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November 7, 2011


How did you come to be here?
"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories." Novelist Chimamanda Adichie warns of The danger of a single story. As our campus community begins to integrate the newly adopted core values and inclusive Campus Climate goals into the curricula and co-curricular activities, the Diversity Commission invites your participation in the 2011-2012 campus theme  “How did you come to be here?” The question is at once simple and profound.  How did YOU come to be here?  Are you indigenous to this land?  Were your ancestors forced here in slavery? Did your ancestors immigrate?  What was the interaction between these different racial, cultural, religious groups?  And WHO ARE WE NOW, as community?
Students, staff, faculty and administrators alike are encouraged to deeply consider these questions and your own unique story of  coming to this place: whether yours is a history of sovereignty, emigration, forced relocation or some unique combination, it is important that we journey towards cultural self awareness in preparation for acceptance and celebration of our rich diversity.
  • Share YOUR story "how did you come to be here?"
  • Watch for the opportunity to share your stories on KUMD  (contact Deborah Petersen-Perlman & Danny Frank)
  • Attend a performance of The Land of Plenty Performance in MPAC, November 11 & 12, 2011,  7pm.  Tickets on sale:  October 10th. Written by Sara Thomsen and directed by Tom Isbell
At times a land of welcome and abundance, at times a land of exclusion and forced relocation, “Land of Plenty” wrestles with the conundrum of the  ideals of equal opportunity and the realities of inequality. Drama, song and dance intertwine to create an odyssey of origins and a quest for equity.


Going Global/Intern Abroad Workshop
Monday, November 7, 2011
4 to 5 pm
22 Solon Campus Center

Ever wanted to work or intern internationally? Learn about the search process and other resources that will make your once-in-a-lifetime experience successful.

Beginning LinkedIn Workshop
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
3 to 4 pm
22 Solon Campus Center

Come learn about the benefits of using this powerful tool to connect with people who may help you with your job search. Start developing your profile at the workshop; staff will be available to help you (bring your laptop.)

Advanced LinkedIn Workshop
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
4 to 5 pm
22 Solon Campus Center

For those who already have a LinkedIn profile. Listen to and/or share experiences using LinkedIn and learn how to best use LinkedIn in your job search.

Active Interviewing Webinar
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Available online after 4 pm

Research has shown it takes 16 Interviews to get an offer, and the offer might not be for the job you really want!  So when you get the interview - congratulations!  But now the real work starts.  You need to invest a good deal of time in planning for your interview. By attending this Webinar you will learn Why job interviews are broken, how to use basic sales skills in your interview, how to build a strategy around your upcoming interview, techniques to link your background and experience to critical job requirements, how to tell stories about your work and college experience to prove you can do a job, and what questions YOU should ask to show your interest and preparedness.

Personal Statements Workshop
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Noon to 1 pm
42 Solon Campus Center

What is a "personal statement", "statement of purpose" or "goal statement" and how do I write one? This overview will provide information on the purpose of the statement and provide strategies for writing an effective statement.

Essentia Health Information Session

Friday, November 11, 2011
3 to 5 pm
SMDC Medical Center Auditorium

Learn about Essentia Health Information Services departments, internships and full and part time employment. Of interest to CIS, MIS and Business Junior and Seniors. Bring your resume.

UMD Fall Networking Night (November 9th) More info...
Dining for Success (November 17) registration open in GoldPASS until November 14th.


Dance Marathon
11-11-11 starting at 7 p.m. till 6 a.m.
Live music, t-shirt, free food, hypnotist, and of course tons of dancing!! All proceeds go directly to GILLETTE'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL and is a great cause.  Patients and their families will be there also.  You can start a team or register individually.  Either way be prepared to party like none other on 11-11-11!  Surprise at 11:11 p.m.

For a list of all events, please visit the UMD Calendar of Events.

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