggles and provides a space to build community and share practical tools to shape our everyday lives. This year’s conference will focus on the mental, physical, nutritional, environmental, and spiritual wellness of women of color.
The conference will host Andrea Smith and Radmilla Cody as keynote speakers.  
Andrea Smith is of the Cherokee clan and is a longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar who has published widely on issues of violence against women of color. She is co-founder of the Boarding School Healing Project and INCITE! Women ofColor Against Violence, a national grassroots organization that utilizes direct action and critical dialogue. She currently teaches in media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside. In addition to Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, she also helped edit INCITE!’s two anthologies, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex and Color of Violence.
Radmilla Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i’(Red-Orche-on-Cheek) clan and is born for the African-Americans. Cody is the 46th Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98. A survivorof domestic violence, Cody uses her personal experiences to advocate strongly against the epidemic of violence. As a biracial person she attempts to communicate positive messages about her dual identity as children who are biracial or multiracial still bearthe brunt of prejudice. Cody is the subject of a documentary entitled “Hearing Radmilla”, produced and directed by Angela Webb, which further explores her journey as an activist and performer.
Admission is FREE for UC Berkeley Students, $15 for non-UCB Student and elders, $20 general public. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit:
Want to volunteer at EWOCC? Opportunities are available in areas such as room monitoring, photography, pre-conference prep and child care. Visit for a complete list of volunteer opportunities and to register to be a volunteer. Volunteers receive free admission to the conference and a complimentary conference t-shirt.
We will also have volunteer information sessions on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16 in Anthony Hall (Graduate Assembly) at UC Berkeley. Light refreshments will be provided!
EWOCC Volunteer Information Sessions:
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Anthony Hall
Thursday, February 16, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
Anthony Hall
EWOCC Volunteer Orientation (Mandatory)
Thursday, March 1, 2012
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
Anthony Hall

The SLAS/EOP Achievement Award application

The SLAS/EOP Achievement Award application is now available.  
A few copies will be made available for students to pick up at the SLAS/EOP front desk, and a PDF is attached for all of you to email to students who may be interested.  
Students who apply should be EOP eligible, have at least a 3.0, engage in community service, and have junior or senior standing.  Student awards range from $300-$500. 
Applications are due March 9, 2012 by 5pm.

Please let me know if you have questions!  Also, feel free to direct students to me (via email or in person)  if they have specific questions.
Avisha Chugani 
Academic Counselor
Student Life Advising Services (SLAS)
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
Facebook: EOP @ Cal

Urban planning participatory experience-Mexico City

Dates: March 24th -31st, 2012 (Registration deadline: February 24th)

Come observe and experience the efforts of Mexico City's local government in transforming the most populated metropolis in the world into an environmentally-friendly and sustainable city of 20+ million!

-Stay in cool, safe hostel in Mexico City
-Specific talks with experts on diverse topics
-Visits to public parks, green buildings, urban street art, community gardens, and more.
-We will ride the Metro, Metrobus, light rail, eco-friendly buses, taxi bikes, and city rental bicycles!
Sample itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival-welcome dinner
Day 2: Orientation / Bike ride Condesa and Roma neighborhoods
Day 3: Subway system / visit to Plaza de las Tres Culturas
Day 4: Green projects / visit to a green building and Parque Bicentenario (ex-Refineria) / visit to project of urban green roofs
Day 5: Urban culture & sustainability / inner freeway system, street art, and Museum of Anthropology
Day 6: Metro bus system / Visit to UNAM campus
Day 7: City infrastructure: water, energy, air
Day 8: Recap / departure

A great experience for students, professionals, activists, and urban adventurers!

The experience is one week-long (arriving on a Saturday and recap-end of program following Saturday), with a fee per person of US$590, which includes, 7-night hostel-type lodging, two meals a day, local public transportation, a Casa HOY staff member with the group 24/7, educational activities everyday, talks, topic-related walking tours, and some more guided cultural and recreational activities. The fee does NOT include airfare to and from Mexico City, other meals than those specified, personal expenses, airport pickup and airport drop-off. Minimum of 7 people required for the experience...

