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Black Educators: Florida’s Secret Social Justice Advocates, Exhibition Opening October 22nd
I am excited to announce the opening of a three-site exhibition focused on the pedagogy, role, and activities of Florida’s Black Educators during Jim Crow. I invite you to visit the exhibition and attend the opening reception on Tuesday, October 30th at 6:00 pm in Smathers Library, room 100. Michele Foster, Henry Heuser Jr Endowed Chair for Urban Education Partnerships and Professor, University of Louisville, the author of Black Teachers on Teaching will be speaking.

Please see the attachments for information about the exhibition and Welcome Reception. *Note- An online exhibition will be available on November 4th.  You can also access more information on the project on Diedre Houchen’s website.

Gator Graduate Programs Fair 2018 – Thursday, October 25th
This is an opportunity for UF students and other interested parties to explore graduate education options right here on campus — slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on the UF campus.

This event is part of UF Graduate Education Week (October 22-26, 2018), hosted by the UF Graduate School, the UF Career Connections Center, and the UF Office of Undergraduate Research. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Erin Rice in the UF Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives at

Yappy Hour 2018!Thursday, October 25th
Join Beau the Bear and Gift of Life Marrow Registry on Thursday, October 25th. Refreshments Served.

Volusia County Fall Instructional Job Fair – Friday, November 2nd  
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

Science Cafe “How is Science Changing the Future of Human Health?” – Monday, November 5th
Come join us for an evening of food, drinks and most of all science at Florida’s first ACS Science Café!

Over a First Magnitude brew, learn and discuss how science is changing the future of human health from four University of Florida professors. People of all ages and all backgrounds (scientists and non-scientists) are welcome. For more details, visit our Facebook page at

SAGE Panel Forum – Wednesday, November 7th
Research and Writing in Academia: Being on Top of your Skills” panel forum scheduled on Wednesday, November 7th, 12-1 pm at the Norman Terrace Room, will feature Dr. Albert Ritzhaupt, Dr. Maria Coady, Dr. Tina Smith-Bonahue, and Dr. David Miller as speakers. The main goal of the activity is to provide masters and doctoral students a conversation about academic writing and publishing, and all the processes involved within these challenging endeavors.

International Education Week – November 12-16, 2018 
The College of Education will be organizing a festival spotlighting the countries and regions of all of our students who have international experiences and/or backgrounds. We are asking all COE students to participate and volunteer by having a table that would introduce a country or region to our college community.  See attachment for additional details.


2019-2020 Call for Applications – UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship 
Attached is the 2019-20 Call for Applications for the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program awards.  The application deadline is November 1. Applicants must receive a Ph.D. from an accredited university before the start of their fellowship. Successful applicants must present documents demonstrating that they are legally authorized to work in the United States. Individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are encouraged to apply.

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that facilitates deeply immersive, educational, and volunteer experiences around the world. We dig into social justice issues while working in solidarity with local activists, non-profits, and communities. Start your journey at

Apply by November 23rd! Programs are filling up quickly, so apply as soon as possible. Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs. You may also be able to use our programs for academic credit. Talk to us about your options!

The Writing Studio has moved
The home of free Writing Tutoring on the UF campus has moved to a new, convenient, central location on campus!  The University Writing Program and the Writing Studio are now up and running in 2215 Turlington Hall.  The Studio provides free writing help to all UF students, and we work with graduate students and undergrads from all academic fields.  We are available in the daytime – M-F from 9:30 – 3:30 in Turlington 2215 – and in the evenings in Library West 339 – M-R from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.   You can see our schedule and make an appointment at

Career Planning Appointments
We encourage all students, regardless of year, to schedule a Career Planning Appointment through Gator CareerLink.  This is a 30-minute session on-campus or virtual session where you can talk to a career advisor about anything related to your career path. Whether you need help gaining experience, developing your resume, or just figuring out what’s next, a Career Planning Appointment is a great way to get started. See flyer for additional details.

