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Wednesday Update – September 19, 2018

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Home Away from Home: Remembering Refugees in Florida – Sept. 20, 2018 at 6PM in the Pugh Hall Ocora
The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua Co. will present oral history interviews Seyeon Hwang, a doctoral student, conducted with refugees resettled in Jacksonville. A panel will consist of  organizations that provide services for refugees discussing themes of displacement, resilience, and “making it home” :

  • Basma Alawee, refugee and refugee organizer with Florida Immigrant Coalition
  • Travis Trice, World Relief Jacksonville
  • Jose Sanchez, Church World Services

Co-sponsorships are welcome and extra credit sign in sheets can be made available for your classes. Please contact Grace Chun at for more information. **Dinner refreshments will be provided.**

Counselor Education Open House – Friday, September 21 from 9-11am
The Counseling Program will be holding an open house for all program areas (Mental Health; Marriage, Couple, and Family therapy; School Counseling, and PhD in Counselor Ed) on September 21. Please see attachment for additional details.

2018 Undergraduate Research Expo – Monday, September 24 from 5-7pm   
The Undergraduate Research Expo is an annual exposition of research conducted by faculty members and graduate students at the University of Florida. The purpose of this event is to introduce undergraduates to research faculty in a meet and greet-style setting. We hope to introduce students to the diversity of research conducted at UF, allow students to network with research faculty members, and present recruitment opportunities for undergraduate researchers. Faculty and graduate students from all fields are invited to this meet and greet. Please register here.

Undergraduate students interested in attending this event, please register here. More details are available at:

Meet Employers Before Career Showcase at Diversity Meet Up! 
Diversity Meet Up is September 24th from 4 – 8pm at Evans Champions Club (Florida Field). Diversity Meet Up is a Pre-Showcase event that will help you boost your confidence and brand during a casual meet and greet with employers who are attending Career Showcase. This event is open to students from diverse and underrepresented populations including: ethnic minorities, women in STEM, veterans, LGBTQA+, and students with disabilities. Learn more about this dynamic and engaging event, including the list of participating employers here.

Career Showcase
Career Showcase is September 25 & 26 from 9am – 3pm in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Use this page as a one stop to find out about Showcase, how to prepare for it, and events and resources that will get you ‘Showcase Ready’. Over 350 companies will be attending including school districts! See flyer for more information.

UF Diversity Graduate Research Symposium – register by Friday, September 28   
The second annual UF Diversity Graduate Research Symposium is slated for Wednesday, October 31 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in Reitz Union on the UF campus.

Hosted by the UF Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) with the UF College of Medicine Diversity Committee, this event features oral and poster presentations from UF graduate students — showcasing the quality and diversity of graduate research at UF across all disciplines (biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, humanities, mathematics, physical sciences, and social sciences) — plus Dr. Madhukar Thakur as keynote speaker, highlighting the importance of diversity in research.

This symposium gives UF graduate students opportunity to share their research experience and enhance communication skills with others outside of their disciplines. This event is open to everyone who registers. Post-doctoral trainees and faculty will judge presentations, with prizes going to presentation winners. There will also be a raffle and free food for attendees.

The deadline for UF graduate students to register and submit abstracts (no more than 3,000 characters, about 500 words) is Friday, September 28, 2018.  To register and submit your abstract for free, please click here.

If you or your organization would like to contribute, please email Akilah B. Murray at Questions? Please email Latoya Allen at

Volusia County Fall Instructional Job Fair – Friday, November 2  
Volusia County Schools will be hosting an invitation only, instructional job fair to hire talented teachers. All certifications are welcome to apply. Prior certifications listed here. To express your interest in being considered for an invitation to this job fair, complete all steps listed below prior to noon on Thursday, October 25. Additional resources for candidates can be found on our webpage


Call for Proposals: AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research    
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. The application deadline for the 2019-2020 competition is Thursday, November 1, 2018.

An informational webinar will occur on Thursday, September 20 from 3-4pm to discuss the program’s goals, the application process, and details about the competition. Please use the link to sign up for this webinar. For eligibility requirements and other details, please click here.

