October 13th: Last Day To Drop A REGULAR SESSION Course!

This is a reminder to students about dropping classes. Monday, October 13th, is the last day to drop a regular session (14 week) course on your own. After the deadline, a late drop petition must be granted to drop a course! Petitions are only approved for documented medical or military circumstances, or death of an immediate family member. The documentation must be for the Fall 2014 term.

If your course is not 14 weeks, click here for more information. Drop deadline information for Non-Standard session classes can also be seen in the link above.

UW-Green Bay Professor: Dr. Christin DePouw!

image“I came to UW Green Bay in the Fall of 2013 as a sort of homecoming, since I grew up here and still have a lot of family in the area. I really enjoy the university and its students, and am happy to be back in Green Bay.”

Dr. Christin DePouw is a great mentor and ally for the American Intercultural Center, who really involves herself with the students on campus. She began to study issues of race and culture during her Master’s degree program at UW La Crosse, where she was a graduate student in the Center for Diversity and Community Renewal. She worked with Hmong American students who were studying to become teachers and realized something: she had no idea how to work with them or support their academic success. So she decided to take an important step by reading about Hmong American History and culture and participated more in the community. This led to personal relationships and other friendships in other communities of color. She has worked in Indigenous education projects in La Crosse, was part of a student group connected to Latina/o Studies at the University of Illinois (UIUC), worked as a graduate assistant in the Asian American Studies program at UIUC, and continued to maintain relationships with Hmong American students and community members in Wisconsin.

She also feels a strong connection to diversity and her relationships with communities of color. I guess it’s partially selfish in that I learn so much and feel like I have grown into a more ethical and critical person as a result of all of my friendships and experiences.” It is a central part of who she is and her relationships; not only is it important for her and her partner, but their son as well. Beyond the fact that she believes being critical about race and culture is an ethical choice, it is also more rigorous academically. To her it is a matter of continuing to find opportunities to learn new and interesting ways of thinking, and participating in interdependent relationships of respect and mutual support.

If you would like to see her in person, she is hosting an event tomorrow, October 16th, from 12-1pm in the American Intercultural Center. She will be hosting a dialogue session with students about online classes and what works and what does not work. There will be snacks and she does value your opinion!

Latino Heritage Film Series: “7 Boxes” (Paraguay)

This film is about Victor, who dreams of becoming famous. He receives an unusual proposal, to carry 7 boxes of unknown content in exchange for a torn half of a $100 bill. He will get the other half when he finishes the job. Victor’s desperation for a $100 bill in this film puts the viewer into the perspective of someone in poverty who needs money to survive, not just want. The viewer will also learn about the dangers of agreeing to do something without question and what happens when everything is out of one’s control.

Click here to view the trailer!

This film will be shown in the Christie Theater from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday, October 9th. English subtitles will be provided, along with snacks and refreshments. After the film, there will be a discussion session led by the UW-Green Bay Spanish Language Program.

‘Quién es Dayani Cristal?’ (“Who Dayani Cristal?”) (Mexico/UK)

Deep in the Sahara desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal”. Who is this person? How did he die? And who-or what- is Dayani Cristal? As a forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. Viewers learn the struggle of migrant travelers as they try to cross the border, as well as the reason, passion, and dedication in trying to reach America.

Here is the link to the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLpjNGm3PNw

This film will be shown in the Christie Theater from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday, October 2nd. English subtitles will be provided, along with snacks and refreshments. After the film, there will be a discussion session led by the UW-Green Bay Spanish Language Program.

Students of AIC: Touhue Yang

Touhue

Getting some studying out of the way!

There are many students who frequently come into the American Intercultural Center, and Touhue Yang is one of them. Touhue comes in because he can study, socialize, and has a choice of which advisors to talk to. He also says that there are plenty of resources here (and computers!). For the most part when he comes in to the AIC he likes to get a lot studying done since its boring. He also likes being able to talk to other students and that the AIC has a diverse group of students. He would like to see more people come in and have even more diversity within the AIC.

Latino Heritage Film Series: “Bad Hair” (Venezuela)

This film takes place in the Christie Theater from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday, September 25th. English subtitles will be provided, along with snacks and refreshments. After the film, there will be a discussion session led by the UW-Green Bay Spanish Language Program.

This movie is actually not about hair, but about Junior, a nine-year old Venezuelan boy who doesn’t fit society’s conventional mold within gender roles, especially not in the world of his already overwhelmed and weary mother, who expects that her son has begun to show signs of homosexuality. Junior’s desire and fixation to envision himself as a straight-haired singer is perhaps an escape from reality and the only thing he can really control in his unique world.

Link for the “Bad Hair” Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW0o1jz5d9Y

 

 

For Colored Girls: Film

This film is being shown on September 23rd and 24th at 6pm. It is free, and there will be food and beverages provided. This movie is about nine women whose lives are interweaved together. A few of the women already know each other well and a few do not. Each is represented by a different color symbolizing the persona they take on, but the meaning of the color is not always clear. There is love, betrayal, crime, and tough decisions that ensue in the lives of these women. Come and enjoy a great movie!

Cross Cultural Leadership Retreat

RetreatThe student leaders of the multicultural organizations hosted by the American Intercultural Center came together this weekend for a leadership retreat held in Door County. The student groups included; Black Student Union (BSU), Organizacion Latino Americana (OLA), Southeast Asian Student Union (SASU), Intertribal Student Council (ISC), and Women of Color (WOC). It was a bonding experience to get the organizations more involved with each other as well as hatch out plans for this semester and the upcoming ones. The weekend also served as a learning opportunity that helped students to develop leadership skills through workshops, dialogue, and other activities. Mai, Crystal, and Justin all worked very hard over the summer to put together this program so that the student organizations could begin to get to know each other better and start the academic year off in support of each other’s events and organizations. It was a huge success, and hopefully potential student leaders will be able to attend next year!

AQUI Y ALLI (Mexico)

Movie 2This Thursday, September 18th, there will be a free film hosted in the Christie Theater called Aqui Y Alli. This movie tells the story of Pedro, a man who returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the United States. He finds his daughters older and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the US, he hopes to finally make a better life with his family, and even pursue his dreams on the side by starting a band: Copa Kings. He cherishes the everyday moments with his family. English Subtitles will be provided, along with snacks and refreshments. After the film, there will be a discussion session led by the UW-Green Bay Spanish Language Program.