To request and fill out a registration form:

please write an e-mail to
Casa HOY
"On the road to change the world"
"En camino a cambiar el mundo"

The Booner Leaders Program - Seeking Interns

Academic Advisors:
The Bonner Leaders program is seeking interns to serve as program managers for 2012-2013. Please forward the following information out to the students you work with.
Application Deadline: March 9th

Thank you,
Brendan McVeigh
Service and Outreach Coordinator


Passionate about

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Earn an $1100 AmeriCorps Education Award in the

  • Work to end homelessness in the Bay Area
  • Help end inequities in Berkeley public schools
  • Help achieve housing justice and immigrant rights for low-income Bay Area residents
  • Be an advocate for individuals impacted by incarceration
  • Assist low income communities with tax preparation
Bonner Leaders serve as interns in local non-profit organizations, community-based organizations and the Cal Corps Public Service Center including; Alternative Breaks, BCCServes, Cal in Local Government, Cal in the Capital, C.R.E.A.T.E., Oakland Community Builders, Magnolia Project, Residential Service Initiative and VITA. Bonner Leaders are eligible to receive a $1100 education scholarship at the completion of the year of service.
Application Deadline: March 9th
Bonner Leaders is a program of the Cal Corps Public Service Center at UC Berkeley, which connects ideas, resources, and people to act for social justice, build healthy communities, and foster life-long commitments to public service. The Center partners with the community, student leaders and faculty to engage over 6,000 students each year as volunteers, and through jobs, internships, and courses.

2012 Summer Design Scholars

Deadline - MIDNIGHT MONDAY, FEB. 20!

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company is accepting applications for its
class of 2012 Summer Design Scholars. This is a juried selection, open
to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in architecture,
urban design, landscape architecture, and interior design.

We hope you will distribute this link to your students, friends and
school acquaintances. The submission deadline is Monday, FEBRUARY 20.
Selection will be made by March 15. If you are not the person who should
receive this information, we would appreciate your assistance in getting
it into the right hands. You can learn more about our program (and
applicants can apply) at this link:<>

This is the 10th year of the program, and our scholars have reported
their experiences to be rewarding and life-changing. Scholars, including
international students, have come from the Savannah College of Art +
Design, McGill, Universidad de Monterrey, UPenn, Yale, Carnegie Mellon,
Tulane, Virginia Tech, UVA, Clemson, Penn State, Ohio State, Kansas
State, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, and Hampton University. Several Summer
Scholar “alumni” have accepted full-time positions with our firm.

If you have other questions, please contact Nick

or 757-321-9608.

You may also contact me, information below.

We look forward to another exciting year!

*Deborah Marquardt*, Associate | Public Relations Publications

*Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas **+**Company*|Architecture Planning |<>
120 Atlantic Street Norfolk, VA 23510 | t: 757.321.9685 f: 757.321.9601

The Oregon Leadership in Sustainability (OLIS) Graduate Certificate Program

The Oregon Leadership in Sustainability (OLIS) Graduate Certificate Program has room for a few more applicants to take part in the 2012-2013 class here at the University of Oregon.  OLIS gives students a holistic, practical education in urban sustainability issues.  Our students participate in a set of interdisciplinary core courses, practicum projects with real-world clients, and a leadership seminar that gives our students the opportunity to gain self-knowledge, communications and networking skills, and to interact with professionals in the field of sustainability from throughout Oregon.

This year's cohort is working with the UO's Sustainable Cities Initiative ( on two projects for the City of Springfield, Oregon.  The first project is a carbon emissions inventory for the City's municipal operations and the other is an exploration in to the design, planning, and financing for an urban eco-district within the City's downtown.  Next year's cohort will work on a similarly relevant and exciting group of projects.  OLIS students will move on from the program equipped with the knowledge and tools to lead our cities into a greener future.

We want to work with bright students with diverse educational backgrounds and life experiences who are passionate about sustainability in cities.  If you know of any students who you think would be a good fit with us, please forward this message on to them.

Our final application deadline is May 1st.  We will accept applications on a rolling basis between now and that date.  Check us out online at or find us on Facebook.  Please feel free to email Anya Dobrowolski, our Program Associate with any questions or requests for information at

Please feel free to print and post the attached flier around your departments and institutions.

Best regards,

Vicki Elmer

Dr. Vicki Elmer, Program Director
Oregon Leadership in  Sustainability
Adjunct Faculty,  Dept of Public Policy, Planning &  Management
11 Susan Campbell Hall, 1209 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon  97403-1209
T: 541-346-8227 F: 541-346-2040