The SCOOP - April 12, 2020

Welcome to our weekly update on the happenings of the Africana Community at Tufts University. Each week we will update announcements from the Africana Center and feature events by and/or co-sponsored by the Africana Center; feature events by student organizations within the Africana community and other programming centering Africana issues; feature student work, and provide updates on job and internship opportunities-- in that order!

April 12, 2020

Announcements

We want to validate all of the stress and concerns that have impacted our community recently. We will continue to relay information and have included more important resources. Linked below is a resource list that will be updated weekly.

Resources

Book Club Zoom Meeting Link


Africana Sponsored Programs

Qualtrics Survey

Black Womyn's Collective LinkBlack Men's Group Link

 

The Africana Center invites you to complete our Student Profile Survey to align your courses and extracurricular activities to your intended career. These survey prompts will help you think about your interests, goals, and accomplishments as they might be viewed by a scholarship committee or a potential employer. This information will also provide us with helpful information when we are asked to nominate students for internships, scholarships and awards or to connect you to our broad alumni network within the Tufts Black Alumni Association.

Please click this link to complete the survey.


Student Corner

Financial Aid Applications

        The deadline for returning students to apply for financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year has not been impacted by COVID-19 and remains April 15, 2020. Students may view required, missing, and received documents in SIS, and application details are available at : Reapply for Aid: Current and Returning Undergraduates. Questions may be directed to Student Services at 617-627-2000, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

It is election time! CSO is holding its elections for the next school year. If you are at all interested feel free to fill out this brief nomination form by April 14th at 11:59pm.

We will then ask you to submit a speech to this gmail after filling out the form by April 18th at 11:59pm and will be giving out more information about voting as we get closer to the election.

If you want more information, or have any questions about the time commitment feel free to email the organization or ask someone you know on the E-Board. 

Click here for the facebook event and share info with people you know who might be interested.

 

ASO Virtual Elections

ASO will be having virtual elections this month. Here is how they will be conducted:

  • By APRIL 12th MIDNIGHT (EST), fill out this form to let us know if you are running for a position. If you would like to ask candidates specific questions, fill out this form to submit your questions.
    • In one video, candidates will be asked to prepare a short speech up to 2 minutes in a recorded video, and in addition will have another 2 minutes to answer the questions that are submitted
    • For those of you submitting questions, we encourage you to ask questions about people’s specific visions for ASO, what they would change, and what types of skills and experiences they have that make them good candidates
  • On APRIL 13th, candidates will be sent a compiled list of questions from the community, and specific instructions on how to submit their video. 
  • Candidates will have until APRIL 20th MIDNIGHT (EST) to submit their video to tufts.africanstudentsorg@gmail.com
  • By APRIL 21st, the eboard will compile these videos and send out a qualtrics form to the community for voting
  • Polls will close on APRIL 26th MIDNIGHT (EST)

 

These results will be sent to Dom and Katrina to ensure fairness. We are also asking for help from you all to spread the word about how elections will be conducted this month. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to participate in elections has a chance to do so. Please share this on your social media and with people who may be interested! Thank you. Our constitution can be found through the button below if you are interested.

ASO Constitution

The People's Playlist

The Africana Center now has a community playlist. Enjoy music that you and other members of the community are listening to. Don’t hesitate to add songs you’d like to see. 

Click this LINK to add to the playlist

Click this LINK to access the playlist 

ENJOY!!!


Community-Wide Programs

Art Submission

April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month and to honor and empower all people and communities impacted, CARE is asking for art submissions that reflect and raise awareness of the diverse and intersecting narratives of folks harmed by sexual violence.

 Art submitted will be posted on the CARE Facebook page throughout the month of April. Artist should submit picture or video file(s) with a description of their work. Submissions can be pictures, drawings, spoken word performances, poems, and many more works of art. If you have questions about a submission please email the Resource and Prevention Specialist, Kyla Martin, at kyla.martin@tufts.edu.

 

"The Virtual Book Club will meet over zoom to discuss a chosen book roughly related to social justice. Our first book of the semester is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Book Club will have an informal discussion related to the contents of the book on April 18th at 3:30. Before the discussion takes place, a guiding question list will be shared with participants. Everyone is welcome!"

Please email elebetel.assefa@tufts.edu if you are interested or have any questions/concerns?

 

Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service: Spring 2020 Virtual Support Groups

 

Virtual Support Group for Undergraduates 

4 Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:30p.m., April 15 through May 6

            For Tufts undergraduates currently living on campus or in the greater Boston area. Join a small group of other students in four weekly meetings via Zoom. This confidential group aims to help you build connections, get support, and share strategies for self-care and coping in the current challenging times. Facilitated by CMHS Staff Clinicians, Marilyn Downs and Sophie Ricks. For more information or to sign up, please contact: marilyn.downs@tufts.edu or sophie.ricks@tufts.edu. Students who sign up will be sent a Zoom link for the group sessions. 

CMHS Virtual Support Group for Graduate Students 

4 Fridays, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, April 17 through May 8

        For Tufts graduate students currently living on campus or in the greater Boston area. Join a small group of other students in four weekly meetings via Zoom. This confidential group aims to help you build connections, get support, and share strategies for self-care and coping in the current challenging times. Facilitated by CMHS Staff Clinicians, Sophie Ricks and Marilyn Downs. For more information or to sign up, please contact: sophie.ricks@tufts.edu or marilyn.downs@tufts.edu. Students who sign up will be sent a Zoom link for the group sessions. 

In this linked document is a compiled list of CMHS updates, resources and supports that will continue to be added to as more information is gathered and shared:

 CMHS Updates, Resources, and Supports


Webinars

Stay tuned for next week's webinars!

Jobs/Internships/Volunteer

Participate in Research on Food Security among Tufts Undergraduate Students

We invite you to participate in an anonymous survey to help us with this research project. Responding to this survey will help us better understand the current food environment of Tufts University among undergraduate students. The survey consists of multiple-choice questions. It should take approximately 10-15 minutes. All of the responses are confidential and participation is voluntary. You will be asked to provide your consent prior to taking the survey. 

Qualtrics Survey

We greatly appreciate your time and support for this research. Participants will have the option to enter a drawing to win one of twenty $50 JumboCash prizes. Should you have any questions about the research or the survey please do not hesitate to contact Madeleine Clarke at madeleine.clarke@tufts.edu or Ian Wong at ian.wong@tufts.edu.