Call for Proposals: AERA Grants Program Dissertation and Research Grants  
The AERA Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for both its Dissertation and Research Grants. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program provides dissertation grants to graduate students and small research grants to doctoral level scholars using large-scale data sets in their research. Complete details located on the attachment.

The UF Teaching Center offers this workshop Monday through Thursday, October 8-11, from 5-7 p.m. each day.   The Math sessions are Monday  & Wednesday, and the Verbal sessions are Tuesday and Thursday.  You can register for just the math sessions, just the verbal sessions, or all four.  Go to, then “study skills” then “workshops” to register and learn the workshop location.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Blue Wave After School at PK Yonge
Blue Wave After School Program is looking for individuals to provide quality child care for children in Kindergarten-Middle School.


  • Ideal applicant would be available:  2:00-5:30 pm M T Th F and 12:15-5:30 pm Wednesdays
  • Must be willing to complete CPR and First Aid Training
  • Must be willing to participate in childcare training (within first year)
  • Must complete background screening

Contact: Rob Cox at

Student Summer Employment/Scholarship
Florida Elks Youth Camp is now accepting applications for positions as a camp counselor in Florida. The dates of employment are June 2 – July 27, 2019. If interested in applying, please visit and select “Summer Camp Staff”.

We see about 336 9-13 year-old kids every week for 7 weeks. Scholarships of up to $5,000 a year for four years are available for our staff to apply for after their first summer at Florida Elks Youth Camp. Please see flyer for details.

Teaching English in Japan
AEON offers the best opportunity to live and work in Japan. All you need is a Bachelor’s degree in any subject within the next six months and a desire to help others learn English! AEON Corporation offers full-time teaching positions, a good salary, and a lot of support to help our newly hired teachers with their move to Japan. For more information about AEON, please feel free to visit and view our brochure. Interviews will be held in Jacksonville on Saturday, October 27.

Intervention Positions Available
Florida State University and the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) are currently conducting a research project in the state of Florida and looking for Interventionists in Alachua County. The position is part time with flexible hours and will give hands on experience with Intervention on the Elementary school level. Please see attachment for additional details. If interested, please contact Site Coordinator for Marion-Alachua County, Kathy Williams at

Holy Trinity Episcopal School
Seeking part-time and substitute teachers who are interested in working with infant, toddler, and/or pre-school age children. Childcare experience is not required but preferred. Teachers will have to be able to pass a level 2 Department of Children and Family Background check and a drug screening before they are hired.  They must also complete the DCF Childcare Training Requirements within 90 days of their hire date.  If you are interested, email your resume to Jason Hill, Head of School at  Please include your hours of availability and past five years of work experience.  You can find out more about their school by visiting,

Childcare – Tutoring

Childcare Help Needed
I am currently looking for students to help with childcare on Friday mornings for a bible study. Hours are 10am-12pm. Pay is $15/hr. Please contact Sara Smith at 352-246-7055 if you are available.

Childcare Help Needed
I am looking for help with childcare for a monthly moms group. We meet the second Wednesday of the month from 9:15a-11:45a. There is also the possibility of working additional hours.  Pay is $15/hour. Please contact Sara Smith at 352-246-7055 if you are available.

Child transport
Looking for a safe driver to pick up two children ages 10 and 7 from PK Yonge School near UF a 2:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and bring them home to town of tioga.  If interested please email Jenn at with references.

Afterschool Childcare Provider
Gainesville family seeks a childcare provider for 4 well-behaved children ages 8, 7, 6 and 6 years old. Days and hours are 3:30 PM to 6 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Pick up the children from Chiles Elementary School, drive them home (3 minute drive), oversee homework (math, spelling, reading comprehension), and playtime in yard and/or pool. Ideal candidate would be good at tutoring/helping with homework, playful, fully focused on child, and available 4 days a week. Must have good driving record, auto insurance, and experience with children. References will be requested. Looking for commitment of at least two semesters (rest of Fall 2018 and Spring 2019). If interested, please email Chris at

Assistance Needed
I am looking for a student who can assist with my autistic son in the afternoons. He is age 16 and is a great kid. The work would be every other week for the most part. Any student interested, please contact Jonathan Culver at 352-207-5500.