Earn $20 in Cash    
Looking for college students to participate in a study about multimedia learning. Details and contact information located on the attachment.

Projects for Peace   
Undergraduate students are invited to create a grassroots project to be implemented anywhere in the world during the summer of 2019. These projects should promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. Winning proposals will be awarded $10,000 to implement the project over the summer semester. Students are encouraged to attend an info session, and refer to our website for additional information. If you would like to schedule a BCLS representative to talk to your class or organization about this opportunity, please email

School Science Fair Judges Still Needed!      
This year nine Alachua County Public Schools are hosting science fairs.  If you understand the scientific method, are qualified to judge at least one category, and enjoy working with middle and high school youth in a positive manner, please consider serving as judge!  Please review the attached 2018 Science Fair Flyer for details about judging, categories, dates and times.  Use this flyer to determine which fairs fit your schedule and which categories you’re qualified to judge.

Next, each judge must complete the following:

  1. Online Volunteer Application at – Use this attachment for guidelines in completing and submitting your application.  Once you receive an approval email from Raptor, go to Step 2.  If you don’t receive an approval email within a few minutes, check your SPAM filter!  Or contact my office to assess your eligibility.
  2. Science Fair Judge Registration (attached).  Submit to Pam Fitzgerald,  I will review and let you know your placement(s).  Once your placement is set, a confirmation packet will be emailed to you for each fair you will attend.

Please contact Pam Fitzgerald if you have questions or need help submitting your application or registration.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will hold an online information session on Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm eastern to discuss careers in community organizing with UF students and alumni interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice.  RSVP at

DART hires and trains organizers to build organizations that have successfully addressed issues including:

* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Fighting for immigrants’ rights
* Police accountability

Positions start January 14, 2019 in St. Petersburg and Jacksonville, FL, Columbus, OH, Lexington, KY and Charlottesville, VA.

Positions start August 12, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and Fort Myers, FL, Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Columbus, OH, Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, and Columbia, SC.

Starting salary $38,000/year + benefits.

Although it may be helpful, no prior organizing experience is necessary. Fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit Still have questions? Contact Hannah Wittmer at or (202) 841-0353.

Peaceful Paths Spring 2019 Internship
The Child & Youth Program at Peaceful Paths is looking for interns and student volunteers for the spring and summer semesters. Peaceful Paths is a certified domestic violence agency for the tri-county area. Many children are often affected by violence in their homes, our Child & Youth Program is dedicated to providing a variety free and confidential services to address their needs. The center provides our interns and volunteers with many opportunities for growth and learning in areas such as child welfare, victim advocacy, and primary prevention. We also go out into the community and work with youth from elementary to high school with curriculum focused on healthy friendships, relationships, and intimate partner violence prevention. A lot of our programming is developed by us and is a great opportunity to create, teach, and work with youth in our community. See attachment for additional details.

Teaching Opportunities in South Florida
Downtown Doral Charter Elementary and Upper School have an innovative bilingual and bicultural curriculum; approximately 60 percent of the instruction occurs in English and the rest either in Spanish or Portuguese. The elementary school started operations in the 2015-2016 school year but has received various awards and has achieved an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education.

Our upper school (6th – 12th grade program) opened in August 2018 with 6th grade only, however, it will open in August 2019 with 6th – 9th grade students.  Our enrollment will be growing from 100 students to 778 students in the next year.  Therefore, we will be hiring many teachers as the founding staff of this beautiful campus.  I invite you to view a short video that describes the bilingual and bicultural curriculum that we will offer.  The video also showcases the amazing brand new state of the art Downtown Doral Charter Upper School facilities. Visit Elementary and Upper School for the position vacancies.

Berkeley Academy Paid Summer Teaching Internship – Winter Application Deadline, December 3rd

June 3 – July 26: Highly selective, eight-week, competitively paid internship. ALL MAJORS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!

