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5 Steps to Productive Conversation about White Privilege 

By World Trust

It IS possible — and necessary — for white people to engage others in authentic conversation about privilege. There are productive ways to go about it. These five steps we’ve shared before can be applied to the clip “Understanding White Privilege” from the World Trust film Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.

Use this approach to start small and practice leading a group conversation using a short clip as a focal point.  No professional training in diversity activity facilitation is required, and these steps can be covered in less than an hour. Gather a few people together and give it a try. Let us know how it goes!

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The remarkable thing that happens to poor kids when you give their parents a little money

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By Roberto A. Ferdman | The Washington Post | Photo credit AP/John Bazemore

Twenty years ago, a group of researchers began tracking the personalities of 1,420 low income children in North Carolina. At the time, the goal was simple: to observe the mental conditions of kids living in rural America. But then a serendipitous thing happened.

Four years into The Great Smoky Mountains Study of Youth, the families of roughly a quarter of the children saw a dramatic and unexpected increase in annual income. They were members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and a casino had just been built on the reservation. From that point on every tribal citizen earned a share of the profits, meaning about an extra $4,000 a year per capita.

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5 Practices for Radical Self-Care In the Age of Chronic Overwhelm

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Free Teleseminar, Oct. 14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM (PST)

Welcome to the age of chronic overwhelm. You know how it goes. A thousand and two unread emails, a gazillion and a half *really important* phone calls to be made, and a to-do list that’s a mile long. This is the age of never-enough, go-go-go, always more to do, learn, fix, and improve upon. And right alongside, we have the age of never-enough-time-to-respond. As a result, so many of us feel beaten down by our busy lives, left to catch our breath in the margins of our lives, without hope for peace, sanity, or a break on the horizon.

Sound familiar? You’re so (so) not alone.

In this free teleclass, we’ll share 5 powerful practices from Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, and meditation to help us break the cycle, and re-establish the breath, sanity, and self-kindness that we truly need to sustain our full and overflowing lives.

Come as you are, harried and overwhelmed, or cool and calm alike, and let’s together find ways to tap into radical self-care and inner calm. And it won’t be just talk; you’ll leave the class with your own radical self-care plan!

To register, click here.

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program, Deadline 10/30

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The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides a $1,212 education award to law students who deliver critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country.

Our fall application deadline is October 30. Learn more about the program and application by reviewing our guide.

Click here to view the guide.

Funding for Graduate Student Research

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Mellon Fellowships for Public Projects in the Humanities
Applications accepted Oct. 16–Nov. 13
We invite proposals from graduate students to undertake projects in public scholarship in summer 2016. Awards of $6,500 with an additional research budget of $2,000.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute
Oct. 16 deadline; courses June 6-10 
The Simpson Center invites proposals to attend the renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

How to Apply for Simpson Center Funding
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 3–4:30 p.m.
Seattle campus, CMU 202
Learn about the application process, including insider tips on what makes for a strong application.

Graduate Funding Information Service
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Seattle campus, Research Commons Consultation Studio
Don’t let funding applications deadlines pass you by! Get help identifying and locating funding for grad school expenses including tuition, research, conference and research travel.

Support UW Gates Scholar Hilary Hammell’s Organization Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal’s Campaign to Win $500,000 from Google! Help Support Legal Aid!

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Four out of five low-income Americans are unable to get legal aid when they face discrimination in the workplace, have their property destroyed or their savings stolen, or confront many other challenges. Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal is working to ensure that everyone in the local community can get access to civil representation. Over the next 12 months, they will expand this first-ever model to more neighborhoods, protecting thousands of families’ rights.

Check out the video here.

To vote, click here.