Babysitter Needed
Afternoon babysitter needed for faculty family for two boys (11 and 8). This would entail picking up from their school bus stop at Westside Park at 3:25 on most days to bring to our home near campus, plus driving to or picking up from after-school activities in town. At home there is homework supervision and game-playing. A warm and child-friendly personality, tolerance for a rambunctious puppy, punctuality, and an excellent driving record are required. The job is Monday-Thursday, 3:25-5:30 or 6, $12 per hour plus gas. If interested, please contact Michelle at, or 352-727-1243.

Nanny Needed
I have a nine year old son who is rather bright and is in a Gifted Magnet program. He needs a nanny to be with him everyday after school (1:42 pm – 5:30pm) including car pick up. I would love to hear from interested students at 352-672-3199.

Babysitter Needed
Our one and a half year-old son is the light of our life. He is a wonderful person to be around and we need a little assistance with him due to our active lifestyles. Both parents are business owners and have demanding schedules. We want to spend as much QUALITY TIME with our baby and need some help. We are looking for 1-2 people who are experienced to aid in continuing his positive growth and development and would also like to share the working schedule (because we know how busy your academic schedules can be). We need help during both early mornings and weekday afternoons. The schedules and pay rate/hour will be discussed in person.   If you are interested please email us at Thank you.

Tutor Needed
My child is currently in the 5th grade and is struggling in reading as well in math. I would like to have a tutor twice a week for a hour to a hour and a half. If available, please give Brandye a call as soon as possible at (352) 246-7870.

Family, originally from China, is offering a paid opportunity for one or more students who’s native language is English to assist an 10 year old boy on the autism spectrum in Reading/writing, Math, sports and Social communication area as tutor at home , home school,or summer camp in Gainesville. (Experience with elementary education or special education students is desirable, but not necessary.) If you are interested, please contact the boy’s mother, Cindy, by phone/text at 7273016344, or at

Babysitter Needed
Starting in August:  Babysitter needed for 2 boys ages 13 & 11,  Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons (3-4pm on M and T.  Friday until 4:30) .Hired sitter will pick up boys from their respective schools.  Schools near each other. Good driving record a must.  Rate: $10.00 an hour. Other sitting opportunities may occur as current sitters schedules change.  pEmail:

Volunteer Opportunities

PKY Fall Carnival – Thursday, October 18 from 3-6pm 
Looking for students to help out at the PK Yonge Fall Carnival. If you are not able to do the entire three-hour shift, we can figure out some shifts that you can do. We will take all of the volunteers we can get. The more volunteers we get, the less parents are needed giving them time to spend with their children at the carnival. If you are able to help out, please email Volunteer Coordinator Danica Faulkner at or text her at 352-214-8203.

Kids in the Woods
This program is part of the Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods initiative, which was launched to promote increased outdoor activity among children. We rely on many volunteers to help with this program every year. And although it is a science-based program, a background in science isn’t required; the main role of the volunteers is to help the students learn outdoors, and guide them when they need assistance. Further details and contact information on the attachment.

One Heart — Service-Learning Opportunity in South Africa
One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2019 Education & Social Work programs in South Africa!  Students and alumni of University of Florida are invited to participate in a service-immersion program with One Heart Source in South Africa this summer. Over 1,000 students from over 100 universities (from Harvard to Hong Kong) have served abroad with One Heart Source and gained the skills, experience, and network to empower them towards personal and educational success.

Students who participate will serve as academic mentors to vulnerable youth in South Africa. As students of Education, this program is relevant and provides important field experience while examining education on a global scale and developing culturally responsive educators.

Volunteer Opportunity Working with Children
Attention students interested in working with young children ages 0-5 and/or ministry, we have a volunteer opportunity for you! The local non profit Christian Mom’s Support group Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) of Shift Church is a Christian ministry seeking to connect moms from all around the world to a community of women in their neighborhood and community. Additional details here.

Gainesville Thrives
Promoting Literacy through Tutoring and Mentoring is seeking persons to provide tutoring and mentoring to students in the Gainesville area. The organization will host an event to strategize recruitment on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00-7:30pm at the Martin Luther King Center, 1028 NE 14 Street, Gainesville, FL. To volunteer, please contact: or 352.358.1877. To learn more, visit


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