JOIN OUR TEAM AND MAKE AN IMPACT THIS SUMMER! Berkeley Preparatory School seeks passionate, optimistic, and tenacious college students to serve as our Berkeley Academy teachers this summer!

The Berkeley Academy helps highly motivated, low-income students in our Tampa Bay community reach their unique potential and achieve their dream of going to college.

Due to the competitiveness of this program, we strongly encourage interested applicants to apply by the winter deadline. Limited housing is available. Visit: to apply! Questions? Please contact Kim Graham Lawless, Director of the Berkeley Academy at 813-885-1673, ext. 2583

Summer Job Opportunity in Maine
Camp Laurel South is currently hiring camp counselors for the summer of 2019. We are looking for educators, coaches and college students who enjoy working with children. We are a coed, residential camp in Casco, Maine.  For a short film clip about Laurel South, please enjoy this video.

Laurel South is considered one of the most prestigious children’s overnight residential summer camps in the nation. During the summer, we serve about 800 children (ages 7-15) and employ a staff of around 225. The majority of our staff are college students hired to teach an activity area, as well as living with a group of campers.  Our diverse program offers a wide range of activities from athletics, waterfront, inner arts, nature, adventure, culinary, etc.

If interested, please contact Drew at or call 800-327-3506. To apply online, visit our website at

Reef Relief Internships in Key West

Currently looking to fill several internship spots. See attachment for internship details and visit the Reef Relief websiteReef Relief® is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving & protecting our coral reef ecosystem.

Childcare – Tutoring

Looking to hire a reliable person to babysit our 3 year old son a few days a week starting immediately.  Would prefer Tuesday and/or Thursday from 8am to 4pm with some variability in hours. Responsibilities would primarily be for our preschooler but would need some after school assistance with 10 year old twins on a rare occasion.  Some light household chores would be required at times (general straightening up, folding toddlers clothes, some dishes, etc)
Requirements: Prior experience as a babysitter/nanny, safe driving record, good references, non-smoker, and reliable car. Please contact Janna at with references/resume.

Spring 2019 – Courses and Seminars

EDG 4910: Education Undergraduate Research (in School Mental Health)
Dr. Joni Splett’s research focuses on the prevention and intervention of emotional and behavioral concerns for youth in schools. She is currently working on projects related to universal mental health screening, child and adolescent mental health service utilization trends in school and community settings, expanding multi-tiered systems of support to be inclusive of mental health promotion, prevention and intervention (Interconnected Systems Framework), and continued development and testing of a cognitive-behavioral, self-regulatory intervention for girls in middle school demonstrating relationally aggressive behaviors and their families called GIRLSS (Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports).

To participate in this research you will need to sign up for the spring 2019 course EDG 4910 (see attachment). Please email to receive an application. Applications are currently being accepted. Additional Course details can be found here.

African Americans in Paris Spring Break Class
Dr. Sharon Austin, Director of the African American Studies Program and Professor of Political Science, is teaching an African Americans in Paris class during spring break 2019. Students can earn 2-3 hours of credit hour and the course is open to all students, all majors, and to both graduate and undergraduate students. In Paris, we will visit a number of historic sites of significance to African Americans.  The $2750 cost for undergraduates doesn’t include airfare, but does include lodging, some meals, transportation in Paris, and tickets to all of the site visits.  Please contact Dr. Austin at or click here for more information.  If interested, please apply here.

EDG 6931: Doctoral Seminar on Rural Education 
Although nearly one-third of Florida’s schools are considered “rural” following US education definitions of rurality (NCES, 2004, 2006), we know very little about how schools function in rural settings (Nugent, Kunz, Sheridan, Glover, & Knoch, 2017) and ways to improve learning for rural students. This advanced graduate level seminar explores rural education, and unpacks ‘rurality’, stereotypes and beliefs surrounding rural schools. Additional course details here.


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